How to Make Your Bavarian Hat Fit Better or Make a Hat Smaller | Rare Dirndl
How to Make Your Bavarian Hat Fit Better or Make a Hat Smaller

How to Make Your Bavarian Hat Fit Better or Make a Hat Smaller

All of the hats on the Rare Dirndl website are a size 57 or 58 because it is the most common hat size. It is simply not practical for me to carry a large variety of sizes since they are so detailed and labor intensive. However, I got a great tip from my bff Ingrid on how to make a big hat "smaller" or make your hat fit more snuggly (so it won't blow off your head should a big gust of wind come by). Here are the things you'll need.

  • Your hat
  • Elastic
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread

  1. First cut a piece of elastic approximately 6-7 inches in length.
  2. Pin one end of the elastic to the inner ribbon of the hat towards the middle/back.
  3. Pin the other end of the elastic to the other side and try the hat on. You may need to move the ends of the elastic around once or twice to ensure that the fit is good for your head.
  4. Then hand sew the elastic in place.

That's it! That was easy!!! When Ingrid told me about this trick I thought, "Genius!" She said that she does it to many of her hats even if they fit because then she is more comfortable wearing them on a windy day.

Click here to shop our hats and try this trick yourself if it doesn't fit 100% perfect. Do you have any tips or tricks for making your hats fit better? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!



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Erika Neumayer

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As always, ideas and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. - Erika

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