|when i first started learning about reenacting, my thoughts went like this:|
and now that i've made a few einheitsfeldmützen which look more or less right, i thought i'd do the socially conscious thing and share my knowledge of the process.
this tutorial assumes a minimal knowledge of sewing and sewing machines, the kind of knowledge you should be able to get by thumbing through a sewing machine manual. just about everything else should be explained in the text and photos.
i will at various points add a little annotation telling you about little variations you can put into the hat, so that they all don't look the same, and to give it a little more original "personality." i've noticed from lots of photos of originals that rarely do they ever appear cookie-cutter in design, as modern reproductions often do, so shifting little details around like thread and buttons can add a nice touch of realism.
|i drew up my own patterns and scanned them in, and they can be found here: einheitsfeldmutze-patterns.zip|
i'm a little hazy on the ins and outs of precise printing, so i scanned them in with a ruler on them all and left the jpgs huge, and you may need to know that (i think) all the jpgs are at 200 pixels per inch.
i drew up all the patterns on 8.5"x11" paper so i could make copies easily at home, so a couple of the big parts of the pattern are split across 2 pages.
the patterns are based on a visual copy of a repro EM m43 hat from ATF.
|things you'll need
|to start off with, you'll need basic sewing supplies, like:
other supplies you'll need, which will actually be part of the hat, will be:
and here are things you'll need which are unusual items unique to german reproduction items, so you'll have to buy them from reenactor supply places:|
it's also not cheap, as you'll see. i highly recommend you try to find some "wool coating" or other thick coarse wool stuff which is tight and does not stretch at your local fabric store for your first 1 or 2 hats, to save money. (your first couple hats will invariably come out wrong. it took me no less than 11 before i had things worked out)
i've also found that by asking around various reenactor web boards, you can find some people who get their own supplies of this wool and can help you out. such as, http://ww2reenactors.proboards35.com/index.cgi