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It's Fun to Make a Hat

CD Republication™

By Helene Garnell

Originally Published in 1944


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Up for bid is another marvelous Dakota Prairie Treasures UNABRIDGED CD-ROM  Republication™ of the original ''It's Fun to Make a Hat'' with NO RESERVE!'' We scanned and reformatted a scare original and are pleased to offer you this wonderful antique millinery reference for your reenactment, boutique sales or personal recreation sewing pleasures!


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This HISTORIC item has scores of charcoal-style drawings regarding the manufacturing of the most deliciously feminine WWII HATS & chapeaux in its 132 pages! It includes instructions for many of the necessary steps and needle working techniques to make lovely hats!

This would be a great reference item for those interested in SCA, reinactment groups, students, fabric artists, Red Hat Society members and more! I hardly know where to begin!(Original is NOT for sale)

This is certainly a fine source of historically valuable techniques and inspiration for the creative millinery and fabric artists out there who recreate the hats and headdresses from the early 1940's. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase your own version of another wonderful craft instructional revealing our heritage from early America and European cultures!


An excerpt:

''Ever since Mother Eve put the first Pomegranate blossom in her hair...

There is no black magic in hat making. It is an exact art, which requires a basic knowledge of line, style and proportion, a light hand and a lighter heart. No woman who can turn out a creditabale job of dressmaking should be stumped by the prospect of making a hat...In the first place, a hat is quicker... [and] can be whipped up in a matter of hours, before your first flush ov enthusiasm has cooled off. ... [however], there are no hard and fast rules about hat making. You may express your own ideas in any way you like.''



I. Your Hat and You

Do's and don'ts of hat making... Why hats make the woman... What hats mean to every worman... How I became a millinery - Paris to New York via Hollywood

II. Fitting the Hat to Face and Figure

How to choose your type... Hat whims of Hollywood stars... How to measure your head... How to determine correct hat proportions... How to avoid the common mistakes in millinery.

III. The Home Millinery Workroom

How to set up and stock your workroom... The few necessary tools for hatmaking... Basic equipment... Assembling your materials... Why it's fun to make a hat.

IV. The ABC's of Hats

Hats through the ages... The six basic hat silhouettes: the sailor, the turban, the calot, the beret, the breton and the pillbox... Why most variations of hats stem from the basic six... Why it's worth your while to be your own custom milliner.

V. Materials and Accessories

Felts and how to buy them... The principal types of millinery straws - bodies and braids... How to test straw braids... How to buy straw bodies... Types of hat fabrics - velvets, laces, cottons, silks, rayons and wools... Effective ways of styling fabric hats... How to handle the various kinds of fabrics... Why you can make a hat out of anything... Basic millinery stitches - whip stitch, cross stitch, hemming stitch, stoating stitch, buttonhole stitch, overcasting, basting, blind stitch.

VI. Foundations and Blocking

How to make a pillbox foundation... Tracing the pattern... Adjusting pattern to the head... Cutting the foundation... How to determine a true bias... Millinery markings... Pressing and notching... Wiring the foundation... Sleeking the lines... How to make a wired frame for blocking... Types of foundation fabric and wire needed... Making a crown block for a sailor... Wiring the frame... Sizing the frame... How to make a frame for a coronet or ''half hat:... How to block a felt pillbox... Steaming the felt... Pulling, pressing and pinning... Finishing the pillbox... Other types of improvised blocks... Blocking a felt hat over an ordinary aluminum pitcher... Don't be afraid to use your imagination!

VII. How to Make a Basic Sailor Hat

Using the sailor pattern included in this book... Cutting your pattern in cardboard... Cutting the foundation in crinoline or other foundation fabric... Sizing the fabric... Making the brim foundation... Making the crown foundation... Trying on and adjusting the foundation... Sleeking the lines... Covering the foundation in fabric... How to achieve that professional touch... The finished sailor.

VIII. Variations of the Sailor

The padre... The off-the-face hat... The profile hat... The tricorne... The bicorne... The cloche... The watteau... The postilion... The fedora. 

IX. How to Make a Calot... and Its Variations

How to use the calot pattern included in this book... The sectional calot, always used when working with fabric... How to make a felt calot... Steaming, blocking and finishing... Ten variations of the basic calot - The side-draped cloche, the coronet, or halo hat, the double calot, the baby bonnet, the Dutch cap, the half hat, the pompadour bonnet, the bonnet, the wired calot, the breton... Combining the calot with other basic shapes.

X. How to Copy Another Hat

How to copy a hat from a newspaper picture... Drawing and cutting the pattern... Trying on and adjusting... Cutting the pattern in felt... Trimming, shaping and adjusting... Pressing and steaming the felt... Details of construction of crown and brim... How to shape felt to the pattern... Joining crown and brim... Selecting the trimming... How to save $42

XI. How to Work with Straw

Blocking a straw body... How to finish the brim edge... How to make a hat from straw braid... Working the braid wet... Sewing the braid over the pattern... Tricks in pressing... Sizing the straw... Wiring the brim... Sleeking the hat... Selecting the trimmings.

XII. Your Local Store

Why the notion counter is a treasure trove for every milliner... Costly hats from ''ten-cent'' gadgets... Basic workroom equipment and materials to be found on the novelty counter... Inexpensive trimmings - flowers, feathers, ribbons... The yarn counter... The flower counter... The veiling counter... Glitter trimmings... Hat from neckwear... Ideas from the upholstery counter.

XIII. The Heat Under Your Hat

Matching the hat to the hairdo, and vice versa... Why hair and hat should make one harmonious picture... The most versatile basic haircut... Care of the hair and skin... Tricks with makeup... Harmonizing makeup and costume colors... Living up to your hat.

XIV. Show Your Colors

They psychology of color... Warm and cool colors... Primary colors... Constructing a color chart... How to establish harmonious and contrasting colors... Colors becoming to blondes... To brunettes... To redheads... Experiementing with color combinations and contrasts.

XV. Renovation and Remodling

How to make over your husband's old felt hat into a creation for yourself... Cleaning the felt... Cutting and restyling... Blocking... Cleaning and reblocking straw hats... How to make a brim larger or smaller... How to raise or lower a crown... How to stiffen a limp straw... How to freshen velvet... How to freshen veils... Renovating flower trimmings... Repasting feathers... Pampering your hats... What a little steam will do.

XVI. Professional Workroom Secrets

How to avoid ''that home-made look''... How to apply trimmings lightly... Getting the right angle... Milliner's tacks... How to make a professional bow... Using your imagination in trimmings... Knowing the varieties of feather trimmings... Making an all-feather hat... Makng flower trimmings... How to wire a flower stem... How to tie a veil... How to attach a veil... How to apply a lining... Making a ribbon cockade. Felt ornaments... Checkerboard pleating... Felt brim edging... Lingerie trim... Making matching accessories... Hatpins... Buttons and buckles.

XVII. Now You Know All the Answers - Go On and Make Your Hats!




What a historically educational and delightful art instructional piece this is!

The ladies of earlier times put their hands to such marvelous work and now you can too! These are beautiful items and sure to delight you and yours! These instructions are very clear and easy to follow and yet the experience needleworker will be capable of altering as per individual needs and artistic whim.


The antique and vintage thread, fabrics, hat blocks, ribbons, flowers, feathers, etc., can be found on Atomic Mall quite readily. You just have to hunt a little bit! :) Or, of course, you can utilize contemporary tools and materials found at a nearby fabric, craft or hobby store…


You will appreciate the attention taken in providing a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that you will use for many years to come. This information has been scanned into a CD-ROM Reproduction™ using the Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF format. You may download a FREE version of the Adobe software program at www.adobe.com .

This is NOT a copy of another CD-ROM. You will receive an ORIGINAL CD of this historic and resourceful book. The text is viewed easily from your computer or you may choose to print each page as you read this amazing book on embroidery. Every page has been meticulously scanned, cleaned and burned to preserve this ANTIQUE book's information and patterns to CD-ROM! The format of this resource has so many more advantages than the original book.


What are the benefits of Dakota Prairie Treasures' Antique Book CD Republications™

* Every image and every page has been scanned to produce crystal clear images and you never have to deal with any crumbling old paper!

* These scans are completely sizable. You can enlarge and print according to your visual needs!

* Each page is saved in PDF format at a high dsi and is readily accessible using Adobe Acrobat (or other pdf reading software programs). This program is very user friendly and allows you to print any one specific page or the entire book!

* Each time you want to use an image, a page or pages you can print it out. Every one will be as crisp and clear as the last!

* If you spill your coffee, tea or soda on a page you just print yourself another!

* You can put all of your notes or musings on your printouts and save them in a folder for future referencing!

*Each CD-ROM comes in a protective case!

Curious about the quality of these scans Please contact me and I will forward an image for your own personal inspection! Scale it, edit it, print it to fit your needs and you are surely going to be quite pleased with the results! You will appreciate the attention taken in providing a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that you will use for many years to come...


Check out Dakota Prairie Treasures' current auctions and store listings for many other unique needlework CD Republications™ for your creative needleworking pleasure!


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