Anybody ever stretch a boater/skimmer?

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Levallois, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. Levallois

    Levallois Practically Family

    Need to go up a size. Thanks!

  2. Boodles

    Boodles A-List Customer

    Charlotte, NC
    Distorted Brim

    I think kabuto is correct, the brim will disort. One of my boaters is a fairly recent production, with the Venice label, marketed by Miller Hats. Mine was just a bit snug, not a whole size too small, but I didn't have good luck using my vintage hat stretcher. Almost any pressure would send the brim up. I was able to get the brim back in place with a DI hat brim press but had no real luck making the hat a bit larger. In the end I sent it in to Miller to have it stretched. It's a still bit tight on the sides so I leave an old hat-jack inside it slightly pressing the sides out. I also store my boaters in the DI brim press which keeps the brims looking pretty sharp.
  3. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    Bozeman, MT
    Stretching it won't work, at least not in a way that will leave it wearable.

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