Friday, August 5, 2011
Stephen Tempkin of Leon Drexler sent along a few photos of the felt planter's hat he is making for sunny spring and fall Califonia days in the country. Though the actual hat will be made from the cream-colored silverbelly felt to the right of the photo, the mockup to the left is from a rejected piece of felt that happens to be black. It looks great - my only concern is that the planter's hat is meant to shade the head and the brim on the mock-up hat looks too narrow but we will get that addressed.
Stephen is binding the brim by hand the way it used to be done for bowlers, top hats and other curled brim hats (but which almost nobody does anymore). It is laborious, but it gives the hat a well-tailored look that can't be equalled by a brim binding machine. We originally discussed binding the edge with the same ribbon that would be used for the crown, but I am currently leaning towards a black ribbon around the crown and the cream on the brim. What do you think?