I was working on a hat last night. I used my highly-coveted Ruby Star Rising Viewfinder fabric (I think it actually hurt to cut into that!). I used the pattern out of my One Yard Wonders book for the “Good Hat Day” hat and I checked out Pink Chalk’s review HERE and they said it was easy, fit well, and it looked good with no major problems.
There is only a single pattern piece for the brim, the rest of the pieces are different sized rectangles. The pattern is to face some pieces of fabric with the “wrong” side out for “contrast”… perhaps I’ve been conditioned too much to have the “right” sides out, but the “wrong” side out just looks wrong to me. So I planned to have all the pieces right side out, and according to the pattern text, this is just fine. I still ran into quite a few problems with this pattern.
When putting together the bands, for the exterior it says to sew right sides together (ok) and then to put the wrong sides together to join the two ends (what?), and then for the interior it says to sew the wrong sides together (whatever) and then put the right sides together to join the two ends. Won’t you just end up with raw seams that way? I ignored the instructions and reversed the seams so the raw edges were facing in.
When attaching the brim, it just says “attach”, when in reality I think you need to sew a seam all the way around. I did this and it forms the bottom seam of your hat.
How the heck do you put the top on this hat? the nearest I can figure is to fold under the top raw edge of the exterior, stack it on top of the top circle and the interior and then blindly sew them all together in one go, but the instructions just say “sew together”. I ended up facing the raw edges into the inside of the hat so it’s no longer reversible.
Why is it so tall? I feel like a train engineer! (hence the name of the post) I’m going to take out a section of the height and make it shorter because I don’t feel like it’s wearable as it is. Maybe the circumference of my head is just too small compared to the height of the hat! But the fit on this hat is amazing. It is just perfect for my head, and again, I have a fairly small head.