This was a very productive day, newsboy cap-wise, readers.
But first, I laundered most of my free fabric from the other day. Sadly, the brown flannel didn't hold up very well and I may have to donate it to the fabric recycling dumpster (we actually have one of those nearby). It's really cheap quality.
One more thing -- I left my regular camera at my brother's on New Years Day and have yet to retrieve it, so I'm using an old camera, which is why a lot of my photos aren't quite as clear these last few days. Bear with me.
The other two fabrics held up fine, though the cotton/rayon suiting lost some crispness, which was to be expected. I decided to make my first test cap with the wool/acrylic plaid.
I ironed the pieces from the old cap and made a pattern from them.
I haven't made the lining yet but I ironed that too.
And the brim, which is just flexible cardboard.
Next, I cut out my pieces and sewed them together. For this test, I skipped the interfacing.
I pressed my seam allowances open.
I used cardboard for the brim, which is then covered in fabric (the two fabric pieces are sewn right sides together and turned; the cardboard goes inside).
Finally, I pinned the brim to the hat.
No lining yet and no band, but it definitely looks like a newsboy cap, don't you think? Naturally, an unlined hat hangs a bit like an unlined skirt -- it needs a lining for extra body, and for some fabrics, interfacing too.
I hope to complete this tomorrow but I'm feeling cautiously optimistic. Since there are eight seams, if the hat's too big, all I have to do is narrow the seams a bit. Even 1/4" can make a big difference in fit.
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