22nd June 2011: New Hat It was then sewn to the crown of the hat. There are a few ripples in the felt, but I’m really pleased with it overall. It’s also very resilient with the plastic inside it and won’t go out of shape, so it’s a big improvement on my last hat.
21st June 2011: New Hat The felt was sewn together around the outer edge, seam allowance clipped, turned the right side out and pressed out to form a cover for the Wonderflex.
20th June 2011: New Hat I then cut out two layers of felt to make a cover for the brim. That template is the original hat brim which is ridiculously faded!
19th June 2011: New Hat As for the brim, the tutorial I followed also suggests two layers of felt glued together. I originally had encountered problems getting two layers of felt to stick together, and also found that the glue would warp the felt (no such problem when it’s stretched taunt over a hat block, but just a piece of felt sitting on a table with glue spread on it would start to go all ripply and wonky from the moisture) Perhaps weighing it down with a flat heavy object would help, but after seeing how solid two layers of glued felt could be on the crown of my hat, I wasn’t entirely confident I’d be able to shape the brim appropriately once it had dried, and I didn’t think I had a hope getting it to sit in the right shape while it was still wet.
Rather than trying to troubleshoot the PVA glue, I went with a whole new approach. I used my original hat brim as a template to cut out some Wonderflex, heated it with a hairdryer and formed it into the right shape. As usually happens at some point, I forgot about taking photos for all of this stage.
18th June 2011: New Hat The downside is it was hard to sew through for securing the seam and attaching the brim, but nothing pliers couldn’t help with.
17th June 2011: New Hat Second layer of felt. This time I used gallons of PVA glue and managed to get two layers of felt to stick together when making the crown of the hat, as the tutorial suggests. The glue even soaked right through the inside layer and formed a shiny coating on the inside. I think getting this step right was key - it’s ideal since the two layers and all that glue makes it very solid - it’s like a helmet. Hopefully this hat won’t get dented so easily.
16th June 2011: New Hat First layer of felt.
15th June 2011: New Hat I was able to buy the same felt I’d previously used from John Lewis and got to work shaping it over my revised hat block, which had been covered in cling film.
14th June 2011: New Hat The point
13th June 2011: New Hat I got a whole heap of enquiries about hat commissions in advance of the last Harry Potter film and although I didn’t suddenly start accepting commissions, it did get me thinking about redoing my own hat since mine was getting very battered and faded. I took the opportunity to revise it too since the brim had never been ideal and the point wasn’t quite the right shape.
I found my original hat block and re-shaped the point on it. It was made from a candle, so it was easy to carve and I could use a lighter to melt the wax and get it very smooth.
2nd May 2010: 1st Felt Hat in Progress Felt being stretched over the hat block for my first felt hat attempt.
HotshotShan - 11th March 2009
This uniform is amazing, great to see a cosplay of it and one that does it justice too, I so want one myself!
Captain_Marvelous - 12th March 2009
Boom there we go quality cosplay right there ^.^ well done im totaly in love with it ^.^ ......would you like to go to the yule ball? LOL ^^
Hannah-Kiwii - 15th April 2009
Wonderful, wonderful cosplay.
Well done on that hat making especially. These outfits are perfect.
Uni - 1st November 2009
Being a HP fan myself i totally geeked out at your costume! Its so beautiful and well made <: D
Plus Blue really suits you :3
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