March 31, 2008

Update on the Trilby from the Japanese book

Filed under: Hat book and magazine reviews,Promises promises,Trilby from Japanese book — Cristina de Prada @ 6:24 pm

Picture of page from book

Now that the Hat Parade is over, I can move to other pastures, and my next project (really, I promise) will be to finish the trilby that I had already started, messed up, and have to start again. This is from the book that I reviewed some time ago.

This is a project that I was going to do together with Jane but because of personal circumstances I’ve had to postpone. I’m lucky that I can now profit from Jane’s experience and techniques in making this trilby (that she has already finished). You can see all the pictures she took if you follow this link. One of the debates about the patterns on this book was whether seam allowances were included or not. I did some research and concluded that Japanese pattern books never include allowances. Well tough luck, this one seems to be the exception, and Jane found out the hard way what has later been confirmed by two nice Japanese bloggers that left me the following two messages when I posted an SOS on their blogs:

First Miho told me:

Hi, Cristina,
“スタイリッシュクロッシュ” patterns are including seam allowance.
1.0cm : Head circumference (topper side of brim, and lower side of crown)
0.6cm : All except head circumference
In this book, it is written that seam allowance of the lining must be changed to 0.7 from 0.6 using same pattern.
Because the lining is smaller than face, it is beautifully finished.
I hope that my advice is helpful for you.
Happy sewing!

 Then A-na confirmed the same:

Welcome to my blog.

In this bookスタイリッシュクロッシュ,the pattern includes seam allowance.
A seam allowance of head circumference is 1.0cm,and the others 0.6cm.
When you make the lining,seam allowance must be changed 0.7cm.
Although using same pattern, the lining must be smaller then the face.

Do you understand me?
I’m sorry I’m a poor explanation.
I wish you make lovely hats!

 I want to thank them for their effort in explaining to me this whole seam allowance business in English.

 By the way, I will be a few days in London soon… any suggestions on millinery related visits?

I’ve corrected the link to the book review!


  1. que chulo es ese sombrero! Me gusta!

    Comment by prima — April 1, 2008 @ 6:08 pm

  2. London! Do a google search for Millinery London and Milliner London and Millinery UK.

    I’m sure you will find a boat load…maybe a more interesting search would be millinery supplies london.

    Please take loads of pictures please, whenever they will let you.

    Comment by Jill — April 2, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

  3. I visited several millinery shops when I was there in 2004, but I can’t remember the names of any of them. 🙁

    Comment by Min — April 2, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

  4. Terribly strange, but I woke up this morning having remembered a dream where in which the person in my dream was wearing a trilby. Not a typical trilby, but I was just taken aback by it. I think I must attribute this dream to having read this blog entry of yours yesterday. I was curious, how wide is the front of the brim and the back of the brim. I think I’m going to try and wing making my won version without a pattern. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Comment by Christa Z. — April 4, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

  5. Hi, there are lots of nice places to visit in London. The milliners Warehouse and Macculloch & Wallis are two of the main ones. If you have a chance to get out of London head to Luton which is the main hat making location. Many places are appointment only.

    Comment by Manda — April 11, 2008 @ 10:16 am

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