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Free Vintage Crochet Patterns 1940’s Hats Bags Muffs Week 22

Free Vintage Crochet Patterns 1940’s Hats Bags Muffs Week 22 You can find the entire Designer Sweaters by Reynolds Continental Collection on Remember my blog has moved to; Be sure to bookmark the new site above. Thanks, Ruby check … Continue reading

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Free Vintage Hat Patterns Over the Top Toppers Fascinator’s and Head Pieces


Hello everyone, do you like hats? I love hats and wear them almost all the time. This week I want to share some of my favorites from my collection and FROM around the web especially Pinterest. Do you like Over-the-Top Hats? Remember my definition of over the top may not be the same as yours!! Here are some of favorite over the top topper and I’d where each and ever one.

Donna Vinci Couture Church Hat H1341.Cher for Vanity Fair, 1986 by Annie LeibovitzFollow ME!!!PearlsGreen Pamela Sinamay Hat



Would you dare wear any of these hats?

Google Image Result for detail for -Couture Hats, Hats, Phillip Treacy, Phillip Treacy HatsDonna Vinci Couture Church Hat....Donna Vinci Couture HatsImage detail for -donna vinci couture church hat h2046 beautiful designer hat by

How about one of these stunning modern vintage reproductions.

1920s clochecloche1920s Hat Flapper  Black  Silver Metallic Cloche by ludascrafts1920's vintage flapper hatChurch HatA Hat about Hats, what more could you ask for

Let us not forget hats for the Royals around the world–I must say church hats and hats for the royals have kept the tradition alive.

Paloma Cuevas wearing a Philip Treacy hat.Queen Maxima totally surrounded in hat.Chic in her hat.Her smile brings joy to my heart. Long live the Queen! Reception at Mansion HouseKateHM Queen Sirikit of Thailand

Now the Bazaar–Weird to me–share the weirdest hat you’ve ever seen? Share your weirdest, wackiest hat picture on our Facebook Page and win either one of these this free vintage Hat Pattern Books. the number of likes will decide the winner. Enjoy!


Free Hats Bags & Accessories

Free Hats Bags & Accessories

Hats and Bag Patterns

Hats and Bag Patterns


!!!????!!!!!  - Philip Treacy hatAlexander McQueen in Vogue <<  Very Edith Sitwell to mePhilip TreacyPhilip Treacy, Paris Haute Couture ShowPhilip TreacyTreacy!

Fascinator’s are all the rage and it seems like if you can think-it, dream-it or imagine it a topper it can be created. Checkout these wonders.

Hats at Royal AscotRoyal Ascot 2012 - Day 3Royal ascot hatRoyal AscotJasmine Guinness the sister of Daphne Guinness at Royal AscotHat by Bill CunninghamOriginal caption:1/11/52: High drama is achieved by Walter Florell in this rough grey straw with a soaring, cutaway brim. The white mesh veil is studded with red sequins.

Now lets look at some real vintage hats, head pieces and fascinators.

Photo: Horst P. Horst fro Harper's Bazaar, 1943.Pink chiffon lantern hat by Pierre Cardin 1962.William Klein, 1962.Chanel, Summer Straw Hat, 1960s.Flappers ~ 1920's1920.1920's Fashionable Hats from's19501950's.1970s Fashion, 1970s, fashion, womenswear, style. Loose floaty bohomenian clothing with organic, natural colours and flower patterns, again with statement peices

As you can see there are some styles that have re-invented throughout the decades and some you never see again.. But one thing for sure the hat is timeless no matter what country you live in or your age–take the plunge and enjoy the exotic, the chic and sexy, the mysterious and the funny–WEAR A HAT! Here’s some free vintage hat patterns sew, crochet, knit or craft and become your own style icon.

Attaché ImageMake your own pattern for this fabric hat - 1937The Midvale Cottage Post: Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Sewing a Chic Tu... Fedora Hat PatternHigh Hat pattern.hat Hats magazineMAKING A REPRODUCTION HAT FROM 1928      hatHome Sewings Tip from the 1920s - Sew Yourself a Felt Cloche . Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Make a Cloche from Ribbon

Here are a few more vintage Hat patterns for your enjoyment.

Crocheted Hat & Bag - free vintage pattern originally published in Today's Crochet Book, Book No. 115.

This is a free pattern for a beaded cloche hat.  The pattern for the matching bag is for sale, but I bet you could figure it out after making the hat.

Our Cloche hat crochet pattern from Smart Bags, originally published by Spool Cotton Co, Book No. 209, in 1944.

Vintage 40's Crochet hat - pattern.  Looove it.  I'm making this - wonder how it'll turn out.

This 1920s-inspired, knit hat pattern is perfect for any vintage lover.  It's easy to make, plus there are three ways to make it. 1921 Millinery Spring Summer Hats Picturesque Hats in Hand Crochet Free 60’s Vintage Millinery Hat Patterns



My Vintage Crochet Projects | Free Vintage Crochet Doily Patterns

My Vintage Crochet Projects

Last week I shared the sewing projects that I have on the table–this week it’s all about crochet. I’m working doilies and motifs mostly and I will share the patterns with you.
I love working on ruffled doily patterns mostly, I like the one’s with complex stitch patterns. The make the project challenging but the results are phenomenal.

I just finished the 1890’s Doily, from Old Time Crochet Autumn 1996. Originally published in “Miss Arnold’s Book of Crocheting, No 2, 1890”

Here’s my completed version.

My Version Vintage 1890s Doily Pattern

My Version Vintage 1890’s Doily Pattern

Center 1890 Doily remake

Center 1890 Doily

If you’d like to make the 1890’s Doily, here’s the free crochet pattern.

1890s doily page 1

An 1890’s Doily

1890s doily page 2

An 1890’s Doily Pattern Part 2

I finished this doily about a week ago, this doily is from Lily Mills, 1950, Book 1600. “Sheer Witchery”, it’s a doily luncheon set, I only wanted to make the large doily pattern.

Sheer Witchery Doily | Lily Mills 1950

Sheer Witchery Doily | Lily Mills 1950

Sheer Witchery Close-up Doily

Sheer Witchery Close-up Doily

If you’d like to make “Sheer Witchery” here’s the pattern.

doily liliy mills book 1600 1950 vintage crochet pattern

Sheer Witchery Luncheon Set Doily Free Pattern

Free Vintage Doily Pattern Sheer Witchery

Free Vintage Doily Pattern Sheer Witchery

Also in process is the “Blossom Ruffle Doily” by American Thread Company.

I’ve made this doily several times and gave one away and sold the other. Now I want to have one for myself. Blossom Ruffle is an easy doily to make but now with age and bad eyes working in dark colors is difficult at night because of the stitch pattern. here’s where I am at the moment.

Blossom ruffle

Now here’s the vintage pattern “Blossom Ruffle”.

ruffle doily pattern book 143 vintage blossom ruffle

Free Blossom Ruffle Doily Pattern

ruffle doily pattern vintage blossom ruffle

Blossom Ruffle Doily 2

My next vintage gem is Coral Reef from “Old and New Favorites”, the Spool Cotton Company, Book 269

Doily Project

Coral Reef Doily

Here’s the pattern if you’d like to make this odd ruffle doily.

Coral Reef Spool Cotton Book 269

Coral Reef Spool Cotton Book 269

vintage doily pattern coral reef

Coral Reef Doily 2

Another project is “Ruffles Run Riot” from Lily Mills, published originally in Book 1600 and then again in Book 209.

lily mills book 209 free vintage doily pattern

Ruffles Run Riot Free Doily Pattern 1

vintage ruffle doily pattern lily mills 1600

Ruffles Run Riot


My final contribution for today’s post is also from Lily Mills, Book 400 “Easy to Crochet Tablecloths Luncheon Sets and Runners”.

crochet shell motif medallion

The medallion design is called Shell Motif”, I have about 15 motifs made because the size 16 hook is almost like a needle if you tap your finger tip the wrong way. so it was slow going for a while. I solved that problem by using the old rubber finger tips you buy at the office supply store–they make great thimbles.

By the way enjoy the Garden Fern motif on the same page.


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I want to share a the Popcorn & Pineapples Doily, from American Thread Company. Book 128. I made this doily sometime ago, actually its been about 12 years maybe a few more than that, this is by far my favorite small flat doily, the stitches come together to create a beautiful pattern.

Here’s my version.

Popcorn and Pineapple Doily

Popcorn and Pineapple Doily

If you’d like to make this pattern, here’s the instructions for the Pineapple and Popcorn Doily

vintage doily pattern american thread

Popcorn and Pineapple Doily Pattern

free vintage doily pattern popcorn pineapples

Popcorn and Pineapple Page 2

vintage doily pattern page 3

Popcorn and Pineapple Doily 3

As I was looking for this doily I came across some older work from some of these patterns, take a look.


Double Ruffle Doily | Spool cotton

Double Ruffle Doily | Spool cotton

Blossom Ruffle

Blossom Ruffle

Rice Stitch Doily

Rice Stitch Doily

Enjoy, your comments and thoughts are always welcomes, until next time.

Getting Ready for Summer | Are You Wearing Vintage?

After seeing a post on the Vintage Belle blog the other day and sharing that update and her inspiration–I decided that it was time for my pictures and time to share what I’ve been up to.

In the sewing realm I’ve completed in part several pieces that now need finishing touches.

Let’s start with this primitive over-blouse with the Hon Kong back finish and the vintage buttons I picked up a few years back when I bought out an old dry-goods store. The fabric was purchased back 2005 from a trip to South Africa. I lined the blouse with the same fabric as the back finish otherwise it would be uncomfortable to wear.

I’m not sure why I didn’t photograph the inside.

I think this is a great professional look.  I love the idea of an African designs made into classic business wear, this will look great over my black slack or straight shirts.

Burlap Over-Blouse Hon Kong Finish

Burlap Over-Blouse Hon Kong Finish


Next is a party dress for one of my granddaughter’s, it’s red with an ivory tucked sash that tie’s in a big bow in the back. I lined the dress with a full petticoat and under-slip. I still have to finish the lining, petticoat and under-slip. When completed it will have a lace trimmed neckline and her initials embroidered in the petticoat.

Red Party Dress

Red Party Dress


The next two dresses are ankle length. These ankle length dresses are on the rag here in the US but I found the commercial pieces were always made in some synthetic that was just too hot for summer. The fabric is vintage and they feel like a cotton blend or maybe even rayon. Here’s my solution. Each dress is ready to be hemmed and the last pressing.

Flower Length Big flower Dress

Flower Length Big flower Dress

Ankle Length Print

Ankle Length Print

What’s next on the sewing board is 7361 Simplicity–

First I am looking for either a paisley or lengthwise strip for this Pant Dress — I’m thinking about this fabric I found at Spoonflower I just can’t decide on which color–or if I want to compromise on the strip width. I do know that I want to ear this one to my granddaughter’s graduation. I have the perfect sandal.

Now I would love to have a bold strip or paisley like on the envelope but–I’m not sure if I can find it–your suggestions or idea would be appreciated

waterfall stripes in ocean blue
waterfall stripes in raspberry ice
waterfall stripes - mother of pearl

While I’m deciding on fabric for that pattern, I have decided what I want to sew with these vintage fabrics from my fabric stash.

Take a lot at the rest of my summer wardrobe.

Fabric from Haberman's Royal Oak, Mi

Fabric from Haberman’s Royal Oak, Mi

vintage jungle print

Vintage Jungle Print Fabric purchased at a flea market

Vintage Orange Swirl Print

Vintage Orange Swirl Print purchased on eBay


Vintage Red Fabric Purchased on eBay

Vintage Red Fabric Purchased on eBay

The question is will I finish all of these yes because my oldest granddaughter graduates from high school–her prom is the end of May and her graduation is the first week in June.

Today is May 1st–I better get to sewing.

Do you think I have a lot to sew watch for my next post mapping out my crochet project to be completed.

Here’s a couple new Free knitting patterns. Enjoy!

Knitting Pattern Ladies Jumper Suit | Free Vintage Frock

Vintage Crochet Knitting Patterns 70’s Halter | Free Sexy Halter Top Patterns to Knit or Crochet for the Summer

Are Hot Pants Stylish? | Crochet or Knit Your Favorite Hot Pants Styles with these free patterns

Free Vintage Crochet Pattern | Hiawatha Beaded Evening Bag | Patrician



On the Fifth Day of Christmas Santa We’re Sharing | Augusta Crocheted Yokes Pfeuffer Book 5 “Free”

On the Fifth Day of Christmas Santa We’re sharing a fabulous Crochet Pattern Book | 5 Augusta Crocheted Yokes Pfeuffer.

Which yoke would you like to crochet first?




I’m still a couple of days behind, finished about 16 doll dresses, Brook’s tutu and still have chairs to cover before starting Christmas Dinner..Busy (I love Christmas)


My Granddaughter

I hope you’re looking forward to Day six..enjoy your holiday!

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