How to Make a Victorian Era Hat

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How to Make a Victorian Era Hat
Don your very own homemade Victorian hat. (Woman in Victorian dress image by Steve Thompson from

During the Victorian era, leaving the house without a hat on was considered a fashion faux pas. The type of hat you wore depended on both your social class as well as where you were going, such as church or the theatre. Both women and men earned money in the hat making profession, and entire shops were dedicated to the latest designs and fashions. Even in the 21st century, you can replicate a 19th century hat.

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Things you need

  • Straw or felt hat
  • Ribbons
  • Silk or dry flowers
  • Lace
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

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  1. 1

    Purchase either a straw or felt hat. You can buy a new one, or you can probably find one at your local thrift store. Try it on to make sure it will fit your head, and that it will stay on securely.

  2. 2

    Visit craft stores or the craft sections of stores to purchase the materials you will need to decorate your hat, like ribbons, dried or silk flowers or feathers. Keep in mind that the etiquette for the Victorian Era dictates winter hats should be in darker tones while spring hats should have pastels.

  3. 3

    Take a thread of ribbon or lace and hot glue it around the crown of the hat. If you want to have an extra flourish, you can glue ribbon or lace around the base as well.

  4. 4

    Arrange the silk or dry flowers, and glue them to the ribbon around the crown. You can also glue flowers around the base in the front. If you use feathers, insert them behind the ribbon at an angle before gluing.

  5. 5

    Allow time for the glue to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're having trouble keeping your hat in place, you can use a hat pin. These can be purchased online through antique dealers or at antique or flea markets.

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