This hat I was particularly interested in starting.
I truly like the cut and to remake a man's hat was going to be an adventure for me.
The hat is for a friend of mine who is a vintage soda jerk. He sells treats and confections at various places and wants this piece of headwear to complete his vintage uniform. I'm copying the hat from an authentic WWI British hat and let me tell you, I was an excited gal to get the chance.
Tracing off the hat was easy seeing as there are only 3 pieces.
After the tracing and adding of room, I cut out the lining in a very light yellow calico adding 1/2" seam allowance. I wanted to test the pieces to see if the fit was good. Success! Well, that was easy enough.
From there I got out the linen and backed it with a nice taunt prima cotton for enforcement. I overlocked all the linen pieces with their cotton backing and began construction.
Hmmm...4 total pieces of the hat, three of those four are also the lining. Okay, this is pretty simple. A challenge was the crown, its pointed at the front and back so I wanted to make sure I maintained as much of that point as I could because sometimes it's easy to just gloss over simple things like that in order to make sure the pieces fit.
The crown of the hat is cut on the bias. Shit. I didn't pay attention to that when I was looking over the original hat and oh boy did it make a difference. The original hat folds like a champ along its center crown, as it's supposed to. My remake, it does not. It's a stubborn little child and refuses to fold straight. Why should it? It's not in it's nature. Oh bias cuts, is there no angle your seductive 45 degrees can't master?
Anyone else have a 'good enough' mentality to things in life? How or do you try to overcome it?
It's my friend's birthday and he is having a party this Thursday and it's also his premiere of his full uniform. I want to have the hat complete by then and I will. I think it will turn out really nice.
Have a great day everyone.