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« on: July 15, 2011 03:06:25 PM »

has anyone made a dressy-like man's hat? (not knitted/crochet)  I'm thinking maybe a fedora type style.  Do you know of any patterns?  thanks.

« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2011 03:30:45 PM »

hi,  I went back and looked at the pattern company website.  I had missed looking at the costume section, but Simplicity has the most selection. One pattern showed multiple neat hats on the front, but the hats were not included in the pattern.  Now, to see if these patterns are on sale ... I think so, maybe, next week at Hancock's. 

Any info is appreciated.  thanks.

« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011 07:34:07 PM »

A fedora is usually made of wet-shaped wool felt. You need a block, or form, to mould the felt around and shape it. Here's a video I found about making a hat block:

How to make Hat Molds with Victor Osborne, Threadbanger

And if you can't get a pre-made hat felt, you can make your own using a wet-felting technique over another form like a ball:

Make a Beret, Wet Felting, Threadbanger Projects

I've never done this sort of thing, but if you really want to make your own fancy hat, this is the way to do it.

Another option is to make a knitted or crocheted fedora, but using a pattern specifically meant to be felted. The hat is knitted/crocheted much larger than the intended size with a wool that will shrink if you wash it in hot water. It's shaped after it's felted (and if you made a hat block, you can use it for this). Here are a pair of Ravelry links for felted fedoras:

(A good example was made by OldTrout)

(A good example was made by nannybird)

Good luck!


I just found the CUTEST little girl who taught me how to wet-felt a hat on a beach ball!

OliArt Episode 8
« Last Edit: July 17, 2011 09:47:44 PM by Alexus1325 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2011 06:55:31 AM »

Thanks for all of the info.  Gee, Oli is so cute.   She has a great future in whatever she chooses.  Thanks for the threadbanger links. also.

Gee, I had not thought about going into the felted process, but this has definite potential.  My first hat was from the McCall's pattern 3987, view A without the big bow.  My lining was a bit big, but overall, it was pretty good.  I got lots of compliments.  I used a contrast fabric for the crown.  I used ribbon around the base of the crown. The brim could be turned up on either side or the front for different looks.

The pattern called for felt for the hats, but I used cotton.  I used interfacing, as the instructions said.  In my opinion, this pattern was a bit lacking with the instructions.  Without previous purse-making experience, I don't think I could have tackled this project.  I pinned and turned out the lining before sewing together. Sewing on the top is a lot like sewing the bottom of a purse. 

I will try to post a photo soon, though this is not in my skill repetoire.


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