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Steampunk Mad Hatter Hat by Challenger70TA Steampunk Mad Hatter Hat by Challenger70TA
So my decent into madness continues with my latest creation. If Steampunk and Alice in Wonderland ever crossed paths (some say AIW is already steampunk) this is what I would envision the Mad Hatters famous hat would look like. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the mercury this time that has caused me to go mad after this project. About 2 weeks or so worth of work in the making and around $60 to $70 dollars total in materials.

The hat itself is ENTIRELY scratch made by me. This is the third top hat I have made and at this point I have become pretty proficient at making them. The body is the thickest interfacing I could find covered in maroon velvet. Putting the pieces together is tricky as many of the angles will not fit on a sewing machine so the brim and lid had to be sew on by hand.

Although you can't see, it is gold satin lined with a brown faux leather sweat band. The hatband and bow is made from extremely thin sheet brass screwed to the hat itself...PAIN IN THE ASS!!! but looks very cool. Can't say I have ever seen anyone make a hatband out of brass yet.....but probably will after this. Just a FYI its EXTREMELY difficult and tends to be alil expensive. The lid of the hat, as you can see, has a trap door which open via a sliding knob attached to a scissor mechanism I designed inside the hat. By sliding the knob up and down it raises and lowers an actual period Victorian tea cup. The cup is magnetized to the mechanisms base plate so it stays in place when the hat is worn, yet still removable when lets say, its time for tea. ;)

I finished the inside of the hat lid off with a period wooden spool of cotton thread, 2x large vintage needles and my actual great grandmothers sewing scissors....obviously for display purposes only. I figured if the Mad Hatter were living in the Steampunk universe then his hat would be kinda like a Swiss Army knife. Let me know what you people out there in DA world think ;) The rest of this costume is to come and in the works!
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alicy-sunberg Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That concept is so like him !!
So perfect !! XD
Challenger70TA Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Thank you! There are more pics of the build on my FB page, 
FilipePVasconcelos Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite Good.
ninjacat66 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist
that's just cool
CommanderKip Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, this is so legit. And I love the concept of the hat as a swiss army knife. Have you heard of Frank Beddor's book The Looking Glass Wars? In the book, the Hatter's hat turns into a throwing discus of spinning razor blades. Similar, if slightly more violent, concept. 
starbuckwhalerider Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing work and I especially like the concept of the "Swiss Army" hat!  So many possibilities there...
AsylumsHoneyBee Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
would you consider making a tutorial for making a hat like this? I'd love to do something of a similar fashion with a slightly different theme.
AsylumsHoneyBee Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
love it! the secret compartment for tea, thread and needles is brilliant

Challenger70TA Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Thank you! :)

VictorianMycomancer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
This looks amazing!  I make top hats myself, so I understand what you mean about them being a mess to sew.   I love the lid and the tea cup inside.  Basically everything about this is perfect.
awesome job. we r tryin to find cool ideas for the matter hat as we r doin steampunk wonderland too. wonderful job.
GiggirlNY Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
You are a hat-genie! Love it.
daboukari Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Absolutely awesome! Alice in Wonderland is my favorite story too. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the outfit. Thank you for sharing.
chelsita91 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Well you've managed to blow my mind. Amazing work.
Challenger70TA Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Haha thank you! Wait till you see Meca Dormouse that will be hitching a ride on my shoulder. ;) Pic coming soon!
you-rock-1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can you pleas tell how to make one? i want my own really bad.
72hour Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
You deserve the name"mad hatter"!!!
so awesome
Challenger70TA Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
hehe why thank you!
c4rdninj4 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Fantastic work, excellent job. It looks great and then the trap door and tea cup take it over the top.
Luika-chan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
AshleyWass Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I thought this was really cool then I read the discription. Holy cow that must have taken forever, but It's amazing. I had an idea to do something like this because some of my friends and I are each going as a different steampunk character from alice in wonderland. my idea wasn't near as intricate and I wouldn't even know how to start to do this. Great job.
Challenger70TA Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Thank you! :)
DrkCrimsonStar20 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Sooooo cool!
DreamyMuffin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Oh my fiddlesticks that's so very creative love how there is a teacup on top of it. :3
morgoththeone Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
zoeylavender Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Wow!! That is all I can think of. Wow!!
RainbowBoobies Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna!!
:worship: :idea:
give it now!!
or tell me how to make it!!!!
13thMurder Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
interfacing! i need some of that. ive made a few tophats, and i usually stick cardboard in them. you cant see it since its between the outside and the liner, and i crease it between each ripple so it makes a good round shape and is flexible, but... its still cardboard, and thats not classy.

ive never heard of interfacing, but i googled it and found out it seems to be what i need.

the leather tophat i made has a cardboard disc for the top but nothing reinforcing the sides (i thought the leather was stiffer than it was, sadly.) i was thinking of ripping my stitching out, removing the liner, and filling it with cardboard, but that interfacing stuff seems like it would give it a better feel. how stiff is it? is it good to work with? and is it really expensive?
Challenger70TA Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Stiff as cardboard, but washable and doesn't loose rigidity. Its cheep and can be bought at any sewing shop or craft store.
13thMurder Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
awesome, im gonna buy some. gonna suck having to sew the liner back in, but at least i have the holes all punched already.
wendy9 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
DrHarleyQuinn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my sweet lordy, this is AMAZING! <3
SylphDePosey Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I so want it!!! *o*
WhatsWorthALife Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow, this is excellent!
AliceLovesChes Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is freaking awesome! Love it to death!
XxYaoiFanLovexX Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh I love this hat ♥
fashionisartuwear Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Damn, that is BAMF. How much does that thing weigh?
Challenger70TA Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
less than a pound (12 oz) when the cup is inside
fashionisartuwear Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, I would have guessed that it weighed more
BrokenButGrowing Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   General Artist
Thats freaking amazing ay!!! Cant believe all the thought and detail you've put into..Totally in love!!
Gwenyver-Costumes Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
What an awesome hat! Great job.
xXxAkuninxXx Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
I think the Mad Hatter himself would tip his hat to you for this... well for lack of better words lovely and genius hat
graffitica Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! All the little details and! Beautiful job on this! :wow:
XxArticxWolfxX Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so awesome. I love every thing about it :3
XxYaoiFanLovexX Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Slyfernoswiping Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's absolutely AMAZING. it's so clever, and cool, HNNG I WANT IT
Verope Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
OMG, this is amazing! The cup of tea inside the hat, the trap door... oO what a fantastic work and good ideas! This is crazy, this is mad... hatter :D
jabbathejack Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know someone who would kill for a hat like this.
Don't worry, I've not told him yet...
Challenger70TA Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Do it! I'm not scared lol
jabbathejack Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh - with friends like mine, who needs enemies?
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