While we were in Florida last month, my mother-in-law helped me adjust the pattern for this sun hat from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing. I have a big head and it was immediately evident from the pattern that it wouldn’t fit my noggin. We added an inch to the crown and the brim, adjusting the top accordingly (don’t ask me how – she did most of that part). We cut it out of some inexpensive fabric and I put it on my head thinking that it would definitely fit fine. Yesterday I was finally able to sew my version.
So what do you think? I am not sure about it. It is still a bit snug. The brim is super long – I can barely see when I am wearing it. I asked Fatty if it was good or goofy. He said, "Yes." I guess that means it is good and goofy….hmmm. Not sure what I think about that either.
I would like to make it again. This time I think I would use 1/4 inch seams to give myself a bit more room around. If I do that, I think I would have to cut the height of the crown some and I know I need to cut back on the brim. If anyone has any tips, please pass them along.
My first choice would be to re-do this one, but I don’t think I can. I hate that I used my pink Amy Butler fabric and it doesn’t fit. I might hand it down to Kate – she inherited my big head. I would have to cut the brim down a bunch. I am thinking of just taking the pinking shears to it so I don’t have to rip out all the top-stitching on the brim. I know the ends would fray, but it could be kind of cute, couldn’t it? Really, couldn’t it?
And I am definitely making the next one out of muslin. Lesson learned.