great hat! One of a kind polar fleece vintage hats by nancy rood berets brim hats lid hats teardrop hats. made in vermont


I grew up in a home where many of our clothes were hand made. Learning to sew was like learning to tie your shoes. My mother, a seamstress and mom of 7 was always busy with custom sewing and alterations at home, as well as the many items that she made for the family. There were sometimes bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses hanging in her sewing room in various stages of completion.

I started making hats in 1994 and have been making them in my Lincoln Vermont home ever since. My home is my studio. Each hat is individually cut (on my kitchen table). I work out of a small sewing room bristling with feathers, fur and shiny things. My  basement serves as storage, piled with bolts of fabric and tubs of velvet and hats cut and ready to be stitched.

I am a lover of textiles and shiny things. This is reflected in my hats. I haunt yard sales, rummage sales and Ebay in search of glitz for my hats. I'm always looking for new materials to incorporate in my hats. Many of my hats are one of a kind, embellished with velvet, woven trims, gimp, fringe, buttons, feathers, and vintage jewelry.

Hat design and production is all done by myself. The hats continue to evolve and incorporate different materials. I'm inspired by Edwardian, Victorian and retro hats. I've tried to take the romance of those hats and create hats that are more functional for this time period.

I attend a few local shows in New England just for fun and feedback. I love talking to people and getting their responses to my hats. When people come into my kiosk, the remark is often "What a Great Hat!" Thus the name ~ Great Hat!

If you don't see anything to your liking here, please contact me for custom orders.   I'm always happy to make custom hats for people with fit issues.

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