The hat is made from stiffened buckram. Each piece is made up in buckram, and has wire attached at the edges to help it keep its shape. Millinery wire is a fabric wraped thread made for just this, but for this project I did not have time to order and wait for it, so I used what I had at home. Therefore, the brim is shaped with a heavy metall wire I found in my parents garden outhouse for like ten years ago. For the brim, I wanted something that would hold its shape very well, as I want to shape the brim. For the rest of the hat, I used a much ligher wire I once bougth for making fantasy jewelry. That is why it is blue and sligthly glittery...
|Buckram brim and crown, stiffened with random stashed wire|
|Outer fabric at top of crown.|
|Cutting a middle layer of fleece (a cannibalized IKEA blanket...)|
The middle layer was then attached at the crown. Glue is definitely useful in hat-making (even thou it feels a bit like cheating...)
|Fleece middle layer at crown|
|Inside hat band|
|Finished hat before any decorating|
|The pleats on the band was to make a stiff band fit a cone shaped brim, but they ended up quite decorative I think.|
I think it maybe took 5-8 h to make it, and that could have been a bit faster if I had realized the potential of glue in hatmaking earlier... In the end, I am very happy with my hat even if it was made a bit in a hurry. And it feels very rewarding to make an hat, as it really finishes an outfit.
How do you make your head gear? From scratch, buying and modifying, or some other way? Have you also felt how a dress suddely feels better when adding an hat, or have you learned a useful trick? Leave an comment and share!