File this under “Reasons missa is going to milliner’s hell” for 100, Alex.” This is the WRONG WAY to recover a hat. DO NOT DO THIS. It’s bad bad bad Wrongy McWrong. It’s really bloody fast. But it is wrong, and will probably get you mocked by anyone who knows what they are doing. You have been warned… ;)
Still here? Great. Here’s the thing: I’m all about the cheat when the cheat works. Is it a cheat that looks nice, keeps all the ugly to the inside, and will be just fine on stage? Then great. Generally speaking, I don’t get to work for people who want to pay me for art. They want done. and they want it now.
If you need an eleventh hour hat, and you’re a light touch with a glue gun, this will do. If, however, you are going for points on authenticity or cannot use a glue gun without making lumps, this is not going to help you. The order of operations is shockingly similar to the way you should make a hat, but the technique is somewhat lacking in handwork.
- One sacrificial hat. Sad Fezes work well.
- Farbic to cover
- A sturdy razor or carpet knife
- Hot glue. Lots and lots of hot glue.
The non-glopular part is really pretty key here – if you make it gloppy, you’ll see it through the covering fabric and people will be like, “why does your hat have a tumor?” and you’ll be all Schwarzeneigger “It’s not a TUMOH!” While this is good fun, it’s usually not the effect that I go for with a hat.
I usually work this in 4-5″ segments. It’s just easier to do it without the glue freezing.
This, dear reader, is the atrocity that is the hot glue hem. Oh yes… I wouldn’t recommend it for an actual hem, mind you, but for something like this it actually works out fine. The trick really is to use a light bead of glue, so that you don’t have a ridge and don’t have a stiffened bit that doesn’t lie like the rest of the fabric.
Again, I like to work in 4-5″ segments so my glue doesn’t freeze. Also, it’s pretty clear from looking at the picture that I never bothered to cut a strip to work with – I’m just using one long edge of the fabric. That’s not really uncommon for me. I can’t explain myself….
Well, almost fini… See, what the designer actually wanted was this:
When I say I need to make it for the stage, I mean I need to make something that strongly resembles this concept, but is visible from stage. That means that the little top hatty-poo is getting bigger.
I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that this is *not* the traditional construction technique, although the interwebs was surprisingly hush-hush on the topic of ancient chinese court hats.
And yes, that is a pile of sacrificial fezes. They are almost as useful as baseball caps. ;)