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How to Make Hats:A Method of Self-Instruction Using Job Sheets - Fully Illustrated

Spiral Bound Book Republication™

by Rosalind Weiss

Originally Published in 1931!

Another marvelous Dakota Prairie Treasures UNABRIDGED Spiral Bound Book Republication™ of the original "How to Make Hats!" 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!

This HISTORIC item has hundreds of line drawings regarding the manufacturing of the most deliciously feminine FLAPPER ERA HATS & chapeaux in its 317 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 reenactment groups, opera, stage and theater costumers, students and fabric artists, Red Hat Society members and more! I hardly know where to begin!

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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 1930'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:
"I have written this series of job sheets, "How to Make Hats," in an effort to simplify the teaching of millinery in day and evening schools, and to help teachers, students, and home milliners to follow trade standards.

The Book has been divided into ten units, totaling seventy jobs. Each unit consists of a group of closely related jobs which constitute a definite division of millinery...A job, as used in this text, is the sum total of a definite group of operations needed to complete a particular problem in millinery. Specific directions for performing each operation are given..."


First Aid to a Good Milliner

(Proper use of tools and materials)


Hand-blocked and Draped Felts and Straws; with Draped Crinoline Models

I. Headsize Band - a Prerequisite for All Millinery

2. Hand-blocked Felt Crowns

3. Hand-blocked Felt Brims - Worked from Edge to Headsize - Straight Seam

4. Hand-blocked Felt Brims - Worked from Headsize to Edge - No Seam

5. Hand-blocked Felt or Straw Brims - Worked from Edge to Headsize - When Brim is Cut and Lapped

6. Hand-blocked Felt or Straw Brims - Worked from Edge to Headsize - When Brim is to be Pleated, and When Block in Not Carved to Indicate Pleats

7. Draped Crinoline Brims - With Crinoline Cut Circular - Pinning the Seam after Draping (Preparatory to Draping Felt or Straw)

8. Draped Crinoline Brims - With Crinoline Cut Circular - Pinning the Seam Before Draping (Preparatory to Draping Felt or Straw

9. Draped Crinoline Brims - with Bias Crinoline (Preparatory to Draping Felt or Straw)

10. Draped Felt or Straw Brims - According to Crinoline Models or Finished Hats

11. Felt or Straw Brims Stretched on Patterns - When Using Flanges from Hoods or Bodies

12. Hand-blocked Straw Crowns

13. Hand-blocked Straw Brims - Worked from Edge to Headsize - Straight Seam

14. Hand-blocked Straw aBrims - Without Seams - Worked from Headsize to Edge

Unit II


15. Measuring, Cutting, and Joining True and Long Bias Strips - A Prerequisite for any Job Using a Bias

16. A Quarter-inch Bias Binding

17. A Quarter-inch Binding - With Ribbon One-half Inch Wide - With Both Selvage Showing

18. A Quarter-inch Binding - With Ribbon Three-quarters Inch Wide - With One Selvage Showing

19. A Circular Ribbon Flange - With Half-inch Belting Ribbon

20. A Circular Ribbon Flange - With One and One-half Inch Belting Ribbon - On a Steel Wire - One a Block - Placed on a Brim or Extending

21. Plain Folds

22. Milliner's Folds

23. A Finished Cord on a Wire - Sewed to a Brim - Suggestions for a Finished Cord on a Cable Cord and for an Unfinished Cord



24. Hand-molded Brims - Bias - On Headsize or on Crowns

25. Making Brims with Patterns

26. Making Brims - Free Hand - Straight

27. Wire Frames - Brims

28. Model Frames - Brims

29. Stretched Brims - Fitted

30. Stretched Brims - Bias

31. Taking a Pattern from a Brim



32. Bias Top Facing - Raw Edge - Finished

32. Bias Under Facing - Raw Edge - on a Wire - Slipstitched - in One with Binding

33. Bias Under Facing - Raw Edge - on a Wire - Slipstitched - in One with Binding

34. Steamed Double Facing - Bias - with Suggestions for Using It as a Brim - A Coronet - a Loose Flange

35. Fitted Top Facing - without Seam - Fairly Regular Shapes

36. Fitted Top Facing - with Seam - Irregular Shapes

37. Fitted Under Facing - without Seam - Fairly Regular Shapes - Raw Edge - on a Wire - Slipstitched

38. Fitted Under Facing - with seam - Fairly Regular Shapes - Raw Edge - on a Wire - Slipstitched



39. Steamed Crinoline Foundation Crown - One Piece

40. Cutting Paper Patterns for Vertical Section Crowns - From Tip to Headsize or with Plain Side Crown

41. Vertical Section Crowns - Suggestions for Cording and Making Sectional Tip

42. Steamed Tip - Fitted Side Crown - Suggestions for Cording and Making Sectional Tip

43. Steamed Two-pieced Foundation Crown of Crinoline - On Regulation Block - On Block that is Larger at the Tip than at the Headsize

44. Cutting an Oval Tip Pattern - When Only the Headsize Measurement is Given - When the Diameters of the Headsize are Given

45. Tip and Side Crown - Stitched by Machine - Soft - Not Steamed - Plain - Draped - Even Rows of Stitching

46. Shirred Crowns - On Small Tips - With and Without Wire or Cord - With No Tips - Plain or Full Side Crowns

47. Copying and Designing Crown Patterns for Side-to-side Section Crowns - Suggestions Applied to Any Type Crown

48. Making a Crown with Side-to-side Section Patterns

49. Ribbon Crown with Side-to-side Section Patterns

49. Ribbon Crowns Worked Around - Of No. 16 Ribbon

50. Ribbon Crowns Worked Vertically From Center of Tip to Bottom of Crown - Suggestions for Using Folds in the Same Way



51. Soft Brim - By Pattern - With Even Rows of Machine Stitching - Suggestions for a Louse Flange - Fitted

52. Getting a Shaped Headsize Line on a Block - Preparatory to Making Turbans, or Berets (Tams)

53. Foundations for Turbans or Berets (Tams) - Maline - Taffeta - Crinoline

54. Suggestions for Ribbon Hats

55. Berets (Tams) - The Vertical Section Type - The Tip and Side Crown Type

56. How to Mount Berets (Tams)

57. Regulation Draped Turban



58. Steamed Maline Brim Over a Wire Frame

59. Steamed Maline Flange - Suggestions for Using Flange as a Brim - Suggestions for Steaming Lace

60. Steamed Maline Crown

61. Hair-braid Brims - Plain and Rolled Edge

62. Hair-braid Crowns - Any Crown Worked from Headsize to Tip



63. Straw Brims - Sewed Over a Model Frame Using Four- or Five-row Braid

64. Straw Crowns - Sewed Over a Block Using Four- or Five-row Braid

65. Straw Brims Using Woven Braid - Either Over a Pattern, or Model Frame, or Block, or Right on a Frame

66. Straw Crowns of Woven Braid - Ribbon Crowns Worked from the Tip Down



67. Suggestions for Renovating and Remodeling Hats



68.Cap Lining

69. French or Open Lining

70. Ribbon Band or Fold - Used as a Lining (Sweat Band)



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, flowers, feathers, etc., can be found online quite readily. You just have to hunt a little bit! :) Or, of course, you can utilize contemporary tools and materials found at a near by 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...

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1931 Flapper Hat Patterns MILLINERY Book How to Make Blocked Felt Hats DIY Prohibition Era

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