|At first glance, the illustration led me to believe that the undated pattern might've been from the |
late-'60s-'70s. After reviewing the printing and instructions, I figured that it was probably from the
1980's, likely a classic pattern that had been in print for a number of years by Muggins Original
Stuff (a company from whom it appears an interested party might still potentially acquire a copy).
A one-sheet pattern, I nearly disposed of it, doubting seriously my ambition for creating sun hats (my, my, how times have changed). Recognizing that certain timeless styles remain perennially en vogue, I decided to retain it in the Mr. Tiny pattern archives, feeling deep within my hoarder's heart that it would eventually come in handy.
|Hoping to invoke the spirit of Joan and Thelma, and evoke a style reminiscent of these other|
floppy-hatted beachside beauties, I pulled the "Fun in the Sun" hat pattern from the vaults.
(Source A, B, C, D, E, F)
|Also from the vaults came this sturdy rayon-linen blend printed with charming sprays of pink|
dogwood blossoms. I've had this fabric so long that it has actually moved house with me twice!
I had the pattern, the inspiration, the fabric, and a free afternoon; nothing was to stop me from diving head first into this hat (please, do not pardon the pun; it only encourages me).
|Instead of attaching ready-made ribbons to the finished hat, as per pattern instructions, |
I made my own ties out of the fashion fabric and sewed them into the seam for a more finished look.
I might not have fully committed myself to the instructions but I did love the editorial commentary peppered
liberally throughout: "Everything cut out? Machine threaded? Radio turned to your favorite station?
How about a can of pop and a couple of cookies? O.K....Everything in place, so let's get sewin'."
Radio? Cookies? Pop?!?!! If this was my grandma's house in the '70s-'80s, it would've
|Because our house model is out of town, I had to employ our far more |
reliable, exceedingly more cooperative standby, "Hat-tie McDaniel."
Just imagine what it would like like with a little bit of hair!
The last departure I made from the original hat pattern was electing to eliminate the multiple rows of topstitching on the brim; I like the way it looks without but I think the topstitching would provide a bit more body and stability. I might change my mind by the time our live mannequin returns ready to model the complete look (yep, I can't help myself from making matchy-matchy hat ensembles). What a cliffhanger!!! Will Mr. Tiny take to the topstitch or will the broad brim remain bare? Stay tuned!!!
Have you sewn a hat before? Is it possible that Ms. Crawford would deign to don our "Fun in the Sun Hat?" What do you think, is floppy too sloppy, or would you wear a floppy, floral, flapper-inspired beach hat?