Black Elizabethan Hat by Bethzilla

Summary

Category:
Accessories
Pattern:
Lynn mcmasters men's elizabethan arched brim tall hat
Status:
Complete
Started:
2012-02-15T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2012-03-27T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

This hat was made to match the gray and black doublet I made for a friend.  It's made with a plastic needlework canvas base.  The pattern called for buckram, but since I expect this will get some outdoor use I wanted it to be rain-friendly.  I used cotton velveteen as the fashion fabric, and a remnant of black poly satin as the lining.  An elastic loop holds on the feather decorations so they can be removed in bad weather or swapped out as the wearer chooses.  The hat band is a bit of remnant trim from a dress I made several years ago. 

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Cfgriffith

Just a quick reply (I haven't been able to look at all the new projects posted today -- computer was freaking out for a little while, but it's behaving again whew!). I have been contemplating using something like you used for the base of a hat. Do they work for big Gainsborough hats out of curiousity, or best for smaller hats like that?

Also, the trim you used around the crown? You know the green dress/leine outfit I wore to classes during CLW? I had a little reticule with the same trim in green. Ha!

Bethzilla

Hrm...I think it would be possible to use plastic needlework canvas for a Gainsborough. You'd definitely have to wire the brim, and possibly at intervals (so multiple concentric circles of wire, if that makes sense.) The needlework canvas is heavier than buckram, so that extra wiring would help stabilize it. I think it also depends on the weight of your fashion fabric. If you use something lightweight like silk, it might not be necessary to do the extra wiring...but something heavier like velvet could make it too floppy. This is all speculation of course! It's inexpensive and readily available, so I definitely think it'd be worth some experimentation. :)

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