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From: "D.Kirby" <>
Subject: RE: [TRIVVIES] hats
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 10:58:08 +1200
My mom used to make a new 'at when she made a new outfit. They were so
simple to make. She used to buy thin metal headbands and cut out material
in a shape like the beach balls come before they are blown up.....best way I
can describe it. There was also some stiffening material underneath and
finished off underneath with bias binding. She made all sorts......some had
feathers......some had beads on....some were just plain but she used to wear
one every day. She must have thrown them out because I know she does not
have them anymore. I am sure I have a photo some where with her wearing
I love 'ats.......I have 4 western hats for line dancing but no one wears
them down here.....staid lot they are. :-)
From: Sue [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, 14 April 2005 2:59 a.m.
Subject: Re: [TRIVVIES] hats
What a difference a couple of years make & a few hundred miles ........
I don't remember hats & gloves at all .... When - at 16 - I bought a red
beret - to wear with a red skirt, with braces, over a white blouse, sporting
a red tie --- my mother went potty with me ... "You look ridiculous" she
said ... I thought I looked quite dapper ... Twas the fashion back then ....
Since those giddy days of my youth - I've only worn hats to keep my bonce
warm ... I have a rather nice Sherlock Holmes one - made from genuine
sheepskin - tis lovely & warm --- trouble is - your hearing goes ... I also
have several berets - with matching scarves - that I do wear - on occasion .
But - when it comes to actual hats - "posh" 'ats that is - I only have the
one ... A navy blue number - bought for our Craig's wedding ... I hated it
with vengeance ... It was the only one in the shop which matched my outfit -
short of wearing a 'red' one - which - as everyone knows - really would not
have done ... I wore it half-heartedly --- carried it to the church from the
car - did wear it in the church - carried it around with me popping it on my
head for the odd photo or two - then carried it to the reception - - - where
--- I was told - I had to keep the darn thing on until the bride's mother
took hers off --- wedding etiquette ... I did not keep my hat one that long
.. The bride's mother kept hers on ALL THE TIME --- I had a feeling it was
glued to her head & only came off after her slimy, very rude, husband prized
it off of her ...
I do have another hat --- it's a straw one --- and for the most part, hangs
on a nail up the stair wall - gathering a rather fetching shade of dust ...
It has been worn - actually several times - it's wide brim does help protect
my eyes when we have really bright sun ... But - this is England !! ...
And - I do have several of those baseball caps --- brought for me - from all
over the world .... Now these I do wear in the summer - the normal way I
might add --- they save me having to wear sunglasses when I'm walking
outside, or driving around, in the summer ....
My dad never wore hats - the only one he ever had was one I bought him for
his 70th birthday - which he did wear when walking to his local shops ... He
died before he was 71 - so it didn't get much wear, did it ..
Mother - on the other hand - in her younger, dancing, days --- did wear hats
--- well, not exactly hats - but those short of feathery numbers, that clung
to the head, providing a colourful (hopefully matching the outfit) focal
point ... She used to look really swish in those days - well, to be honest,
she always looked swish - but she was particularly swish when dressed up to
go to some ball or other ... With her long flowing gown & matching gloves
all the way up to her elbows - and her shiny dancing shoes --- a shimmery
stole around her shoulder in the summer & her fur in the winter.... Mother's
mother wore the same sort of stuff .....
Dad's mum - on the other hand - always wore a hat - just a small dainty one
- pinned to her head, at the back, with a hat pin - of which she had loads
--- I used to play with them ... Wonder where they all went ? ... Ah well ..
When I was fist married in 1961 people would tell my foster-mother if I had
been seen shopping without gloves or a hat, and I would get a lecture.
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