A Rolling Brim

Whether the hat is made in one piece or with a separate brim, the same

method is used. First, as always, the paper pattern. If the brim is to

roll closely on one side and much higher than on the other, extra wires

will be needed to fill the space. The place for these may be determined

on the paper pattern. They may go all the way around, being brought more

closely together on the low side or only part way around as in the


Wire frame making requires much patience and practice. It is an art just

as all millinery is an art. Lines are all important. Because of this I

urge much pattern making. Even though one may not have the fundamental

principles of art, something really good often develops and we find we

have built better than we knew. It stimulates originality, but we must

work without fear.