This hat project has turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be. I’ve been rather lazy about it thought, so it’s taken a while to do.
When you last saw my hat I was dampening the straw to flatten out the roughly reshaped brim and top of crown. Once everything was dry I stitched the brim with running stitches to the correct size (14” in circumference), making sure the shape stayed round (that was the tricky part!). I ended up having to add more to the inside of the brim, to match the size of my crown. I used a length of straw left over from the outside of the brim and pieced it. I dampened it again at this point and dried it under books and a sewing machine again to get it as flat as possible. I used another section of left over straw for the bottom of the crown, butting the edges together and whip stitching it in place. I then attached the finished crown to the brim with more whip stitches.
Ta da! Okay I know it’s really not that attractive but it was a cheap ugly hat to begin with and it’s a covered hat so it’s okay. I’ve included a pic of what the hat looked like originally so you can be even more impressed with my handiwork. Ooh… ahhh… *hahaha* I decided to add a little shape to the brim so I dampened it once more and left it to dry for a few hours.
I started pinning the fabric on last night. I started with the brim because I wanted to make sure I had enough fabric before I started chopping out pieces for the crown. I’ll probably just crease the fabric well, remove the pins at the crown’s base and then do the crown, pinning the brim fabric back once I’m done. I didn’t get too far with it as you can see. I was tired last night so I decided to make it an early night. I did get as far as deciding how wide the pleats should be spaced (took a few tries that did) and discovering that it’s easier to pleat the crown end first and then smooth out the fabric on the brim end. At least that is my theory so far. :>
Oh yes, I used doubled hand quilting thread and a large milliners needle for the straw stitching.