The T-Room
Counter: 1980

T. Bag Retro Sketch - T. Shirt's cap

This was the only part of the costume that was made especially for the sketch. All other elements were bought in. T. Shirt had 4 green satin caps when he was younger. These caps were abandoned from "Turn on to T. Bag" onwards, but he later wore a baseball cap.

 Series caps

The caps were all unique. The diagrams above show the caps in order of appearance from "Wonders" to "Bounces Back" from left to right. The first cap was used in "Wonders in Letterland" ("Trouble with T. Bag"). The golden T was applied to a plain field. The underside of the peak was plain green.

The "Strikes Again" cap used for all but episodes 9 and 10 had the chequered panels running horizontally rather than diagonally as in the others. The underside of the peak had parallel black and green stripes. The golden T was applied to a plain field.

The cap used in episode 9 (where T. Shirt loses his magic) had a chequered field at the front of the cap and the underside of the peak was plain. The upper side of the peak had a diagonal chequered pattern. Although it was supposed to be the same cap minus the T, it was a radical departure in design!

Mysteriously, the cap changed again for episode 10! Supposedly still the same cap from episode 9, this one had a plain field in the centre front. The upper and lower sides of the peak were plain.

The "Bounces Back" cap seemed to have been the episode 9 cap, but with the addition of the golden T.

 

The Sketch Cap

The cap that I made for the sketch was based on the "Bounces Back" cap, which was my personal favourite. The main difference in the design, however, is that rather than use a black and green printed cheque fabric for the patterned fields, I made patchwork panels in mint green (the lighter turquoisey colour) and bottle green. The cap is made from crepe backed satin. The applique "T" is made from tissue lame that is interfaced slightly quilted and serged around the edges. It is hot glued in place. The peak consists of a layer of patchwork for the top side and a layer of mint green for the underside stiffened with heavyweight interfacing.

The top of the crown has a covered button sewn in place. The inside of the cap is lined with curtain lining and the edges neatened with white bias binding. The original cap made for John Hasler was elasticated at the back, but I have not done this with my cap.