Friday, January 14, 2011

{Hat Week} How to Make a 1940s Pillbox Tilt Hat

These instructions are based on VOGUE PATTERN No. 8426, published c1943.

There are only two pattern pieces (well, the pattern does include one for the hat band, but since that's made of grosgrain ribbon, it seems redundant). The top of the hat, as you can see, is slightly oval shaped, and measures 7 1/4" by 6 1/2". The side piece is about 19" long. There's a 1/2" seam allowance on these.

Cut one of each piece out of your chosen fabric, a stiff interlining fabric (the pattern calls for buckram; I used a stiff felt-like pelmet interlining, which is very easy to work with), and lining fabric (I actually dispensed with lining the hat since no-one's going to see the inside).


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    Oh this is cool Charlotte. I am in awe of how you manage to fit in/learn so many awesome vintage skills. I am just trying get my head around sewing... > o <

    bonita of Depict This!
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  2. Yay! I have been dying to get into hat making for a while. I can't wait to try one of these!!

  3. Casey sent us over here to take a peek. How fun! You may be starting a vintage hat making trend...

  4. The reason I get back to your blog everytime is the high quality posts I get here. You write really well, and I enjoy every bit of time I spend here.

  5. Great! I just bought buckram but was not sure about the sewing it together. Thanks for help:)

  6. Wow! I will have to try this out! Thanks for sharing. : )

  7. How wide is the 19 in band that goes around the top?

  8. wow I have been wanting to make hats I AM A big fan of vintagr thanks a lot


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