John & Cynthia's Wedding
Hats are really easy. The simplest versions for men and women have
the same base, then you do different things to them. When you read
these, also check out the illustrations that we've copied elements from:
a length of fabric 7" x 35", on the straight grain. Sew it into a
tube, with one end closed. Turn rightside out (hide the seams), stuff
loosely with polyester fiberfill. As you get within a foot of the
end, check it by curling it around your head so you end up with the right
size to sit on your head comfortably; make it a little snug so if you move
your head around, it won't shift.
a women's hat, you can then do any combination of the following:
You can wear it with your hair loose, or in a braid down your back, or
in two braids looped over your ears and held in place with the hat.
spiral-wrap a piece of ribbon or "pearls" around it
put a round pin in the center front
pin a white-gauze veil to it
men, once you have the roll done, make a long cone-shaped tube whose widest
end will fit on the inside of the roll. It should be at least a yard
long. Tack this inside the roll so you have a weird looking hat.
When worn, this tube (called a liripipe) hangs down the back, or
is looped under the chin and over the other shoulder.
If you feel very adventurous, you can make "dags" which imitate the
shoulder-portion of a hood. Make another tube of fabric big enough
to go inside the hat, and about a foot long; but instead of sewing it to
the whole circumference, fold it in half and sew it along one side of the
hat. This hangs over the roll on the other side from where you route