Behold the epic new hat on a theme of racoons, with a sunny yellow reverse side:
I've got construction down to a fine art now, and I've eliminated all hand-stitchery. It's charming but I don't have time for that malarky.
Do you want to know my non-hand-stitch secret...?
Alright, here it is:
- Construct the brim in it's entirety, including the top-stitching.
- Construct both caps individually including the top-stitching around the top of the crown.
- Pin the brim to one of the caps, right sides together and machine stitch around with a 3/8" seam allowance.
- Stitch around a short distance (only 2-3") of the same seam but with the usual 1/2" allowance the pattern dictates. In this area you'll have two rows of stitches.
- Pin the second cap around the same seam. For this, you'll have the two caps right-sides together with the brim all squashed up and sandwiched between them.
- Sew around the seam with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a gap of 2-3" matching exactly where your double-line of stitching was.
- Trim and grade your seam allowances, so the cap allowances are 1/4" and the brim allowance is a shade more.
- Turn the hat right-sides out through the gap and press the seam flat.
- Close the gap left from turning the hat out, which will only appear on the inside of the hat (due to your careful double-stitching on the other side). Press the seam allowance in this area appropriately and pin the gap shut. Carefully top-stitch around the whole hat on the sides, which should catch the gap shut at the same time.
- Superb! A hat with no hand-stitching!
|The squashed on floor look: how the hat will spend most of it's life.|
Hats look better on heads, so I'm sorry for the floor-based pictures. It's raining and TButton has the lurgy, so there is no hat-wearing today. He had a tantrum when I put his old sun-hat in the washer and the new one just wasn't the same (apparently), but I think he'll be over that soon. I'm aiming to appeal to what remains of his 6 month long obsession with the colour yellow.
I got the fabrics from Backstitch at Burwash manor. A lovely shop! :-)