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Mini Deerstalker

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In honor of 221B Con which I am sadly unable to attend, I’m posting directions on making your own mini deerstalker over the next couple of days.

First choice is the fabric. I found a number of small scale herringbone fabrics online. But a houndstooth weave is also seen in many incarnations of the infamous Sherlock hat.

Herringbone

Herringbone

Herringbone

Herringbone

Houndstooth

Houndstooth

Houndstooth fabric

Houndstooth

Either way, make sure it is fine enough for something like a tiny hat. Fine enough as in not a coat weight fabric. Look for keywords like skirt weight or drapey.

You will see a houndstooth weave in the photos.

You picked a nice soft fabric, now I want it to be stiffer.  Thin and stiff… nope, I’m not going to make an off-color joke.

Here I used an iron-on interface

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The advantage is that now I can mark right on the back of the fabric and don’t have to worry about unraveling.

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The Pattern

The free pattern was downloaded years ago from a site that has since deleted it.

I printed it out and used the copy machine at work to shrink it down to the size I wanted.

I’m linking to the original printout leaving all the original proprietary info intact.

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If you don’t have access to a copy machine, you can just paste the .jpg into a MSWord type program and shrink it down before printing. Make sure to keep the aspect ratio intact.

I wanted my hats small but not too tiny. I shrank it until each (pie) section was 3 inches wide.

The mistake I made the first time was not redrawing the seam allowance. It shrank along with the rest of the hat.

I ended up with a ¼ in seam which made it trickier than it needed to be.

Cut 6 of the pie shapes.

Cut 4 ‘flap’ shapes.

Cut 4 ‘ brim’ shapes.

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More tomorrow

I love sewing! (and Sherlock)

Written by rhymeswithstitch

March 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

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