A spring style clothes pin was placed to hold the pinches and curves in place while the hood dried.
I put it on my head and gently eased the hat down to loosen the folds.
I also lightly steamed it to release some of the pinches to let the hat be pulled down a bit further on my head.
Once the steamed area dried, the hat's pinches resumed being stiff in the new positions.
Using a pick stitch, where the needle would take only a small stitch on top of the hat, and then a longer stitch along the inside of the edge of the hem inside the hat, I hemmed the edge, shaping the hem as I went to make the width uniform.
Because the hat is designed to rest on the top of the head, a sweat band is not needed.
(Hurrah! I hate putting in sweat bands! I always miss placing the sweat band ribbon seam center by about a half of an inch, then tell myself it doesn't matter, then wind up redoing it.)
tassel that I am considering adding, but for now, I like that by varying my hat pin choice I can co-ordinate my black hat with my outfit.
The green beaded hat pin is perfect with the green shell I'm wearing under my charcoal grey suit.
I ran out of hat labels awhile ago, so I borrowed an idea that I saw on a hat I got in New Orleans.
I just signed my name using a metallic silver ink pen!
Now really...how hard would it be for YOU to make a hat?
Come on, join the fun.
It IS easy!
(For information as to where to obtain supplies, see the link in the first line of this post!)