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Old 02-12-12, 10:07 AM
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I'm not only handy with forming metal but fabric too!

So it's nipple hurting freezing outside. My bikes are done so I needed something to do yesterday and today. If folks who have children and live in places that have frigid temps. You know how much of a bear it is to go places when it's really cold out...boots, hats, gloves/mittens, start the car before hand, yada yada. I've been meaning to try this out for awhile but this weekend was perfect.

Since my wife works from home with her small business and has all the machinery needed...fancy Bernina sewing machine, serger, embroidery machine(I've got to tap into this possibility still). I'm always wearing cycling caps be it just around or at school while welding.

So it takes me about an hour to make each one up. I made three but I'll only talk about two since the first went down as a epic failure. Anyway back to happier and pretty...I mean dashing looking head covers. I had a few button up shirts that I grew out of...I mean shrunk. Yeah that's it. lol. There's no elastic so these have a nice smooth fit and not bunched up in the back. The draw back is the wide array of skull sizes these can cover since there isn't much flexibility. They almost have a fitting like a flexfit cap as the fabric has some elasticity on the direction I arrange the fabric.

So here's the two I have so far and I'm really pleased the way they turned out. I still have to run to the fabric store to pick up some bias tape to give it a finished look inside. Oh God Henry listen to yourself! The fabric store??? It should be the bike store or hardware store. What am I turning into? lol.






The Plaid/Burberry was my second and the green plaid/blue linen'ish was my last one I made. I think I got it down pretty good on that last one.

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Old 02-12-12, 10:13 AM
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I found a bunch of patters for cycling caps last summer but never got around to trying my hand at this. Maybe if the snow hits tonight, I'll give it a try too.
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I say give it a try. Their nice quick and relatively fun projects. I was thinking of taking some more ill fitting caps I have and giving them this fit. I'm not much of a fan of the original caps as they usually pucker up on the sides and give a mushroom look. I keep my hair pretty short so it doesn't fill them up and then they just tossed into toy box for the children to wear around the house. I was going to make my son a Thomas the train cap later on today and my youngest a Spongebob cap also. lol.
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Looks good. I ran across a custom cycling caps site the other day. I am trying to convince my wife to make me some.
What did you use for the bill?

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You're a real renaissance man Henry.
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do these also come in louis vuitton and gucci?

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Oh no your Thomas the Train and Spongebob shirts shrunk also, say it isn't so
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Tip for you that you likely already know, once you run out of shrunk clothing. I pick up various high end clothing items at GW clearance center. Here items go for $1.10 a pound. I've picked up a lot of cashmere, merino wool, really, just about any thing you could want. Great way to get fabric. I see Pendleton wool items all the time (very little market for them, so I usually pass on them). Other thrift stores have an occasional bag sale (stuff the bag full for $5 or less).

Cashmere with damage (holes) gets sold by the pound via ebay as "Cashmere cutters". There's a good market for them. Cashmere without holes sells as garments of course.

Picture this seller, about 3 pounds of damaged cashmere, would cost me less than $4, sold for $55.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/CASHMERE-Cut...item1e6abbeb64


Or this larger lot that went for $123!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/LOT-22-Color...item19cd49d614

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For the bill I used those plastic rollable cutting mats but you can also use the larger Yogurt containers or other food containers as they they have that nice round and contoured shape to them if you like a nice curved brim.

The Burberry is for the folks who do tweed rides on their english bikes. I like it because it's more stretchy and my wife had this stuff laying around for quite a few years that she won't touch with a ten foot pole so I said what the heck. lol.

Hey my Thomas and Sponge Bob shirts are still good as I'm not chopping those up for caps. I need to pick up some more fabric. lol. My 4yr son has gotten into a cap wearing recently and even tries going to bed wearing them. The one he wears is really grubby as I was left outside for a few days during the summer. Even after a few washings it's iffy looking but it's got a train embroidered on it as that's all he cares about.

As for the cashmere/wool. The first cap I made was with a knit from like a thermal shirt and came out horrible and picture working with something knitted to be worse. I'm try one out though if I can find something cheap enough at one of our local thrift stores.

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Do they come in Yehuda Moon approved fabrics?

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Jo-Ann Fabrics has my next build!



https://www.joann.com/
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I was just commenting on that to my wife as we got that in the mail the other day.

If I could find some Yehuda Moon fabric then I'd make some. We're heading out to Joann's in a little bit so expect some even more stylish caps.
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Nice work Henry! That Burberry hat will also come in handy if you go to any chav-themed rides.

See you at the fabric store!
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I got a sewing machine for my birthday a few months ago, I have yet to try it out. I was thinking a saddlebag might make a nice and fairly easy first project.
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