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Top Hat Tutorial 2 by Idzit Top Hat Tutorial 2 by Idzit
It's finally finished.
I hope you enjoy it, if anything is unclear, please feel free to leave a comment, I will try to elaborate. I'm prettysure everything is clear, but I made the hat, so it might not be clear to everyone.

Here's mine!

Part One

Edit: The reason I have not put what the seam allowance values, is simply because the fabric has to fit snugly against the cardboard base. I don't want to put a set amount, and have wrinkly hats out there. Thicker fabrics will fit differently than thing ones. So, if you make the hat, sew it to make it as snug as possible to the base, and then cut off the surplus, leaving approximately 1/4" seam allowance.



**If you use this tutorial to make your own hat, please have the courtesy of putting a link back to my tutorial, and leave a comment here with a link to your deviation so that I can see your masterpiece!!
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Acinonyx-rex Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love this tutorial, but why not sew it with the cardboard inside? i've made three top hats (haven't posted them on da) with this tutorial, and have done it with the cardboard in each time, mostly because im pretty sure i'd fail utterly if I took it off, and haven't had any issues yet.  
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BellaGBear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank so much! This is very enlightening. I am planning on making a top-hat as a b-day present for a friend and now I get an idea how to do that :)
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IvySun Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Found it! sorry you mentioned this tutorial at the costuming panel at MCC12 and I need to make 2 top hats so his saves my budget from buying one. a red one is oomfgbbqroflkitten hard to find so now i can just make it. Haza!!!!
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Sakkarra-Ookami Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
I have a quick question for you: when you say sew some elastic on 'either side of the inside' how exactly do you mean? I get that it helps hold your top-hat on somehow, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how.

Help would be very much appreciated at your earliest convenience. (:
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Idzit Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Artist
You cut a piece of elastic long enough to fit around your noggin (usually under your nape) and glue each end to the inside of the hat where it will hold it to your head. It's best to put the hat on the way you want to wear it, and then figure out the elastic placement.
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Sen-Oskii Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*supercreppyhappyfaceofdoominserthere* hoemygawd I am so gonna make one of these. I've always wanted a top hat and now I can make one thanks to you. I love you *tears of joy*
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GrahamCrackersWorld Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Im gonna make a bigger version of this..... hopefully it will turn out good
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Avril-Katana Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist
ok. cool. thanks i think you deserve a llama from me.
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Idzit Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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pencilandpaperaddict Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
6th form end of year party/day, i am going as Christian from Moulin Rouge, and this tutorial has saved my right royal backside! :D
Thankyou very much! :D
Oh and... you're listed on Google for this, so congratulations! :D
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Idzit Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Artist
You're most welcome! I can't wait to see photos!!

Ooooh I'm googleable now! thanks for letting me know!
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wolfforce58 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Just found your tutorial while using Google search...wanted to say THANK YOU for making it! =) I want to make a mini top hat this summer (if I get the time), and this is by far the best tutorial out there, haha (for minis or full sized). When I finish I'll be sure to link back to your tutorial, and show off what I make XD But again, thank you!
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Idzit Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Artist
You're most welcome!! I'm so glad it was useful!
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MollieBlue Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Something like this would be perfect for finishing off my Lolita outfit! Thanks so much for the tutorial; I've been looking everywhere for a decent top hat but they're always so expensive! I'm so making this this weekend! It's just gorgeous! And it's a good thing I bought some ribbons and trimmings the other day!

Have I ever told you I love you? :heart:
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Idzit Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Artist
You're most welcome! Glad it can be useful :D
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MollieBlue Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student General Artist
I made my top hat! I made it whilst watching Kate and Wills Wedding (You can tell I'm British can't you? =3=) and it took me less than a day! I just need to figure out how to attach it to my head now...
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Idzit Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Artist
Cool :D You can use a thin black elastic, that seems to work the best.
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MollieBlue Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Ok. Or I could attach it via a comb or headband if I stitch it in the right place.
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Idzit Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Artist
That too! :D
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MollieBlue Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student General Artist
a yesh :meow:
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ESPICA Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
;A; i got a loose hat.....i think i made it wrong too >.> (i cut the lines at the bottom of the cylinder) then made the bottom part (the ring) from cardboard too :< (then proceeded to wrap that in cloth >.>

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MeliZbeauty Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student General Artist
i have a question, im doing a hat that involves putting fake flowers around the hats bottom, how do i make them stay? Hot glue? Sewing? help!
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Idzit Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Artist
That's totally up to you. If you plan on using your hat for more than one style, then stitch them on, or pin them. If you don't really care, then hot glue them.

Hope this helps. :)
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Illiamdra Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Oh this was very usefull. I was piceing it together on my own but you realy helped me get the brim together .
thank you
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going to add a bit more decorations to the last one. and i just started working on a steam punck one with bits from an old wall clock i had.
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Idzit Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Artist
Those look great!!
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Nim-Sindarin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the tutorial ^^ it was very easy to follow ^^ when I'm done with my hat I will have to up load a pic for you ^^
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Veldamasters Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaay! A not that hard to fllow hat tut~~ Thank you SO much. Ciel has so many hats and I personally love desighning them. So this is just gunna help me tons!
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Idzit Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Artist
Glad it was useful!
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Hatters-Workshop Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] <- there's mine :D thanks for the tut!
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vaavesur Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I think that i will make one.
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Idzit Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Artist
=D
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alexkhaos Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
I looved this tutorial, and your method is more precise, YOU ROCK< thank you for shareing your wisdom ^^
the last part is cute, go nuts add whatever wiiiiiii
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Idzit Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Artist
No problem!
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BigGreenTurtle Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
*bows down to your awesomness* Thank you for this enlightening tutorial, it will surely be celebrated by llamas and the tophat-less thorughout the hills.
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Idzit Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Artist
ha ha ha Glad you like it!!!
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faerywhere Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
I haven't made one yet, but the tutorial is wonderfully delightful
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Idzit Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Artist
Thank you, glad you like it! I hope it does come in handy.
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faerywhere Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
I made one, I'd like to add to your links, so I will attempt to do today. Thanks!
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Caitie-cat Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Hahaha great tut, I made one without any practice or tut last night... didn't turn out THAT great, I'm gonna make a lolita hat now :3
ps: I love your pictures so cute :3
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Menstelion Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Thanks to your magnificent tutorial, I was able to make my own! [link] I broke a nail making this xD But it was so worth it!!! :D:D
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Naotts Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I love this tutorial since it's the best one I've seen as well as the cheapest one. Although I already sewn my hat's crown and cut out the patterns from a different tutorial. The process for attaching the tip is very similar to yours, but I'm hoping that you might be able to help me make some sense from it.

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The highlights are the patterns, and I'm making the mini top hat in this one. I think the dark highlighted one is the tip, but it's a half circle. So I made a full circle with it (although it looks much more like an oval). I'm wondering if I can use your method to attach my tip to the crown. The tip seems way too big in my opinion, any ideas?
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TinaNordloh Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a very awesome tutorial - easy to follow!! Can't wait to get it going!
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Idzit Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Artist
Don't forget to show me when you make one! I love seeing what people make!
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TinaNordloh Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh I will :)

I enjoy seeing what people make too - endless supply of creativity to enjoy!!!
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Xiela Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
what a helpful tutorial!
i might use this one day xDDD
but i will definitely keep this tutorial in mind!

I think you can also avoid the elastic problem by using Ribbons
it's pretty much the same thing, but doesn't snap at your face xDD
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Idzit Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional Artist
Super! Can't wait to see what you make! =D
Ribbons suck to tie under hair at the back of your head, they always get caught and that hurts. But if it's going under the chin, then that'd be fine.
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Jessica-in-Iowa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
Working on a mad hatter costume, this will be a great help!
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Idzit Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Professional Artist
Ooh! Fun! Can't wait to see the results =D
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Happicow Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Oh. Wow. This tutorial is amazing. I must make one; though it will be a complete failure because I have no experience with clothes. XDD
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Aelve Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Thanks a lot for that tutorial!! :heart: I'm going to a manga/anime/cosplay/japan stuff convention next week and since I can't make myself a real costume, I wanted to make a little top hat.
Does it work with any fabric, or should I get something particular? :) Thanks again for the tuto!!
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