Added Oct 19, 2008
First time working with really thick fabric like wool felt. Cloche hat from Eugenia Kim’s book Saturday Night Hat. I altered the pattern to make it a little bigger so as not to de-pouf my hair, the brim longer & less “flippy”. Maybe I shouldn’t have done the last two alteration, because now the back of the hat hits my neck everytime I look up. I trimmed the wool felt’s seam alowance to remove bulk, but now I can’t get the seams to flatten. (Also the top part is not completely round. Boo..!) I cut the cotton lining according to my pattern, then the wool felt slightly larger to accomodate the bulk. I was happy to find that it worked nicely at the edge without bunching or stretching the lining! The dots are matching up only at the seam shown here, the other seams didn’t match, but I don’t intend it to be reversible.
Red wool felt from eBay for outside. Black polka dot cotton lining for inside. I just love the Black/White + Color combination! Flower is something that I’ve got from eBay when I bought a vintage dress, it’s made of satin & grosgrain ribbon.
thegildedbee for inspiration.
Eugenia Kim’s book Saturday Night Hat