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The Little Hatmaking Book: A Workbook on Turn-Of-The-Century Hats Paperback – May 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Series: Little Hatmaking Book (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Drama Pub (May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896761266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896761261
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By allison taylor on March 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
Less information than the bodice and corset workbooks, for those who are familiar with the author. This book focuses on turn-of-the-century women's hat shapes: wide brim and shaped sweetheart brim. Author lists fabric/notion requirements and provides numerous b/w illustrations to walk you through basic hat-building technique. Geared to very basic hats, which you can put together with a home sewing machine and glue. Maybe even too basic - info hardly fills one side of each page. Trim instructions cover gathered tulle ruffles and bows, fabric roses, big bows, and ostrich plumes. I would like to see expanded trim info, principally more complex ribbon decorations, other feather types, maybe even stuffed birds and veiling. Since hats of this time period were such a huge fashion statement, I don't feel the book adequately covers the construction possibilities. But if you need to build a basic hat and don't want to take a class or buy a wood block, this is your best option. Would be perfect for the school drama department that needs to produce dozens of hats for a period production. If you're entering a costume masquerade or have ambitions toward serious millinery, you really should look for Albrizio's Classic Millinery Techniques instead.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karen Tiede VINE VOICE on March 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
It's tiny, and it's printed on one side of the page only, and it doesn't cost ANYTHING, so if you want a large-brimmed Victorian style hat, or perhaps a crownless sweetheart hat, or you think you might like to make a hat any hat and have no clue where to start, this is a good place to jump in.

Given my propensity to spend $$$$ on the how-to and then not follow through, I went for this book, and it meets my needs exactly. I have the fashion fabric I want to use; BHA tells me what else I need to put it together and make a hat that looks respectable. Wouldn't have thought to put darts in the brim on my own.

If and when I do make this hat, and if I decide the effort was worth it and I want more, I may well step up to the complete millenary book noted above in a different review. Until then, I'm not out much $ at all and I have massively adjusted my own "figure it out somehow" ideas about what goes into a big pretty hat.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. Provoncha on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
There's lots of info in this little book! From patterns and how-to-dos to designing ideas. A must for costume and doll clothing designers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Uggybay on December 26, 2011
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This book lives up to the title in that it certainly is little. That's the only positive aspect of it. The few techniques described were worthless - they actually are harder than just using correct millinery techniques. A significant amount of space was wasted on illustrations of tacky end-products in the gist of "HAY! U CAN DECORATE YOUR HAT THIS WAY! BUT WAIT! IT LOOKS DIFFERENT IF YOU ADD A LACE RUFFLE!"
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