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Mighty44

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I have a vintage fedora that had a new sweatband installed. It was a little roomy on me so I've put some folded strips of paper towel front and back and it fits much better. Unfortunately, the padding is making the sweatband ripple along the top so that I feel the leather pressing against my temple on either side enough that it is quite noticeable and annoying.

Discounting any presentation or resale issues -- could I just cut out triangular sections along the top of the sweat on either side to relieve the pressure? The sweat is two inches tall, I was thinking about notches on either side about 3/4" tall. Anyone every done this successfully? Advice or considerations?

Thanks!

David
 

ILB Frank

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I have a vintage fedora that had a new sweatband installed. It was a little roomy on me so I've put some folded strips of paper towel front and back and it fits much better. Unfortunately, the padding is making the sweatband ripple along the top so that I feel the leather pressing against my temple on either side enough that it is quite noticeable and annoying.

Discounting any presentation or resale issues -- could I just cut out triangular sections along the top of the sweat on either side to relieve the pressure? The sweat is two inches tall, I was thinking about notches on either side about 3/4" tall. Anyone every done this successfully? Advice or considerations?

Thanks!

David
Your hat, your choice. But - maybe try some other options first. Maybe use less padding at the temple area. And/or maybe you can work the sweatband so the ripples move towards the back of the hat.
 

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I have a vintage fedora that had a new sweatband installed. It was a little roomy on me so I've put some folded strips of paper towel front and back and it fits much better. Unfortunately, the padding is making the sweatband ripple along the top so that I feel the leather pressing against my temple on either side enough that it is quite noticeable and annoying.

Discounting any presentation or resale issues -- could I just cut out triangular sections along the top of the sweat on either side to relieve the pressure? The sweat is two inches tall, I was thinking about notches on either side about 3/4" tall. Anyone every done this successfully? Advice or considerations?

Thanks!

David
Discern as best you can where the pressure originates. If it is caused by the edge of the sweat along the reed then cutting the notches won't do much if anything at all. Usually the reed edge is where the pressure is created not along the top line. It seems that you are a Regular Oval and the hat may be a Long Oval and unless the hat is soft and may eventually form to your head a fix for this is going to be hard to come by.
 

Mighty44

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Discern as best you can where the pressure originates. If it is caused by the edge of the sweat along the reed then cutting the notches won't do much if anything at all. Usually the reed edge is where the pressure is created not along the top line. It seems that you are a Regular Oval and the hat may be a Long Oval and unless the hat is soft and may eventually form to your head a fix for this is going to be hard to come by.

Thanks Robert. It wasn’t happening before I padded the sweat so I think the top is being angled in by the padding and that is causing it to ripple along the top edge.
 

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Thanks Robert. It wasn’t happening before I padded the sweat so I think the top is being angled in by the padding and that is causing it to ripple along the top edge.
I would continue to play with it. I use cuttings from felt or on Ebay you can buy some dedicated hat spacer that are uniform in thickness. You might have better success with something uniform in thickness.
 

Gary in NC

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I have a vintage fedora that had a new sweatband installed. It was a little roomy on me so I've put some folded strips of paper towel front and back and it fits much better. Unfortunately, the padding is making the sweatband ripple along the top so that I feel the leather pressing against my temple on either side enough that it is quite noticeable and annoying.

Discounting any presentation or resale issues -- could I just cut out triangular sections along the top of the sweat on either side to relieve the pressure? The sweat is two inches tall, I was thinking about notches on either side about 3/4" tall. Anyone every done this successfully? Advice or considerations?

Thanks!

Village Hat shop sells terry cloth hat sizers with an adhesive backing that can stick on the leather sweat band. Since it doesn't have to go behind the sweat, there's no rippling. It also gives you some softness in the forehead area to soak up some of the sweat. You can pull it off and replace if it gets too nasty. I've got them in a couple of my hats and swear by them.
 

Mighty44

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Village Hat shop sells terry cloth hat sizers with an adhesive backing that can stick on the leather sweat band. Since it doesn't have to go behind the sweat, there's no rippling. It also gives you some softness in the forehead area to soak up some of the sweat. You can pull it off and replace if it gets too nasty. I've got them in a couple of my hats and swear by them.
Thanks, Gary—sounds promising.

David
 

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Who makes Steve’s hats? I read Goorin brothers did the matching hat bands for the outfits but who made the hats? Yes I know they are probably wool numbers but Mr. Martin looks sharp as a tack in this series.
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johnnycanuck

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Is it just me or does that hat look too small for his head?
I remember first seeing this style in the Biltmore Catalog. Last owner before it got bought out by Hatco. The company was focusing on the urban market, so the catalog said. Lots of short crown, stingy brims in real flash colours. Made for big city people. Very much Steve Martin’s character.
Johnny
 

StoryPNW

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Village Hat shop sells terry cloth hat sizers with an adhesive backing that can stick on the leather sweat band. Since it doesn't have to go behind the sweat, there's no rippling. It also gives you some softness in the forehead area to soak up some of the sweat. You can pull it off and replace if it gets too nasty. I've got them in a couple of my hats and swear by them.
The only thing I have against these is that I bought a hat that had them on it and it was a pain to clean the adhesive off of the sweatband. Otherwise, I like the idea of not wrinkling up the sweatband by putting spacers inside it.
 

belfastboy

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I remember first seeing this style in the Biltmore Catalog. Last owner before it got bought out by Hatco. The company was focusing on the urban market, so the catalog said. Lots of short crown, stingy brims in real flash colours. Made for big city people. Very much Steve Martin’s character.
Johnny
Did the hats sit high on the head like Steve's?
 

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I remember first seeing this style in the Biltmore Catalog. Last owner before it got bought out by Hatco. The company was focusing on the urban market, so the catalog said. Lots of short crown, stingy brims in real flash colours. Made for big city people. Very much Steve Martin’s character.
Johnny
Both the brown & blue hats are very similar to the Stetson Morgan but the Morgan doesn't come in those colors.

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nvilletele

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Who makes Steve’s hats? I read Goorin brothers did the matching hat bands for the outfits but who made the hats? Yes I know they are probably wool numbers but Mr. Martin looks sharp as a tack in this series.
Johnny

The hat in this pic is a different one that the one that appears in most of the pics I can find on google. Same style, but different color (Blue) and hatband.

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