Tabletop Hatters of The Lounge

Discussion in 'Hats' started by ChicagoWayVito, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. MikePotts

    MikePotts Practically Family

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    Nice work Groovy, I was unfamiliar with the 'flamed' thing until now, hmmmmm……….
     
  2. ruvort

    ruvort One of the Regulars

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    Thank you for sharing! Would you be willing to link the info on building the conformer? That seems like a neat project in itself.

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  3. GroovyDad

    GroovyDad New in Town

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    I will link what little I have on the conformer. I actually saw on Fedora Lounge where someone else had made it and that gave me the idea. I didn’t really take any measurements or anything, I just looked at the photograph posted and kind of expounded on it .

    I will elaborate more on it when I’m at a real keyboard instead of trying to type this into my phone
     
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  4. ChicagoWayVito

    ChicagoWayVito Practically Family

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    Looks like your homemade conformer was inspired by the one made by @humanshoes looks pretty good.
     
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  5. humanshoes

    humanshoes One Too Many

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    Nice work GroovyDad. It's good to see some other hatters taking advantage of my simple design for that conformateur.
     
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  6. Mustang Mike's Hats

    Mustang Mike's Hats A-List Customer

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    Read that and literally spit out my coffee in mid-sip. rolling_laughing.png My keyboard was NOT happy!!
     
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  7. GroovyDad

    GroovyDad New in Town

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    YES! Thanks so much for posting your design. That made all of the difference in the world.
     
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  8. ruvort

    ruvort One of the Regulars

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    I'd be interested in seeing your design as well. Where did you post it?

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  9. humanshoes

    humanshoes One Too Many

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    I believe I posted it somewhere in the Photos of Hatters Tools thread ruvort. I lovingly refer to it as the "Wheel of Pain". Have fun with it.
     
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  10. humanshoes

    humanshoes One Too Many

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    You're more than welcome GroovyDad. My local customers seem to enjoy the conformateur experience and the fact that they have a personalized band block on the shelf in my hat shop.
     
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  11. John Kaiyalethe

    John Kaiyalethe New in Town

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    Kaiyalethe Crowns' Resist, a felt cadet/patrol style hat[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  12. DRB

    DRB One Too Many

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    John, that is great work that displays a clever idea. Love it.
     
  13. John Kaiyalethe

    John Kaiyalethe New in Town

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    Thank you so much!

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  14. Dm101

    Dm101 A-List Customer

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    How that's a cool cadet cap!
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  15. John Kaiyalethe

    John Kaiyalethe New in Town

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    Thank you, they are all fun, but it was fun doing something ive never done before!

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  16. ChicagoWayVito

    ChicagoWayVito Practically Family

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    Finally successfully made my own custom sweatband bow. The one on the left (plum) is the one I made and the one on the right (white) is one that I had purchased. Trying to reduce my reliance on external suppliers, anything that I can make myself gets me to that goal. Kind of nice to also make custom sweatband bows. Now I am only limited by the available ribbon stock on hand. Also, decided that I can change up the size of the bow, mine is slightly larger than the purchased bow. Anyway, thought I would share. I will keep on refining it.

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  17. John Kaiyalethe

    John Kaiyalethe New in Town

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    Very nice!

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  18. humanshoes

    humanshoes One Too Many

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    Great job CWV. I know from experience that it's not quite as easy as one would think. A small suggestion if I may, you might try fraying out your bow ends a bit for a more vintage look. I made my own for a few years and then got lazy and started buying them by the gross ($18.00) from Leko.
     
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  19. ChicagoWayVito

    ChicagoWayVito Practically Family

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    Fraying the ends...that is a great idea. I will give that a try. Only issue I have with Leko's website is there is a $60 minimum and standard shipping is about twice what it should cost.
     
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  20. humanshoes

    humanshoes One Too Many

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    I feel the same way about minimum orders and inflated shipping charges. I don't like them. On the other hand, I want to support US based suppliers that cater to the hat making industry and I really have no idea about the challenges they face just staying in business. Every time I try to source quality rayon/cotton grosgrain hat ribbon I rue the loss of the Schiff ribbon mill and think that if I had only ordered more ribbon from them they might still be in business. Sounds silly, I know, but if every hat maker in the country had ordered more ribbon...
     

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