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« on: January 17, 2009 07:43:21 AM »

My daughter needs a 1920's style cloche hat (very simple bell shape) to go with her outfit for a school production and I can't seem to find a ready-made pattern.  So I sketched out a quick pattern according to her head measurements, and it should be simple to do. 

But it occurred to me that someone here might know where I can find one that's already been done so that I don't have to de-bug it.  My measurements never seem to be quite right until I've tweaked and fiddled with them once or twice. 

And just btw - is that fiddling process something every pattern designer has to go through routinely, or is it just me?  It won't hurt my feelings - I know I'm not an arithmetic person and the geometry of a curved universe is more than I should probably ask of myself.  But I've always been curious to know if I'm just spatially-challenged or if it is simply the nature of the beast?   
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009 09:46:43 PM »

Nah every post i've read on here where the person talks of making their own pattern, talks about how drafts they made!
I can't reall help you with the hat, came across your query while looking for a cloche pattern for myself.
the only free pattern i've come across is this http://sewing.about.com/od/childrensclothingprojects/ss/flutedhat.htm
i think if might work for a cloche style hat
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009 06:33:44 AM »

Oh, that's really cute!  Thanks!  I'm going to download it to fiddle with if my own pattern doesn't look right. 

It looks like I may be making quite a few of these, so I'll have to come up with a decent pattern.  Once I have it, I'll try to upload it somewhere.  I can't be the only person who wants one. 
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2009 08:10:43 AM »

That is a very cute pattern, it might need to be amended to bring the flare down closer to the ears to make it a true cloche and not look like a beach hat.

Yes, pattern making is a trial and error process. Big designers recycle specific pieces that they have developed to perfection so the tweaking time is reduced to small details.

The reason you aren't finding sewing patterns for cloches is because they were traditionally wool felt or buckram, both of which which can be shaped without sewing. Haberdashery is a whole course of instruction in itself, I don't blame you for not having the time to learn a new profession!
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2009 09:49:06 AM »

 this might help and has a free pattern and instructions:

« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2009 08:09:08 PM »

Thanks for all the tips!  My pattern looks very similar to that last one, except only 4 pieces.  I've been working on 20's style dresses for the show and haven't gotten to the hats yet.  So I may try them both. 

And I must say that I'm relieved to know that it isn't just my tape measure that fibs.  Thanks again! 
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2009 07:53:48 PM »

How did it turn out?
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2009 07:26:06 PM »

Honestly, I'd recommend checking out Macys.  I've gotten two cloche hat from there (one black, one brown) for about $20 each (those newspaper coupons are awesome).  I'm sure making hats is a great and worthy skill, but if I can get my accessories at the right price, I'd rather just buy them.  Smiley 

A state of confusion is unpleasant, but a state of certainty is ridiculous.  - Voltaire.
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