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Vogue Patterns: 8440 (HATS) thumbsup - Type:Accessories    printable version
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Reviewed by:Kellie R.
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Member since: 7/4/07
Reviews written: 54
Sewing skills:Intermediate
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Posted on:11/5/13 2:26 PM
Last Updated:11/5/13 4:22 PM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 8440 by Kellie R.

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Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
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Fabric:Wool Tweed  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description: Hats in four style options

Pattern Sizing: Small, Medium, Large.

I sewed a Small and the sizing was spot on. But note that SEAMS ARE 1/4" (except bottom which are 1/2").

Another reviewer commented that her hat/pattern was small. So I double checked my head measurements (though I was certain my head has not grown recently. :p) My head measures 21" and a Small is 21 1/2. It fits me perfectly. Not loose and not too tight. I love the fit of this hat.

To check how to measure your head for hat size, check out this page:

How to measure head size

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, but I made a style change.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very Easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Easy to follow instructions, good sizing and a basic design that looks good as is or gives the foundation for creative embellishment.

Fabric Used: Hat: 100% VINTAGE Wool Tweed (approx c 1950's). Band: dupioni silk underlined in silk organza

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made View A, a basic cloche. However, I was inspired by the vast ways the cloche has been stylized, embellished and shaped.

I turned the hat placing the back slit to the side and turned up the forward flap to create an elegant curve that angles across the top of the head to the side.

I added a dupioni silk band, salvaged and partially reworked, from a dress I made several years ago that was damaged from moving (dress torn by wire hanger)... See my review here for how I made the silk band (originally a cumberbund)

I added a button on the upturned flap.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely YES on both accounts!


Several years ago, I acquired remnants of this GORGEOUS 1950's wool from the estate auction of a lady named Louise. It was a massive stash of fabric and patterns from the late 40's - 80's, but most from the 50's. She was a stylish lady and a hot tamale!! (lots of sheath dresses).

I'd had the wool washed and prepared for a couple of years specifically for this pattern since there wasn't enough for a garment. Finally with the change of seasons, I grabbed it and began sewing it up.

With autumn in the air, I'm looking forward to wearing my new hat that I know not only will keep me warm, but looks chic!! Thanks Louise!


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canei said...
Love it!
11/5/13 3:28 PM
RoseE said...
Love it!
11/5/13 3:35 PM
velosewer said...
Very stylish.
11/5/13 3:57 PM
Knitz said...
Very nice!
11/5/13 4:17 PM
Pamaro said...
Lovely hat, and you look great in a hat. I like your version much better than the pattern envelope. Very stylish!
11/5/13 5:17 PM
Christas said...
Kellie, your hat looks FANTABULOUS!!! I love it! Excellent review, too.
11/5/13 5:37 PM
SewLibra said...
Very cool hat, I love it! I wish more women would wear hats. Here in the Sacramento valley the only hats I see are the occasional knitted pull-on caps in winter. I shouldn't be so self-conscious and go for it anyway! Thanks for a great review.
11/6/13 0:16 AM
Danmar said...
Very nice!
11/6/13 6:29 AM
Kellie R. said...
Thank you all so much! I enjoyed wearing it last night to a meeting; I received several compliments!
11/6/13 8:15 AM
JOshiro said...
Adorable - very chic!
11/6/13 12:38 PM
KarlaB said...
Beautiful hat! Lovely details!
11/6/13 3:58 PM
AngieSelf said...
Very chic!
11/6/13 5:32 PM
sewtime said...
Wow, really pretty!! Love your new hat!
11/6/13 6:45 PM
Elizabeth made this said...
11/7/13 8:00 AM
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