A lot has happened since the first post about making a flat cap. We have fine tuned the process and are very pleased with the product that we now have. There are a lot of steps that go into making a quality flat cap. Here is a brief overview of some of the process.
A size is selected and cut out. The interfacing is ironed on and the hat is pinned together and pressed.
The hat is top stitched. The brim is pinned on and the lining is ready to be added.
The lining is pinned and the adjustable headband is sewn on.
The final product. This hat is designed to be worn for many years.
We each have our own preferences for where we like our suspenders sliders to be. The sliders are the rectangular silver pieces that go cross ways on the front of your suspenders. This blog explains how to take your suspenders apart and adjust them to the length that gives you the appearance you are looking for.
This is particularly important if you want all the members of your bridal party to have the same look.
First you need to loosen your suspender sliders and decide how far up your chest you want your sliders to be. If you decide to move the sliders down the remaining loop of your suspenders may be to long.
Tighten the sliders again. The clip for attaching to your pants may now be below your waistband. Measure the number of inches that the clips goes below the top of your pants. This is the amount you are going to cut off your suspenders. A good rule is to always cut off less than you think you need to the first time. You can always go back and make another cut.
Start by laying your suspenders on the table on their edge. Gently pull the front and back of the sliders apart.
Inside the sliders are two little flaps that are pressed down to hold the end of the suspender in place. Gently pry them open.
Now you can remove the end of the suspender from the slider.
Now you will cut off the number of inches that you have measured. The end of your suspenders will not longer be surged, but because the end is enclosed it will be fine.
For a long time now I have admired the flat cap. They are also known as the ivy cap, riding cap, golf cap, newsboy cap, touring cap and several other names. They have a very classy appeal. There is a place for the tuque when the temperatures dip down low, but when you just need to cover your head the flat cap is very stylish. combined with a matching scarf the set is very charming.
We had purchased a flat cap for my husband a few winters back. I thought it would be nice to make him one out of tartan. So the search began for a pattern. Flipping through the pages of the pattern books at the fabric stores did not help at all. No patterns were even close to what I was looking for. Many searches online only turned up others like myself who were also looking for a pattern.
Finally, finally I was able to find a pattern. Being rather particular, several samples later and a few adjustments I now have a workable pattern. Since I put a lot of time into this idea I thought I would share a few photos of the process.
Going back to my childhood my mother tells me that if given a choice I would always choose plaid clothing. That interest seems to have changed into decorating items and accessories. Since then I have decided to create and share tartan products with others who also have Scottish roots or just plain enjoy these colorful fabrics. All products on this site are handmade by me in rural New Brunswick.