Ladies Victorian Top Hat Pattern
I recently began thinking about all the Victorian Festivals that
are held around the world and the fact that true hat patterns
with complete photographic instructions are not available.
Although there are companies on line who sell buckram frames
I cannot imagine without complete instructions, patterns and
photographs, how on earth anyone would cover a frame. I
believe there are many ladies out there would love to make a
hat to match their Victorian outfits, of which commercial patterns
are available, to show off their true style. Custom made hats are
very expensive and it is this reason that I am now taking the time
to take my designs and make them available to the public.
To write my tutorial I made this lavender and purple top hat and draped and
pleated the vamp (the center part of a hat) with a lovely, lavender,
embroidered soft, netting. In my collection of broaches was the perfect one
to show off the front of the hat to perfection. The vamp area of this hat
is 4″ tall. Finished hat height is approximately 5″.
The fabric I chose to over the hat is mid purple faux suede.
I made a poufy circle bow for the back of the hat.
This side view shows how the back and front trims work well
together. I can just see a long Victorian style flared jacket made of
the same purple suede with a lavender embroidered cravat at the neck
The tutorial is written in three parts and with every step a photograph
so that the explanations make sense. The first section is how to make
the buckram frame. The second is how to cover the hat and the third
section tells and shows you how to line it. The pattern templates are
included. Basic machine sewing skills are needed and a machine that
has straight and zigzag stitches is required.
To download the pattern and tutorial the cost is $24.95.
Email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Two other top hats I have made.
I made this one for a wedding.
For the back of the hat I made a lace cravat.
I made this top hat as a Christmas gift for my daughter.
I covered it in red velvet and the inside brim in red brocade
fabric. I made a roll of soft white curly for as a band.
I made a soft pom-pom style bow at the back of the hat.