One of the Steampunk mini-hats I made for us to wear at the Ren Fair's Time Traveler's weekend! I put these together last minute and had a blast!
This hat has a small power source for the led that shines through the clockwork crystal. It looks AWEsome!
Since the top of the crown was wider then the base, I had to take out some of the back seam in order to slip the cover over the form. I used a ladder stitch to invisibly re-close the seam. Rolling the brim to slip it onto the brim-form was challenging and I had to do it very slowly.
I used seam binding on the edge of the brim. I had no trouble sewing through the fabric and the base material. I basted the binding to the brim using wonder-under because pinning it made hard-to-remove marks. I basted both sides in the same way. Once everything was secure, I machine sewed it, and then carefully shaped the brim to give it a gentle upward curve.
The basic pattern for the hat is available through the Silhouette store and was cut using the Silhouette Cameo. I didn't have to reinvent the wheel by making my own hat pattern, but I did have to amend and alter it to suit my particular needs.
The ability of the Cameo to cut 12x12 sheets of card stock made this last minute mini-hat feasible. Time was a huge factor! The offset option in the software allowed me to add seam allowances to produce not only the basic support-form but also the sewing pattern to cover it! I've never used it for that purpose before. Too much fun!
Wait until you see the box I'm making to store it! Here's one of the other hats with the completed hatbox
: And yet another Steampunk mini-hat