Hat maker Victor Osborne gives us a DIY lesson on how to make Hat Molds on the cheap.
A friend of mine once gave me a great travelling tip; if I wanted to keep the centre crease in my trousers but didn't have an iron, I could simply place the trousers between the mattress and the box spring. While I slept, the trousers would become pressed and the centre crease would be restored. It sort of worked, except some wrinkles were pressed too. Too funny.
Steaming takes less time and does not crush the garment as with ironing. There are several brands available and the Jiffy steamer is very common to many theatres and costume shops; indeed, it was the first brand I ever used. I was so impressed to be able to steam the garment as it hung and from then on, I dreamed of owning my own steamer. A few years later, I was gifted with a Rowenta steamer and it works much the same as a Jiffy steamer - although it is not pink, it does have a clear water reservoir so I can see the water level at a quick glance.
Shooting a Western film means the costumers must clean, restore and break down lots of cowboy hats; in lots of styles. Properly setting the crease becomes very important as it must look the same for each scene. It is easy to adapt your wardrobe steamer to use as a hat steamer and duplicate what you see in this video.
The book The Costumer's Notebook is a 295 page comprehensive handbook for Costumers for stage and film including a full Glossary of stage and film industry terms. Sections include methods and tricks for laundry, dyeing, breakdown, Dresser guidelines and protocols for Stage or Film and various size charts for men and women from shoes to gloves. Other Sections include diagrams showing How to Iron A Shirt, How to Tie a Tie and How to Tie a Bow Tie. Costume fittings, costume lay out and costume storage are also discussed.