This is a style of hat that I've been wanting to do for AGES. It started with me doing a fleece version to get my feet wet
It was inspired by kind of a steampunk Catwoman kind of notion -- I think in an alternate history her headgear would most definitely be an aviator cap with cat ears.
The idea just evolved from there, becoming a suedecloth cap (because while I like leather, I like suede even more, and suedecloth is washable) with minky lining (because minky is amazingly soft), and painted side panels so I could introduce more design elements to the whole deal. I also tried out different colors for variety and fun -- I've always thought steampunk can be loads of different colors if you play it off with the right motifs and design elements.
This one features a head flap with gear motifs (painted in bronze) on each side. The outside is rust-colored suede with mahogany minky lining.
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