Making History historical hats and bonnet: 1820-1830; 1890-1900; 1910-1915; 1920's.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I sure think so! I made the 1920's hat.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very much so! I had never made a hat before and was able to do it and it didn't take me much time. The instructions were clear and easy to understand.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the brim of the hat. I think the cover needs interfacing if you're using silk dupioni like I did.
Silk dupioni for the cover and lining fabric.
Buckram for the frame.
Wonder Under paper backed fusible webbing.
Trim: Crepe back satin and vintage millinery flowers
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a sash for my hat out of one of the materials that I used for my 1920's dress which this was made to go with instead of the suggested 5" ribbon. I also made two covers. In retrospect I think the cover needs some interfacing like hair canvas or something thick and non-fusible so as not to see the buckram. I had already sewn on my first cap cover when I decided it needed to be thicker and didn't want to take my stitches out, so I just cut and sewing another cover. This could have been alleviated by using an interfacing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definitely! Just be prepared for the hand sewing of the buckram and use a thimble (or two!). My fingers were sore and a little burnt from making this hat.
I loved the way my hat turned out although I used too much hot glue and it made the top of the cap bunch up a little bit. If I make another, I'm going to use another type of glue and just be patient. It's difficult to glue the buckram cap together without getting burned.
You can see more photos of my hat plus the process in making it on my blog: http://missushughes.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/making-a-1920s-garden-party-hat/