Sunday, February 17, 2013

You can leave your hat on...

I've made a hat.
I used Vogue 8844, and the fabric is a soft ivory corduroy, harvested from a pair of Cassie’s old worn-out jeans that has been living in my good sammies pile for the past four or five years.   As evidenced by that half gone leg there, these jeans were also the source of the White parliament, pictured here…
The hat is lined with blue and ivory striped stuff leftover from Sam’s stripe-y shirt, and the inner seam finished with white grosgrain ribbon.  
You know that very stiff, heavyweight, iron-on interfacing? that is useful about once in a blue moon?  I’ve had a huge length sitting untouched in my stash for many many years.  Well, I guess we must have had a blue moon since I managed to use a bit in this project.  The hat pieces are all interfaced with this stuff.

I felt pretty good about getting all of the hat pieces cut out from the jeans.  Most of the pattern pieces were too big to cut out in one piece, on the grain and with the nap of the corduroy (they all are, btw… self pat on the back)  So I had to do a bit of piecing.  You can see some of the seams in this picture, but I’m OK with those seams.  I feel too smugly virtuous about re-using old textiles to feel bad about a few extra seams in a thing!  Eco-smugness; don’t you just hate that biz  ;)

I wondered about the sizes, which is partially why I decided to use a re-cycled textile for my first time making this pattern… not the main reason, I am firmly committed to mindfully re-using old textiles when I can.  But anyway, about the sizing;
My head measurement almost exactly corresponded to the S, so I made this size.  And I couldn’t be more thrilled with the fit, it cups my scone snugly and is neither tight nor loose.  There was a brisk-ish breeze on the beach the day I wore my hat for the first time and photographed it here, and it stayed firmly and comfortably in place.  I never felt it was in danger of flying away!
The sizing in this pattern works, y’all!!!
incidentally there is a just-there dog in the below picture  ;)
Some advice for those wishing to re-purpose those long skinny jeans leg pieces into a new sewing project requiring wider pieces?  I recommend doing all the piecing for each component, using your pattern piece as a rough guide as to where and how much to add on, and leaving at least a few centimetres leeway around all the edges.  Stick religiously to cutting the joining edges and sewing seams along the grainline of the fabric AND ensure fabric nap is consistent.   After sewing pieces together, lay the patchworked piece down flat and only then accurately cut out the pattern piece.  This way is much easier than accurately cutting out little part-pieces and then trying to join them together to fit the pattern piece.  J

Details:
Hat; Vogue 8844, ivory corduroy
Top; the bamboo shoot top, Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi, white linen, details here
Shorts; Burda 7723 slightly modified, embroidered yellow cotton, details here

Pattern Description:
Four lined hats, each offered in XS, S, M and L.  A; contrast lining, D; contrast band and bow.
Pattern Sizing:
XS 52cm (20.5 in), S 55cm (21.5 in); M 57cm (22.5 in); L 60cm (23.5 in)  I made the S.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Yes. I made view C, leaving off the chin straps.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It is a nice stylish hat, easy to make.  The slightly shaped top and crown lend a chic, vaguely Indiana Jones-ish air to the hat.
Really, there is absolutely nothing to dislike about this pattern; it’s a hat, and it works!
Fabric Used:
Cotton corduroy
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None.  But if a wider brimmed hat was desired; it would be a cinch to just add a few centimeters on to the outer edge of the brim curve to achieve this.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I expect so, and yes  :)
Conclusion:
This is a great basic pattern which I think will be very useful. I made mine in ivory corduroy for a summery-looking, wide-brimmed sunhat, but as illustrated on the pattern envelope it would work equally well made up in tweed or a richly coloured velvet or some other winter appropriate fabric to make a smart version for winter.  

let's play spot the dog again

47 comments:

  1. I love the dog showing up in the pictures! Your hat turned out VERY nice. I think the stiff heavyweight interfacng made a big difference...I'm going to try that. Your extra seams make it look like an intricately made designers hat!!! ...like they belong there, not because they were pieced to make the fabric fit. I hope you make more hats!

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  2. it looks very elegant. I even have this very stiff interfacing (bought in prep for that handbag that has yet to materialise ... sigh)

    this post actually reminded me that my husband had shyly requested at Christmas whether I could perhaps make him a hat for his birthday (this month), so thank you :-)

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  3. Love it! Love the dog! And am very jealous of our sunny beach!

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  4. I love your new hat. I repurposed a hat from an unloved pair of pants a few days before Christmas and was quite proud of my efforts until my daughter disapproved of my final results and I ran out of time of time ore Christmas to blog about it. Said hat has subsequently never been worn :(

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    1. Oh I know, I always take my daughter's comments to heart too.

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  5. I love your hat and the fact you have recycled, something I enjoy doing. Funnily enough I was looking at vogue hats last night in my magazine. I struggle to get hats to fit. Your lovely backdrop is making me long for the summer sunshine.

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  6. Perfect hat for your sunny days. Now I think there is a tail and of course the head looking over the rocks, sorry can't help myself :)

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  7. Very sensible hat for our hot summer days. Vogue has just released a racewear hat pattern that bears a striking similarity to your brim.

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  8. Caroline, I think the extra piecing seams really add something (positive! :) ) to the hat, it looks stunning and a great use of old jeans. Fits in well with the gorgeous beach setting (and the dog).

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  9. Looks like Sienna had a great time swimming! Love the last photo with her head popping up from the rocks. To the hat: I made several last year but brim-wise they are all too short but floppy. Thanks for the tip about the hard iron-interfacing. I have a lot of that from past costumes and I know I´ll be making another hat for next summer...Only this time they will be less colourful so that I wont be ashamed of wearing them in public!

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  13. Sorry for all the deletes - just trying to correct my spelling.
    What I wanted to say is that the "extra seams" add beautiful character to this hat!

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  14. What a great hat! I love that you re-purposed the fabric - waste not want not, it just makes it that much better. And, the extra seams give it more character. Enjoy wearing it.

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  15. I like it. I looks good on you too! It is always nice when we can use recycled items.

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  16. The hat is great...but can you tell us about those shorts? They're fantastic!

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    1. Intrepidations: thank you! The shorts are made in an embroidered yellow cotton using Burda 7723, and the link to the construction post is in the "details" section, situated just above my review in this post.

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  17. Great looking hat and so clever of you to piece it together from jeans!

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  18. A very professional looking hat! I am surprised you could find enough fabric in the trousers. Must have taken a bit of doing! Unfortunately in England, we have perhaps two days a year that would call for such a hat :( but I love reading about your sunny adventures!

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  19. What a perfect addition to your wardrobe ... The hot weather requires sun protection and that's a very well made hat...x

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  20. It looks very nicr and summery indeed! Thanks for the tip, i have the pattern and now excited to try it out seeing yours :)

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  21. Great hat! I tried making one when we were in France, but it was really dorky, nothing I'd be caught dead wearing. I hate sunglasses, so opt for hats whenever I can. However, there is a limited range of styles I like. I love broad brimmed hat, but sadly they don't reciprocate.

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  22. Wonderful hat and shorts! I love the photo of Sienna swimming.

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  23. How cool is that - making your own hat. It looks great and so useful.

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  24. How cool are the hats!! But then I have problems with my curly hair...it looks crushed after wearing a hat! I only wear it in very hot days. But yes...they are sooooo cool!

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  25. That's one cool hat, for the hot weather you've been having! It looks great on you.
    I always enjoy your photos. You use the best locations for the shoots. Look at that great expanse of water and rock. And the dog. Beautiful!

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  26. Love it and am going to buy the pattern now

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  27. I LOVE the hat!! So cute! I'm going to have to put it on my list :)

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  28. I love your hat and the pattern magic top. I have the two books and am keen to give them a go soon

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  29. You've chosen a great hat style for your restyled jeans. It's just lovely.

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  30. Cute! I like the seaming in the hat.

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  31. I always wonder about those Vogue hat patterns, love how yours turned out and I think the seam details from the piecing you had to do add something to your beautiful creation!

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  32. I think the extra seams just add interest. I can't live without hats in the summer, and I live in rainy England! Growing up in the tropics, I almost never wore a hat or sunglasses! I don't know how I did it.

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  33. Nice! I agree that the extra seams could very well be a design feature. :)

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  34. Lovely hat and I do like the extra seams. They add so much interest to it.

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  35. Adorable! hat from pants! That's my kind of sewing!

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  36. Love the hat! I've sewn up a few, and never really been happy with the fit of any of them, but this is a superb way of upcycling!

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  37. The hat looks great and I think the seaming to fit the pieces to the fabric available actually adds to its appeal. The only hat I made was stolen by my daughter.
    I love spotting Sienna in your pictures - she is so cute! (And she knows it!)

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  38. I love your new/old hat. It looks great. I am going to get the pattern and have a go at one. Mum

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  39. Inspiring, Carolyn! Both the hat and the upcycling. I love me floppy wide-brims.

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  40. I love the hat, and I'm sure I wouldn't like it nearly as much without the extra seams. I agree with the comment that they add character.

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