|This is where I made the darts in the pillar of the hat|
|Here you can see the pillar pieces sewn together, and the darts are visible|
The next step is to make the top of the hat. I stitched an ‘X’ through the center to keep the two structural pieces from shifting or puckering.
Now its time to notch the outer edge of the top. When you add it to the pillar this will help reduce the bulkiness of the fabric and make it fit much better.
Now its time to make the brim. I doubled up the canvas here, for more structure. You will clip the center of the circle to the seam allowance once you stitch the layers together.
Now to cut the top, sides and brim out of the fabric for the outside of the hat. I used a brown corduroy fabric that I have had forever (and couldn’t think of any other use for). Sew the pillar pieces together. Once you cut the circle out of the fabric for the top you will want to stitch it to the canvas and notch it the same as the structural piece.
Now to add the top to the pillar…. this part seemed kind of puzzling to me. But here is how I finally figured out to do it: push the top through the bottom of the pillar, toward the top of the hat. It keeps the tabs inside the hat and is easier than trying to tuck them in from the top. I was fortunate enough to have an embroidery hoop that was the perfect size to stuff inside the hat and hold the shape while I whip stitched the top on.
|Ta-da! It has a lid!|
Next I cut out the brim. I cut a big circle, wrong sides together, and sewed it to the canvas just as you see it in this picture. Then I cut out the center, turned it right side out, and the brim was ready for the wire! Now some people put the wire on the outside, but I didn’t want mine to be visible. So I measured the size of the outer-most edge of the brim, cut the wire, and formed a circular shape. I used another embroidery hoop to help me get the shape, but my brim was more of an oval. In order to fit it inside I had to kind of mash the shape anyway, so it worked out okay. If I were to do it again, I would encase it in fabric and add it to the brim like cording, or possibly whip stitch it to one side of the outer fabric.
Clip the inside edges to the seam allowance, and stitch it. Then I added a piece of bias tape to have a more finished edge. You could also do this with the lining, its totally a personal preference thing. 🙂
Now to whip stitch the brim to the hat! I just stitched through the tabs, not the bias tape.
the last step was to stitch the bias tape to the lining of the hat. Since it’s such a small hat this isn’t really necessary, but since it was my first hat I thought “what the heck, why not?” and added one.
And this is the finished product! I just have to add embellishments, like ribbons and what not. I have some netting and stuff I will add. I am thinking of making this one a little more Steampunk-esque but I haven’t decided yet.
I will post my finished product when I get the details all added, and I promise it won’t be a crappy mobile phone pic 🙂