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pirate hat fail

I'm not very good yet at buying clothing type things on the Internet, I have to see things in real life first. I've been borrowing Geraldine McCaughrean's excellent pirate hat for way too long – she does pirate-themed events, too – and people on Twitter advised me to get one online. This is the sort of hat I was thinking of. Something a bit fabulous.

Hats by Topsy Turvy Design & CarribeanRosePirate

But they were awfully expensive. (Reasonably so, these hats don't make themselves.) So I found one listed as being made of 'felt', and just pricey enough for me to think it might be all right. And it arrived this week...

Yes, that IS a string of glue-gun glue dripping off the side. And is that really... felt? Oh! And it is made for a child-sized pirate. NICE.

My studio mate Lauren suggested buying a basic hat and tarting it up, but I can't even seem to buy a decent basic hat. Argh. Back to the drawing board.


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Mar. 18th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
H&M usually have dark wide brim felt/wool hats in stock or else you'll find one on eBay. Check http://www.whitneysews.blogspot.co.uk/ her medival monday series for a super quick pirate hate make ( seriously its 3 stitches) with a wide brim floppy hat and then just tart that baby up with trim.
Mar. 18th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, you rock, Cliodhna! I recall you gave me a video that showed me how to make my princess tiara, too. Couldn't do without you! :)
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Mar. 19th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
I know, real attention to detail, right? :P
Alison Mutton
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
You could try making a hat (then you could go *all out* with the trim and have it exactly the way you wanted. I've never tried making a pirate hat (I've done paper costume hats for my mother's primary school assemblies, but she's never done pirates. I've done crowns and princess hats, and last year we made a class-worth of curly black paper beards... but no tricorns, as yet =P) but here's some instructions for a mini one, which could be scaled up. http://www.naergilien.info/tutorials/how-to-make-a-tricorn-hat
But basically, I think you can make a tricorn from any round hat with a decently-sized brim – either using the stich method mentioned in an above comment, or by putting wire around the edge of the brim, and bending it into position. =) Which admittedly I haven't tried, but it should work!
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:26 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I just looked at your tutorial, that is BRILLIANT! Thank you so much. Wow! :D Your hat looks great, and I love the hat that someone left in the comments, that they'd made from your tutorial. So cool!
Alison Mutton
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:28 am (UTC)
Haha, not actually *my* tutorial. =P My website has tutorials on boring stuff like portraiture and watercolour! =P
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:35 am (UTC)
Oh, ha ha, oops! I just had a look over at your website and blog and there's lovely work there. I really like the picture you drew for that client of her husband's mother, beautiful. :)
Alison Mutton
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I quite enjoy portraiture, although I really prefer illustration – however, having had the good fortune to graduate *right* at the start of the GFC, I'm glad to do *anything* =P I'm glad you liked what you saw!
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