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Tutorial: Buckram hats part 2 by Animus-Panthera Tutorial: Buckram hats part 2 by Animus-Panthera
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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- 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.
Thanks, ~ProfessorBats!]

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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ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Nice tutorial. If I may: I use the petersham grosgrain on the outside only, too expensive to use for covering up the wire then hide it under fabric ;-) You can buy a stretchy kind of bias tape thing for that purpose (called French elastic) from millinery suppliers.
Also, for circling the petersham, you don't absolutely need a fancy milliner's tool: you can stretch in around the edge of a large plate.
Not sure what book you mean, but I can warmly recommend From the Neck Up, by Denise Dreher.
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, cool! I've only made a grand total of 3 hats this way, and this is the first time it occurred to me to even cover the wire (and the second one didn't even have wire because it was too small), but that seems smart. I like cheaper options, always good!

The kit I bought (which is sort of like a sampler for millinery supplies, it's weird but high quality) has an option to add a book to the package. I didn't buy one because I couldn't afford it. Not sure what it's called, but I think it's by someone associated with that particular supplier. I've heard good things about From the Neck Up, though, so I've been thinking about getting that one.
ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
I think From the Neck Up is widely considered sort of THE book to get, I've read it referred to as the "milliner's bible". Well, at least for the beginner level, which is definitely where I am! But I read it is useful and inspiring for more advanced hatters too, I can believe it. I've read/bought several how-to's, patterns, booklets, though no other full book. It is definitely my favorite relative to any one other explanation I have read. There is a website where you can get an idea of what is covers ([link]).
I like the supplier you used, another other major one is Hats by Leko ([link]). Lynn McMasters [link] has a good selection of historical patterns, though I thought the instructions to the ones I bought were not so great (made me glad I ad the book!). She gets good reviews overall though, so if you can get past the horrible grammar/punctuation I'm sure they work ok LOL Anyway her website is inspiring and I think the patterns are good.
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll have to buy it, then. I was thinking about it, then I decided not to... When I have the money, I ought to just get it.

I buy my felt hat supplies from Leko, and I always have a good experience with that supplier.
ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Maybe you can find a used one - happy hatting!
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe! That'd be lovely~

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