After two projects that involved a lot of hand sewing, I was ready for something quick and easy. I’d had the idea of hats on the back burner, and I had even bought a few patterns and made toiles. But nothing really fit what I needed, which was a few winter hats to wear on winter walks.
I bought this pattern, Anne Adams 4926, back in the fall and while it was close to what I needed, it was not exact. So I set about making the changes I wanted. First, the crown was too high, so I shortened it and rounded the top a bit. I also tapered the brim so that it was shorter in the back than in the front.
From the side you can see how I shortened the back brim a bit. You can also see the brim seam, which should be in the back. Since I was using more of the Harris Tweed that I used on my tweed/cashmere combination, I had to piece it, so both sides have seams.
This back view actually gives a better idea of the shape of the hat. For some reason my front view makes it look like it sits flatter on the head.
I had the hat all cut out and ready to sew when I went to my fabric collection to find a lining fabric. I wanted something soft and warm, and it occurred to me that this would be a good project for a lower quality cashmere sweater which had developed holes. I didn’t have such a sweater, but I did find a cute cotton knit from the 1970s.
Okay, I know the Snoopy fabric is a bit unexpected, but I’d had this scrap forever, and was ready to use it.
The inside band is from a roll of petersham I found a while back.
Overall it was a quick and easy project. From start to finish, I guess I had two hours invested, and much of it was doing the stitching on the brim.
I’ve gotten two good projects from one ratty old jacket, and there is still enough to make something else. So, should I make slippers? How about mittens?