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Very Little Hats

The workshop

This past weekend, the kids and I trooped over to my mother’s and made hats.

For the Hallowe’en costumes. You remember.

Little, teeny, steampunky tophats.

Little hat

I used this pattern as the starting point, and then kind of hung a left. It turned out it called for all kinds of esoteric stuff like fusible fleece and craft foam. OK, I did have craft foam, and I actually was looking at the fusible fleece in Fabricland the other day and then decided not to buy any (on account of not having looked up the pattern yet so I didn’t know they were going to call for fusible fleece). And the craft foam I picked up at the dollar store was stupid thin and nearly useless. So we mostly used Bristol board and, well, it’s not exactly sew-able. And I kind of forgot to trim off most of the seam allowances, so our hats ended up a little larger than otherwise. And they probably took longer to make, since I was hand-covering and hand-stitching all the fabric that holds them together. And then sewing on trims and feathers and bits and bobs, and then painting. Actually, there were several iterations of sewing/painting/sewing/painting. I thank my ever-generous mother for her contributions to the trim, and for willingly sacrificing artifical flowers and berries that are probably older than I am to The Muse. I quite enjoyed the painting (it’s been ages since I dry-brushed anything), though of course as soon as we were doing it I wished I had five other colours.


All I need to do now is sew on the clips which will (in theory) attach them to the hair of various children come Hallowe’en. Oh, and keep the damn things from getting shredded between now and then.

(Oh, and yes, there are two hats, but I only remembered to photograph one while at my mom’s.

Next up… goggles!


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Something random

1948 hat-making book, complete with patterns!

When I was home the other weekend, my mom gave me this vintage 1948 book: “How to Make and Trim Your Own HATS”. It contains plenty of info on everything from refurbishing old hats to making new ones from scratch—and of course lots about style. And patterns!

I don’t really see myself getting into hat-making (too much stuff to buy, and much as I love hats in theory I don’t wear them often), but it’s quite a fun read. At some point I’ll go through it more thoroughly and post highlights. However, one pattern in particular did stick out at me, the pattern piece for the crown of a six-piece brim. As far as I can tell, this piece would be perfect for Burdastyle’s  Summer Sunhat tutorial. The grid is supposed to be 1″; I scanned it at 300 dpi, if that helps anyone print it out better.

Pattern piece for a six-piece hat crown.

Disclaimer: I have not tried this piece. The book suggests using 1/3″ seams for a 22 1/2″ crown circumference, and 1/2″ seams for a 21 1/2″ hat.

Incidentally, the shirt is done except for buttons. He won’t let me take pictures until it has buttons on, however… so I have to go pick up buttons tomorrow.

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