There is a great tutorial on making a hat base found on the web link below that could serve as a base for any 1870s or 1880s hat . The hats in these period illustrations could be built on a foundation similar to the on created on this page. http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/17474/how-to-make-a-hat-base Check it out. --Ann
Frontier Women's Living History Assn.