I just bought a second hand fedora style hat block, and, I addes as usual stiffener before blocking....,
These days I have been watching online videos about fedoras, and they seem so soft !!!, I was wondering if maybe I should have not used stiffener for this kind of hat, but only steam ???
Any comment /advice will be appreciated!
Hi. Only steam will be too soft. If for a woman, yes, it should be softer than for a man. If fact, most men's hats are made with thicker felt than a woman's hat. However because a Fedora is worn by both you need to reach a happy medium. Remember that fedoras are handled more than most women's hats and in a different way as the hand is always touching the hat. So they should start a bit stiffer and will eventually soften with handling. At least, that is my experience and the way I was taught. Hope this helps.