Duckbill Flat Caps
Duckbill flat caps have a distinctive sloped front and earns its appropriate name because it resembles a duck’s bill. It has a streamlined profile, six-sectioned crown with a curved back that hugs the head, and stiff covered bill. It is popular for those seeking a first non-ball cap alternative and it is attractive on those with a more square or rectangular shaped face.
Flat caps showed up in the 14th century in Northern England under the “bonnet” name. The flat cap was driven into popularity as a working man’s cap as a result of England’s mandate that wool headwear be worn by men on Sundays to help prop up the wool industry from the 1570s through the 1590s. The flat cap is thought of fondly as a “dad cap” when adult children recall how it was a favorite for their own dads. Celebrity favor in the 1990s spiked flat cap prefence for use in casual and more formal wear.
The duckbill is in the flat cap family of headwear. It’s not for everyone. For those who experience the duckbill as the hat that does deliver an approving second glance, it will definitely be at home on the ready-to-go hat hook. It will quickly become the cap of choice.
Cloth Caps in Virtual Festival
Rawls-Riley Creations created a Virtual Festival on cloth caps. It includes: duckbill flat caps, fisherman caps/biker caps, ivy flat caps, and military patrol caps. Please check it out to see the cloth caps at the show.
Duckbill Flat Caps in Virtual Festival
The duckbill flat caps were featured in this Virtual Festival and includes some in cotton, flannel, courduroy, and suiting.
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Duckbill Cap in the Making
Headwear design is an interesting process for me. The duckbill design was not like the process for the prior caps that I had created and I quickly discovered it needed a totally different approach. The initial cap I started with was tweeked and tweeked to the point that none of the seams on the crown were even vaguely straight. It was a disaster and its design process had to be scratched.
I’m very old school in the tools I have available for my creations and it is not with a computer. I had to come up with a way to get those sides done. I created a model that would permit me to drape material around for shape and angle. I put a visor I designed on one of my show mannequins and ran string across the model from the crown to the cutting board. It worked. After several more tries, I got it.
Duckbill Flat Cap Design Process Video
The duckbill flat cap was a totally new style for designer, Becky Rawls-Riley. As the self-taught designer for Rawls-Riley Creations, she learns as she progresses in making all of the headwear. The time had come to tackle the duckbill flat cap, so learn how she journeyed through the various styles to be positioned to begin the duckbill. See some of the trial caps that were made along the way and see the model she finally devised to get good seams.
Duckbill Flat Cap Details
Flat Cap in Duckbill Style
The duckbill is a traditional cap with a distinctive sloped front that extends over the stiff bill to give a look just like that of a duck’s bill. The six-section crown front extends and joins to completely cover the bill. The cap has a curved back that hugs the head.
Along the forehead there is a comfortably smooth and performance stretch section to the sweatband. The duckbill is fully lined.
How to Set Desired Bill Curve
- Get the bill completely wet with water.
- Bend into the desired curve.
- Secure curve with a rubber band.
- Air dry.
- Remove rubber band to reveal the custom curve.
Made in the U.S.A.
All of Our Duckbill Flat Caps —
Made in the USA
All of our duckbill flat caps are original designs by Rawls-Riley Creations. They are 100% made in the United States of America.