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E-PATTERN Early 1920s Hat Pattern- Size 22.5-23" Head

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Wearing History #AC107

Difficulty: ADVANCED.

Please read thoroughly for what is included and what to expect.

Download and PRINT AT HOME on US Letter or A4 size paper.

A Wearing History Archive Couture pattern transcribed directly from an extremely rare period hat pattern dating from the early 1920s. This hat pattern consists of a shaped crown, a shaped brim, and an external crown that goes high at front and low at back. This was very high fashion in the early 1920s, and can also work for looks from the very late 1910s. We believe this hat suitable for looks from 1919-1923. With a little ingenuity a creative maker can use the shapes as a base for even more period hat shapes.

This sewing pattern includes:

-Original text-only period instructions, which were only a few paragraphs in length and were printed on the cover of the original sewing pattern.

-Period cutting chart for period yardage -An additional page of notes including my suggestions based on my sample

-A sewing pattern which exactly follows the original period sewing pattern.


ADVANCED Difficulty.  This pattern is advanced difficulty. Some prior hatmaking knowledge is required, as the period instructions are quite scarce. I found a mock up is NEEDED in order to test the pattern to your needs. Some alterations to pattern pieces may be required, depending on your fabric, as I found the pieces difficult to ease in to each other.

*NOTE* . Although I made my sample in silk, a fabric like a wool, which can be steamed to shape, may be a better candidate for this pattern.

--- SIZING ---

LADIES SIZE is the only size information originally included. Based on my mock up I estimate size to be 22.5" to 23" circumference.

- - About Archive Couture Patterns - -

Archive Couture patterns are of Advanced Difficulty and recommended for those who are familiar with putting patterns together with little to no instruction, and who are familiar with pattern alterations for fit. These patterns are have been taken from original historical source materials. These sources may include diagrams, overlapping patterns in magazine issues, early tissue paper patterns, or other period source material. The source material was used by experienced home sewists, dressmakers, or tailors of the period from which they are derived. These patterns were only available only in single sizes, with details such as grain lines or buttonholes most often unmarked. Wearing History has clarified markings (where given) and supplied tips for working with these historical patterns. You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book on hand to help with construction and fitting. Archive Couture patterns follow the period shapes of the original period source material, maintaining the historical accuracy and fit of the completed garment. Fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry. Fit and proportion of these patterns are different than modern costume patterns and may require alteration to fit your modern body, even when wearing period style foundations. Several mock ups may be required to achieve ideal fit. We believe these patterns should not be lost to time or languish in historical archives, but be made available for historical sewing enthusiasts of today.


YOU WILL NEED ADOBE READER, A FREE PDF READER PROGRAM, IN ORDER TO OPEN AND PRINT THIS PATTERN. This pattern is formatted for USA Letter Size and A4 sized paper. You will need to print this pattern to 100% scale. Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern. This pattern is tiled into letter sized paper. This pattern file is formatted to fit on both sizes of paper, and there will be varying thicknesses of white border, which will be cut off, according to pattern instructions. You will print these documents on your home printer, cut, and tape them together, to form a larger pattern layout. Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern. This pattern comes in a ZIP folder that must be decompressed to use.

*****The pattern uses 14 pages of paper*****

-1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet.

-10 pages for the sewing pattern

-3 pages for the sewing instructions

14 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed to print this pattern. You can read the sewing instructions on your computer to reduce paper use. 

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    Most patterns come as both A4/US LETTER and A0 size. You will need ADOBE READER, a free program, to print your e-pattern.

    For A4/US LETTER paper:

    Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern. Print the PDF file on your home printer, cut off on the lines given, and tape them together. Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern.

    For A0 size:

    This is sent away to a copyshop and printed on big sheets for you. We print A0 pattern sheets at great prices at Pattern Printing Company

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Carefully Researched

All of our patterns are carefully researched and based on either public domain materials or our own creations. Lauren applies her decades worth of practical application of historical fashion and technical skills when making these patterns, and often supplies watch points for making. External helps are available on Wearing History on YouTube and on Wearing History Blog to help you learn to sew history.