The following is a transcript of how NOT to sew Vintage Vogue's Hat Pattern # 7464 (view c).
Don't snip the FOLDED edge of the buckram crown, no matter now much the instructions make you think you should:
If you do, it will cause you to want to sew the crown on upside down like I did. This is very bad. When you do this it will not wrap completely around the entire donut hole and it will look like a pope hat:
The instructions say to sew the self bias ribbon by machine. I thought that would look ugly because I can't sew in a perfect circle. So I opened the tape up and machine sewed the inside. Then I hand-sewed the outside. Don't do it the way I did:
If you do, you will then trap the stupid pope hat in so that you can't easily fix your upside-down mistake once you realize you had made the upside down mistake.
Next, do not keep messing with the buckram crown trying to find some way to make the darn thing work the way it is. It will get uglier the more you mess with it:
Next, do not decide to cut the stupid crown off and start again. Because, in your frustration, you will then resort to using fabric glue to affix the next one (because remember, you sewed that stupid self-bias on so well it can't be easily removed). Then, the glue will dry and you will realize you glued the pope hat crown upside down. Again. And realize that now it can't be removed at all. Because you glued it:
Then, after realizing you're screwed, don't decide to completely cut out the inside layer of buckram from the messed-up fabric crown in an attempt to make it flexible enough to complete cover the ugly white buckram stay. Because it still wont cover. And it will look ugly.
However, DO write a Picasso quote on the top of the soon-to-be-covered "buckram stay"
to make yourself feel a little better. It works.
I chose the quote, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." I wrote this quote because I like the idea that theater costumes are symbolic of the character they belong to. My 1940s shirt dress for Miss Fischer has a subtle blue stripe. The stripes themselves represent her conformity, her towing the party line, so to speak. But the teal blue color represents her individuality and the part of herself she is desperately trying to deny. The Picasso quote I have hidden inside the hat is another nod to Miss Fischer's personality. She is an art critic for a reason: She loves art, though must destroy it in order to preserve her way of life.
Anyways, back to the un-tutorial. Don't think it would be a good idea to hand-sew some random scrap of fabric onto the un-buckramed crown in order to make it long enough to cover your Picasso quote. If you do, it will look like a flying nun's hat:
Do not then spend hours trying to hand sew the extra fabric in place so it doesn't look like crap. Because it will look like crap. And then you'll have to keep fixing it and keep fixing it. Then, don't sew the bow to the ugly seam line you created in an attempt to hide the ugly seam line. Because you won't actually hide it. At all.
Unfortunately all of this frankensteining will make your hat not tall enough to look right on your head, and will also make it look rather bunchy. So, it ends up looking something like this:
So, yeah. Don't do any of that and you should be fine.