How is a hat made?
There are many steps that go into making one of our hats
Step One: Material and color selection. We make our felt hats from the highest quality angora, and our straw hats from the lightest parasisal straws. The choice between these two is made based on season and function.
Step Two: Blocking. The shape -- either a pinched, fedora crown or a round, cloche crown -- and size of the hat are created by choosing which block to use. Once this is set, the material is prepped with water, heat and steam and then placed and secured onto the block with pins. As the fiber dries, the shape of the hat is created.
Step Three: Trimming. After the hat has dried and set, it is then taken off the block for finishing. This is a process of cutting, pinning, draping, pleating, and stitching by hand. Once the shape is complete, the label is sewn into the hat and a finish ribbon is chosen, tied, and sewn, also by hand.
Where are materials sourced?
We source globally to find the most exquisite and high quality millinery materials.
How to care for my hat?
~ During the off season, you may choose to store your hat in a hat box, but any cool space with a flat surface will do. Make sure to place your hat upside down, so that the brim is not supporting the weight of the hat.
~ If your hat is felt, brush lightly with a clean soft lint brush or with a masking tape lint roller.
~ If your hat is straw, keep it away from water and shake it gently to brush off lint.
~ Felt hats are water resistant and are perfect for rainy days. Gently shake the water from your hat, and place it upside down or on a hook while it dries.
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Do you make custom pieces?
Yes we do! We are always delighted to create the perfect hat for you. Please give us a ring at 503-954-2271 or drop us a note to AssistancePlease@BonnetBoutique.com
What size am I?
To determine your hat size, use a flexible measuring tape that goes all the way around your head just above your ears. It is best to measure 2 or 3 times to be accurate. We will create your hat based on these measurements, and generally allow for a couple of extra centimeters for comfort.