This tutorial is free to use, provided you follow my rule
: please credit me for this, even if you modify it
. Other than that, please enjoy!
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And with that out of the way... First off, I'd like to apologize to any honest-to-goodness milliners out there. I learned this stuff off of the internet (where there are lots of interesting sites dedicated to millinery), and improvised from there. It may be horribly wrong. I'm sorry...
Anyways, that aside, if you're not a milliner and you just want a costume hat, this is a great way to get a hat that's much more durable than a cardboard one. Probably not up to everyday usage, but much less likely to melt if it gets wet.
Also, I got my supplies from Judith M. Millinery Supplies
. I didn't buy the book, so I can't tell you how good it is. Anyways, you can also get buckram lots of other places, as well as hat wire, grosgrain ribbon and curved needles, I just bought them all together as a package.
[EDIT: Unless you happen to find some really cheap grosgrain, try French elastic to cover the wire instead. And also, other hat making supplies and resources:
-Hats by Leko, a good wholesaler- www.hatsupply.com/
They do have a minimum purchase amount, so don't go there unless you need at least $28.
-Also, I've heard lots of good things about the book From the Neck Up by Denise Dreher. It's a specialty book and somewhat hard to find, but worth it if you plan on making lots of hats.
Also, Fray-Check is a brand. It's sort of like a glue, and prevents fabric from fraying. Very handy stuff, I suggest keeping some around for all your sewing projects. It's especially useful when clipping corners, because you can get very close without worrying about the seam ripping open later.
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The hat that was made: