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Help creating "Captain Trips" Top Hat?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Midnight Cowboy, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy Registered Guest

    Drying by the fire!


    I decided just to hand sew it, best I could do in such short notice. I see what you mean but turned out alright! Can always do it over again on the machine sometime later.


    Now to clean up this mess!

    Last edited: Nov 10, 2015
  2. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix VFG Member


    Looks good so far, and I know we all are looking forward to see it all finished!
  3. Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy Registered Guest

    Update coming in no longer than two weeks. Ran into a few minor setbacks...
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2015
  4. sewingmachinegirl

    sewingmachinegirl VFG Member

    Hi M.C , that hat is looking fantastic! Not sure if your bench will ever be the same though ;)
  5. Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy Registered Guest

    Back for another update! Last time I left off I was drying the hat by the fire. I didn't take into account how long oil paint takes to dry, especially walnut oil paint! As of today the paint is still wet. I couldn't wear it to the show but that didn't matter, had a backup hat and have always wanted to make this.

    The band I made by hand didn't fit the hat. It appears to have shrunk in size from bunching together, the side effects of hand sewing as you've all mentioned.

    I came across this beautiful 99k Singer 1956 model. It definitely sings, incredible build quality for the price! It all happens for a reason. Had the band fit properly I probably wouldn't have tried it again on the machine. Plenty of videos online showcasing how to use it so I should be good to go.

    Last edited: Nov 24, 2015
  6. sewingmachinegirl

    sewingmachinegirl VFG Member

    Hi MC, the Vintage Singer machine looks like a beauty, well done for finding it!

    I am glad the hat project wasn't all for nothing then, and I hope you can make another band for it.

    Happy sewing ! sewingmachineemoti

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