Thursday, October 27, 2011

DIY Style: How To Make A 1963 Pan Am Inspired Stewardess Hat

If you're anything like me, you've been enjoying ABC's new show, Pan Am, set in 1963. The fashion, hairstyles, music, cars, social mannerisms - everything to me is captivating. During I recent thrift store outing, I found a blue skirt for $5 that looked like it was previously someone's uniform. This sparked my idea to be a Pan Am stewardess for Halloween! Here is a great article on Pan Am's fashion and here is ABC's guide to being a stewardess this Halloween.

I knew I would need to make the hat. I went to several stores asking if they had any blue pillbox hats. I think most people didn't know what I was talking about. Finally I decided that transforming a goofy red felt fez hat was going to be my best option, short of paying ridiculous sums on eBay.

This is an easy project that anyone can do and I spent $7.50 total for the materials! I know mine isn't the right shade of blue, but considering the skirt is dark blue and I already had a navy jacket, I decided to match the hat to what I already owned.  To see my finished costume, {click here}!

Supplies 
Hat form (fez hat $4)
Felt (4 sheets for $1)
Ribbon ($1 spool)
Gold button ($1.50 for 2-pack)
Scissors
Glue
Needle/thread


These kinds of projects make me wish I was a milliner!

Step 1
I measured 2.5 inches from the bottom and cut the hat.  I also removed the yellow tassel.


Step 2
I cut a circle of blue felt and glued it to the top of the hat.


Step 3
I cut a blue felt strip that was 2.75 inches tall and glued the white ribbon to the edge (I pieced two sections together so they would fit around the circumference of the hat).


Step 4
I glued the side strips to the side of the hat, leaving enough overhang to wrap and glue to the inside of the hat (next step).


Step 5
I glued the excess overhanging felt to the inside of the hat, wrapping around the bottom edge and clipping in place until the glue dried.


Step 6
I cut out the flap and handstitched the white ribbon in place.


Step 7
Lastly, I glued the flap to the hat and sewed on the gold button.





If you're stumbling upon my tutorial before Halloween and want to be Pan Am stewardess, it's not too late to make your hat!


As for the stewardess pin, I found pictures on the internet (here [before I found ABC's guide]) and printed them on a color printer.  Then I cut out the image and cut a cardboard backing.  I double-stick taped the pieces together (you can also use glue, but I didn't want the glue to bubble/ripple the paper) and cut off the excess tape.


36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome! U are so creative. I love the Pan Am show too.

TheStyleKludger said...

Love it! When I went as a 60's stewardess a few years ago, I resorted to covering a small tupperware with fabric, haha.http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll73/bbkf_2008/2df09729.jpg

Lilly's Style said...

Wow, you are really creative Mary Ann. Love it!

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Very nice *-*

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Bravoe Runway said...

Maryann, this is awesome! You did an awesome job with this hat, and I cannot believe you even made that pin! That is amazing and also that vintage necklace turned into a bracelet? That was another awesome idea!

HarlleeDesign said...

Great tutorial, I made a stewardess costume and was stuck on the hat. This is perfect!

SassyUptownChic said...

Spectacular idea Mary Ann!! I might do this next year! It's very original! :D
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erica marie said...

I love that show, this is awesome, you're awesome. Following :)

xo erica

Carly said...

I haven't seen the show..but am DYING too..I love Christina Ricci.
What a fun DIY...you are talented girl..I could never..it would be a felt mess.
C

dandy-doll said...

Such a great imagination and such a cool DIY!! I am in love!!

XOXO

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Sarah @ Pencil Skirts and Lattes said...

Love this DIY! It turned out so amazing!

Have a fab weekend, doll! :)

HeathersSphere said...

Such a cute and clever hat! Thank you for your very helpful tutorial!

The Dolls Factory said...

this is amazing
an halloween inspiration for a costume as well
great post
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jess said...

That hat is so adorable.

Jen said...

Such a great costume and ever greater because you put it together yourself. I appreciate costumes that are put together and made from scratch. I heard the Pan Am costume was a popular one this year. :)

TaraMixandMatch said...

I love your costume, this is SPOT ON from the inspiration picture...I wish I was as crafty as you.
Mix and Match Fashion

Jillian Pfund said...

This is INCREDIBLE! My mom & I are "oooh"ing & "ahhh"ing over how lovely your hat is & your DIY idea. We both are diggin' the show. Nicely done!
xx. Jillian
boyishchic.blogspot.com

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Looks awesome!!

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JC said...

Wow! I can't believe you made that from a fez-ish hat! It turned out great!

Kara said...

Such a great DIY! Wish I saw this a few days ago. That's become my favorite show— makes me want to be a flight attendant haha

xx Kara
Sprinkles in Springs

Nadia said...

That hat looks really amazing. I'd like to wear it everyday!

nadia
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Corinne Monique said...

I was almost a stewardess for Halloween ;) I went with Tinkerbell instead haha
I love your costume though & your hat DIY is amazing!

Corinne xo

Anonymous said...

Hand me a fez...I adore this post! I am researching a pan am uniform and was getting desperate enough to pay £50 for the hat alone...you saved the day (and my bank balance). Merci beaucoup x x

Anonymous said...

i love your hat i am gonna try it

Anonymous said...

i hate it its really hard to make

Robyn said...

I made it...and it was super easy! Got lots of great comments too! Thankyou so much! Would send a photo to show you but not sure how! Merci beaucoup!

Emily said...

Just made it! super easy and super adorable! what a great idea! thanks for the tutorial

Anonymous said...

thank you so much! i used these for our VBS at church for an easy and affordable flight attendant costume. thanks again!

DECO☆deniquo said...

Wow, you, missy, are good! ;)

I wish we had those kinds of fezes here too, they look very versatile.. The only ones I could find (from tourist spots and for a large sum of money that is) are the original, more structured ones... You'd think we'd have an advantage for living in Turkey! lol!

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Carol Li said...

You look so cute in your outfit :-)

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Keke Phillips said...

Is there anything else that can be used for the hat besides the Fez hat? Like card stock or something?

Mary Ann said...

Keke - I'm sure you could use card stock. I just used a fez hat because I was at the Halloween store and it seemed like a good option.