I think I have finally totally perfected my Ivy Cap pattern, and it is ready for selling, here is the hat I made today!
Clockwise from top left: The hat itself; Brim and lining detail; rear tag detail; pattern pieces.
It's made from a brown/tan herringbone corduroy, with a really sweet megasized houndstooth print for lining (i loved the fabric as soon as I saw it!). the sweatband is cotton interlock
SO, Pseudo Tutorial:
A lot of people asked for 'tutes' in other threads about hats I made. Im not going to do a full tutorial for several reasons: A) I will be selling these, so I don't want to give it all away B) I am too lazy to do that many pictures and writing C) It took me 5 attempts with drafting my own pattern to get it right, so I think you should have to figure out some of it yourself as well [fortunately, hats only cost $2-3 to make so mistakes are cheap]
Anyhow you can see in the picture above all the pieces used for the hat. They are (going top-bottom, left to right): Sweatband of cotton knit, Double Fold Bias Tape for edge of the bill, canvas patch (optional, i made it with a iron on transfer, this is jsut as a label for my clothing company), 2 pieces cut to bill shape out of Peltex (peltex is a super thick stiff interfacing. it feels alot like stiff starched craft felt), top piece inner lining (made out of just plaint out novelty print fabric), top piece outer of corduroy (could also be denim, or canvas,etc.), brim pieces of cord (they have the exact same shape as the peltex pieces except they extend a little longer so to have room to attach to the crown of the hat), inner lining side pieces, and finally the outside side pieces.
So here is a basic run down of how I make this. The brim, and sweatband information can be applicable to other styles of hats as well, jsut attached to a different crown.
1. first i sew the outer side pieces together, inside out. THen I zig zag stitched the label onto the back
2. then i zig zag stitch all around the edge of the two peltex pieces to hold them together.
3. then i zigszag stitch on the covering for the bill over the peltex, again with a zigzag stitch that goes over the edge. the fabric and and peltex is lined right up flush so there is no overlap/allowance of the fabric.
4. then I zig zag stitch on the double fold bias tape all around the edge of my bill so it has a nice finished look.
5. in this hat i actualy sew the front of the crown to the end of the bill, so i do that now, because its easier to do it before i put the top piece on. i make sure to leave about 3/8" of the sidepiece of the hat overlapping past the end of the bill, so i have space to sew on the top piece
6.next i sew on the top piece, with it sewn inside out, so when im done i pop it right side out and it looks dandy!
7. then i sew the innerlining together in a similar fashion as the outer part of the crown
8. Then I take the sweatband piece and sew its ends together. it then gets folded over in half. the circumfrance of the sweatband is less than that of the hat, so that it is strecthed to accomadate different head sizes, as well as provide a snug but comfy fit
9. finally it all comes together. the sweatband is sewn to the crown, and the crown to the inner linging. basically the crown of the hat is fit inside of the sweatband, with the bill in between the two. and then the inner lining is stuck inside the crown. it all gets sewn together (it gets especially difficult at the bill because things are starting to get thick and stiff). finally, the sweatband is folded up inside of the hat, and a top stitch is sewn all the way around the hat from one side of the bill to the other (basically aorund 3/4 oif the hat). This makes sure the sweat band folds up nice and stays inside the hat!
THats its! Its kinda simple yet kinda complicated. Thats all the info i can give right now, but with that you should be able to get one right in about... 3 tries, instead of my 5 haha