Friday, 17 April 2015

A great day at Time Travelers

 I had such a great day at Time Travelers last weekend. I met so many nice people, got to talked to friends and I bought some fantastic hats and vintage clothing from Second Chance Hats. Thank you so much Second Chance Hats for all the great stuff below.

Only two of the top hats are from Time Travelers the other two are from previous years, But  I thought they looked better all together in a row. all of my top hats are silk plush top hats though most people think there beaver. silk plush began replacing beaver around the 1840s. I believe this had to do with the fact that beaver was becoming harder to find because of over hunting. silk also produced a not so heavy hat with higher shine.

I got this hat at last years Time Travelers Bazaar.

repaired the sweat band and lining 
as well as the hat band on this hat.

Actually I don't remember were I got this hat.

This hat almost has completely straight sides.

This hat is in really bad shape,
I'm going to try my hand at repairing it.

This one is to small for me but it will fit my dad or sister.

Made in Toronto or Montreal.

Odd fellows cap and medallion. I like this style of cap with the stiff brim. 
It looks a lot like a military cap. Unfortunately I cant were this cap because its to fragile. 

A couple of detachable collars size 14.5 These collars just barely fit me a size 15 would probably fit a little better.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Acquisitions: Dinner Jacket

This is a dinner jacket and matching waistcoat I acquired today. The jacket and waistcoat could be as early as the 1890s but I think its most likely from the 1900s or 1910s. Both the coat and waistcoat fit me quite nicely.
Dinner jacket.

Satin lapels.
I like this type of Waistcoat with the U opening which allows more of the dress shirt to show when worn. 
Waistcoat front.

Waistcoat back.

Waistcoat back buckle.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015


I'm not really sure what type of cap this is, I've heard this style of cap called a clerk's cap, mechanic's cap, wheel cap, forage cap. workman's cap, and the list go's on. I just call it a cap. I've made quite a few of these caps for an upcoming costume market called the Time Travelers' Bazaar. I really like this style of cap. I've seen it in many movies and old photos.

Here I'm holding a grey tweed cap with cloth brim. This is my favourite cap.

Below are some more of my favourite caps I made.

Loose woven blue woollen cap.

I like how the loose weave allows the cap to flop to one side.

Grey tweed cap.

Light brown tweed cap.

I just sold this cap yesterday.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Finished Inverness Cape

Here's my finished Inverness cape. I finished it a little over a month ago and only just got around to taking photos. I have to say Inverness capes are one of my favourite garments. Some time I would like to add a black binding, but for now I'm moving on to new projects.

Here's my finished Inverness.

Pockets and cape lining.

After I finished the pockets on my Inverness I learned that I should have used a gathering thread to add more fulness to the pocket. That way stuff would fit in the pocket just a little better.

I love the way the back hangs.  

I'm very pleased with this project.


The collar flipped up.

Below is some of my inspiration for this project.