How do you top off a vintage look?… With a hat of course!

I have always been open and honest about my obsession with sewing. You only have to take one glance at my life to see it is completely consumed by the hobby. As well as my blog, I have numerous sewing machines stashed away throughout my house  (and in my garage) and the largest bedroom in my house has been turned into a sewing room. Now this interest developed over a period of time. The more I attempted to sew garments, the better I became and the more obsessed I grew. A natural progression some might say.

What has taken me by surprise, however, was how quickly this developed into a secondary interest…. an interest in vintage sewing. I found it really enjoyable to search for, collect and try out vintage patterns, hunt down vintage machines, source vintage fabric and of course take inspiration from vintage fashions. Why we follow current fashions I will never know, because in my opinion people were so much more stylish 50+ years ago!

cloche hat and vintage dress by made with hugs and kisses

Lately I have been really trying to incorporate my love of vintage fashions into my every day wardrobe. I am so proud of myself as I am finding I have developed such an extensive handmade wardrobe that I am able to wear handmade for at least half the week, if not more (depending on how up to date with the washing I am!) And by attending vintage fairs and stores I have begun to pick up a few accessories that finish off the look perfectly. My latest favourite being hats! I never realised until recently, but I think In really suit them :D

cloche hat floral dress by made with hugs and kisses

So, what does all of this rambling have to do with my latest project? Well, this dress is based on a vintage pattern from the 1970’s that I borrowed from a friend. Luckily we are exactly the same size which made everything nice and easy.

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I already loved that it was vintage, but what was even better was that by using this particular material I think it looks even more retro… I can’t quite pinpoint which era it reminds me of… I want to say 20’s perhaps.

Anyway, this then gave me the idea of teaming it with one of my vintage cloche hats to see if it would finish of the look…. and it did!

When we took these pictures I felt like I had stepped right out of an old movie :D

hat with floral vintage dress by made with hugs and kisses

 

I do plan on making this dress again,but next time I might add an extra inch around the waist , and even though that pattern calls for bodice facings to be used, I felt that these proved to be more of a hindrance than a help, so I would instead go for a full bodice lining  instead. Overall though a successful creation and one I am sure I will get plenty of wear out of, especially if I team it with tights for the winter.

floral vintage with hat by made with hugs and kisses

Well, it certainly is nice to be able to share another project, I know it has been a little while since my last one. Turns out work is hard and tiring!

With it being half term this week I am hoping to get a lot of sewing and blogging done, and perhaps some refashions and pattern making too… it is going to be a busy, but very enjoyable week. I have lots in store so please feel free to pop on over to my blog :D

Happy sewing everyone

oXo

• Meet the Author • made with hugs and kisses


Hi there, I'm Hannah Smith! I taught myself to sew about 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. I love to dabble in all things creative from sewing to jewellery making to baking and crochet. My crafting addiction has led to me to develop a hoarding problem, most recently of vintage patterns :D Follow my adventures over on the Made with Hugs and Kisses Blog xXx


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5 comments… add one

  • That’s a very cute hat!

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  • Very pretty dress and hat.

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  • Ah this is so lovely! I love the 70s silhouettes. The sleeves on the pattern are probably what i would choose to make, but i like your version too! :)

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  • Lovely. I thought it was a bit forties!

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  • Looks great! I agree that it has a forties vibe, especially with the puff sleeves. Love the hat, too! Even though I like 40’s and 50’s fashion best, I absolutely love cloches.

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