- I've done it a few ways, depending on the hat, but the following have generally had the best results...
Elastic--use 1/8" or 1/4", black if the performer has dark hair or tan if they have blond or light brown hair. Attach the elastic to the sides of the hat, slightly forward of the ears, and have the elastic go through/under their hair, around the back of the neck, at the base of the skull. The elastic should, in theory, pull down and back so that the forehead of the hat is held fairly secure against the performer's hair. You can also sew a plastic comb into the hat for added stability (sew it into the front, so that as the hat is pulled back to put the elastic down.
Combs/clips--The other option I've used (which isn't as fast to put on as the previous one) involves sewing a comb into the front (or side) of the hat, and then a barrette or hair-clip of some sort directly opposite. Put the hat on in such a way that the comb pulls securely into the hair, then fasten the barrette (this does NOT work with short hair.)
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "PatR" <pattyjo110@...> wrote:
> I need help with hats, I will have men in alpine hats and women in Nazi caps dancing a lot. I would like to know how you all make the hats stay on the dancers. Clear elastic? they break it all the time, or don't like the way it makes their neck looks. men are harder than women I think? also the women will have wigs on and must change hats a lot so I can't fix the hats to the wigs so they don't come off LOL My friend said to tack them to their scalp but I don't think that will work to much pain LOL. Please help, Oh and I have show girls headpieces on top of wigs as well !!! when you don't want a strap to show what do you all do ???
> Tks for the help