hats and dogs

Earlier this year, I decided to purchase Sewn Books by Carla Hegeman Crim and bring my experience with it along to my sewing book club. I’ll start by saying that I have no experience with millinery. Let’s assume that the fleece dinosaur hats that I made for my twin nephews for Christmas don’t count… but that won’t stop me from showing this pic…

it's the right way to wear it if he says it is

Yes, the spikes are supposed to go North-South à la stegosaurus, not East-West à la Statue of Liberty, but YOU try telling him that. And that’s his bro over his right shoulder, sporting a hat I did not make.

As on-topic and appropriate as any talk of my brilliant nephews always is, that hat pattern didn’t come from this book. (It’s here if you’re interested.) This one did, though:

the Eddie Cap from Sewn Hats

This stylish little number is the Eddie Cap from the book, and it’s provided in youth to adult sizes. Since this was my first go at this pattern, and I have serious trust issues, this one was a wearable muslin. It’s made from a home dec weight cotton from Ikea (the scraps I had left after making the curtain that hangs in front of my stash closet). The pattern worked wonderfully and fits just right. I made an adult large, as my head measures 23″. Wow, how nice it is every once in a while to make something that requires no alterations!

the Eddie Cap from Sewn Hats

I was impressed with the detailed instructions and clear illustrations. I only have a couple of notes for next time, and in case anyone who’s reading makes this one…

  • I used the fusible webbing that she called for on the outer band, but I don’t think I would next time. I didn’t find that I needed to fuse it in order for the band to stay put during the final topstitching, and it really was just a pain to have it there during other times in the process (had to steer clear of it when I needed to press).
  • When getting the “band/brim sandwich” sorted in step 5, be sure to press the inner band up towards the seam allowance. That makes the basting later in step 8 much neater and easier.

This book rocks, y’all. From the 35 designs it contains, I truly like and would make at least 20 of them, and that makes those patterns just pennies apiece. The styles range from baby to adult, but a lot of the kid ones wouldn’t necessarily be juvenile with the right fabric. Most of the patterns include sizing for both, and a section in the front of the book describes how to enlarge or reduce patterns for an even wider range. Be aware that the templates themselves are not contained in the book — they’re all pdf downloads. To me, this is a bonus, because I wholeheartedly prefer pdf printouts over the enlarging rigamarole anyway, but I know that opinions vary on this. The only minor complaint I have is that the book isn’t spiral-bound, so it doesn’t lie flat open. But I’m sure that’s a tradeoff for it being so affordable.

Here is a scan of the two pages from the book containing the pictorial table of contents. If you don’t do a lot of sewing for children, don’t be turned off by the styling! There are only five patterns that don’t include the sizing for adults, which I’ve marked with blue dots (click for a larger pic):

Sewn Hats designs / blue dot patterns only contain children's sizes

[I do feel the need to point out here that NAYY -- I was not given this book nor asked to review it. I bought it with my own money and am a satisfied customer!]

And lastly, in order to make my cute punny title work, here’s a gratuitous photo of my angelic little Elphie, whose favorite treats are ice cubes and the tracing paper scraps I cut off while working on patterns…

I don't know WHO made this mess or WHY. I just got here.

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Now a blog housekeeping topic. Just like every single blogger ever, I love comments — the interactions in that area of this site are one of my very favorite things about blogging, and I generally reply to each one. Early on, I decided to put my response in italics within the body of the original comment, to keep it clean and easy. But I realized recently, after reading this post from Lisa, that it may not be ideal because no one would ever see a notification of the response. I really don’t have much of a preference on this, so I thought I’d toss it out to you guys to see how you like it. Thoughts? What about other types of commenting platforms like DISQUS? Likes and dislikes?

16 thoughts on “hats and dogs

  1. Loving the hats (and the dog BTW). Your nephew looks like he has the male model pose down pat and I had to laugh at his insistence on wearing his hat the wrong way. When I was about his age I always insisted on wearing my church bonnet back the front. To me it seemed logical that the cut out piece would frame the face and the peak would cover the neck. I wouldn’t be told otherwise.

    You have made some lovely hats here.

    Thanks BeaJay, and that is a hilarious story! I love that mental image of the backwards bonnet. :)

  2. cute hat! (i look like a complete doofus in hats, but that is neither here nor there…)

    i have mixed feelings on disqus. it’s great when it works, less great when it doesn’t!

    Thanks, Lisa. I have liked using it on other people’s blogs, but wasn’t aware of unreliabilities…

  3. Cute nephews! And hats. :) Is Elphie a rat terrier? She’s cute!

    Thanks! She’s a mix of who knows what all, but definitely has both jack russell and rat terrier. :)

  4. I love the hat…and adore the dino hat too. I only buy books now that have at least 4 or 5 patterns in that I want to make, to justify the cost. I would make that little flat cap for my little chap in a heartbeat.
    Re comments…I rely on notifications to let me know if someone has replied to a comment. I couldn’t keep up otherwise ;-)

    • Thanks Evie! I haven’t decided whether to use a different commenting system, but I do think I’ll start using the more typical “reply.” Starting now. :)

  5. I LOVE your hat! You look adorable in it! I put this book on my Amazon list after you first told me about it, but I think I’ll have to move it up. And your nephew is a total cutie!

    I tried to enable Disqus on my blog, but couldn’t get it to work – very likely OE. But I have been using it to comment on other blogs, and I’m not in love to tell you the truth. The notification emails kind of bug me! But I’ve been in the habit for a long time of checking for replies on a previous post when I read the current one, if I know I made one, so those emails are often redundant for me.

  6. This one is my fave (pic of daughter, grandson, and granddog!) even though I have never been a hat/cap/bonnet lover. :(
    But I may have to rethink my position and give several of these a try. Great job, beautiful sewist!

  7. Susan! This is SUCH a cute hat. I kind of hate wearing hats, but seeing as I live in New Mexico and about half of my work is outside, I’ve tried to get used to wearing them. Perhaps I would like them better if I made them myself! Thanks for the tip about the book!

    • Thanks Megan! We like everything better if we make it ourselves, right? Well… Maybe not shoes. ;) Confession: I don’t love wearing hats either, but I like it more than I used to. Now that my hair’s so short, it’s nice to have that as an option for lazy days!

  8. Your nephews are too cute! Hehe… and I love his hat and yours, too, of course. I really need to get that book! :)

    As far as commenting goes, I don’t really have a preference either. If i really wanted to see a response I would subscribe or just check back later.

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