If you give me enough time, I come up with interesting solutions to interesting problems.
The brim is arguably the most complex part of the Descole hat, adn the one that has the most variance in interpretation. This is partially due to the fact that it’s hard as fuck to construct, and also the fact that the official turnaround art isn’t consistent. If that doesn’t make it hard enough to get right in itself…
I kept thinking in terms of wire and sheets of woven plastic like in the Layton hat tutorial, and then I started thinking about something chowowpow had told me about a hat she had made. She used cardboard to construct the brim, but she used cereal box cardboard, which is very thin, but sturdy and bendable.
From that, I came up with a 5 piece design that allows me to construct the brim (with tape/staples) and then theoretically attach it to a base hat (Which will supply the crown). By cutting a curve into the bottoms of the pieces, I could also make the brim tilt in more towards the cone-like crown. We could probably lay the pieces out and cut a pattern to sew over them before attaching to the base hat.
The only part of this I haven’t quite figured out though is how to curve where the brim meets the base hat so that it looks like a bowl and not some sort of Burger King crown.
Any thoughts/suggestions would be valued. Maybe the trick lies in a sombrero-like base? The cardboard is thin enough that it wouldn’t jut far from what we attach it to, so it mixes well with anything.