Inspired by Vintage Traveler Lizzie’s mentioning Susan Langley’s book, Vintage Hats & Bonnets 1770-1970, found at my local library, I was hunting through the 1920s-1930s section for inspiration for a new summer hat.
Langley’s book is full of colour photos, as well as vintage adverts for hats and dresses. Left me drooling, gave me lots of ideas, and held a big surprise…
I found an excellent example of my last summer’s hat, ripply brim and all – it was an actual style. Who’d have thought! There’s even a sample, which I’ll leave in the book for copyright reasons.
The “real” ruffle brim hat appears to be a stiffer straw, while mine is loosely crocheted, ripples varying according to gravity & wind. But I’ve temporarily postponed rushing to make another hat. Come summer’s heat & humidity, I know those crochet holes are excellent ventilation!