Hat Resurrection

Discussion in 'Hats' started by kiltie, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. kiltie

    kiltie Practically Family

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    Got a little something related to this thread - http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?28066-Removing-stains-from-felt - if you're feeling adventurous, but that's not the main thrust of this post.

    To tell the truth, with hat prices getting up where they are, I was, and still am, a little reluctant to post this. My favorite body style, like so many others, is the Open Road/Stratoliner/Marathon, etc... Now on ebay, I'm starting to see every incarnation of that body style running up into the $150-$200 range in all sizes and conditions. It's crazy.

    Anyway, I scored this hat offa ebay about a year ago. It's not an Open Road, but a similar style Stetson, probably from the 70s. It started with a 3-ish inch bound brim and the chunkier, ribbed thin ribbon that lays like a cavalry hatband - you know the one I'm talking about. It was filthy, but otherwise the felt was in really good shape, so I took a shot for twenty-five bones. When it arrived, it looked...well...less than inspiring. So there it sat, high on the cabinets, for a year.

    Last week, knowing I needed a new sweat band in my favorite hat, I took this one with me and explained:
    2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inch brim and a brown 1 inch ribbon.

    I picked it up the day before yesterday and -

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    I couldn't be happier. From unwearable to a really, really good looking hat for next to nothing.

    On to cleaning - Figuring I had very little to lose, I decided to experiment with home dry cleaning sheets, like you use in the dryer. However, just as I was about to make the application, another idea hit me. One where I could evenly clean the hat all at one. Carpet/fabric cleaner.
    BAM!
    Now, granted, this is a sorta 'natural' body ( not silverbelly, if your monitor shows it that way ), so there wasn't really any color to ruin. But it sure tended to, I'd say, 50 to 75 per cent of all the dinginess for a fifteen minute time investment. The only thing that didn't come away was a particularly severe line where the original band once lay, but even that was lightened.

    So there's my hat story and my first post in a while. I don't know if there's a similar thread, and if there is, mods - feel free to merge. If there's not: folks, please share your stories of "unwearable to awesome".
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012
  2. Nice job I like it!
     
  3. randooch

    randooch I'll Lock Up

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    Any Before pics? And who did the work?

    Sure looks good.
     
  4. Razzman

    Razzman One Too Many

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    Great job Kiltie, the hat looks great!
     
  5. RBH

    RBH Bartender

    Great to see you again!!!

    But that ribbon is a little wide.. isnt it?? ;)

    Fantastic looking fedora!
     
  6. kiltie

    kiltie Practically Family

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    Unfortunately, I've purged most of my self-indulgent hat pics. However, the band and trim were done at Paris Hatter in San Antonio. They also put a sweatband in my go-to Open Road.
    The work is...decent. I'm spoiled, though, not only by a small-but-respectable collection of vintage hats, but by owning both two Adventurebilts and a really, REALLY nice Penman. It's hard to compare anything to Penman's custom work.
    Having said that, in the Open Road, the sweatband is really snug and secure in the hat. The stitching up the seam; passable. On the hat shown above, the ribbon treatment is darn nice. Well done. Tight, with very discreet tacking and a nice looking bow. The ribbon itself is pretty decent quality. This was all done over a three day wait.

    On another hat, a Knox that I posted in the WHAT HAT ARE YOU WEARING TODAY thread today, I also had the sweatband replaced. The day I had that done, I was in a super rush ( because, sometimes you gotta have that hat on your head that night, right? ) and they put the sweatband in in about an hour or two while I walked around ( hatless!!!) downtown. The work on that one is...well, an hour's worth of work.

    Point is, it's cheap, and relatively quick, but it's not Optimo ( I guess ).
     
  7. kiltie

    kiltie Practically Family

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    Heh - yeah, I was gonna go thin, but I REALLY wanted a brown ribbon to go with that body, and I don't think they had a thin brown. Plus, that one looks...BIG. Not flashy, necessarily, but... you know what I'm saying.
    I know you're ribbing me, but it honestly was hard to skip the thin ribbon.
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
  8. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    Great job. I love the proportions.
     
  9. Blackthorn

    Blackthorn I'll Lock Up

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    Gorgeous!
     

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