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?

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


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