It starts with cutting out the pattern pieces and ironing them. It is not rocket science. I use fusible interfacing cut twice and fused together to make it heavier. The only fabric stores I have dont sell buckram, so I make my own. Nothing will stop me!
Sew the brim center back seam. Press seam open. Overlap the interfacing center back seam and topstitch the seam. Topstitch these together all the way around both edges.
18-gauge wire has been zigzagged around the edge of the hat, overlapped an inch and taped together using masking tape. This keeps the ends from pushing out thru the fabric later.
I cut a strip of bias binding from the fashion fabric and stay-stitched it along the edge that is not sewn to the hat during this step using a straight stitch, carefully avoiding the wire. First fold the end under about 1/2 inch. Then sew it all the way around the underside of the brim.
Flip the bias trim to the right side of the brim, turn under about 1/4 inch, top stitch around. The fabric gave me trouble for the first time ever, and I had to hand baste it first, then top stitch and remove basting. You will appreciate how the stay stitching keeps the bias trim from stretching out of shape as you sew. Hat is done except for tacking the crush-style hat band into place as desired, and embellishing. I made a self-fabric double bow for the back of the hat. It was tacked into place by hand, as well as were the Roses. Done and ready to wear a la Downton Abbey!
Leotard style top I designed to wear under the sequin capelet sleeveless top for attending the Newsboys concert in Asheville this weekend. Problem: there are no stores selling basic black long sleeve leotards in the Winston-Salem, NC area. Solution: trip to the fabric store and about 2 hours of work. I have needed this top for 30 years! Happiness for me is a dependable sewing machine with zigzag stitch and the confidence to make it happen!