The “Teens” saw an increase in travel which continued thru the 1920’s, all helped by the automobile, larger and faster luxury ships, fancy trains, subways and early planes. Women needed more than ever hats that could “pack” and not be crushed. Using several of the 1910-1920’s original hats in Mela’s collection from her Grandmother and Aunts, she has created a pattern for a buckram brimmed hat covered in velvet with a silk or velvet crushable crown that fits low on the forehead and allows for bobbed or un-bobbed hair to be worn.
This pattern has room for variations in brim size and shape along with several ways to create the crushable crown. There will be samples of all options for you to try on and then select the one you wish to create. While this hat can be worn without any trimmings at all, several ways to trim in a period style will be demonstrated.
Class time: 2 sessions, 6 hours each including lunch break. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.
Maximum class size: 8 people
Supplies needed: Basic sewing kit with sewing shears, paper or craft scissors to cut the buckram with, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, thimble, and measuring tape. All materials provided for one 1910-1920’s silk velvet/buckram hat will be provided. While we will have several colors of silk velvet and coordinating silks available, we will have a larger supply of black silk velvet and black silk. This way, by using black as your hat color, you can trim your hat later in any color to coordinate with your ensemble.
Prerequisites: The ability to hand sew and sew on a sewing machine following a curved line.