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Aviator cap pattern

cycler1729's picture

I'm looking for a (free) aviator type cap pattern - something that fits snugly and has a tie or strap under the chin.


The closest thing that I've seen is on Wild Things and it's a rain hat but that isn't really snug.


I think that it needs to be in 3 sections for the right fit.


Has anyone got any ideas for drafting the pieces on my own?


Thanks!

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

ThreadKoe's picture

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http://cristophine.deviantart.com/art/Aviator-Cap-Tutorial-84150949
Is this the type you are looking for? Cathy

cycler1729's picture

(post #23707, reply #2 of 44)

Not exactly.  I've been thinking about it and I remembered a swim cap pattern that I got online which is a lot closer in shape except that I don't want it to be that low on my forehead and somehow if I'm able to combine that and the rain hat that might give me something similar to what I want.


I bought the most beautiful piece of caramel quilted silk last year that I think will be perfect trimmed in a similar color leather.

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

ThreadKoe's picture

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Sounds scrumptious! Cathy

cycler1729's picture

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It cost a fortune.  I only bought a small piece as an accent for a dress but I never got to use it.  

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

ThreadKoe's picture

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I have a piece of silk burnout velvet like that...bought it with a project in mind, but never used it. Still have not found the right project to use it in. Cathy

Ralphetta's picture

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Have you seen Vogue 9007? It's an old pattern that has several headcoverings. One is a sculpted hood made from several pieces. One extends down the neck and flares out so that the throat is covered. It is not made for a knit pattern so it is several pieces. I think they're really sharp looking. I made one from fur.

ThreadKoe's picture

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I was intrigued by your request. Is this closer to what you are looking for? http://www.shelby.fi/kaava/403/403.php Cathy

cycler1729's picture

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Still not exactly it.  In the 60s I had one in tan canvas that had brown leather trim and grommets - just like a real flyer's cap.  I think that I paid $1.00 for it.   


I came across this picture - I don't know if it will work. 


Snoopy Leather Cap



Edited 9/18/2008 11:01 pm ET by cycler1729


Edited 9/18/2008 11:01 pm ET by cycler1729

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

cycler1729's picture

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It worked!  It was from a site that is selling this one.

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

ThreadKoe's picture

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Thank you! I did see something sort of similar in my search, I will have to go back and see if I remember where I saw it. I am having more success looking under helmet cap or helmet hat than aviator. Cathy

KharminJ's picture

(post #23707, reply #11 of 44)

Hmmm...
If the pic is exactly the style you want, (looks tres chic, btw!) could you draft a pattern? If more searching isn't successful, that is...

I would try making a cheap-n-dirty hat from one of the previous suggestions, with the point smoothed out to fit close to your head and the side pieces extended to make the cheeks - just flat stitched - then cut it apart along the "baseball" curves as in your sample ... and see if it makes flat(ish) pieces to pattern from.
[Caution - I do a lot more 'thinking about' stuff, than doing it - this is all a mental exercise so far...]

The final fabric you've got sounds luscious! Do send pics!

Kharmin

cycler1729's picture

(post #23707, reply #12 of 44)

Great minds think alike!  That's what I was going to do using the swim cap pattern and a similar weight fabric but it will need to be bigger because that one uses a stretch fabric.  I don't want the cheeks to be too big, though.


This is always what happens - I get a "brilliant" idea and then I've got no way to figure it out on my own!  But that's the thing that I love the most - the idea process.


I also had a great idea for a quilted travel storage bag for small electronics and their cables - I'm still measuing that out - I'll be using a tapestry fabric that I bought online that really isn't right for anything else.


I will definitely post pictures of both when it's done.

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

Ralphetta's picture

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The photo looks the same as the Vogue pattern number I gave you.

cycler1729's picture

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Yes, thank you - I looked at the link but it just went to the site and the pattern wasn't viewable.


 

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

Ralphetta's picture

(post #23707, reply #15 of 44)

Rats! I new from your description it was at least similar.

cycler1729's picture

(post #23707, reply #17 of 44)

I'll Google the pattern number and see if it's shown anywhere else.


I appreciate your effort! 

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

Ralphetta's picture

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The Vogue one would require cutting off the part that covers the neck. But, I found a better one! See if you can find McCall's 8009, I think it would work better. It's a collection of quickie hats. It's the stiped one, and again, is much clearer on the back of the envelope,

cycler1729's picture

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Thanks!

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

cycler1729's picture

(post #23707, reply #23 of 44)

The McCall's 8009 is the one!  That view is SO 60's!  (And so me!)   I love it!  So far I've seen it for sale on 2 sites but the prices are a little high - well, no, a LOT high - one wants $35.00 for it!


 


 


 


 

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

Ralphetta's picture

(post #23707, reply #25 of 44)

I'm kind of busy right now but I will see if I can scan it tonight. There are only a few pieces and I think I can do it. If not I will copy it and mail it to you.

Jeannine

cycler1729's picture

(post #23707, reply #26 of 44)

That is so thoughtful of you!  I appreciate it so much!


Susan

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

MaryinColorado's picture

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Hooray!  So glad you found it!  Mary

cycler1729's picture

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Yes, I'm very excited!

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

MaryinColorado's picture

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I am thinking it would be great to make one of those for myself to wear in my convertible when the weather gets cold.  It would be great on those trips to the mountains where it is cold up there but warm down here so I could just leave the top down and enjoy the scenery! 


My daughter in law disapproves of my "German" car, we have talked of getting an old German metal helmet for me to wear to their house just to tease her.  I think the Aviator cap would be better.  (I gave up on a lifetime of buying American autos after my last one and the rotten dealership!)  I love my VW!!!  Mary

cycler1729's picture

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I wanted this to wear on my bike because I need my ears to be covered but I wanted something that looked better than a headband.


I'm also thinking of sewing one in leather.

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

MaryinColorado's picture

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I have several hats that I wear when the top is down, but always feel like there is something out there that is "just right" for when the weather is cooler.  I can't wait to hear how you like the pattern. 


Will you add air vents so your head isn't too hot when the sun beats down while riding?  I like my ears covered too, but sometimes the top of my head gets too warm here in Colorado with the high altitude. 


My son wears  custom made earplugs when riding his motorcycle.  You can still hear, but they block the wind and you can get them with earphone adaptors for an MP3 player.  He suggested I get them, but will have to wait till I go to Nevada I think. Mary

cycler1729's picture

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I'm in NYC and I'm always freezing so that isn't an issue for me - keeping something that fits snugly is what is most important.


For years I've sewn those pull on knit thingys - I don't know what to call it - that goes all the way down to the neck but my forehead always froze.


 

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

MaryinColorado's picture

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I went online but couldn't find the pattern on their website so will look at the store, hopefully tonight!  Mary

cycler1729's picture

(post #23707, reply #36 of 44)

It's very old - I saw it at http://www.vintagecat.com/otherpatterns.htm


It's pattern 7 in the second set down.

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

MaryinColorado's picture

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Oh that is cute and very clever!  No wonder I can't find it on the McCalls' website!  I didn't realise it was a vintage pattern.  It should work out well for you on your bike!  Hope you will post photos when you get it done.  Mary