So I've hit a bit of a setback with my Cole cosplay- the leather brim of his hat. I can't make it non floppy. What I've done is gotten 2 large pieces of furniture pleather; cut them into shape with the intention of putting them wrong sides together to make the hat. Id then paint the edges to look pretty. See here:
Initially I tried to drown the things in fabric stiffener, total fail. Then, I tested on a small scrap piece some ultra firm tough interfacing i had laying around. no go. I totally didn't realize how much the dang pleather would weigh.
I'm running out of ideas. Right now the best I can come up with is wire, cardboard or a large poster board, only that also leaves me skeptical. wire im worried because it'll be visible when i glue everything together. cardboard for its flimsyness.
what i know i need is something thin. and sturdy that can be shaped at least a little. I considered using the worbla left over from making the helmet portion of the hat but that just sounds -terribly- wasteful for how expensive the stuff is.
Heres the look I'm trying to get to:
Please help cause gosh I'm out of ideas.