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The Tip Top Hat Tutorial by chioky The Tip Top Hat Tutorial by chioky
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Now when I was still making my Tuxedo Mask Cosplay from Sailormoon I was only days away from the convention and I still had not made my hat yet. My hat was of course a gentleman's top hat which is very long, we are talking Abraham Lincoln size. So I searched DA and all I could find were tutorials on how to make female Mini Top hats, and cardboard ones. I eventually worked out how to make a top hat and recorded the steps I was following. Thus I have created this tutorial for you today on how to create your very own Gentleman Top Hat.

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This is a very unique and helpful work. The cost is minimal and so is the need for fabric. It works beautifully with any cosplay, or if you are planning on being *cough* fancy *cough* I needed a hat for Animate! Miami (Which is January 16-18, 2013) and I am cosplaying Undertaker from Black Butler. This suited my needs better than most tutorials out there. I recommend this to anyone who wishes to do any form of cosplay that is in need for a top-hat. Thank you for making this tutorial, it saved my butt from having to look for a tutorial that would most likely not suit my hat needs.

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Taijiya-chan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah this tutorial is fantastic! Well done!
I can not wait to try this out for my Kaito Kid 
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ckookie153 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 2, 2014
here's my final product! I wore this hat to Youmacon. This was a very fun project to make - THANK YOU so much! (I have a lot of extra fabric now though... I bought 1.5 yds of felt because I had no idea how much to buy!)
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GentlemanGamer Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Thanks for the tutorial: it'll be a lot of help when I put together my Layton cosplay though. :)

Quick question though: I asked for thick card at my local craft store and got a funny look. Would bristol board or cardboard suffice?
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ckookie153 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
bristol board would be perfect. Personally, I think cardboard would be too thick and not very easy to use. I hope this helped!
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GentlemanGamer Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Wonderful, thanks for the advice. :) (Smile) Now all that's left for me to do is to try to put the hat together, uncoordinated as I am. Hopefully it pans out. :) (Smile)
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:icontenshi-no-chi:
I used this but modified the method slightly to make a mini top hat with slightly different proportions. thanks SO much! this was a life saver. bless you omg

Here's a quick snapshot of my finished product:

i342.photobucket.com/albums/o4…
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Sammy8D257 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally!
I can make my Hatty Hattington hat!
Thank you!
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insanebatpool13 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My Layton cosplay is saved because of you!!! Thank you!!!
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SakuraNights Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! I will definitely refer to this when I'm making my Professor Layton cosplay! :D Thanks!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
its only ever for professor layton
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myhairissofluffy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
this helps very much^^ just one question: what do you mean by "tabs" in step 18?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
tabs are the fold out pieces of card at the base of the tube
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myhairissofluffy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
thanks!
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enjoithis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just used this to make a miniature top hat! Works well!
Although I had a hard time seeing the pictures since they are very dark. But the description worked well even without them. Thank you!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
i made this tutorial so long ago, im suprised it helps people even to this day
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:iconenjoithis:
enjoithis Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Google has the power of magic
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MiQi-Mannikin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Love you for this!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
yeah top hats are indeed pretty cool
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legendarymudkip Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Is there a way I could make the brim of the hat curl up a little at the sides? I'm cosplaying Ciel at Halloween (too broke for a con!) and I need his top hat to go and terrorize the town (^0^)
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
use bent wire and use two layers of card
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legendarymudkip Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Thank you! I have another question: Is there a way I could make the hat a little curved (smaller towards the bottom, wider at the top)? Like this: www.gentlemansemporium.com/sto…
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Saori-Luna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks a lot for this tutorial!!
What fabric did you use?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
felt fabric
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Saori-Luna Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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TaurusTeapot Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'll definitley be using it to make a top hat when I cosplay Pierre from Harvest Moon ^o^
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chioky Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
harvest moon? my 12 year old self would want to shake your hand
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TaurusTeapot Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Harvest moon is a fantastic series ^^ I've grown up with the games and I figured its about time I cosplayed something from it :D
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Lyxa-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Will this method work with a fabric that is more like silk? Or does it absolutely have to be a felt-like fabric?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
silk can be used as long as you stretch it tight
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Lyxa-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Sweet, thanks! :) The hot glue will still stick to it/won't discolor it? (most of the hot glue will be in unseen areas anyway, pertaining to the discoloration question, I just like to be double sure. :) ) When I make the hate I will be sure to link you pictures and tell you if I run into any problems with the silk in case anyone else has similar questions? :)

Though it won't be for a while, haha...
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CatisaGhost Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I'll definitely use this for a couple of cosplays I have coming up - Negima!?'s Black Rose Baron and Kuroshitsuji's Undertaker :meow:
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chioky Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Multiple top hat cosplays eh?
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CatisaGhost Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Yep!

Top hats are almost as cool as fezzes :meow:
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RunLikeHell04 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Thank you very much for this tutorial. It should be very helpful for designing an OC outfit :D
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
And do have fun with it okey
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RunLikeHell04 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Will do :)
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Atomic-Blast Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you so much for this!
I wanted to dress up as Brendon Urie in the video "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" and I am also a HUGE Steampunk lover. This was great
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chioky Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Well atleast as its not for another professor layton cosplay
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AllexiaLeticia Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Nice!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
why yes it is
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MoonlitSoliloquy Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'm planning on using this tutorial to make my hat for my Dark Woods Circus Yowane Haku cosplay, and I think this will really help add to the height effect. :D
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chioky Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
well at least it isnt for another professor layton cosplay
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yachiru8aku Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
oh my .... *i think at : [link] * '-' * dead * ...ahem ... really good job =D
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
you may continue on then
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Kotoseka Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Photographer
I wanted to make one of my own one day but one like Professor Laytons hat,
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I would like to see a person make top hat for a person besides professor layton
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YvannaIrie Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'mma use this to make the hat for my Masked Gentleman cosplay. The PL series sure likes its top hats.

I have a couple of questions though -- on the base fabric, do I sew just along the outer chalk like, or both the outer and inner ones? Also, are you supposed to cut holes for the card tabs to come through the fabric, or are you supposed to pin the fabric to the tabs and turn them up as-is?
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