After seeing Peta's lovely sunhats over here , I really wanted to give the Lazy Day Hat a try but as part of our down change I knew I really should use one of the hat patterns I had here already *sigh* so off to search the patterns, and I came up with two to test drive.
Lily selected this beautiful Jennifer Paganelli fabric 'Dance With Me' for her first hat. Together we looked for a fabric to go with it, she wanted green but the yellow and white spots just sung together. So she gave ground.
The pattern for this came from Ottobre Summer 3/2009, "Hermoine Sunhat". I made the largest size and it is a great fit with room to grow. I love the shape and the way it gives such great coverage.
The instructions were incredibly easy to follow and produced a really professionally finished hat, truly reversible.
Lily was so happy with the first hat and declared it the best hat she's ever had, far better than any bought hat *bless her*. She then asked me to make her a mermaid hat. We upended the fabric tub looking for the elusive mermaid fabric. She has an incredible memory and knew it was in there. It teamed nicely with a Timeless Treasures I'd had tucked away forever.
The pattern was a more commercial one from Spotlight, I won't bother telling you what it was as I'm going to dis it ;)
It had errors. I made the largest size, which is to fit a 21 inch head. Lily's head is only 20 inches and this is a tad too small.
The instructions weren't clear, it instructs you to leave a 1.5cm seam allowance unless otherwise stated. The crown pieces clearly have a smaller seam allowance written on them but the brim did not. If I had used the 1.5cm seam allowance on the brim, it would have been too small to go around the crown. I wasn't particularly impressed with using a piece of ribbon to hide the raw edge where the crown and brim join on the inside either. Ok, so it's not meant to be a reversible hat, and I didn't use the kind of ribbon they suggested but a better construction could have given a neater finish there.
Anyway, of course it's Lily's favourite.
So now she's set for kindy hatwise. The only question is; how do I put a name on a reversible hat? Or do I just chance it?
And isn't it amazing how still she is for these photos, nothing like fresh peaches picked from our groaning tree to tempt her into submission. Check them out.
And look how much she loves them!!!! They are the tastiest peaches I have ever had, you really can't stop at just one!