Fedora Hat – WIP

Since I’ve cleaned up my work space AKA The Dining Room, I have been enjoying the room more.  It looks more spacious and feels calm.  I decided that I would no longer start a project at the end of the day!  That meant we had to eat elsewhere and therefore it wasn’t always a good thing.  If I decide to make something big, like a scarf or shawl, I would need to work on it early and then fold/roll it up if I didn’t finish.  That way I could put the work aside and be able to eat at the dining table.  I have been focusing on doing smallish things in the meantime so I don’t have to extend the table leaves.

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In early March, I decided to make a black Fedora for the hubs.   Here is the layout above.  I am working inside out.  I used 2 layers of merino batt for the outside (first layer) and soft merino tops for the inside.  My hubs is bald, so I wanted something nice and soft against his head.  I don’t have any other progress photos for this hat.  I felted the hat to size, but I wasn’t happy with it when it was dry as it felt too soft.  So I just left it until I could work out what to do with it.  This week I re-wet the hat and fulled it some more to shrink it and make it hard.  You need a hard felt for this type of hat.  It took a lot of work of rolling and rubbing, but I got it to the size I wanted.

I do have a Fedora hat shaper, but it is in my size.  I also have polystyrene hat blocks in 4 sizes (but they don’t make one in mine!) that I purchased here.   You don’t actually need a hat shaper to make a Fedora.  For the hubs, I used the hat block in his size, but I used the hat shaper as a template for the brim.  I shaped the hat with a steam iron after it was dry.

I bought some hat stiffener from Etsy a while back and I will be using it on this hat as I want a stiffer brim and top.  I also need to make a hat band and get some trim around the hat brim, but I can’t seem to source brim ribbon at the moment.  I will need to wait until the haberdashers reopen.  So, although the hat is basically, complete, it isn’t quite and will be just sitting around until I can do the final touches.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Fedora Hat – WIP

    1. Thank you! Yes, I am learning that when you think it is done, it probably isn’t for these type of hats! It is amazing how much it will shrink!

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  1. I’ve only ever made one hat, and it was such hard work I vowed I would never do it again! But I do wear it a lot in winter, so once the memory of the pain has passed I may give it another go. 😉

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    1. Heh! Yes, hat making is hard work, especially if you want a nice hardwearing felt. I just made a nuno felted hat with only two layers of wool and although it required a fair amount of fulling to get it nice and firm, the hardest part was in the layout! 🙂

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