A mini pirate hat for my little pirate girl

23 09 2008

So…  we are progressing on the costumes for the Gandalf Murphy Pirate Ball next month.  Glitter Glue Princess requested a mini pirate hat for wearing with her costume.  Ummmmm, o…..k…..  This one took some noodling to figure out, as I couldn’t find easy ways out of it (I tried finding a build a bear hat, american girl hat…  no dice there).  It is amazing how much little hats go for (try $150 on etsy!!!).  This is what I came up with:

I used the free download from Wild Ginger called Wild Things, and used the sunhat pattern, just making it smaller than usual size (12.5″ around forehead, 3″ brim depth to allow for the point formation, 2″ band height).  This same pattern could be used for making mini top hats, and other things as well.

I used buckram for the top and interfuse (a heavy double sided home dec fusible interfacing) for the brim to keep it stiff.  It is made of poly taffeta.  The two front sides are sewn down to the hat top, and the back is rolled.  I sewed in two elastic loops for attaching bobby pins or clips, and am installing a barrette to the front of the hat to stabilize it.  The inside has a petersham ribbon band to make it clean around the edge.

We’ve looked at adding feathers, headband, tulle fluffery, and most have been ruled out at this time.  She is leaning toward a simple braided hatband as the only trim aside from the bows on the side.

A test action shot…

Yes, it even will work as a dollie hat for her american girls when the season is over – yay!  So very Felicity…

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