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Offline Lady von Engestrom

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Hat Help!
« on: September 30, 2014, 05:02:09 PM »
I feel like I should know what to do about this, but...  I bought a lovely, new, fur felt hat from The Milliner's Wife at Bristol this year.  It fits quite well, but it seems that as the day rolls on, it has a problem staying put if I look down.  Now, I don't generally stroll around faire looking at my toes (rather with my chin up!), but after almost dropping in the privy a couple of times, I think I might need to find a way to secure it.

Anyone have any tips/tricks/suggestions on how to keep it put?  I'm wearing said hat in my profile pic, but not sure how well anyone can actually see it.  :)

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Re: Hat Help!
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2014, 05:18:06 PM »
Sew a small comb to the front or sides of the inside of the hat.  It will help to secure the hat to your head. 

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Re: Hat Help!
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2014, 05:37:56 PM »
See, I should have known that.    ::)   Thank you so much!

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Re: Hat Help!
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2014, 06:51:44 PM »
The combs really do work astonishingly well. I have one inside the crown of the pillbox I made, and *every time* I unpack it to wear it, I look at the thing and thing, "How on earth does this stay on my head?" And yet, there's just enough grip--which I can't even feel--from the comb that it doesn't budge all day.

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Re: Hat Help!
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2014, 01:05:34 AM »
I met and spoke with this vendor at Bristol in August. Her hats are indeed beautiful and well made.

The suggestion of stitching in a comb is a good one. I tend to make the hats I wear a size larfer dje to having thick hair and a big head. I wear snoods or coifs, so a larger hat stays in place nicely without pinning down.
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Re: Hat Help!
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2014, 11:14:15 AM »
If you still need more help after the comb. There is the bridal loop trick.  When you can find them, pick up some loops that go on the back of bridal dresses for those ity bitty pearl buttons.  Stitch those to the inside edge for bobby pin loops.  Works well for the professional ballerinas and actors I know. 
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Re: Hat Help!
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2014, 03:53:07 PM »
  I have a tall hat that I made too small for my head-It just perches there. I tried combs with mixed results.
  I got my idea from a portrait of Anne Boleyn.  It is believed they used chin straps (ribbons) in period to hold the french hood in place, very useful during activities like dancing.
  With that in mind; I bought a set of those 1/2" wide satin elastic headbands from Walmart (they look like wide, rubber bands covered in fabric.) There were a couple in the bunch that matched my hair color pretty closely.
  I cut one open and stitched the ends onto the hat crown lining ,approximately centered on each side.
   After placing the hat on my head- I looped the band under my coif (or under your hair, bun, etc.)  at the back of my neck.
   Viola! the hat stays put in a strong wind, and I can even lean down to adjust a stocking without slippage.   If the hat shows a tendency to slide backwards when the band pulls on it, you could add a small comb in front to stabilize it-but I don't think that will be needed in your case.
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