Hi everyone! Just thought I'd share a little project I was working on today.
Ok so I've been looking for a wool tam (to help my hair tangle up while I'm sleeping) for a few weeks now and since I live in a tropical country, I can't seem to find one anywhere. I also tried looking for wool yarn and wool fabric but still no luck. Everything here is acrylic and cotton.
So here's what I did after a little brainstorming. I guess it helps to have a sewing workshop at home! :)
You will need:
Step 1: Log onto eBay and search "wool"
Step 2: Purchase secondhand 100% wool sweater (preferably a small child's size; the longer your dreads are, the bigger the sweater you need). Total cost: P224.00 inclusive of shipping (about US $5.00).
Step 4: Pull the sweater inside out, put the right sides of the front opening together and sew a seam parallel to it. Cut off the edge, leaving a 1/4" allowance parallel to the seam.
Step 6: Fold the hem and stitch parallel to it, 1.25" away from the fold, making sure you leave a couple of inches open for the garter to go through. Pull the garter through the folded hem (I used a long latch-hook needle to make it easier; what do you know, it IS good for something!). Make sure the garter isn't twisted inside the folded hem, then overlap the edges 1/2" and sew them together securely. Sew up the rest of the hem that you used to pull the garter through.
Step 7: This is the tricky part. Put the partially-finished tam on your head, still inside-out. Arrange it the way you would wear it and try to see where the lumpy and weird places are. Pin these parts in place and sew as needed. I ended up making a sort of cross-seam in the middle to get a nice rounded shape. Make sure you don't make any sharp curves or it will make your tam lumpy, try to make all the curves as gradual as possible. Then cut out the excess, leaving a 1/4" allowance.
Step 8: Zigzag or overlock stitch all the raw edges (or not, but I think it's better to do this to help strengthen the seams).
Step 9: Invert and wear. Voila!
That is exactly what I did for my first tam. I used an gray wool sweater. Very easy! I'll have to get a photo of it to post. Thanks for sharing!