The last post was getting really image-heavy, because I really wanted to document a lot of steps… sooo I’ve broken the post into two – here’s the second part of the tricorn as a work-in-progress!
- In my last post I had placed the crown on the brim, and from here I pinned (carefully) the crown to the brim using the tabs from the brim.
- Next I used long stitches to attach the brim to the crown. This was incredibly fussy, time-consuming, and hard work. I can’t imagine doing this frequently. My hands were so sore!
- Next I wired my brim. On one hand I thought I should wire it first, but I’m glad that I did it second. I needed to roll the brim gently occasionally to attach the brim to the crown, and this would have been impossible if I had wired the brim before hand.
- I used the same blanket/buttonhole stitch to attach the millinery wire to the very edge of the brim.
- The above photo shows a profile view of the crown attached to the band, with the wired brim in the foreground. I likely should have used red thread to wire the crown.
- From there I covered the crown with the lace. I simply cut out a large circle, pinned it in place, stitched it down with long stitches (going through the brim tabs at the same time when needed, since I couldn’t slip-stitch through the silk entirely. From there I trimmed the lace.
- Next it was time for the grosgrain ribbon for the hatband. Since the crown is curved, I needed to curve the grosgrain as well. I had picked up rayon grosgrain, so this was reasonably easy to shape with steam and heat.
- Next, I used the brim pattern to cut out two brims from the lace. The brim for the top of the had also had the centre cut out, including a seam allowance. For the lower brim I didn’t cut out the internal circle. For both brims I included the external seam allowance as well.
- In the next step I layered the lace over the top brim, and pinned the outside of the brim, basted the fabric next to the crown, and then basted the lace along the brim edge.
- So many steps.. and so many photos! The next steps will be in the next post!