Sunday, June 20, 2010

Steamy Southern Summer Wear...Hats!

Hello everyone,

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.

Yours Sincerely,
Leslie F. Lynch

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