HISTORICAL HATS 20th Century
QUICK "HOW TO TIPS" 1920's, 1930's, 1940's, 1950's
Period Headwear Chart

EGYPTIAN - ROMAN/GREEK Pg 1     11TH TO 16TH CENTURY  Page 2     17TH- 18TH CENTURY  Pg 3
19TH CENTURY Pg 4     20th CENTURY Pg 5

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EGYPTIAN HATS
Cleopatra, Egyptian Headdresses

ROMAN/GREEK
Roman Helmets

MEDIEVAL
Medieval crowns, circlets

RENAISSANCE
Renaissance Hats, Muffins, Straw sun hats

Choosing the correct hat style for the correct time frame is important. Hopefully you will find a hat style in the following chart. Simple how to instructions are listed under each picture.

20TH CENTURY HATS

1920'S HATS

How to tips for 1920's Hats Quick tips to make a Cloche Hat Fedora Hat
Wool Cloche

Buy a felt wool body from a milliner or find a wool hat
from the thrift store. Dampen with a spray bottle and wear it to shape
(or dry on a bowl the correct size). Must tie it down to keep from slipping. Cut and trim edges. Add frills.
Fabric Cloche

In order to achieve this, you need a stretchy fabric.
Pull a piece onto your head. Trim edges as desired.
Turbans

5 yards x36" minimum of fashion fabric. Wrap and crossover at the sides and
front. Layering right next to previous layer. Tuck ends
into turban.
Fedora Hat

You can buy Fedora's in a
variety of price ranges. For
inexpensive Fedora's or special order nice Fedoras for probably upwards of $50.00.

1930's HATS 

How to make a 1930s hat 1930's Hat Make a 1930's hat 1930's Felt hat
Felt

This hat is coming out of the 1920's cloche hat era. To make this hat follow the felt cloche hat instructions above. When you are ready to tie it down, make sure the tie is located where the crown and the brim would bend. Let dry to shape. You will cut this brim to the desired width. Continued
Felt Continued 

Remember to cut it smooth. This is the edge of the brim. The hat above has the widest brim. The previous hat seems to have a dip where the crown and brim come together. Use a tack pin to pull your tie down into a point while drying to form the dip.
Fabric

Use double weight buckram
from a millinery store. Cut a piece larger than needed. Wet buckram and shape on your head. This is an oval
shape. Front to back. When dry, cut back piece out. Cover with fashion fabric. Add feathers and
rhinestones.
Felt

This is very similar to the
felt cloche hats. Follow
instructions from above.
Add trim, feathers, and netting. For the back, cut 1" wide felt strips for the
bow pieces. Trim and then
attach.
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Fabric

Start with a piece of
buckram about 7" diameter. Dampen and
shape to top of head.
When dry, cover with
velvet. Add lining to help
keep it's shape. Trim with ribbon, netting and
feathers. This hat has an
elastic string for the back
of your head to help hold
it on.
Fabric

Top circle of fashion fabric
is about 9" diameter. Wire the edge of the crown circle. The lower piece is a long straight piece of fabric gathered to fit the top circle. I would use heavy
iron on interfacing to help
hold the shape. Gather bottom edge with heavy gauge thread. Wire the bottom edge. Stabilize with a lining.
Wool Felt

Basic soft wool felt body hat with double row of ruching curling up the side.
 

1940'S  HATS
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1940's Hat

Start with wool felt body. Dampen wool body and shape to head. Let dry most of the way. In order to achieve the sharp contours, you need millinery glue. Spread the glue onto wool body and shape the points and brim with your fingers. (Use gloves) Let dry. Spread more glue to the inside of the hat curves and points to keep stiff. To secure a sharp edge, make a circle of millinery wire and slip into inside the crease. Add coque feathers.
  1940's Hat

Cut two pieces of wool felt. One circle for the top crown. Second piece for the brim, looks like a teardrop with the back center missing. Add seam allowances. Use the circle that you just cut for the measurement to mark your cut lines in the back center of the brim. The front pointed piece of the brim is 6" wide to 5" wide on the side and tapering toward the back. The center back actually curves up toward the crown with the width being about 2" wide. Wire the crown circle and the outside of the brim. Stitch together. May need to clip curves to fit. Add bow and feathers.
 

1950'S  HATS
     
  1950's Hat

Use a wool fabric. Add seam allowance and cut an oval crown and a wide brim circle approx. 6" wide. Wire the edge of the crown circle. Stitch together. To make the hat turn down it needs a circle of millinery wire smaller than the actual circle. Fold the wool over the edge of the wire and stitch.
   

EGYPTIAN - ROMAN/GREEK  Page 1     11TH TO 16TH CENTURY  Page 2     17TH- 18TH CENTURY  Page 3  
 

19TH CENTURY  Page 4     20th CENTURY Pg 5

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17TH CENTURY

Seventeenth Century Hats, Cavalier Hats, Musketeer Hat

18TH CENTURY
Tricorn Hat

19TH CENTURY
1890's Hats, Victorian Hats, Top Hats

20TH CENTURY
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