I wandered onto craftster last Thursday and was so excited by this challenge that I just had to join so I could participate. A trip through the hardware store with a spiral notebook revealed that $10 does not go very far, but I found window screening for $5. With just that, black thread, and a little help from http://vintagesewing.info/1920s/28-mhd/mhd-toc-long.html
I weirded out my family for most of this week making retro sunday trucker hats!
Here's the process. In the upper right are my materials. In the upper left are my patterns (I drafted them from a variety of fruit bowls, dinner plates, soup bowls and cups). I sewed the darts in the crowns and the slashes in the hats (lower left), and pinned the brims and crowns together (center), and then sewed the brims and crowns (lower right).
Originally, I envisioned this hat as a 1940s style cartwheel/platter hat (the kind with very low crowns and wide, flat, stiff brims).
My first brim turned out more pointy than I had planned, but that was OK. I turned it into a "conehead" hat (I think the original term for this shape of hat is coolie hat, but I don't know what coolie means or if it's a...culturally sensitive kind of word...can anyone elighten me?). I think it's a cute, jaunty little hat.
The picture at the middle of the bottom was intended, after a lot of smiling at the camera, to be a "neutral" face. What I wound up with is more Absinthe Drinker
. All I need to complete the picture is a cigarette and some slow, sad jazz.
Also, please forgive the paneling. That's not my parent's house; it's the "college house" (just me and 4 members of my immediate and extended family...woohoo!). Someday I'm going to paint it white to make it look less tacky.
My dad had offered to teach me how to braise coathangers together for a frame to wire my cartwheel hat (isn't he sweet?!). But when I put the un-wired hat on, it had kind of a floppy, 1950s sunhat vibe, and I liked that, so I left it. My Dad offered , "Hey that's cute...from 10 feet away. From close up, you look like a screen door." I was thinking trucker hat, but I like the contrast between form and materials. I had fun with that hat and couldn't resist playing dressup a little.
Well that's it. I hope you like my retro Sunday trucker hats!
Thanks to my mom and sister for taking the pictures!