Top Hat Body Maker

Build top-hat bodies from shellacked muslin.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Top Hat Body Makers do?

Builds top-hat bodies from shellacked muslin, shellacs assembled body, and irons top, crown, and brim: Wraps several layers of shellacked muslin around shaped hat block to form crown of hat. Cuts several layers of muslin to shape of brim, using knife, slides them over crown, and fastens them to crown with tape to form brim. Cuts out top for hat, using scissors or knife, and fastens it to crown with tape. Applies several coats of shellac to hat body, using brush. Cuts brim to specified width when shellac is dry, using rounding jack [ROUNDER, HAND]. Slips felt cover over hat body and presses top, crown, and brim, using iron. May press brim over flange to press and curl brim [FLANGER]. May assemble collapsible opera hat body.


Should I be a Top Hat Body Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Silk-Top-Hat-Body Maker

    How to become a Top Hat Body Maker

    Top Hat Body Makers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Top Hat Body Maker-related education!
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