Good afternoon, dear friends! Since last week’s millinery post, I have managed to give the black felt hat a complete makeover. And I’m sorry to say that due to time constraints and busy schedules, we were not able to get a decent photo of the finished hat, which means it will have to wait until the end of the series. Rest assured though, the bulbous accoutrement has changed for the better, and I am now quite happy with its addition to my hat collection. Now I just need to figure out what what outfits to wear it with… 😉
In keeping with the agenda from last week, I did end up taking a good three inches off the bottom of the crown. Thankfully the original construction of the hat (i.e. the stitching securing the crown to the brim) was not very good, making it delightfully easy to take apart. Once separated, I put the crown on Honoria Tuesday (so glad I made her for Brigi *wink*) and fitted the brim over it. I did this so that I could figure out how shallow I wanted the crown to be, and what was the amount I needed to trim off. Having found the measurement, I took the brim off, and proceeded to cut away the bottom of the crown. At this point I knew there was no going back, so I made sure that my trimming job was as precise and clean as I could get it. Bata bing, bata boom! It came out quite nice!
Next came the most difficult part: even though I was able to fit the brim snuggly over the crown, that didn’t mean that the crown was going to go back on as quietly as before now the majority of its body was trimmed away. I kid you not; every single time I thought I had it set in place, and would begin to pin it together, an edge would always pop off before I could work my way around the whole thing! Quite frustrating. Especially after a good five minutes of it popping off on me like that. Though in the end, I did manage to tame the unruly thing, and stitched it back in its rightful place.
You may be wondering where the sewing machine job in the photo above comes into play. Well, I greatly disliked how the rim of the crown was left unfinished in the original construction of the hat, so I decided to trim the hat with a simple decorative band using the leftover felt from the crown. And that is where the sewing machine comes in. There is a setting on our Elna for a heavy triple stitch. I used this to sew a neat line down either side of the band, a quarter of an inch away from each edge. This gave the band a nice finished look, and once it was tacked on it also added quite a bit of strength to the overall construction of the hat. Brilliant!
Cliff hanger! (I know not everyone likes these, but I am going to have to add one to this post) There is just one more little tid-bit that I added to the hat, but what is the use of my sharing it if you can’t see it with your own eyes? So until we get the the end of this mini series, I am afraid you all will have to wait to see it in full. 🙂
What do you think of the overall look of the hat?
If you have a black felt hat at home, what is your’s trimmed with? (I need some ideas)
Blessings to you all!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer