I had so much fun making costumes for these 3 men who acted as the Three Wise Men at a Christmas program at Marbridge. They wanted the costumes to be shiny and bright, and they were! And, I think I’ll have glitter in my house for the next five years! Ha! Here is my story about the Wise Men Outfits & Hat.
It was fun to take the basic pattern and add trims and decorations to make them even shinier! On the gold jacket, I added gold garland; to the blue gown I added some sequin trim, beads and shiny snowflakes. On the glittery jacket, I trimmed it with some of the green velvet-like fabric from the other gown. That fabric was really rough, and I wanted the edges to be nice and soft. I added some trims to the necks of the green and red gowns.
They had found pictures for the head pieces they wanted. I luckily found the perfect turban at a store for the red outfit. The blue was easy, but how to make that hat for the wise man in green and gold? That was the fun puzzle!
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How to Make a Wise Man Hat
Step 1: Measure around the head of the person you are making the hat, at about where the hat will fall on them. Add 2″ to this measurement for seam allowances and a little give to wear the hat comfortably.
Example: Head measurement of 24″ PLUS 2″ = 26″ length for the strip to make the hat band.
Step 2: Cut a piece of your hat fabric 8″ x the length determined in step 1.
Example: For a 24″ head circumference, the piece of fashion fabric for the hat band should be 26″ x 8″.
Step 3: Fold the strip of fabric in half with right sides together. Sew down the long edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance. In the example, I sewed the 26″ edge. Turn this right side out so the seam is in the inside.
Step 4: Tack a piece of elastic that is about 1/2″ less than the circumference of the head inside the tube. Start at one end, tack the elastic by sewing a few stitches. Thread the elastic through the tube, and tack it at the other end. This makes the hat fit well.
Example: For a 24″ head circumference, the tube is 26″ long. Cut elastic at 23-1/2″. Sew one end of the elastic to one end of the tube. Thread the elastic through the tube and sew the other end of the elastic to the other end of the tube.
Step 5: Stuff the tube with polyfill to make it nice and round.
Step 6: Form the stuffed tube to the round. Tuck one end into the other, overlapping slightly. Turn the raw edge of the outside tube in and hand stitch the tube closed.
Now, how to make the top of the hat? And make it full!
Step 7: Cut four (4) triangles out so that the bottom edges are 2x the circumference of the hat. The edges of the triangle should be 8″ tall. This is easier than it sounds. In our example, the circumference is 24″. So each triangle base will be 6″. Then find the center point, 3″ and mark 8″ up from the center point. Draw lines to make a triangle with a 6″ base, to the point 8″ up from the center. Draw it out on paper first.
Cut 4 triangles from your fashion fabric, and 4 triangles from a lining. I just used muslin for the lining.
Step 8: Sew the fashion fabric triangles together, sewing the sides of the triangle. Sew the muslin fabric triangles together in the same way.
Step 9: Press the seams on both the fashion fabric and lining. Layer them right sides together on your cutting table. Trim the edges to a circle – this can be rough, as it doesn’t need to be perfect. 🙂
Step 10: With right sides together, sew around the outside edge, leaving a 2-3″ gap to turn this right side out. When stitched, turn right side out, press flat and then either topstitch to close the gap, or hand stitch.
Step 11: Pin the hat top to the stuffed band that you already made. I then hand stitched with a whip stitch to attach the hat top to the band.
And, here are the three wise men, with the one on the left wearing the new brocade hat!
Here is the muslin lining sewn together for the top of the hat.
And, the brocade sewn together.
I left part of one seam open in the muslin so I could turn the top of the hat right side out. Then I sewed the brocade and muslin together around the outside edge, to finish it off, and then turned it right side out and pressed.
I hand sewed the hat top to the polyfilled band I had already made. I did add some extra bling and gold trim around the band before sewing the top to the hat. Here is the finished hat!
And, another pic of the finished Wise Man hat.
Here is the entire main cast. I ended up making the King and his son’s outfits, too. They are the two on the far left. And, the three Wise Men on the far right. It was so much fun to help out for such an awesome program! It was fun to make the Wise Men Outfits and Hat for this special event!
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