Monday, May 4, 2009

Boy's Prince Edward hat Part 2

Once I purchased some leather glue, the hat really began to come together! The crescent moon brims are glued together, and a leather binder is ironed into a curved shape, glued onto the brim, and then stitched in place to secure it. Next, the brim is hand sewn onto the straw hat, through holes pre-punched by a leather awl. The hand-sewing was due to the fact that I couldn't fit the hat under my machine :p, but at least it was a relatively small seam :).
Then, I sewed in a linen tape sweatband placed just over the stitching line of the brim.

Finally, I glued in a linen paper liner with a stamp of the Crown jewels (being that we are Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Nisqually, and therefore, British subjects) and voila! Done!

I still may tack down the upper edge of the sweatband, but otherwise it is ready for summer reenactments!

Here is a front view:

And one from the side:

I learned a lot from this project, about boy's hats and how to work with leather. I think I will be going in a different direction for my younger son's hat, simply because the size of this hat is pretty large once you get the crown cut down. But, on the upside, we can use it for years to come!


Brooke said...

So cute! Good job, Lissa!

MissNonaEleanor said...

Cute Lissa! Noah is going to LOVE it so much!

Anonymous said...

You are amazing--
Love, Mom

Mrs. G said...

That looks very professional! Thanks for the tutorial.