Picture of Quick 'n' Dirty Steampunk / US Civil War Foraging Cap
Those of you who are into the costuming aspect of Steampunk have probably noticed somehow your ensemble doesn't feel complete without some sort of hat. Bowlers, tophats and newsboy caps are easy enough to source. If you want to stand out, however, you might be interested in something different altogether. 

I know I was! I started looking at reenactment sites and the like to find out what soldiers of the 19th century were wearing. One of the hats that I thought had great steampunk potential was the foraging cap as used during the US Civil War. There are replicas available online, though they tend to be expensive, and I had trouble sourcing one in "steampunk-friendly brown" (yes, that is an official color).

So I went looking for patterns to make my own. I had no luck finding any. I thought that perhaps I could perhaps find a pattern for another type of hat and adapt it, but as it turns out, hats are surprisingly complicated things, and at this point I had never even touched a sewing machine in my life!

So I started mulling it over in my mind.. how hard could it be? They're little more than baseball caps, how complic... hang on!! Baseball caps! Of course! I can just cheat and modify one of those instead! Here goes! 
Eacon3 years ago
Gotta love this hat! I also like the idea of upcycling a boring ad-baseball cap into a unique headpiece. Have you thought about adding some lining in the next version of it? Lining always adds style!
akumabito (author)  Eacon3 years ago
The Mk.II version will be a lot nicer, yet just as simple.. :)
bpfh4 years ago
Never shoot a xenomorph that close without your goggles!!! ;-)
That looks great! Some advice, if you use a needle designed for sewing thicker fabric on your sewing machine, it might make the final step easier :)
aarmstrong34 years ago
I... I just wanna know where the Xenomorph Queen came from, and where can I get one!!! (Also, the hat is pretty awesome, too ;) )
The "Silver Snail" comic shop in Toronto. On Queen street, close to the John street intersection. They have really cool busts in the back, and most of them are for sale. I believe this particular Alien can be found there.
akumabito (author)  aarmstrong34 years ago
I encountered her in the murky depths of the Interweb.. just follow the tubes past the 'Here be Dragons' sign..
askjerry4 years ago
Fun project! I can see an army of steam punk dino-fighers. :-)
tinker2344 years ago
cool can i modify to make a civl war hat
akumabito (author)  tinker2344 years ago
Shouldn't be too hard to do.. Have fun making your own!
i will thanks
rachel4 years ago
Very nice! You totally sewed a hat :)