I never met my grandfather, on my mothers side. A tall gentleman and industrial engineer working on the famous ship yard of Karlskrona city in Sweden. He passed 12 years before I was born, but taken way to early in life. I had the honor of meeting his friends and coworkers who knew him. Some parts of him have past on to me. He built his own house to his wife, my grandmother. Making everything from the stove to placing electricity and plumbing.
It was the generation that build everything by hand. If you didn't know a certain skill you would ask your neighbor for assistance and they would gladly help. Things was repaired and reused. Not thrown away and repurchased. Items lasted longer and was passed on.
Sadly, I do not have any of his hats. But he wore them like any gentleman at that time would. I have a picture of him from ca 1930s where he is wearing a homburg and a regular fedora. That's the reason why I dedicate the name of the hat to him, my grandfather, Sven.
HAND STITCHED, NO SEWING MACHINE
The little that I know about hats I do know that bounded edge hats were more dressy and definitely more expensive. I have seen several hats that have been made with this type of edge in many different ways. The easiest way, still need a lot of practice to get it right is made by a sewing machine. This one that I made, I wouldn't dare to make it with a machine. It's all hand stitched, two times. Basically making this hat takes an extra day to complete. The result, however, is amazing. The stitches are fairly hidden but if you look close enough you might just see them. For the record, making a hat takes around 2 - 3 days and this type of hat would need 3 - 4 minimum. Making hats have a stage where the felt needs to dry completely and you wont be able to move forward until you have finished a certain stage. I will probably do a series of post to show more details of how I make hats.
LOOKING FOR AN EDGED HAT LIKE THIS?
After weeks if not months of practice I am happy to be able to place this hat in my collection. Anyone looking for a bound edge brim such as this one will be able to order one from now on. By the time this is posted the Boutique page is perhaps not yet updated. I would be able to add this to any style of hats that I make. The structure it makes to the brim also makes the hat more stable on your head. An amazing piece of hat to wear.
My future projects will have variations of this bounded brim edge and also with different shapes. We will see what the future brings. We might just focus a bit more on western styles, not really sure yet. If you have any suggestions or if you want to see a certain hat, leave a comment below. Happy to take on a challenge to improve the craft and keep it alive.
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