CherryPatHats

Fine sewn hats wool fedora flatcap floppy fab fabrics

Portland, Maine · 207 Sales

CherryPatHats

Fine sewn hats wool fedora flatcap floppy fab fabrics

Portland, Maine 207 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Hand made hats - cloche, pillbox, fedora, flat caps, floppy, and earflaps - sewn from vintage and reclaimed garments with colors & textures that resonate, creating new personality with a nod to its original character. Sustainable style. Tweeds, fleeces, and silks! Oh my!

Fill in the blank: I've always wanted a hat that ____________________________. Then send me a convo or picture. Color, fabric, style. Mix and match styles, say, a six panel bucket with deer stalker brims and trapper hat chin flaps.

If it can be sewn, it can be made because I will figure it out. I like math and problem solving spatial relationships, properties of materials, adjusting variables to make harmony, and colors. I love colors that resonate.

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Hat sizing
Measure around the head just above the ears and across the forehead to the last 1/8" or 0.1cm with a measuring tape or ribbon that does not stretch (don't use a string). Select the nearest size range, and include the actual measurement with your order, because the ranges vary by an inch or more and that affects the fit.

Women's Sizing
Xsmall 18" to 20" (47.8 - 50.8 cm)
Small 20" to 21" (50.8 - 53.3 cm)
Medium 21" to 22" (53.3 - 55.9 cm)
Large 23" to 24" (58.4 - 61 cm)
XL 24" to 25" (61 - 63.5 cm)
XXL 25" to 26" (63.5 - 66 cm)
Just ask for any dimension in order comments.

Men's Sizing
Small 21-1/2" to 22-1/4" (54.6 - 56.5 cm, sizes 6-3/4 to 7)
Medium 22-1/2" to 23" (57.5 - 58.4 cm, sizes 7-1/8 to 7-1/4)
Large 23-3/8" to 23-1/2" (59.4 - 59.7 cm, sizes 7-3/8 to 7-1/4)
XL 24" to 24-1/2" (61 - 62.2 cm, sizes 7-5/8 to 7-3/4)
XXL 25" (63.5 cm, size 7-7/8)
Just ask for any dimension in order comments. FYI ,size 8 is 25.25" or 64.1 cm

Roughly, head measurement equals Pi x hat size, or 3.14 times the size, give or take, since it uses the equations for measuring the circumference of a circle. Oval- and egg-shapes use a more complex equation.

Notice that 'hat size' varies depending on country traditions. For example, 'medium' means different things to different regions:
Medium
UK: 7 ( Inch )
EU: 57 ( Cm )
US: 7 1/8 ( Inch )
For that reason, always include your actual head measurement.

Ships internationally. So far, destinations have included...
Australia
Canada
England
France
Philippines
Scotland
Spain

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 3, 2017

Hand made hats - cloche, pillbox, fedora, flat caps, floppy, and earflaps - sewn from vintage and reclaimed garments with colors & textures that resonate, creating new personality with a nod to its original character. Sustainable style. Tweeds, fleeces, and silks! Oh my!

Fill in the blank: I've always wanted a hat that ____________________________. Then send me a convo or picture. Color, fabric, style. Mix and match styles, say, a six panel bucket with deer stalker brims and trapper hat chin flaps.

If it can be sewn, it can be made because I will figure it out. I like math and problem solving spatial relationships, properties of materials, adjusting variables to make harmony, and colors. I love colors that resonate.

About my background here ▷ http://www.etsy.com/your/shops/CherryPatHats/about

Please read shop policies here ▷ http://www.etsy.com/your/shops/CherryPatHats/policies

To learn about my process, visit the shop's About page.
www.etsy.com/your/shops/CherryPatHats/staff?ref=ysr_sidebar_members

▷ View more Sold Hats here: www.cherrypat.com/collections/sold-items

CherryPat.com/BLOGS/news
Facebook.com/CherryPatHats
Pinterest.com/CherryPatHats/Hats-with-Hattitude
Twitter @CherryPatHats

Hat sizing
Measure around the head just above the ears and across the forehead to the last 1/8" or 0.1cm with a measuring tape or ribbon that does not stretch (don't use a string). Select the nearest size range, and include the actual measurement with your order, because the ranges vary by an inch or more and that affects the fit.

Women's Sizing
Xsmall 18" to 20" (47.8 - 50.8 cm)
Small 20" to 21" (50.8 - 53.3 cm)
Medium 21" to 22" (53.3 - 55.9 cm)
Large 23" to 24" (58.4 - 61 cm)
XL 24" to 25" (61 - 63.5 cm)
XXL 25" to 26" (63.5 - 66 cm)
Just ask for any dimension in order comments.

Men's Sizing
Small 21-1/2" to 22-1/4" (54.6 - 56.5 cm, sizes 6-3/4 to 7)
Medium 22-1/2" to 23" (57.5 - 58.4 cm, sizes 7-1/8 to 7-1/4)
Large 23-3/8" to 23-1/2" (59.4 - 59.7 cm, sizes 7-3/8 to 7-1/4)
XL 24" to 24-1/2" (61 - 62.2 cm, sizes 7-5/8 to 7-3/4)
XXL 25" (63.5 cm, size 7-7/8)
Just ask for any dimension in order comments. FYI ,size 8 is 25.25" or 64.1 cm

Roughly, head measurement equals Pi x hat size, or 3.14 times the size, give or take, since it uses the equations for measuring the circumference of a circle. Oval- and egg-shapes use a more complex equation.

Notice that 'hat size' varies depending on country traditions. For example, 'medium' means different things to different regions:
Medium
UK: 7 ( Inch )
EU: 57 ( Cm )
US: 7 1/8 ( Inch )
For that reason, always include your actual head measurement.

Ships internationally. So far, destinations have included...
Australia
Canada
England
France
Philippines
Scotland
Spain

Cheryll McKinnon

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Takes a shot at the Univ. of Maine Orono Craft Fair. Being the school's 150th Homecoming, alumni gave a thumbs up and 'Go Blue!' upon spotting my hair. A Donegal tweed 8-dart cap is a good choice to ward off the chill watching the UMO v Yale game.

About

Engineered to Fit -- Every Day is Pi Day

About me? TL:DR*
My studio - I am blessed with good friends who call my work space a shop, studio or atelier.

My husband refinished the basement, so it maintains an even temperature year round in our super-insulated house, which was designed by a local builder who studied double-two-by-four construction at the Univ. of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, a credible institution where the only thing between it and the North Pole is a barbed-wire fence. That was back in 1985 before eco- friendly, sustainable and green came into the national lexicon.

So the ping-pong table became a cutting table bordered by three Berninas (Nova 900, 1130 and 350PE), a Babylock Imagine serger, and a Tabletopstudio.com pop-up photo tent. Our son's colorful foam puzzle mats were put under foot to avoid fatigue. The work flow moves counter clockwise around the table from cutting, pressing, sewing, and photography.

Seeing how well my trusty old 1980 Bernina Nova 900 tackled new vinyl seat covers for our son's 1990 Suzuki Samuri, my husband sprung for a refurbished CONSEW 277-R cylinder arm with a quiet, 1/2-hp variable-speed motor and combo needle-feed-walking-foot. Then he assembled wire shelving to stack tubs of fabric to make room for it. While I was planning to sew thick layers together that gave the Berninas pause--especially fedora hat bands--my husband goes shopping for marine vinyl so I'll sew him new boat cushions.

l usually work in themes, say, browns and creams, or floral silks in orange and pink, and assess their mutual color resonance. A collection emerges from these fabrics that have been singled out from garments whose fabric quality was overlooked and under appreciated.

Fabric whisperer
What will I become today...says the tweed suit before me. It's a tailored herringbone wool in teal and grey with a deep lapel and three corozo buttons on each cuff. A pillbox maybe or six-panel English cap? I search the tubs for harmonizing fabrics and lay them on the cutting table. I refer to some hat styles that will best reflect the garment's personality. A collection of basic hat patterns--bucket, pillbox, floppy--form the basis from which I'll cut a sub-master and then modify its lines to create a unique design or swap out pattern pieces for the right look.

Some of the more interesting hats made are based on a customer's description or picture: a Russian budenovka in light grey wool, Aunt Bethany's black velvet pillbox, a Disney greeter cap in blue velvet, and a Chairman Mao cap. After researching its background and views from all sides to determine construction and fabrics, patterns are drawn with the help of a French ruler, then muslin prototypes are made.

Every Day is Pi Day
Mass-produced hats begin with an initial machine set up and then are made by the thousands. In contrast, for me it's several test runs. The fabric from each garment holds its own secrets--how it wants to be cut, pinned, sewn, stretched or draped. Some need special pins or needles, maybe a walking foot or, say, for silk, special tear-away fabric beneath it so the feed dogs don't eat the silk. Sewing very different fabrics together so that their seams end in the same spot, causes quadratic equations to float before my eyes--which variable needs adjustment? There's something to be said about introducing math concepts using fabric.

I digress...Allowing for set up, one suit jacket will make up to three hats, maybe not all the same style, but generally the exterior wool and liners are distributed among different designs. The cuffs, lapels and welt pockets are prized for their design elements that add character. An iron and pressing ham are vital tools as pieces are steamed and coaxed into place. A final series of whacks on a wooden percussion block that my son made back in junior high school produces a neat flat seam (hearing protection required). Then the hat 'rests' between sessions once on a re-purposed bowl but now on a proper wooden head form.

The hats are sewn together with one of more of the sewing machines and finished by hand. When a hat is mostly formed, I'll sew in a silk tie or grosgrain hat band and select buttons that seem to beg for inclusion. Then it's photographed and carefully stored until someone orders it. Tissue paper supports the crown and then it's wrapped in tissue paper, tucked into a plastic sleeve tied with a bow and securely packed into a sturdy box for shipment.

Thank you for reading this far. Now, about those math concepts and the physics of fabric...

*About me? Kind of Canadian, grew up in Arizona, college in Florida, worked at Ford, NASA, and a Rt. 66 diner, in Maine as an electrical engineer. Raised a 4-H pig, steer, and a black Quarter Horse filly, scuba, fly, sew, knit, type, shorthand, garden, ski, goof off, INTJ, SWE, FIRST, ASQ, sew. All the normal stuff.

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  • Cheryll McKinnon

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    A left-brained engineer now in her right mind. Spent over 35 years in the high tech semiconductor industry, now indulges passion for fabric and a latent talent for sewing. Spatial cognition and chromatic resonance unite. Hats are engineered to fit.

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Last updated on Aug 3, 2017
Frequently asked questions

What's the best way to measure my head?

Measure circumference & dome. Identify shape.
1) Use a measuring tape or ribbon that DOES NOT STRETCH (not a string) around the widest part across mid-forehead and just above the ears--three times and take an average--to the last 1/8" or 0.1 cm.

2) Measure the dome from mid-forehead over the top to that divot just below the skull at the nape. Average is 13" for women, 14" for men.

3) Determine head's shape: oval (average), round or elongated-oval. Bow and ask a friend.

For hard to fit heads, the extra attention to detail makes a big difference in fit. Why? because an average-shape hat feels tight on the sides of round heads or doesn't rest properly on tall/flat domes.

Can I request a custom order?

Yes. If a hat can be sewn, I will make it after it's been ordered. Pick any hat and request any modifications desired in the comments section of the order process. Or describe something completely new so a private listing can be posted for you that itemizes its description, but without a photo of the completed hat, of course.

Do I accept returns of a custom order? Sort of, because each hat will fit someone somewhere in the future. Or I'll make alterations (see how to measure).

How to care for hats

Hats should be spot clean unless otherwise directed. First, use a sticky tape roller to remove dust and debris. Allow whatever is wet to dry and then scrape it off with a fingernail or toothpick. If the spot is not removed after that, then using a clean white paper towel dab with water and a smidgen of white vinegar from above while having a clean dry white paper towel below until there is no color. Use lots of paper towels.

To re-shape, if needed, stuff the hat with socks, or stretch over a salad bowl or clean paint can that's close to your head size. Worst case, use steam carefully and the fabric will settle into that shape. Most hats can be enlarged with a hat stretcher. It's a matter of moisture, temperature and time (see Anneal).

About choosing colors and what is Pantone?

Humans evolved with poor color memory. That's why it's difficult to describe burgundy when you really mean maroon. Or describe tan as off-white. Pantone is a company that helps mitigate that discrepany by using a numbering system to describe colors, shades and saturation.

When choosing a color such as grey (gray to some), your concept of steel gray could be my medium gray. To avoid guessing, just Google 'Pantone gray' and you will see many results for shades of gray. Pick a Pantone number for the one you prefer and include that in your order comments. That way, despite variations in monitor color rendition, I will be able to deliver a color that comes closer to the one you desire.

Sizing Chart

Unless otherwise shown in the listing, please use the size chart below:

Women's Sizing
Xsmall 18" to 20" (47.8 - 50.8 cm)
Small 20" to 21" (50.8 - 53.3 cm)
Medium 21" to 22" (53.3 - 55.9 cm)
Large 23" to 24" (58.4 - 61 cm)
XL 24" to 25" (61 - 63.5 cm)
XXL 25" to 26" (63.5 - 66 cm)
Just ask for any dimension in order comments.

Men's Sizing
Small 21-1/2" to 22-1/4" (54.6 - 56.5 cm, sizes 6-3/4 to 7)
Medium 22-1/2" to 23" (57.5 - 58.4 cm, sizes 7-1/8 to 7-1/4)
Large 23-3/8" to 23-1/2" (59.4 - 59.7 cm, sizes 7-3/8 to 7-1/4)
XL 24" to 24-1/2" (61 - 62.2 cm, sizes 7-5/8 to 7-3/4)
XXL 25" (63.5 cm, size 7-7/8)
Just ask for any dimension in order comments. FYI ,size 8 is 25.25" or 64.1 cm

Please see tips on how to measure.