Deidre Classic

Greetings and salutations on this Classic Hat Monday. Today we have a fabulous classic hat for you, called Deidre.

The Deidre classic hat is a black hat with a striking red hatband. The hat’s dome and brim features a line of white houndstooth on them. Coordinating red ‘nosebobs’ complete the look.

Deidre Classic.

By the way, we are often asked how we came up with the word ‘nosebobs’. Easy. We modeled it on earrings being called ‘earbobs’, a term used in the Old South of the United States for earrings or eardrops.

The classic hat

The classic hat is very, very popular and has been from the day it was launched in 2009. There are still many Hattingdon fans who prefer the classic hat to any other hats that she wears. How did it come about?

After a year or two of making a wide variety of hats for Hattingdon, Vivian created a basic hat silhouette with a round dome and medium wide brim. Then she started designing for it, and it ultimately became a series with a big following. She named it the “classic hat.”

The classic hat became popular right away, and enjoys a dedicated fanbase that is still going strong today, more than a dozen years later.

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Dealing a classic with Ginny

Hello and Happy Monday. Classic Hat Monday.

We have another vintage classic hat today. The design is called Ginny. As you can see, it is inspired by playing cards. Here it is in two colors: black and red.

Ginny Hattingdon Black.
Ginny Hattingdon Red.

Happy Classic Hat Monday! See you again soon.

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Classic Katie

Greetings and salutations! Happy 1st of August. And another Classic Hat Monday. Let’s go!

This hat is one of the very first classic hats ever made. Vivian named the design “Katie”.

Katie Classic.

The dome features polka dots in fuchsia pink, aqua blue, creamy yellow and pea green. The hat is banded in aqua blue. The brim and “nosebobs” are in fuchsia pink. It is bright and cheery and just what we need to brighten our Monday.

See you again here soon, on August 3rd for National Watermelon Day. Yes, Hattingdon has a hat for that. It was made for her years ago to wear to picnics and barbecues. Can you guess which one it is?

Bye for now.

P.S. Thank you everyone who wrote us saying how much you enjoyed the yellow hat parade, and for being part of the Hattingdon family. We will have some good news for you very soon about something you have long been waiting for. —HH

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Donna Classic

Well, here we are . . . . late again. What is it about Mondays? Sigh!

Just the same, here is a treat for you this Classic Hat Monday. It is one of the very earliest classic hats that Vivian created (2008?), and the design is so imaginative. She named it “Donna” — after Donna Karan of course, who uses rickrack in her creations.

Donna Classic Hat.

We love how the black and gray stripes are set off by the multi colored “rickrack”. Speaking of rickrack, check this out.

Rickrack

Wikipedia tells us:

Rounded Open Quote in Gray

Invented in the mid-19th century, [rickrack] took its modern form and current name around 1880.

During the 1890s, American home sewers used imported European rickrack as decorative edgings for dresses, aprons, and lingerie. Rickrack was also stitched into lace elements, which were then used to decorate bedding and other home linens. Between the 1890s and 1910s, rickrack experienced a decrease in popularity. Then, during the 1910s, rickrack experienced a resurgence in popularity, and American manufacturers began producing rickrack to supply to the domestic market.

In rural America in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, rickrack was used to decorate flour sack dresses. These dresses were worn as everyday attire, and were constructed from the large cotton bags that flour, chicken feed, and other goods were shipped in.

Since the food had to be shipped in fabric bags anyway, the flour mills competed with each other by using attractive, colorful fabrics that the buyer could either resell or upcycle into dresses, aprons, nightgowns, dishtowels, and other clothing and household items. Adding trim like rickrack was a way to reduce the stigma around needing to use whatever fabric was available, rather than buying it from a store.


Thank you for spending time here with us today. We hope you enjoyed it, and Hattingdon gave you a hatful of smiles.

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