February 25, 2008

A hat for ship and shore… again!

Filed under: Hat for ship and shore,Millinery projects — Cristina de Prada @ 12:08 am

Hat for ship and shore... version 2.0 

Here I go again… I bought some chic and cheap polyester fabric with a fun print on it and ironed a stiff interfacing on. For the outside I used the “good” side of the fabric, for the inside I used the “wrong” slightly darker side.

I made a dogs breakfast of it and had to rip part of the brim seam because the lining was longer than the outer part which resulted in some ugly wrinkles when I tried to fold the brim up (live and learn). Another low point was when I realized I had cut my finger and left tiny droplets of blood all over the fabric. Fortunately I managed to remove those.

The result is not bad at all and it got some compliments when I wore it yesterday…

Front view of the new ship and shore hat Left side of hat for ship and shore Right side of ship and shore hat

The funny thing is that both this version and the red one get the comment of being a “Robin hood” hat, but never in a demeaning way more as a general comment on what people get reminded of when they see this shape. Again I have used a brooch (not vintage but still nice) for this hat, but if I make another one I think I will use some of the wonderful vintage buttons I have recently received.

I took some pictures of the process, but not as many as I should have because I panicked halfway when I had to undo some of it.


  1. Ah Christina, great adaptation with the fabric – OK admit I cringed a bit when you mentioned the polyester – because it is so much more difficult to mold and shape synthetic fibers. But you handled the turn of cloth length difference beautifully with the re-cutting. The print is gorgeous, especially like how you used both sides to great effect. Fabulous hat!

    Comment by Glorious Hats — February 25, 2008 @ 10:29 am

  2. It’s so charming! Funny how people associate certain shapes and can’t get free of them. I’m often reminded of stewardess hats when I wear a Jill, which is really a version of an ancient Glengarry cap. Oh well… We must educate the hatless masses, nicht var?

    Love using brooches on hats! K Q:-)

    Comment by Kate — February 26, 2008 @ 1:24 am

  3. I think it is charming too…and the fabric is so unique. Kudos to you for hanging in there and completing the project.
    As to people saying it is Robin Hood style: People seem to be interested in either determining how things are alike (cataloguers in libraries are these folks) or how things are different (reference librarians think how things are different, hence my URL: jillthinksdifferent)
    Creative minds, I believe, see how things are different, or can be different, whereas the masses are busy trying to shelve artistic experience by finding ways to say “Oh, I’ve already seen that before.”

    Comment by Jill — February 26, 2008 @ 2:04 am

  4. Thanks for the encouraging comments everyone!
    Jill, I agree with you, there’s this need to classify and compare things we see. I think it’s just the way the brain works, comparing what we see with our “brain library” of images. I don’t really mind!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — February 26, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

  5. Love the hat! Very creative and great use of that fabric.

    Comment by Marie — March 4, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

  6. HI Christina, I just obtained a CD version of this book. Could not afford an original paper copy – one went on ebay this week for $152. YIKES.

    Before I make up the pattern. Would you be willing to measure some straight line on the ship to shore pattern and then tell me which line on which page and I’ll measure the pattern I printed out from the CD. Then I’ll know if the measurements are correct on the printed one or if I will need to size it up or down based on a true original.

    Thanks, Jane

    Comment by Glorious Hats — April 3, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

  7. Jane
    Sorry I’m late with my reply but I was away!
    The measurements are these:
    Page 94:
    Line paralel to book spiral binding measures 10 3/8 inches.
    Where it says “lay on fold” measures 7 7/8 inches (just that straight line whithout the bit that has to be added on).
    That is not including the notch bits.
    Hope it helps!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — April 6, 2008 @ 11:58 pm

  8. Oh yes it helps greatly. Thanks you so much. Just glad you were away and not ill.

    Comment by Glorious Hats — April 7, 2008 @ 2:27 am

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