This big-brimmed hat was shown on the cover of Delineator, August 1930. Illustrated by Dynevor Rhys. It may be based on Butterick pattern 3816, shown later in this post.
The transition from 1920s to 1930s was more gradual in hats than in dresses. The cloche was still around, but tiny hats and huge hats were also featured.
Five different hat styles appeared on the same page in Delineator, August 1930.
Above, Hat B is a familiar cloche, Hat C clings very tightly to the head, Hats A and D have wide brims, and Hat E is cut away in front, with most of the brim at sides and back.
You would expect these wide brims in summer; August 1930.
By summer of 1930, the natural waist is everywhere.
Delineator cover for June 1930. Detail.
I find 1930 hats with a pleated brim very attractive:
Left, a medium-width pleated brim. August 1930.
Another pleated brim from August 1930.
Wide-brimmed hats were especially seen with afternoon dresses:
A long, formal afternoon dress is topped with a very wide brim. August 1930. You can imagine this woman is a guest at a wedding.
Another afternoon ensemble; Delineator cover, June 1930.
This socialite was photographed in an afternoon dress by Paquin and a Reboux hat with unusual brim. Delineator, August 1930. Click here for another asymmetrical Reboux hat dated 1928.
However, wide brims were also worn for sun protection with casual dresses and even pajamas:
Fashion editorial illustrations; Delineator, May 1930.
Detail from a Delineator cover, February 1931. Thanks to Lynn at Americanagefashion.com for this image! [Thong shoes!]
Butterick offered this versatile hat pattern in 1931.
Butterick pattern 3816 for hats with and without a brim. Delineator, April 1931.
The one second from left doesn’t have a brim, just a “binding.”
Butterick hat patttern 3816; back view of two versions.
This pattern is also in the collection of the Commercial Pattern Archive.
Butterick 3816 image from pattern envelope. CoPA.
The version at lower left resembles the hat featured on the August 1930 Delineator cover.
Very similar to Butterick 3816, but with added trim inside and outside the hat.
The shapes of the pattern pieces for Butterick 3816, courtesy of CoPA.
Once you create a log-in for the Commercial Pattern Archive, you have free access to this and other patterns.
McCall hat pattern 1879 from 1931. CoPA archive.
Pattern pieces for McCall 1879, a hat from 1931.
This beautiful hat from the CoPA collection dates back to 1924:
McCall pattern 1362 envelope illustration, courtesy of Commercial Pattern Archive.
It shouldn’t be too difficult to copy those flowers and add them to a purchased straw hat!
A big hat was still appropriate for summer in 1933:
3 responses to “Early Thirties’ Hats & Patterns”
Ahh, lovely! My favourite era for hats – thank you!
Thank you for this post! What really caught my eye (besides the hats, of course), was the shoes. On two of the coloured Delineator covers the women are wearing shoes I wouldn’t have dated around 1930. Very interesting. And what a nice blouse with the horizontal pleating! Lots of inspiration again!
So many pants! I guess big hats meant outside leisure.