Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Home Sewings Tip from the 1920s - Sew Yourself a Felt Cloche!

In this 1920s tip from expert seamstress Ruth Wyeth Spears, you are provided full instructions for sewing a felt cloche, with the brim pattern piece included. Note the big bow effect in back. Do you have a third yard of felt handy?

If you want to sew it, click on the link to enlarge the image, and then print that image. You may need to adjust the overall length to fit your head measurements. I think I need to sew up this one!


  1. What a fun cloche!

    the Middle Sister and Singer

  2. Agreed. It should be a snap to sew, don't you think? It's "Downtown Abbey"-adorable, I think. :) Thanks, Brigid!

  3. Hi! I work at Spadina Museum, a 1920s house museum in Toronto. We tried making the hat and posted it on our Facebook page. Check it out:

    1. Absolutely fantastic!! Your cloche is a beautiful success and I SO appreciate your sharing it here. I am going to create a short post of this tip and your wonderful result, if that is okay. Wowza!

  4. Absolutely! We had so much fun trying this out, and it's so nice to explore the past in such a "hands on" way. Your blog is a treasure!