1 / How to wear a cap?
The cap is no longer just a simple accessory used to protect against the sun: over time it has become a fashion accessory in its own right, and no need to wait for sunny days to wear it. For that, it can be interesting to mix the styles. If you want to stay in a casual style, wear it with a sweatshirt or a perfecto-style jacket. For an elegant look, don't hesitate to wear it with a long coat, and even a pretty pair of heels! If you want to be chic from head to toe, then opt for a newsboy cap, the perfect mix between the beret and the traditional cap.
2 / How is a cap made?
The first step in making a cap is cutting the fabric using a pattern. You need pieces for all parts of the cap: the visor, the crown, the button above the cap, and possibly the adjustment tab. It will also be necessary to provide a lining to absorb perspiration, as well as an anti-perspirant band. Then comes the step of assembling the pieces. For the visor, a piece of rigid cardboard is inserted between the two pieces of fabric: this will give the flat or curved shape of the visor! Then, junction bands are inserted on the back of the cap to hide the interior seams. The penultimate step is the embroidery of the pattern (s) that adorn the cap. Finally, the cap is put in a steam chamber which aims to relax the fibers of the fabric, and goes to the press: this is what will give it its final shape!
3 / How to wash a cap?
The best way to wash a cap, no matter what material it is made of, is to wash it by hand: this way there is no risk of damaging it. To do this, soak it in lukewarm water (be careful, if the water is too hot, your cap may shrink) and soap or detergent. Do not hesitate to rub on the stains with a glove or a small brush for example. Then rinse the cap with clean water, and let it air dry. Do not try to twist it to drain it, it may warp.
4 / How to choose the size of your cap?
To choose the right cap size, you must first know the size of his head. The easiest way to measure your head circumference is to have a flexible seamstress tape measure. If you do not have one, you can take a thread or a ribbon, go around your head with it (be careful to position it in the places where the cap should rest), make a mark with a felt-tip pen and then measure its length with a simple ruler. To be sure you don't go wrong, you can opt for an adjustable cap which will require less precise measurements!
5 / Who invented the cap?
The origins of the cap date back to the 19th century. At that time, it was mainly used for work uniforms such as those of conductors, janitors, or drivers. It is directly inspired by military uniforms, and in particular the kepi, a head covering worn in the armed forces. While it was originally aimed at popular populations, the cap quickly became gentrified. In some countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom, it recognized schoolchildren and students. Its democratization took place in the 1920s, notably thanks to baseball and the American player Babe Ruth. Today, the cap is a fashion accessory in its own right!