1940’s Hat Tutorial

Well, this just happens to be the easiest hat to make ever!  

If you can sew in a circle, you can make this hat.  The inspiration for this little accessory came from the movie Best Foot Forward (1943) staring Lucille Ball.

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I loved the sheer elegance of this hat along with the delicate way it perches on the head.

Want to make one of your own?

All you need is a cut-out template of desired shape (mine was a 10″ x 11″ oval cut out of heavy paper) and 5 yards of tulle.

  1. Simply cut out as many ovals as you wish.  The more ovals, the more full the hat.  I folded the tulle several times to save time on cutting.
  2. Pin a smaller oval in the center and then stitch through all the layers.  You will see that my circle is slightly shifted to the back of the head so it would be fuller by my face.
  3. I then made two rows of stitches, one right on top of the other, to ensure a secure hold.

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That’s it!  Simply pin on your head and enjoy!

Here are a few more closeups, along with some shots of the whole ensemble!  To see the post on the creation and inspiration of the suit, please click here.

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Have a fabulous Monday my friends!

~Aimee


Accessories: 1940’s Hair Turban

In keeping with the theme of spring cleaning, this little tutorial will be sure to keep you hairdo dust free!

While there are many ways to create the adorable 1940’s hair turban, I wanted to create something a little different.  My turban has extra long ties to create a bow on top of the head, while a hammock like piece wraps around the head to keep your hair tucked away.

*** The size of the rectangle can be altered according to head size and hair length.  Some bobby pinning may be required to achieve a secure fit.

Here is what you will need:

– 1/2 yard of cotton fabric

– Thread

Lay out your fabric and create shapes with the following measurements.  Cut out.  Cut two ties out of the 6″ wide section (3″ wide.)  You can make the ties as wide as you like.  For a more fluffy bow, try ties that are 5-6 ” wide.

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Then hem the long sides of the rectangle.

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Run a gathering stitch along the shorter sides.

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Now take the ties, fold them right sides together, stitch, turn out and press.DSC_0064

Gather up the shorter sides to the length of the ties and pin.  Stitch right sides together.

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Trim excess fabric and press.

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And there you have a unique 1940’s inspired turban!

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Enjoy!!

~ Aimee