Old Hat, New Tricks

by jennine on April 14, 2010

The real reason why I was passing by the Marc Jacobs store the other day, was because I was on my way to Britex Fabrics. The magical fabric store, where you believe anything is possible if you know how to sew (which I don’t…but a girl can dream cant she?) So fabric nerdiness aside, I had a vintage straw hat picked up at the Alameda Flea Market that needed some TLC. It’s been crushed, which didn’t bother me so much as the crumpled and slightly dirty, yellow satin ribbon.  I love yellow, but this just wasn’t working for me. So at Britex, I agonized over the millions of ribbons they had, an finally settled on this pretty, hand-died silk ribbon.

I’m not sure what intrigued me most about this, the watery tones, the blue and green swirling together, the lightness of the silk. If I could have a whole dress made of this…oh man. Instead of going with a more vintage style ribbon, a solid classic, stripped or flower, this modernizes the hat, and with ribbons, you can always put something more ‘authentic’ later as you’ll just need tiny pieces of thread to secure the ribbon to the hat.

For the bow, one could look up bow techniques on the internet, but I just figured something out by ripping apart old gift bows. This one is quite simple actually as there is no knot involved… it’s called a tailored loop bow.

And wella! My new hat! Now I just have to figure out what to do with my hair to make this into a proper outfit!

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1 Midtown Girl April 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Finger waves would look so lovely under this adorable hat!! Love the gift ribbon idea too ;-)


2 jennine April 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm

oooh finger waves… i need to learn how to do that! or does someone do them for me? now that’s something to google…


3 Deepti April 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Oh gorgeous gorgeous green color ribbon, I love you so!
And you make such a pretty bow!
That little old hat was feeling so mad and yellow,
You came to him and now he is so cute and mellow.

Love love love!
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4 jennine April 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

you are so wonderful! made a poem, *just like that*
all inspired by a tiny hat.



5 Deepti April 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Had just returned from my work-out when I read your post. Exercise does weird things to a person. I am feeling rather poetic today. :D
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6 |tex| fashion butter April 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm

cute! Tailored bows are my very favorite, so much so that I made 500 of them for my wedding favors last year …

As far as hats go, I LOVE them but have been blessed with a huge head, the only hats I can seem to manage are the stretchy kind.

But that one is super cute. Looks fab on you!


7 jennine April 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

holy cow…500? you must know how to do them in your sleep!


8 Clare April 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

That hat is so cute, I need to get me one of them before summer…

tweet tweet tweet

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9 jennine April 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm



10 Mothra April 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I can fly.


11 jennine April 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm

That’s a lie!


12 Krameymartin April 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Love that hat! Very Audrey.


13 jennine April 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Oooh that’s right, she did do the straw hat thing.. no i have to find the pic!


14 Good girl gone blog April 14, 2010 at 1:42 pm

What a beautiful bow!
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15 Dominique April 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm


I know it’s totally different, but I want a wide brimmed hat for the summer. One of those typical huge straw ones. Especially now that I’ve gotten myself a vintage swim suit off ebay, ahaha.


16 Tamia April 14, 2010 at 3:41 pm

It turned out so well! Your project just reminded me that I’ve been wanting to actually make something with my hands-I do creative stuff using a computer all the time, but I can’t remember the last time I picked up glue/fabric/paint/a pair of scissors/whatever and created something tangible.
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17 Maria at BachmansSparrow April 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I LOVE it! A DIY after my own heart :) I’ve been meaning to check out Britex for awhile now, you just inspired me to get to it! Great post girl

xoxo Maria
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18 WendyB April 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Nice job! Shoot, I can’t even put a bow on a birthday gift without help!
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19 Clare April 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Aw, I love the final product! So cute.
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20 hiyaluv April 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

ah such fun! I love it! :) smiles, gina
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21 sutton April 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

what a great way to spruce up a hat you already own… and i love the ribbon you picked!! great bow choice too, simple, but a statement for sure.



22 Fashion Tadpole April 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Beautiful pictures!

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23 skinny buddha April 15, 2010 at 12:41 am

lovely hat. now it has a brand new vibe to it, thanks to the great color ribbon you chose.
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24 Casey April 15, 2010 at 4:51 am

How darling! I really love taking something old and kind of worn, and updating it a bit with some new component! I just adore the hat shape as well; such a cute piece that can really work well into a wardrobe. Not too over the top, but still unique. Can’t wait to see what outfit you accessorize this with!


25 Abby April 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Clever and cute! Great idea!


26 Sonja April 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Love what you did with the hat and it looks so cute on you!
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27 ThatGirl39 April 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I am so rubbish at bows. Your creativity is fantastic - I only wish I had half of it and also a head that fits hats! Unless I can find a large size hat then I don’t bother with them. My head doesn’t look overly large but when it comes to one size fits all hats… I am definitely excluded!
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28 apparellel April 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

that bow is perfect. how did you do it so perfectly? i have tied bows for a living and still can’t get it right. haha. and i love the trim you got. i go crazy when i see trims… so many ideas!

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29 Valerie April 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm

nice work! the bow really lends it some personality :)


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