Tuesday, 26 July 2016

1920s style with felt, fabric flowers and arrows

There's so much to love about 1920s hats, and many fun styles and materials to explore, but blocked felt cloches are a favourite of mine! There's something extra special about this one though. Any guesses?


Well, there are the arrows. They are pretty fabulous. Not as neat as I wanted them, naturally, but a really lovely feature. The whole hat is a close-ish copy of one from a 1920s catalogue, that I fell for as soon as I saw those arrows! But there's more that's new and different.


This is the first hat I've blocked on my 19 inch hat block - that's toddler size! I'm really excited to work on some hats for young kids. Naturally it's going to be nice to be able to make lovely things for my own daughter, but I'm also just enjoying working on a smaller scale and seeing the way it influences me.


Although I imagine I will make some cutesy, clearly-just-for-kids designs as well, I really want to create hats with classy vintage elegance that adults would be happy to wear too. I want to stay true to my taste, and see these hats as just another opportunity to explore the mountain of vintage inspiration bubbling up around me.

Yet I think as I made it, I found myself happy to make some decisions about trim that I might not have done on an adult hat. I don't mind this cute little fabric flower, but I do feel it has a "little girl" quality to it.


The arrows save it, I think, keeping it different and interesting. Expect to see more 1920s influences in toddler size, because I think cloches are a pretty but practical option for small people, and there are so many lovely trims and shapes to try out.

What other vintage styles do you think would be fun for toddlers?

16 comments:

  1. Those arrows! Cunning and cute. And great colours. While the flower does read as a bit "younger" than your usual trim, the center loops are very cool and different.

    I personally think most styles apart from the most sophisticated will work on toddlers; whether the toddler will keep the hat on is the real challenge!

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    1. Isn't it just? Even though Teacup is pretty keen on hats as a passport to the park, she wasn't sure of this one when I tested it on her!

      I'm glad you like the centre loops, I wanted to experiment with something different for the middle.

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  2. This is so cute! I love the arrows and the vivid colors. I swear, I want one for myself now.

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    1. Thank you! Then I've achieved what I wanted :)

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  3. I love those arrows, what an amazingly unusual detail! The colour is gorgeous too and I love the deep shape at the back, something you never see in modern hats. xx

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    1. I fell for the arrow idea the moment I saw it, and I'm so glad it worked out in my version. Thanks!

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  4. I love the arrows and the shape. I think something with buttons or animals would be cute for kids

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    1. Thank you! Conveniently I have a large collection of buttons...

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  5. This is so marvelously sweet + beautiful + charming. The arrows slay me in a wholly positive way. What a darling design!

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

    *PS* I've always loved the classic Victorian/Edwardian era style (summer) straw hat with long, tailing ribbons around the hatband on little girls. It's such a pretty style for children or ladies alike of any age.

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    1. Oh Jessica I am so with you on the summer straw hats with ribbons!! What a great idea...

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  6. This is so lovely. I think it would translate well to an adult hat too. The colour choice is also gorgeous.

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  7. Such a gorgeous hat. I really like the arrow shapes, they had such a lovely detail. Teacup is going to have an amazing hat collection!

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    1. Thank you! And I hope she will appreciate them :) At least she isn't (currently) one of the many toddlers who just rips hats off as soon as you put them on!

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  8. Goodness how pretty! The colors really pop! I love this style of hat but having naturally curly hair, I get awful hat hair!

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    1. Thanks Melanie! Hat hair is a pain and I can only imagine it is more annoying with curls - not a problem I have!

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