Since, at that time, a hat was a must-add to your outfit almost every day, being able to make your own saved women a lot of money. At the beginning of every season, women would hustle to up-date their accessories. Of course, a new hat from a milliner or a dress shop would be the first choice, but those could be pricey, even then. And, like shoes, a variety of different hats was the best thing!
These DIY styles are so cute. Like the dresses and sweaters I’ve shown from these vintages magazines, they range from casual to very dressy and can be surprising in how professional they look.
Up through the Fifties, at least, being able to construct and maintain the family’s clothing was an essential part of most housewives’ duties, along with cooking and cleaning. Although I’m told it could be fun, it was not a hobby . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY