I have been working with a friend to make her first Steampunk outfit.
This outfit has given us one problem after another. After finally completing it in two whirlwind multi-day sessions the outfit, consisting of an insanely pleated skirt, problem-riddled-now-lacing-instead-of-zipping bodice, and a jacket that would have been fine if we hadn’t been working on it at midnight after a day of chasing her toddler around.
All that said and (finally) done, she needed a hat, because its a Steampunk outfit – you must have a hat. So I gathered a bunch of scraps from her garb and headed home with them. This is what I did with them.
- Cereal Box
- Fabric of your choosing
- Pattern pieces
- Fabric Scissors
- Scissors for paper and cardboard
- Binding Maker (optional)
Trace the patterns onto the cardboard and then cut them out. You will have to trim them down so they are smaller than the pattern.
Next pin the pattern pieces to your chosen hat fabric and cut out one hat body, one hat top and two hat brims.
Next, curl the curved hat body piece into a cone, open on both the top and bottom. Tape the edges so they over lap about a 1/4 of an inch.
Then add the smaller circle to the larger opening to make the top of the hat. Tape in place.
Now take the curved hat body fabric piece and sew the edges together as close to the edge as you can. Turn right side out. Slide over the cardboard hat top like above picture.
Now sew small fabric circle (hat top) to the hat body, encasing the cardboard hat frame.
Now sandwich the large cardboard circle between the two large fabric circles and sew in place making the brim. Then place the hat top in the middle of the brim and sew in place.
You can stop here if you like the look. I decided to make red accent trim to go along the edge of the brim and the top edge of the hat.
The red matched the bodice of the outfit, tying the hat into the outfit.
The hat will be decorated with ribbon to match the jacket ties and of course a few gears, then attached to a headband for easy wear.