Making a used cap new.
On the hunt for a good cap
I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for the right cap. It takes me years sometimes to find the right article to add to my closet, in this case a universal cap. I’ve come across many hats, caps, fedoras and your good old vintage toque. I’ve always admired people who can look good in any hat. I on the other hand have felt hat challenged, because I’ve always thought hats and I didn’t go necessarily together as well as I would have liked. Until I came across this cap at our local Value Village while I was enjoying a lazy afternoon wandering up all the isles. As a family we enjoy spending an hour or two at our local Value Village after morning Mass looking for those hidden treasures. My kids can be found in the toy section, my husband is lost somewhere between the utility and men’s wear and I go everywhere in that store, you just never know!
My alterations to the cap
I will be making an addition to this cap because its an itchy wool. I’ll add a lining to the inside head band to protect my forehead from the itchy wool. I chose a flannel lavender strip for the lining and yes! it’s not the same colour as the cap but that’s why I like this match. I have never been one too always colour coordinate my wardrobe. I’ve always wanted to do things differently, not sure if that’s good or bad, it’s just the way I am. I’m drawn to things that are just on the other side of the ordinary, I like colours, furniture and such to not fit together perfectly but that’s how I think they work best. My mother would say I was a bit eclectic. What drew me to this cap was it’s colour, I like blues. The weave is fabulous, makes me think old English/Sherlock Holmes tweed. The hat buckle is wooden and a bit chunky and there is a strap around the head band that’s a plaid variation of the tweed that matches even if it’s a mix matched affair. I even like and think the embroidered writing on the back adds to the caps charm. I love mixing colours, pattern and textures all at once just like kids who wear plaid, stripes and poke-a-dots together and some how get away with it.
Things I learned along the way:
As I hand stitch the protective band on the inside of the cap I realize that I should have cut the fabric on the bias so it would form flatter to the curve of the head band, we’ll see how it goes. I may not have to rip out the band I’m putting in.Well my addition worked out better than I expected, and I’m pleased with the results. If right time is taken anything can be found even a silly cap.
Have you found your right cap? or are you still looking?