Thursday, 11 August 2011

An illustrated guide for making Vintage Vogue V7464, hat B, part 2

The second and last part. The first one can be seen here.

There are actually no markings on D to tell where you are supposed to attach it, but trust me, it is supposed to wrap around the gathered bit on B. The instructions said to stitch it to the inside first, but I did it the other way around, as I found it easier to place. Just stitch it down at the ends.






The inside



As I actually have a hat block I steamed the buckram onto it with the help of my iron. That is probably not a good idea if you use a Styrofoam ball, though… In that case I would have boiled water in a small saucepan or kettle to get steam. Don’t get the buckram too wet, as the two layers in it will part and the glue may disappear.



When dry you need to shape it to fit inside the hat. The instructions don’t say anything more about it, more than one end should be formed in a peak. So I pinned the hat on to the buckram along the stitching lines.



Then draw a cutting line according to the pins. I managed to make it on the small side though- better to cut it a little large and then pair it down, I think. As I made this hat according to the instructions, there is no wire edging the buckram cap. To make the hat more stable and durable, whipstitch millinery wire around the cap before you sew it into the hat





Stitch the buckram in place according to instructions and finish as instructed with elastic and grosgrain ribbon. (I forgot to take a picture of the inside). Then the instructions ends and you have a hat that looks like this.



I must confess that I felt a bit flabbergasted here. After some thinking the light bulb went off and it’s really quite simple. The pointy end of A that at this point just flops around, are to be inserted into the wrapped around pattern piece D, like this.



Keep pulling until all but the wired part of the brim is pulled through. And NOW the hat is done! You just need to bend the brim into a shape to your liking and the hat will look something like this.



And from the back.



A vast improvement, yes? I think so. I hope you have found this guide informative. Don’t hesitate to ask if anything seems unclear. This thread at The Fedora Lounge has some discussions on how to make this hat as well. Tomoorow there will be some pictures of me wearing the hat as well.

16 comments:

garofit said...

This looks amazing! I wish I could learn to make hats, I love them. You are so skilled! I can't wait to see how it looks when worn!

Isis said...

gaofit: Thank you! I don't feel especially skilled- making hats are much easier than it seems!

Lizzy said...

I just saw this post, I have that pattern also but I did the beret, it looks really really difficult to me to do that!

pimpinett said...

This has got to be the least intuitive pattern I've ever seen. I actually bought this pattern too, but the instructions were too discouraging, and I think I've lost the pattern by now. Might have a go at thinking up something similar without the pattern, at some point; it always works out better when you can actually see it coming together in your head.

Isis said...

Lizzy: It do look very complicated and if it had all the steps in the instructions it would be much easier to make... I haven't tried beret- does that pattern work?

pimpinett: I agree! And with the instructions incomplete, well, it's easily the most frustrating pattern I have ever worked with!

Miko Omegamu said...

Thank you so much for this guide, it really saved me! I just finished this hat and I'm pretty happy the results, I'd never had been able to manage it without you!

I'm thinking of making another one in a different color. Is it possible for you to take a picture of the underside? I'm a little unclear on where the elastic ends should be attached.

Also, I'm thinking of lining the underside of the hat so the buckram isn't visible. But otherwise, once you decipher the instructions, it's actually a pretty simple hat to assemble!

Isis said...

Miko Omegamu: I'm so glad that you found it helpful!

I can take a picture, but I won't be able to do so until next week. I didn't found the pattern very helpful, so I just placed it where it seemed practical. But I must say that I find it more useful to use a hat pin to secure it!

Second Hand Rose said...

Again thanks so so much for doing this! I think I may just have a go at this now! How much time would you say you should put aside to do this? XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.com/

Isis said...

Secons Hand Rose. You are most welcome. :) I'm not sure how long time it took as I got a bit mad at the pattern halfway trough and put it away for a couple of months and it also took me quite some time to figure out how to do it. Actually sewing it didn't take so long. A weekend perhaps.

Miko Omegamu said...

I was just wondering if you have attempted to do hat C, the striped bias perch hat on the cover? The instructions seem a bit daunting as well, but I haven't had a chance to peruse it at length.

Isis said...

Miko Omegamu: No, not yet. I have only tried hat B.

Emily Inconnu said...

Hey, I have a few questions! 1. Did you hand sew this? 2. Do you think fabricville would sell buckram? 3. Is it possible to get a picture of the inside of the hat, I just don't really understand WHERE the buckram goes! and 4. Could I use a Styrofoam wig head with the buckram?

Isis said...

Emily Inconnu: 1. I did both. Most of by the machine, but all the finishing touches by hand. 2. I don't know, I have never heard of Fabricville. In my experience fabric store usually don't stock it, so you will have to ask. 3. I will try to remember to take one, but if you look at the next to last picture you can see that there is a faint stitching line at the fron. That's where the buckram is. 4. I'm sure a Styrofoam head will work prefectly!

I hope that helps a little.

kittydehavilland said...

I also found the pattern instructions to be utterly confusing and rather daunting - but your posts have really encouraged me to give it a go after all! I just wish I had a hat block too!

Anyway, thank you so much for a very helpful post, which I will be using when I get started on the hat.

Just one question - how did you find the fit of the hat? Is it supposed to fit the head or sit on top of the head (crucial for me as I need to make an XL size!)

Isis said...

kittydehavillan: I hope you will find my information helpful then! It sits on top of teh head and the pattern is just in one size. I don't think it matter what headsize you really have, one size fits all here. :)

Chastity Pulley said...

Is there any way to get this pattern in a PDF form?


Thank you for the help!

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