For this project I chose a black woman’s rain jacket. Size XXL, with nice tabs on the sleeves, watercolor painted lining, and 12 large silver buttons. All for $5.99
I took apart all the pieces of the coat. Separated the rain proof material from the lining and removed 12 buttons.
The sleeve tab became the top of the hat crown. The collar became the brim. I used 2 of the buttons and sewed them on with red thread for a little contrast. I used the original lining to line the hat.
The final product of this reconstruction is a great water proof hat with fun elements. The Silver buttons and red thread add a touch of whimsy. The asymmetric brim adds a modern flair to a 1920’s shape.
The great thing about making hats is that they don’t require a lot of fabric. Since the coat was a XXL, I still have enough material for at least 2 more hats!