50s Sunhat

This fabric makes me think of the 50s. I know that there’s more to 50s fashion than polka dots, but it’s still there. I bought the material last spring, I figured I could make myself a hat while I was pregnant, which I never did. So last week it became my quick and easy “back to sewing”-project.

My 50s sunhat (and Ellinor blouse)

I’m going to the American south in April, so I figured a sunhat could be a good thing to pack. And I like hats, so I can always have one more. The pattern is courtesey of Burda, it was a free download from their site before they merged with Burdastyle.

Serious side view

Even though I followed my size when I drew the pattern, the brim became too wide so I had to cut some of it off. It was supposed to be one piece for the brim, but my version has a seam in the back.

The pattern suggests adding a belt, I omitted this. Perhaps I’ll just make a simple band to wrap around the hat in stead.

It was a simple and quick project and I think I will make it again, it’s a great way to use those pieces of fabric that are too small for clothing but too big to toss away.

Pattern Description:
Burda WoF 2009-02-150.
The download didn’t come with one. My own: Simple sunhat, with belt.

Pattern Sizing:
Head circumference 56 and 58 cm (22 1/4″ and 23″)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yep. Except the omitted belt andback seam.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I scanned them and then just did it. It’s a very simple project.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like hats so there you go. I also liked that it is a quick project. The negative is that you need a lot of interfacing.

Fabric and other material used:
Cotton fabric and interfacing. Thread.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Omitted the belt.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend it as a beginner project, it’s very simple. I would make it again, it’s great way to use up leftover fabric. And you can’t have too many hats, right?

Conclusion:
Simple and quick pattern! Perfect for beginners and to get through your fabric stash.

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