Wednesday, March 19, 2008
In my rendition, this I think is the best look. Christina is most likely correct that the pattern that we thought was without seam allowances, actually has seam allowances of 5mm included within the pattern. This is a large and ought to have been 61 cm head size (23 inches), but is more like 62 cm (23 1/2 inches). It also seems to be a bit taller and longer brimmed than the photos in the book.
On the other hand, it may be super for a person with a large head. One of my friends from Grandma' Attic has trouble with most hats being too small, so will take this in for her to try. It definitely has a chic Japanese look and feel, which is grand.
The finishing touches included lots and lots of pressing as well as sewing the brim to crown and adding an internal headband. The way the crown-brim and ribbon are attached would have been worth the whole cost of the book, but I have been impressed with everything, from the photos, to the graphics, to the fine sewing techniques.
Stylish Cloches has definitely taken a place of honor in my fiberly heart and may never get to the bookshelf as it will be heavily used.
Thank you so much Christina for finding this book and enticing me into doing a hat project with you.
** for a view of the entire process in this hat see flickr photo album "Sewing a Hat."