Last week we talked about some of the tools, trim, and notions used in millinery, this week I’m going to show you how to make a fabric-covered top hat!.
Choosing a Pattern:
There are many hat patterns on the market today to choose from: current fashions, historical, and vintage-inspired.. Before selecting a pattern, study the materials needed carefully as you may have to buy some of the supplies online if they are not available to you locally. You will also need to figure out your head size. To do this, wrap a tape measure around your crown, right above your eyebrows and ears, where the hat will sit. The average size is 22.5 inches but your head can be larger or smaller than this size. Measure accurately, there is nothing worse than putting all of the time into making a hat only to have it be too small or too large! If you are making a fascinator or other “perching” style of hat your head size will not be an issue.