Millinery techniques & tools
Steampunk top hat tutorial. shown with leather but can be made with fabric with a couple minor adjustments.
How to make buckram flat -- AKA Breaking Buckram... Buckram is a stiff fabric that has been worked with sizing to allow it to hold it’s shape. It usually comes on a roll, so when you first receive it it has a tendency to curl up. While this isn’t a big deal when you’re draping a hat, we do need the buckram to be flat while we’re doing flat pattern drafting. To make this happen we need to break the buckram! Here’s how you go about doing that:
The Hatted Professor: The Cavanagh Edge Primer
HAT HINTS - ATTACHING COMBS
Boaters are often worn higher on head due to shallow crown height or at can be worn a slanted angle. Likewise Berets are worn higher ( some say 2 finger above eyebrow - though depends on ones fingers size!). The diagram show this cross section of the head is smaller than the standard "hat" position. So as a rule a Beret or Boater is one size SMALLER than standard HAT size as heads tend to taper in further up to smaller a cross-section.