sad, perhaps because the hat is a little too large?
mysterious (but blurry)
hat backlit to show fabric detail, top view
hat backlit to show fabric detail, side view
hat on bannister
From the pattern envelope:
MEN'S SHIRTS & HAT
DESIGNED FOR LIGHTWEIGHT WOVEN FABRICS
Suggested Fabrics: Cotton, cotton types, broadcloth, chambray, challis, rayon blends
Hat also in denim, twill, corduroy
I made the hat.
The hat is sized in S, M, L, and XL for head circumferences of 21, 22, 23 or 24 inches (53, 56, 58, or 61 cm).
I used a size XL but I probably should have cut between a L and an XL.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. The hat is shown as an illustration on the envelope cover but looking at it and the finished hat, it is definitely a fair representation with respect to shape and proportions.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were. I will say that Step 7 may give you pause.
Although everything is there if you stare at it long enough, let me just say the sequence of 3 drawings shows a) the outer hat with brim, and the brim is being folded downward so that b) the outer hat you just completed can be tucked into the inner hat (crown and side) you sewed in steps 5 and 6, giving you c) the view you see in the 3rd illustration once you sew the joining seam.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I can't speak for the shirt but this hat is wonderful. I think my husband will like it very much.
I like the range of sizes because OSZ hats never really work well for us.
I used a corduroy with lycra for the lining hat and a home dec type cotton woven for the outer hat.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only thing I did differently from the instructions is once I sewed the hat, I edgestitched around the lower edge of the side (just above the brim/side seam) to help hold the inner and outer hats together. I knew this could be done because I recently sewed the Oliver + S reversible bucket hat for children and this step was part of those instructions. I think it sharpens things up a little.
One other thing I did: When you sew the outer hat, the instructions have you press open the seam between the crown and side and then edgestitch around the perimeter of the crown and the top perimeter of the side. This allows the seams to be secured in place. When you sew the inner hat, which follows the same steps, you are not told to edgestitch. I couldn't see any reason not to do it, so I did it. I think you want those seams in place so they won't move around over time with washing and wearing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.
I really like this hat pattern and even though it is a men's pattern I could imagine sewing one for myself, but perhaps making the brim a little larger.
This hat is not described as reversible that I could see, but I think it is truly reversible, just like the Oliver + S hat I reviewed yesterday.