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12 May 2010 - 15:3731782
Does anyone have any suggestions for how to keep a hat on a wig? The trouble is, that we want to be able to remove said hat (talking pirates here) easily for an over dramatic bow pose.
Help would be much appreciated. thanks in advance on behalf of mini-chan.

12 May 2010 - 15:5231783
What kind of hat? Normal caps and stuff (in my experience) stay on just fine. You'll probably squish the hair if you've styled it as they tend to fit on a little snuggly, but it's not much different to wearing a hat with your normal hair.

Hair grips/slides might be one option as they'll pin it in place. It'll be a little finiky to take off, but I can't think of a quick release method off the top of my head. If I do, I'll let you know. :3

12 May 2010 - 16:0831784
The hat is a big floppy pirate hat, and is quite flat. It currently doesn't stay on well at all, and keeps sliding off when she moves in it, which is not ideal, especially as the docklands have a habit of being very windy.
We thought about clips, but that would take a while to fiddle with, kinda spoiling the idea of a smooth hat bow, if you get what i mean.

12 May 2010 - 16:1631785
Did you hand make it? If you did and still have some spare fabric around, then you could just make it slightly bigger so it fits your head better?

That or if it just about stays on but doesn't stay on whenever you walk about and stuff then you could just carry it around and then put it on for photos when it should stay on - then you can do the whole smooth bow thing.

I had the same problem as you back in Midlands Expo when I accidentally made my top hat too small, it stayed on but fell off whenever I wasn't careful. So I just carried it around when walking about then put it back on for photos - that or used the hat as a prop itself if I couldn't be bothered to balance it on my head!

12 May 2010 - 16:1931786
Yes, she did make the hat herself, but the trouble with making it bigger is that the cosplay also has ears, which are fixed in place and can't be covered by the hat.
I was thinking of maybe using hair combs, but i'm not sure how well they'd fit into the wig.

Last edited by Otaku-Trioka (12 May 2010 - 16:20)
12 May 2010 - 18:1231795
Has she tried sewing in little clips...

Something like crocodile clips or similar, you can get them in maplins with little holes in so they are easily sewn

13 May 2010 - 17:3331851
I've also got that problem...except for the fact that my wig is gonna be spiky. I think that making the hat a bit bigger than your wig is indeed the best option.

26 May 2010 - 15:2932742
A hair comb sewn in at the correct angle would hold your hat on but would easily slide out as you remove the hat. no one would know but you! sew it in the front, above your forehead, pointing to the back of your head. as you remove the hat it slide out and when you put the hat back on you just put your hat on 1 inch more forward than normal and slide it back 1 inch, pushing the come into the wig and the hat into correct possition, and the comb will grip agian.

also sewing in the rough side of velcro into the rim of the hat helps. the velcro grips onto the hair when you hat is on and slides of easily when you remove the hat. this only works with certain hairstyles as it can mess up sonme wigs. give it a try.

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