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Late 1930s Hat Styles

Two views of a twisted felt  hat

This twisted and skewered felt hat, from a private collection, has no label, but it seems like the logical (or illogical) result of hat patterns and illustrations from the late 1930s.

Here are three hats shown with couture collections in February, 1936.

Sketches of Paris Couture, Woman's Home Companion, February 1936

Sketches of Paris Couture, Woman’s Home Companion, February 1936

The designers are, left to right, Mainbocher, Worth, and Molyneux. Fourteen months later, similar styles were available to home stitchers in a Butterick pattern.

Butterick Hat Pattern #7852: Four Hat Styles

Butterick # 7852, Butterick Fashion News, May 1938

Butterick # 7852, Butterick Fashion News, May 1938

“All in one pattern, you will find the four important hats of the season – the pill-box, the draped turban with height, the drapable, cone-shaped hat, and the brimmed bonnet. Designed for 21 ½ to 23 inches head. 25 Cents.”

Except for the pillbox hat (top left), three have pointed or flattened cone shapes, which had been appearing at least since 1936.

Ad, January 1936, and Pattern Illustration, December 1936, WHC

Ad, January 1936, and Pattern Illustration, December 1936, WHC

Here are several other cone hats, from 1937:

Two Views, Pattern Illustration, Woman's Home Companion, October 1937

Two Views, Pattern Illustration, Woman’s Home Companion, October 1937

The version above is made from black Persian lamb. (Woman’s Home Companion, October of 1937)

1937 may illust pointy hat

This black felt cone hat in the illustration above is from a story in Woman’s Home Companion, May, 1937.

December 1937, Woman's Home Companion

December 1937, Woman’s Home Companion

This green draped hat appeared in a pattern illustration, Woman’s Home Companion, December 1937. It looks as though it might be an asymmetrical bow, but it is very similar to the draped cone hat in pattern # 7852, seen from a different angle.two draped cone hats

Finally, the draped and skewered cone hat illustrated on the left, below, from October, 1936, is only a little less extreme than the draped and skewered cone hat we started with:two draped and skewered cone hatsThe one on the right ties behind the head. The one on the left seems to depend on magic… or a thin elastic band.

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A Butterick Hat Pattern, 1934

Hats made from pattern 5831, photographed by Toni Frissell

Hats made from pattern 5831, photographed by Toni Frissell

Four New Hats to Make at Home

By 1934, magazines were using photographs as well as illustrations of the patterns for sale. These photos for Delineator magazine were taken by Toni Frissell.  Four very different hats can be made from this one pattern, Butterick #5831 – a white linen hat with a medium brim,  a velvet ‘beret,’ a large cartwheel hat of dark colored organdy, and a wool crepe ‘sailor’ hat.

Hat of white Doreen linen, Butterick #5831, August 1934 (Click to Enlarge)

Hat of white Doreen linen, Butterick #5831, August 1934 (Click to Enlarge)

Peaked beret of velvet, August 1934 (Click to Enlarge)

Peaked beret of velvet, August 1934 (Click to Enlarge)

Note the jeweled clip.

Dark organdy cartwheel hat, August 1934 Peaked beret of velvet, August 1934 (Click to Enlarge)

Dark organdy cartwheel hat, August 1934 (Click to Enlarge)

Two views of a 1934 Sailor Hat

Two views of a 1934 Sailor Hat

Pattern Description for Butterick Hat #5831

“5831 Four hats, very new, very smart. For 22 head, 5/8 yard linen for view C-2; ½ yard 35 or 39-inch velvet for view D, 1 yard 39-inch organdy for view B; and 5/8 yard 39-inch wool crepe view A. Designed for 21 ½ to 23 inches head.”

The description does not mention other supplies, such as linings, stiffeners,  ribbon, and milliner’s wire.  This strikes me as an ambitious project for a home stitcher.  In my experience, making hats is very different from making lingerie, no matter what this article says:

1934 aug p 17 hats pattern  cropped 5831 text

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