This Cute Cloche Hat Sewing Project with Free Downloadable Pattern is absolutely the coolest design ever for retro-inspired craft task. You download the free pattern, cut out the shapes and sew shapes together. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey.
The cloche hat is a fitted, bell-shaped hat for women that was invented in 1908 by milliner Caroline Reboux. They were especially popular from about 1922 to 1933. Its name is derived from cloche, the French word for “bell”.
Cloche hats were usually made of felt so that they conformed to the head, and were typically designed to be worn low on the forehead, with the wearer’s eyes only slightly below the brim. In later years, a summer cloche might be made from sisal or straw. Cloches could also be made of beads or lace for evening wear, for cocktails, dancing or even for bridal wear.
Half a yard of premium felt (or other material for hat)
Hand-sewing needle, thread & pins
Scissors or rotary cutting tool & mat (I highly recommend this if you do a lot of sewing and cutting)
Free pattern (you can print this pattern on your own printer)
Starch (Sta-Flo liquid starch)
The contemporaneous Art Deco style often influenced the outline of the brim or the style of seams. While commonly worn plain, allowing the cut and shape of a well-made hat to take precedence, a cloche could be decorated with appliqués, embroidery, jeweled brooches, scarves, fans of feathers, or similar accents.
By the end of the 1920s, it became fashionable to turn the brims on cloche hats upwards. This style remained prevalent until the cloche hat went out of fashion around 1933 or ’34.
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