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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 05-12-2007, 09:25 PM (1 of 12)
Well, for once I actually finished a project in time for the intended gift giving holiday. Here's a hat I made for my mom for Mother's Day:

I made a pattern by copying a hat I had, but it was still a bit of trial and error. The red band is grosgrain ribbon, and it didn't turn out quite as I had hoped. I didn't think about the fact that I was applying a flat ribbon to a very slightly angled surface, so it's nice at the bottom edge of the ribbon, but stitching down the top got a little bunchy since the hat gets slightly narrower. I used a flower print fabric for the underside of the brim, which you can kind of see in the second picture. It's not lined -- I just zigzagged to finish the inside seams, but I'd like to make a reversible version at some point.

This is the first project I've finished in a while, and it didn't take me all that long -- maybe 2 hours including making the pattern. Well, we'll see how my mom likes it tomorrow! - the new home for Sew What's New
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From: grandma C
Date: 05-12-2007, 09:40 PM (2 of 12)
Kaitlinnegan, I really like the hat. It really feels good to start and finnish a project in one fell swoop doesn't it. I read something recently. " finished is better than perfect". So the ribbon isn't perfect. It looks good and The hat will get where it is going on time.
I am working on finishing projects today. I finished a pair of boxer shorts yesterday, a shirt sloper and I am nearly done with a sundress. These are all things that have been in the works anywhere from 2 days to 5 weeks. None of these are perfect but maybe no one will notice.

Belinda/Grandma C
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-13-2007, 09:47 AM (3 of 12)
Now that is a mighty fine hat.
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From: Bama
Date: 05-13-2007, 01:13 PM (4 of 12)
Very nice hat. :up:
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From: MissTaraTara
Date: 05-13-2007, 02:35 PM (5 of 12)
Great job on the hat . . . love how you made your own pattern! Did you use a chambray or a lightweight denim?
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From: Reta J
Date: 05-13-2007, 03:08 PM (6 of 12)
Ya done good kiddo. I have thought about making a hat for me as I burn so easily in the sun. But I couldn't think of how I would do it. You have inspired me to try now. Thank you.
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Reta J
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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 05-13-2007, 06:58 PM (7 of 12)
Thanks for the compliments everyone! I think my mom liked it. :bluesmile The fabric is a lightweight denim, and I was definitely glad it wasn't any heavier when I sewed it up! I think I'm definitely going to make one (or five) for myself. I also burn easily, and I always seem to forget sunscreen on the part of my hair! - the new home for Sew What's New
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From: pinkroses
Date: 05-13-2007, 07:16 PM (8 of 12)
Very cute hat and a cute lady, I love that style.
My husband calls it a Gillgan's hat. Ha.
At least it keeps the sun out of our eyes. pinkroses
I know I have a guradian angel watching over me. I am very gratefull. PINKROSES
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From: Patty22
Date: 05-13-2007, 07:41 PM (9 of 12)
What a cute present; bet your Mom loved it. Looks like you followed the golden rule of millinery - the inside should be as pretty as the outside.
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From: PaulineG
Date: 05-13-2007, 08:10 PM (10 of 12)
A hat is definitely one of those items worth making - and you've done a great job.

When you buy hats you tend to have one or two but it would be nice to have several and match/co-ordinate with different outfits.

I thought about making one for myself this summer but the weather's turned now so I'll just wait til next summer. In the meantime hopefully I'll get some inspiration from some of the ones you'll make.
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From: Reta J
Date: 05-14-2007, 09:24 AM (11 of 12)
Kaitlinnegan, go to and download the free wild things program. I downloaded it the other day and am having fun with it. It is for hats, purses, wraps, and slippers/booties/flipflop (thongs). You just put in your measurements, pick what you want to sew and it will do the pattern for you. I am still playing with it. lol Let me know if you like it as much as I do.
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Housework Whenever
Reta J
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From: material_pakrat
Date: 05-14-2007, 09:39 AM (12 of 12)
Fantastic hat.

Reta - you beat me to it. I was going to suggest Wild Ginger, as I have used it all summer for hats for my daughter. They are then made to fit her, and she got a matching hat for most of her dresses.

Currently playing with their "Paper boy" pattern, trying to make i into a VERY loose beanie.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
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