Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hatty Thanksgiving - a Round of Links - Quince & Co.

Milliner Joy Scott models her work at the Curly Tale Fine Art Gallery, Chicago

Scott used a multi-colored sinamay from London for her cocktail hat
Scott embellished her hat with a miniature paper umbrella. Brilliant!

Here's a list of links...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Tyrorean Hat Goes to "Hats...Art for Your Head!"

Scarf? A Missoni-like fabric still at Vogue Fabrics, Evanston

Purchased at Silver Moon, when it was located on Halsted Street, Chicago

Modeled at Windy Knitty, Chicago

The tyrolean hat is often mistaken for another style. Some admirers think it's a fedora or a porkpie. But it's neither. It's a tyrolean style hat, when all things alpine were popular in the U.S. in the late 1930s. There were tyrolean jackets, suits, sweaters...and then hats. Mine is a thin black felt embellished with  what looks like matching horsehair on top. It's a clever embellishment, very subtle: the felt and the horsehair are swirled together and cut at an angle (difficult to see here, but I do have a close-up somewhere). If I had that time machine that so many DIY bloggers talk about,  I'd return and get this hat in a kelly green and fuschia. I get so many compliments on this simple hat I really do wish I could replicate it easily. But I'd at least need a hat block...and the crown vaguely looks like a Civil War soldier's hat, but the brim is short and sweet, typical for the Depression. I imagine this hat was very versatile during that time...perfect to wear with a suit or a princess-style black coat. 

I hope to never wear this hat out it's so sweet. In any event, it's going on an adventure tonight at "Hats...Art for Your Head!"

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hatty Link Sunday - free Stacy Charles Takhi hat pattern

Stacy Takhi Charles, free pattern                             


Plenty of hat love this week here in Chicago and nationwide.

1. Five milliners will be participating in "Hats...Art of Your Head," the opening is this Thursday, Nov. 17. I look forward to seeing Eia's and Jenny Pfanenstiel's work.  
2. Optimo Hats has a new downtown location in Chicago's historic Monadnock building. The window display must truly rock! 
3. Better late than never: check out this Amelia Earhart Halloween costume and a how-to on sewing jodhpurs if you're ever in need. The hat and goggles are flea market finds.
4. A self-fabric button how-to. Very couture. Handy for hat-making too.
5. The latest incarnation of the Tam, to be published in Interweave Knits and in stores Nov. 29. Looking forward to that...supposedly there's a review of my app, Yarn U, in there!

That's all for now. Over and out.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hatty Saturday - Free Sockhead Hat Pattern, La Fete De Catherinettes, Philip Treacy

Sockhead Hat Designed by bohokits. It's free!

Sockhead Hat, Fleur de Fiber (Arcadian) at Windy Knitty

Designed by bohoknits, download free pattern here
These links are no particular order, mostly millinery-related, but not all:
  • Do your swim suits take a beating in chlorine-treated water? Do you fear they've become a little too revealing even though you're covered from here to there? Try sewing your suits with reversible laminate bright tricot Spandex. Not cheap, but it won't become sheer either after several dips in the pool.
  • I knew this was a Philip Treacy before I clicked on the link at OMG. Yes, Sarah Jessica Parker has a sense of humor.
  • Here pipe cleaners are used for gift wrap, but they make dandy cocktail hat embellishments. Think spider legs, leave stems, etc.
  • The buttercup beret, yes, designed by Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns. A knitting pattern, it's It's free here.
  • For fingering-weight yarn fanatics, here's an American-made line....and get this, it's tweedy! Great for vintage hat and sweater patterns.  I give you (or rather Jared Flood) LOFT, not to be confused with Ann Taylor LOFT.
That's all for today, friends. Over and out!