The church I'm a member of belongs in the Calvinist tradition. If John Calvin were still alive today, he would be 500 years old. Our church is having a "birthday party" for him this week. His birthday was actually in July, but when it's been 500 years, what's a month here or there? The Preacher tells me that it is the year that is the significant part. As part of this celebration, one of the church members is playing the role of John Calvin and he asked me to make a hat as part of his costume.
You can think what you want about John Calvin, but you've got to admit that the man had a pretty cool hat. Even as cool as it is, it isn't a popular style today (surprising, isn't it?!) so I was on my own for making/adapting a pattern. I started with Vogue 8528, View C (top left).
I added a brim and the (very strange) earflap piece and (after two muslins) ended up with this:
The hat is velvet and I was nervous about sewing with it and getting a good press. The sewing turned out to be not so difficult, other than it "walking away" when sewing two velvet pieces RST. I added the piping to get around the pressing issue. I thought it would help define the edges/seams if I couldn't get it pressed well.
The piping is made from the same fabric as the lining - a very cheap polyester "Halloween" satin. It was just a step up from sewing with a big black garbage bag. Very lousy choice on my part, but since it's just a costume, it'll be okay. The quality of my work reflects that thought - "it's just a costume." There are a couple of tucks that I didn't bother to rip out, some less-than-careful basting on the velvet left stitch marks, the brim waves and ripples when it should be flat, etc. Still, I think it will do the job.
I'll try to get a shot of it "in action" later this week.