Several things have caused me to start thinking more about my steampunk clothing choices, including the sweltering conditions both inside and outside the convention space at Project A-Kon, Mr. Taineous's contributions regarding hats during one of the panels there, and the recent post by Joie-Elise, "Summer and the Southern Steampunk's Wardrobe."
Today, specifically, I wish to discuss hats. I am in the process of constructing a new dress for hot weather, but the hat is causing me to, er, perspire, and I haven't even started on it, let alone, put it on!
With my dress at A-Kon I wore a very small open-weave straw hat that seemed to allow air flow, but the form I have in mind for the new hat is made of thin felt of some unknown fiber, almost certainly polyester. Even though it will cover only a small amount of my head, I am afraid that it will be unbearably hot, so here is the solution I am considering...
Make a plaster mold of the outside of the hat, then use that to make a new hat-form out of a stiffened loosely woven fabric or mesh, using a paper-mache technique. I don't know if this will work. Do any of you fine folks have experience with hatmaking? Do you consider temperature when choosing a hat? Do you just go without?
I really would like to see more discussion on dealing with hot weather and how it affects us all in the South.
Leslie F. Lynch