Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hat For A Doll

Just to show that fabulous finds can show up in the most unexpected of places, I found this hat while searching doll hats on ebay for a miniature straw to make a brooch. It was listed as "hat for a doll", which indeed I'm sure it is, judging by the length of the head elastic - but doesn't it just make the most perfect 1940s tilt topper? I'm not sure how old it is, but by the spun cotton fruit and the velvet embellishments it's certainly old, not later than 50s I should think, and likely rather earlier.

On the spur of the moment we visited the village of Amberley, another picturesque Sussex village. This county is such a lovely place to live. After ambling through the village (an amble through Amberley - get it?) we sat and watched the ducks and the moorhens on the pond for a while. Then had a clotted cream tea in the utterly delightful village tea room. The owner bought the building in 2006 when it was in a state of neglect, and set about sympathetically restoring it and converting it into a tea shop.

The hat isn't the only item of newness in the outfit. I've been searching ages for the perfect pussy bow blouse, i.e. one that isn't polyester. Vintage style blouses are notoriously difficult to find - all modern blouses seem to have an open neck, and all 70s/80s blouses are in polyester. Finally I discovered French Connection blouses - perfect for the retro look, made in the lightest cotton voile with adorable puffed sleeves.

Outfit details: Vintage doll hat, ebay; Blouse, French Connection via ebay; Vintage button earrings, made by me; c1930s rhinestone dress clip, car boot sale; Bakelite and plastic bangles, various; Belt, ebay; 80s/90s skirt (part of a suit), charity shop; Handbag, charity shop; 1940s style leather shoes, purchased in Thailand (I'll be listing similar in my ebay shop soon, but I only got one or two pairs in each style as they were a little more than I normally pay wholesale so I wasn't sure how well they'd sell at the price I need to put on them).

Just realised that with the exception of the shoes, this entire outfit is second-hand - how eco am I?

Hair is once again in Casey's romantic braided updo, my new favourite style (I'm getting better at it). Photos by Mr. Matin (he's getting better at it, too).


  1. Those shoes are fantastic! Please tell me you got large sizes!! I'm a 41!

  2. Gorgeous outfit, I adore the blouse especially! xxx

  3. Ahhh you look splendid, and I love Amberley, have you been to the museum? it's rather good!

  4. sooo cute! Love the hat--what a fab find!!

  5. Love the hat, I've been looking for a small tilted straw hat for a while, this one is great!

  6. That hat looks superb on you, what a brilliant idea x

  7. What a lovely hat! You look gorgeous.

  8. The hat is the cutest thing I've seen in quite a while--great find!

  9. I love this outfit, especially the blouse! You look fabulous as always!

  10. Lovely eco-outfit, and that hat is amazing!! Great that you found it!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  11. ~ * ♥ * ~

    What a fantastic find Charlotte, your new hat is darling. I really like your blouse too ~ it is gorgeous and so I wish I had one like it!

    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

  12. Oh my goodness... That hat is absolutely adorable! What a find! I love your whole outfit to pieces, actually. :) Plus I'm super tickled you used my hair tutorial. *blushes*

    (Apologies for the comment-spam--I'm catching up on my feed reader from the past week!)

    ♥ Casey


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