Evening in the Country...

Evening in the Country...
...a gorgeous view of the WV mountains I get to enjoy everyday. Also the place Bri proposed earlier this year! [Not taken on that day.]

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Completing the 4-dart Hat

Don't mind the mess in the background!

I have finally completed my first hat! It's been hard to find time between school and full-time work but I did it! YAY!
This picture shows how I had sewn the hat around the top edge. I did the same with the lining, except I left about a one inch hole in the lining to turn out the hat.

After pressing all the seams, I pinned the fashion to the lining right sides together and pinned along the brim edge. I used a 3/8 inch on all seams.

This is a close-up picture of the finished project. Before I was able to sew the brim I had to iron it flat so that the lining stayed on the inside of the brim.

I hope you like the hat! I really enjoyed being able to put this together and found it super simple to construct. I plan to try a beret or cloche style next! You HAVE to check out McHats' inventory at McHats.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

4 Dart Hat Pattern

I got a 4 dart hat pattern from McHats on etsy.com. The pattern is easy and the instructions are great! Thank you McHats!!! I am almost finished - since hats are simple to construct. I decided to go with a tweed-like purple fabric and for the lining I have a wool crepe de chine. It really looks lovely together. I can't wait to finish but Simpsons came on and I need a break!

I decided to outline the pattern with chalk to make more accurate cuts.

This is the lining completely cut.

Here is the fashion fabric completely cut. I had to use a disappearing marker for the outlining since the fabric is loosely woven.

This is the lining brim sewn to the lining crown and the outer darts sewn together.

This is the fashion fabric brim sewn to the fashion fabric crown. You can see the lining lying with the fashion fabric, to get a better clue as to how the final project will look!

I came to a halt after this step since I need to figure out how to sew the inner dart and finish the brim. I will be ironing the seam allowances and connecting the lining to the fashion fabric. I will need to learn how to finish the brim for a sophisticated finish!