So this is where I am at.
hats - I'm getting the hang of the hats and I am photographing a step by step how I make them. Mostly it's fiddly but not too hard except for the stupid brim, that's a pain.
The Officer top: well I'm mostly there to having a finished pattern, the sleeves ares till giving me a bit of trouble and the next big hurdle is how to actually attach it all together ( zips or snaps) but right now, since there is just 2 weeks until Legoland DK I don't see me going too far. I have hats to make anyway.
so here are some hat making images:
|finished hats and unfinished hat pieces.|
|stitching the stiffening to a side piece|
|hat side pieces ( crown) sewn together now ironing out the seams.|
|marking the middle ( makes it easier to add the hat top.)|
|front / back flap, with stiff interfacing.|
|snipping the curve so it will iron easier.|
|turned right side out and ironed.|
|the seams then get pinked.|
|and once again ironed out.|
|top stitched to finish the look.|
|centre marked ( I do this by using an iron.|
|two flaps done, the wrinkles get ironed out.|
|making the hat brim|
|pinking the seam|
|the brim turned right side out|
|this is what it looks like with the canvas duck and the interfacing both to make the brim stiff and not floppy.|
|adding the deco lines. Imperial hats have either 5 or six.|
|the finished brim.|
|adding the top to the crown|
|stitched and snipped ready to be turned right side out then sewn down.|