Mad Hatter Hat fabric?
On the topic of this year's Halloween, I have a question. My costume for Halloween will be The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland and I'm planning on making the hat of cardboard and then cover it with some green fabric.
What fabric could I use best? I'll probably glue it on (are there any other easy ways?)
I went to the market today and velour and silk taffeta (the two toned) really caught my eye, but I have no idea if it will work for this project. Any suggestions?
Are you going for the realistically wondrous look, or the simple and bright animated look?
well I'm not going as the Tim Burton/ Johnny Depp verssion if that's what you mean
and well, the costume itself will just be very regular with some earthy tones and a few pops of colour, so I'd like to be the hat a vibrant dark green colour with, maybe, a pattern.
Still not sure what kind of fabric to use :S
it seems like you could use a purple felt or crushed velvet
here's a tutorial
velvet is just amazing! It looks so cool, but I don't recall seeing it last time I visited the market, but I'll check again.
and the tutorial looks really nice, the hat looks awesome, but i'm afraid it's a bit far fetched for my 'never-uses-a-sewing-machine' skills
I'm gonna stick with cardboard
you could still use the template and then just hot glue everything together actually it'd probably be best if you cut out the shapes body,rim & top cut the fabric to the shape, glued it on (let it dry) and then glue all of your pieces together
Just remember that some hot glues have a really bad hold. It might only last a month or two. I sew all of my fabric, but if you want to hot glue get fabric specific ones.
As for color you can spray paint the cardboard (Super easy and very messy~! Something I like about spray paint if it's done wrong ) If you go with fabric over cardboard make sure its really tight. . . .
But, I still can't see how one makes a proper female top hat with cardboard. You'd have to do a male 's traditional top, if you don't mind. Of use cardstock in place of the cardboard. It works equally as well. And, if you're worried about rain then I would suggest you cover your cardboard/stock with plastic wrap. it keeps you from having mushy card board.
In the original picture he looks as though he is wearing a males satin top hat. So, satin would be a good go, especially now. At most fabric stores satin is on sale right now, due to (the OH so terrible) halloween thing that's going about.
But if you go with satin just remember: It's thin which means easy gluing! , it's stringy which means A LOT of lint or stings every where, it can be difficult to cut if it's your first time working with it!
So, there you go. Any more questions?
yes, I was aiming at a male top hat, I'm not even sure what the differences between the two are.
I don't think satin will be so cheap right now, I don't live in the US and in Europe halloween isn't that big of a deal, so I'll probably just end up at the fabric market.
Thanks for helping out
I also have some tuts I found on youtube.
Would this work with satin?
edit: I'm meaning the brim mostly. it feels like wasting alot of fabric + you have this weird like scrap fabric line, right where you sewed it.
If I'd do it with cardboard or something like that, it'd be a flat brim and I quite like the brim that slightly upwards at the edges
well, thanks for the help
I eventually didn't use satin but some sort of stretchy green fabric, I'm not sure what it's called.
even with my horrible sewing skills it turned out o.k.
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