Thank you ludicrouslouisa
It was one of those flukey things that just happened to be there, and save for being an inch or two too short, it fit *perfectly.*
I had a really hard time finding just 'blank' hats. There are suppliers out there, but it can get kind of pricey. Even on ebay, finding a non-floppy wide-brim fairly-priced hat can be aggravating. I have bought 'partial blocked' hats before, and it was $$$, and I had to buy a whole bunch of other stuff for it, and, guh! I would love to own wooden hat blocks and do proper millinery, but I don't have the time or money! I just want to decorate a blank hat! So after scouring the web (and seeing oh-so-many pretty blank hats available in the UK/Europe) I found a good US supplier. This
is the hat I got (in camel, since they were out of ivory. It was still too dark so that's why I spray painted it). If anybody can find a comparable supplier in Canada, let me know!
I have bought several hats from that store, (Shopsye
) and have added to/modified them. For this tricorn (and a black bicorn I made with a black wide-brim hat) I just held brim sections over steam (be careful) and held it in place (and left it as so, with clothes pins holding it). I sewed the tips of the edges together, just in case. For the wide brim hats, there is a thin ring of wire around the edge of the brim. It offers a tiny bit of support/shaping, but it's not needed (I didn't have it for this hat, because I trimmed the brim). Just be aware if you flip up the brim you see the 'hem' of the brim that holds the wire. It's not a big deal but just thought I would mention it! (I covered my bicorn's edges in lace so you can't see it, but you could also resew it and put the 'hem' on the 'other side'...hope that makes sense!) Hope that helps!