A few weeks ago when I cut out the fabric for my coat, I had quite a bit left over. I started to formulate a plan to make a matching hat, and last week I bought this pattern:
This is a basic bucket hat with four different brim styles. The pattern includes an impressive 5 different head sizes!
On Sunday I decided to make the hat up. It's a very simple pattern and only took me about an hour and a half. (It does involve hand-stitching in the lining.) I decided to make the hat with the closest-fitting brim, View D, so that I could play around a little with how to wear it. I also think it has a retro vibe that goes well with the coat. I opted to leave off the bow, because my fabric has enough going on!
Here's how my finished hat looks:
|from the side|
I used Pellon Shape Flex as interfacing to give the hat nice flexible body. My good friend Andrea turned me on to this interfacing recently and I've been using it in a lot of projects. It's what I used on the coat as well. Thanks, Andrea!
Inside, I lined the hat with some leftover cotton/linen blend from my quilt:
|lining and outer|
And now, let me regale you with some orange bathroom mirror shots of the hat. I like this shape because it can be worn in several different ways:
|I actually cut my fabric so the pink flowers would be on the side.|
Brim up on one side:
|from the side|
And here's how it looks from the back with the brim down:
|Quite a tall bucket! That's what makes it look retro to me.|
I'm really happy with how the hat turned out. It was easy to make, fits well, and I think it looks pretty cute! It will help keep my hair out of my face and the wind out of my ears this spring. I'll definitely be using this pattern again - I'd like to try all four versions eventually.
It seems that it's not so easy to find sewing patterns for hats. Do any of you have any others you can recommend?