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Hat style for round face
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Date: 7/24/12 2:04 AM

I love hats. They're so fun, fashionable and protects me from the sun. Unfortunately hats don't seem to like me. Store bought hats just look silly or unflattering. So I figured I'd sew one up.

I'm working on you sew girl fedora. I followed the hat size instructions. Everything is coming together nicely. I try it on and it fits well but looks horrendous on me. I google round face, hats etc and read through a lot of "do this", "avoid that" type of advice. I'm even more confused because some of the info is conflicting.

Any ideas on how I should alter this hat pattern for a more flattering look? I'm thinking wider brim and shorter crown. There's plenty of pics of my round face on my pattern reviews in case anyone needs it to visualize.

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Date: 7/24/12 2:20 AM

I have often wanted to sew up that pattern. It looks so chic! But alas, like you my face is round.
I asked my DH once what hats I should wear ( I have quite the collection) and he quite bluntly told me I look best in wide brimmed hats. So half of my hat collection went to the Good Sammies.

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Date: 7/24/12 5:10 AM

I also have a very round face and I've found by much trial and error that an 'Edwardian' style had looks best. Lower crown and slightly larger brim.

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Date: 7/24/12 7:11 AM

I'm just like you: I ADORE the idea of hats but they look terrible on me. The only ones I look good in are...

-- Berets
-- Baseball caps, if they're pushed back on my head.

THIS is one of the best hat patterns around for me (also, it's FREE!). It evokes the classic riding cap.



The first time you make it, sew it up in a solid fabric the same color as your hair.

Also, check out this book: Happy Hats and Cool Caps by Anne-Mette Hermansen and Tina Elnef.
Sew glad I own this book (full size patterns included)!



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-- Edited on 7/24/12 7:38 AM --

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Date: 7/24/12 8:07 AM

How about a cloche? (Not really a summer hat, though, alas!)

I have a small head and not much hair, so store-bought hats are often too large for me, so I definitely feel your pain! My hatmaking, however, has thus far been limited to period hats for the Renaissance fair, so perhaps not entirely useful for you!

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Date: 7/24/12 8:28 AM

I would look for pictures of people wearing hats and then make or trace drawings. The facial samples of a hat pattern on a pattern envelope are such a help! I don't look good in hats that have short flat crowns and wide brims, but give me a big round floppy hat and I'm happy. Because I have a long neck, I like hats with tall crowns.

Folkwear has a hat pattern with women wearing the hats, and I believe some of the Big 4 companies do too. You don't need photos, just drawings. Here's something to get you started: Vintage pattern

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Date: 7/24/12 11:55 AM

I think her hat pattern is worth getting for the construction info. I've made a hand bag and coin purse from Nicole's patterns. Both have looked very professional. Other hat patterns I've tried have simplified the construction so much you get that home made feel.

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Date: 7/24/12 12:13 PM

Here's a better linkto the You Sew Girl Fedora. I'm not surprised the hat isn't flattering. But the problem isn't the shape of your face -- it's the odd shape of the hat. This pattern does not produce what I would consider a classic fedora.

Your instincts about widening the brim and shortening the crown are correct. You might want to go to a retail store and try on hats until you find something you like and then try to copy it.

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Date: 7/24/12 1:04 PM

Thanks ladies for all your advice. There seem to be 2 common themes emerging:
1) wider brim, shorter crown like sun hats or Edwardian hats. I had been avoiding these thinking they would make my head look wider. Instead these frame a round face rather nicely.
2) smaller/no brimmed, round tops like cloches or berets. I think these work when pushed back because it doesn't cover the face and make it look shorter.

I'm going to give some of these styles a try with a quick mock up in a cheap felt or paper. I'll report back with my progress.

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Date: 7/24/12 2:57 PM

One important point about cloches I forgot to mention earlier (probably b/c it was 6 o'clock in the morning! LOL): a well-made cloche will have the brim much narrower in back than in front. This allows the hat to sit properly on your head, not get pushed forward over your face. This improves the fit, but it's also a lot more comfortable!

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