My reluctant model, Rusty -- he's so humiliated.
He would rather eat this creation than wear it.
But Rusty is old and arthritic and can't get up easily so I won.
I saw this Bucket Hat recently on one of my sewing blogs and thought it would be nice if my great-nieces each had one for summer. This is a free pattern from Oliver & S.
I added a loop on each side to hold secret notes, flowers, pen, whatever.
And --- like all good kid's hats, it's reversible.
The pattern kept printing out at 1 7/8". I upped the sizing trying to get a 21" circumference but even with 3/8" seams, the hat came out at 20 1/4" circumference. The pattern calls for 1/2" seams when 1/4" seams would have worked fine.
There is a lot of easing to be done to fit the sides to the top which could be because I couldn't get the proper print size or because there really is a lot of easing to be done to attach the sides to the top. Which means a beginner sew-er would probably, inadvertently, get some small tucks going to disrupt the smooth oval of the top piece.
It's a short pattern at only 6 pages so it's not as irritating to me to print out in the usual pdf pattern way of having 49 pages -- to arrange, tape and cut out.
I also changed the sewing order as the instructions had you do hand-sewing to attach the 'cap' to the brim when finishing. :-(
I made each hat - outer & lining, and then sewed them RST together at the outer brim leaving a hole to turn. I closed the hole while sewing the endless circle top-stitching.
But it's cute.
Even if my reluctant model is embarrassed.
It's being mailed today to do a head check for fit and then I will sew up two real bucket hats for my favorite practice-grandkids.
I just found this video.
It's not so much funny as it's by guys who are self-taught sew-ers.
How to do extra steps to make a bucket hat....
I especially like the "Sew 1mm away from edge..."
I swear they are sewing with a buttonhole foot....
Since you're still with me - you might as well read the comments under the video (Youtube) to get a languagelingo lesson. "...Thanks, it's pretty dope!"