March 12, 2008

Japanese Easy Hat Templates from Clover

Clover hat patternsApparently something that has existed for years, I discovered today some fun looking hat templates made by the Japanese brand Clover.

I came across these while I was (as tends to happen) looking for something else. My current project is a sewn fabric trilby hat from a Japanese book (Stylish Cloches – スタイリッシュクロッシュ) that I’m doing at the same time as Jane, from Glorious Hats. She bought the book because she saw it here, in my blog, and then we decided to try one project together (although we’re in opposite sides of the planet). One doubt we had was whether the patterns came with seam allowance, but I was pretty convinced (after doing some research) that all Japanese patterns come without the allowance, that has to be added later on.

Well, now I have my doubts about that, as I’ve already made the lining for the hat and it seems huge! I wish I could read Japanese!!

Anyway, I started a search on Internet trying to find a Japanese milliner that might be willing to help us with this dilemma. I’ve posted comments on a couple of blogs and I hope something comes out of it. While doing all that I have found these fun looking templates. The beauty of them is that they are made of hard plastic, and come with a little wheel to mark the seam allowance. So you trace the stitching line first, and them roll the wheel around the template to mark the allowance… pretty clever!

Take a look at the promotional video. Alright, it’s in Japanese, but it’s really fun to watch!

If only we could buy this stuff… anyone for a trip to Japan?

By the way, this is the hat we’re going to make:

Trilby from Japanese book


  1. Cristina, Whoa, you do find the most cool stuff. Those template patterns are awesome. What an idea.
    You do create a desire in me to travel to Japan — but quite unlikely to happen.

    I did leave a very long reply in comments to the Seam Allowance (SA) dilema you shared on my blog so won’t repeat here.

    Glad you are back and working on the hat. Hope to do more work on mine tomorrow.
    Cheers, Jane

    Comment by Glorious Hats — March 13, 2008 @ 1:17 am

  2. That’s a gorgeous trilby. I can’t wait to see the finished product. 🙂

    Comment by Min — March 13, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  3. Well, let’s all put on our dreaming hats, and think together really hard and figure out a way for all of us to go to Japan together to study hats…on somebody else’s dime.

    Dream big ladies! You never know what will happen!

    Comment by Jill — March 13, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

  4. do you know were i can get a mens trilby hat template as i am trying to find
    a multi coloured trilby hat but i have had no luck and would like to try and make my own

    iain graham

    Comment by iain graham — March 15, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

  5. Iain,
    I suggest you buy a cheap trilby (from H&M for example or vintage) of a shape you like and take the pattern from there. You can even use that hat to make a cheap hat block, so you can iron your trilby on it afterwards. Check this tutorial from youtube:
    I hope it helps!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — March 18, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

  6. Maybe you could go over to TeaRoseHome and ask her to interpret the Japanese for you! She’s a sweetie, and I’m sure she would love to help you!

    Comment by faith — June 29, 2012 @ 2:47 am

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