came in the mail a couple of days ago. It was unceremoniously shoved into an undersized USPS box and delivered to me at work. The brim was a little misshapen and the top of the crown was popped in. The crown easily popped back into shape. I tried it on, and my adjacent coworker said, “Well hello, Jeb.” Not to be discouraged, I took the hat home and decided to try my hand at reshaping the brim. The way I looked at it, it was already screwed up and if I screwed it up worse, I could then take it to a professional.
Last night, I put the tea kettle on the stove and worked up some steam. I carefully steamed the brim, a little at a time, and sculpted the kinks out of the brim and then reshaped it more to my own style.
I’m not sure what’s up with the face I’m making there. It kind of looks like I’m about to sneeze. As for the hat brim – not bad for an amateur attempt! Still, there’s something about it that doesn’t look quite right. I wore it to work today, and a different coworker caught me in the shop and declared, “Your other hat looks better on you.” You’ve got to love people that have no filter! I’m not really sure what to think at this point. I’ve gotten nothing but compliments on my wool hat, but I’ve gotten very mixed reactions on this one. I kind of wonder if the crown is a little too wide to look right on me. One of the challenges of having a head sized like mine atop my five-and-a-half-foot stature is that a subtle hat shaping issue could tend to make my head look really big. So, please tell me what you think.