Monday, June 27, 2011

Sewing dischord

When I saw this adorable sun hat pattern in the July 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living, I immediately went and printed out the pattern because earlier that day, I decided that my kids need new sun hats. The ones they had last year fit, but just barely and I have the perfect fabric for this project.

Today I cut out the pattern pieces and while putting them together, I got very confused. The first source of confusion is that the .pdf of the side piece of the child's hat contains two copies of the pattern pieces. You only need one. I figured that out fairly quickly. Then came the real confusion. The pattern pieces for the brim of the child's hat look like this after you cut them out:

Um... how exactly the bleep does that turn into the brim of a hat? I looked up the comments for this pattern on and discovered that I was not the only one who was confused, so I decided to blog about it. Here's how the pieces go together. The key is that they OVERLAP. I figured this out after much turning them every which way and swearing. First, put these two big pieces together:

Then things start to make sense and you can start overlapping more pieces, lining up the lines:

Here it is all put together:

Et voila, the hat pieces all together, as shown in the article and in the pattern overview:

I hope this saves someone some time, confusion, frustration and swearing. Some of the pieces for the brim are just superfluous and you don't need to tape them on. You'll see what I mean when you start taping them together. Pinning 3-layers of printer paper to fabric is not going to be any fun, but the pattern is cute, free and looks simple to sew. In fact, I expect the sewing to be a hell of a lot easier than assembling the pattern, which needs some QA. The second side piece should be removed from the child's hat side .pdf and the brim could be simplified into a lot fewer pieces.

What have I been doing aside from putting together sewing pattern puzzles? I finished my husband's scarf:

It's single crochet, two manly colors of Cascade 220 Superwash. He loves it. Hooray!

I've also been spinning, and in the last week, my spinning skills have greatly improved. I still have to tear the roving into thin strips and then draft and spin from there, but the singles I'm spinning are now getting to be consistent, and the weight that I want. A key thing for me to remember has been that fine fiber (like the pile of merino roving I have) wants to be spun fine. Spinning about fingering-weight singles has been easy. Now to ply it and dye it! Pics when it's plied.


  1. Hi Sara, I'm wondering if it would be helpful to provide the end measurements of the pattern when taped together. I know that you said the pattern was too big as well as being a pain in the ass to put together. By looking at the pieces, it seems a cinch to just sort of cut it out, if we had the measurements. Since you were patient enough to figure this pattern out, any chance you can tell us what the measurements of each piece turned out to be? :) Thanks, and if you no longer have them, no worries, just thought I'd ask :)

  2. Hi Four Flights! Thanks for your comment! Unfortunately, I didn't take measurements, but here's what I can tell you. For the child size pattern, the crown and brim are the correct size. Only the side piece is too long. If you take the side piece and try to put it around the crown, as if you were pinning the side piece to the crown to sew it, you'll see that it's about 4-5 inches too long. I just eyeballed it and hacked off about that amount, and it then fit both the crown and the brim. I hope that helps!