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To make a hat, you have to figure out your head size. My husband measure his head for me and here I am looking at the table with head size and hat size.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

Then with that hat size, you pick a pre-shaped felt hat. There were shelves and shelves of hats.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

Even straw hats.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

This is my hat before I turned it into a cowboy hat.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

Here I am wearing the hat.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

Next you pick the block that is the shape and size of your head. J.W. helped me pick out the right one for me.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

Then you stick the block into the hat.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

Steam it until its really hot and shape it to fit the block perfectly.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

The is the machine that helps the hat really form to the block.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

I then had to sand mine because of the type of hat I was making. (This is a classmate sanding her hat.)

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

My poor black hand after sanding my black hat.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

Then I put my hat in this squishing machine. See the two round plates? My hat is sandwich between to flatten the brim. We had also trimmed the brim to be the same width all the way around.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

In the sewing room, this wonderful mam helped us sew in the sweatband, glue in the lining, and sew on the ribbon around the hat.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat
Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

Then with some starchy stuff, the crown of the hat was shaped. It was amazing to watch the workers because they were so fast and smooth. It always turned out perfectly. Sorry his hands are blurry, he moved too fast.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

More steam on the brim to shape it. He was also very fast at this. After he did mine, he undid it so that I could try it myself. I had a little help but it was really fun.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

Lastly, beautiful Joyce would print our names onto the sweatband. She was fast too. I lovingly put my husbands name in it.

Millinery: Part 2 Making the Hat

The after pictures are next!

Author: Heather