These three hat and bag patterns were so popular that they appeared in McCall Needlework catalogs for several years.
McCall pattern 1294, Hats and Bags
According to the Commercial Pattern Archive, McCall 1294 was issued in 1946.
“Hand-made hats, bag, with the “custom” look. Rows of machine stitching give these hats style and body. Stitched bag has hand strap or shoulder strap.” [One of the good things to come out of WW II was the popularity of hands-free, over-the-shoulder purses, suitable for busy women who carried their own packages and took public transportation.]
In the two 1950 Needlework catalogs I have, only the top two illustrations were used. Hat styles were changing, along with hair styles, but the bags are classic shapes — a compact 7 1/2 inches high by 9 inches wide.
McCall pattern 1262, Handbags
McCall pattern 1262, for a a set of handbags, also had longevity; it, too first appeared in 1946.
Views A and C close with a slide fastener, i.e., a zipper. Trapunto quilting, as on C, involves putting extra padding under the design, so that it is a raised pattern with stitching around it. Click here to see trapunto on a bed jacket. The sequinned bag at right is for evening. View C is “very dressy.”
McCall 1204, Hats for Girls
These hats for girls also appeared for at least four years, starting in 1945.
Here’s a closer look at the top four images — that jaunty feathered hat seems pretty sophisticated:
“Left-over pieces from Sister’s dress or coat can be used to make her a matching fabric hat.” “For school, for gadabout, for prettying up! Most casual of the three is the little brim hat (A) that fits the head closely.” It’s very similar to 1294 (B), the equally popular adult pattern, although the crowns are constructed differently.
Imagine: a world where little girls routinely wore hats — as did their fathers.
These girls’ hats are from Sears — 1945. Women who wanted to make hats at home from sewing patterns used cloth, because making a shaped felt hat usually requires equipment not available to the home stitcher.