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|Posted on:||4/15/14 3:46 PM |
|Last Updated:||5/22/14 1:21 AM|
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Vogue Patterns Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 2 people Very Helpful by 5 people |
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|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
Here is the promised review of the Vogue 7600 hats I made for The Two Pattys on my annual trip to Palm Springs with them in May.
Pattern Description: Three styles of sun hats. I made 1 View B and 2 View As. View A has a significantly large brim, but it lays a bit flattish on the back so as not to interfere with the all important laying about the sun lounge. A VERY SMART design.
Pattern Sizing:Sm-Med-Lrg. I made a small View B for my pea-head and two large View As for the Brainiacs.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Oh my gosh, they do!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Pretty much. I made some changes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
That View A is Dramatic, baby. Very Diva. Excellent face coverage from the sun. Everyone by the pool really liked that feature. I just like the Dramatic Diva part, but that's just me.
Fabric and Needle Used : Quilting cottons to match The Two Pattys swim suits. I used a #14 MicroTex to pierce the Peltex. I had to adjust my machine tension up to 9 to really bang the needle through and pick-up the bobbin thread. Loosened the tension bobbin screw to help that. I doubled-up the top-stitching thread on the brim so you could see it better. Oh, it takes a bit of time to top-stitch that brim, so do allow for a tad of boredom to set in. I did mine over the course of a few days while waiting for dinner to cook.
I read all the reviews and took note one should use a sturdier fusible interfacing than the usual heavy weight stuff available. I chose Pellon's Peltex 71F Single-Sided Ultra Firm Stabilizer, purchased at Beverly's. Ultra Firm is right, they aren't kidding. I could re-roof my house with it. It can definitely take a beating and still pop back into shape. The hats survived being smashed into a shopping bag and under a plane seat beautifully.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I trimmed the 1/2" SA away from the outside seam of the Peltex only on the brim so as to not interfere with the roll of the cloth when turning it right side out. The Peltex is pretty stiff. The pics explain it better.
I added interior adjustable hat bands as The Two Pattys are always complaining they can't find hats big enough for their heads, or if they do, then the hat is too loose. This way I cut size Large for them and let them adjust as desired. I used 2 1/2" satin ribbon folded over lengthwise. Instructions to that are in the pics too.
I ran a high-contrast basting stitch just under the 1/2" SA mark prior to attaching the brim to the crown so I could confidently clip the curves (say that 5 times fast) without clipping too far. I highly recommend you do this, especially if you use the Peltex, otherwise you won't be able to ease the convex to the concave seam lines.
If you use the Peltex, your lining was cut the same size as your fashion fabric, and therefore, too big. I sewed the fashion fabric/Peltex cap/crown with a 1/2"SA and cap/crown lining with a 5/8" SA, which made one slip into the other perfectly.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I came home with 5 orders from pool-side loungers, so yes, I'll be making it again! (Oy vey, my poor hands . . .) This hat is a real compliment getter. The Two Pattys absolutely squealed when I gave them their hats. But then, they can get pretty happy about a free appetizer.
Conclusion: Hat making is addictive. Be sure to have someone available to tell you to stop and eat.
And here are the hats and The Two Pattys in action. Enjoy!
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