Hello all, I am looking for some advice on making an 8-panel gatsby/newsboy cap. I have a friend who is a very talented seamstress, and she recently agreed to attempt to make one of these hats for me. We are unable to find a good pattern for one, and we are unsure about what materials to use. Does anybody have any suggestions? I was thinking about using an old tweed suit for the outer material, and maybe the suit's lining for the hat lining. I have a big piece of tooling leather (it is just thick vegetable-tanned cow leather), and I was wondering if that would work for stiffening the brim. I would like to avoid using cardboard, as it is an inferior material in many ways. Also, my instrument repairman has been wearing handmade versions of these caps (slouched backward) for many years, and he has a whole stack of them. Would it be wise to try to get one of his old ones and make a pattern out of it? Please let me know what you think. Thanks!