Monday, August 27, 2012

I made a hat.

Maybe it's because the weather has been so hot and I want it to hurry up and be autumn... 

or perhaps because I've been studying Edward Gorey inkwork...

and paging through old copies of The Illustrated Milliner...
but I found myself wanting a hat. 

Never mind that it's an impractical thought, who has money for such a thing even if one could find one? So I doodled up a pattern. Then I went by Dorell Fabric. They have this marvelous bin of free remnants and I found two fabrics that matched and made this last night. I think it came out pretty spiffy.

Hat craving... sated... for now. 

I'm futzing with the pattern and trying to figure out a way to simplify it a bit. I also want to try to make a brimmed one. Bring on the cold weather. I'm ready.

So what would you make given the time and space?



“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.” ~ Mary Kay Ash


  1. love it - years ago when the kids were little my sister went on a hat making binge- polar fleece was newish and all the street vendors/craft markets had this cool kids hat ---but al;iitle outta our range so...she mode one and another and then bigger fiorthe grown ups- it was fun and they were fun -FYI there was an amzing hat exhibit at The Bard Graduate Center in NYc last year - the exhibit maybe archived on their site I bet you'd like it - terry from facebook

  2. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing this millinery adventure!

  3. Oops! Forgot this: there is a place in Berkeley, next time you get up this way, called Lacis and it has lots of stuff and patterns for hat-making, among other things. I've even seen a hat mold there. They also have a clothing (including hats) museum that I just drool over whenever I go there. It's a store for the textile arts, especially lace, so I always spend hours there when I go. Check it out, they also have a website at

  4. Such a great job! I am a sewing fanatic, but have never made a hat. Inspiration!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

    1. Becky, Thanks, the hat was easy. I'm pretty much rubbish at sewing but I'm trying to get better. I've purchased a jacket pattern that I'm going to attempt.

      Wish me luck.


  5. I love your hat! I want one! I shall have to look for a pattern ~ I wouldn't know where to start with making one up.