February 17, 2008

Hat for ship and shore – wonderful Sunday afternoon project

Filed under: Hat for ship and shore,Millinery projects — Cristina de Prada @ 10:21 pm

Wonderful Angela Landburyesque lady with a ship and shore hat.

Looking through one of my vintage millinery books I saw this fun looking foldable hat and decided to give it a go. It is so ridiculously easy that I was not sure if it would turn out ok or if I would end up looking like an overgrown elf. Good news is that it looks great and it’s soooooo easy. The book is “How to make hats” by Ruby Carnahan.

My very own Hat for Ship and ShoreThe one I made is the simpler version, using just the “section A” pattern for the outside and lining, but there is a posibility to use contrasting colors, and a pattern for making a tri-color hat. I used some leftover wool  fabric I had at home, and I’ve followed the instructions to a certain point, because I’ve sewn everything by machine, finishing it by putting the lining and exterior (good sides together), sewing around the brin and leaving a bit to turn it around.

The hat is simple because it’s made out of a single piece of fabric (well, two, one for the outside and one for the lining), sewn into a cone which then has its tip folded down to give it its peculiar look. The brim allows for a lot of play to get different looks. I’ve used one of my vintage brooches to keep the tip down

I’m not much of a sailor, so it’s going to be just a hat for shore for me, but I would be tempted to board a cruise ship in style with my new hat.

You can try it yourself, I have scanned the instructions and pattern (seam allowance not included!). Click here to see all pictures and pattern.

I intend to make more of these, so I will take pictures of the process next time. If you give it a try let me know, I would love to see how it looks!


  1. Your new hat looks amazing! And that’s a gorgeous brooch/ornament. Suddenly, I’m thinking of all the interesting vintage brooches that I have and how they might look on such a hat. 🙂

    BTW your fabric choices for your other projects are really lovely.

    Comment by Min — February 17, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

  2. Adorable! I may have to try making one of these.

    Comment by Karen — February 17, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

  3. I would love it if you guys would try to make one too, and it’s definitely a good way to put beautiful brooches to use!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — February 18, 2008 @ 1:20 am

  4. I definitely want to give this one a whirl. It is similar in concept to the grey straw I made last spring, tube and fold to one side, but the brim on this one is much cuter. Gotta get the brown heart hat done first.

    You look GREAT in that hat, and yeah, what a cool way to show off those brooches that are languishing in the drawers…

    Comment by Jill — February 18, 2008 @ 7:37 am

  5. Your new hat looks great! I’ve never made a hat before, but plan to try once the weather warms up. I find that I only wear hats in warmer months.

    Comment by Marie — February 18, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

  6. Jill, yes, I remember your grey one! This one is so easy I cannot wait to buy some fabric to make more. I’m sure it will look much different in a crisper fabric, and I want to make it contrasting colors. And thanks for saying I look good on it, you make me blush!

    Marie, I would love finding that you wear hats all year round! Let us know when you make your first one!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — February 18, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

  7. I’m getting a copy of that book from ebay. Way to much cool stuff in it to pass up.
    Maybe we could start a Ruby Carnahan “Hat project of the Month Club”.

    Comment by jill — February 19, 2008 @ 2:23 am

  8. The vintage brooch goes so well with the hat. Perky, spunky and lot of fun hat.

    Comment by Glorious Hats — February 20, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

  9. So chic! Love your new hat. K Q:-)

    Comment by Kate — February 21, 2008 @ 4:46 am

  10. YOU are a girl after Miss Janey’s own heart. LOVE the hat AND the brooch.

    Comment by Miss Janey — February 27, 2008 @ 12:28 am

  11. I have that book — that hat will be one of my next projects. Do I feel a class coming on, Jill???

    Comment by Marie Christopher — March 4, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

  12. Love this hat! I downloaded the scans you kindly provided but am a bit stuck on the actual scale of the pieces. Can you tell me how wide the brim pieces C & D are near the fold line, and how long is the double notch line on A? TIA.

    Comment by TerriAnn — June 15, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

  13. Hi Terri Ann,

    Check comment number 7 on this post: http://kuki.deprada.net/?p=140#comments
    Or better yet, I will copy that information for you here:
    The measurements are these:
    Page 94:
    Line paralel to book spiral binding measures 10 3/8 inches.
    Where it says “lay on fold” measures 7 7/8 inches (just that straight line whithout the bit that has to be added on).
    That is not including the notch bits.

    Is that enough info? If not let me know and I will measure again!
    And thanks for dropping into the blog!


    Comment by cristinadeprada — June 15, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

  14. Wow! That is such a fun design and thank you so much for the Flickr link. I am definitely going to try this pattern.

    Comment by Ros — May 28, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

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