I have finished a few little things this week, but they have not been well-documented...so far. One project that I managed to complete was the sewing of a sun hat (yes, I am optimistic that spring has sprung, or will do so soon) for Miss F.
My first attempt was a flop...not "floppy" but a real flop. I can't even be bothered to photograph it, but I will send out a warning to anyone planning to sew Butterick 5056: option A (top RH corner in the mosaic below) is drafted terribly. Maybe there's a reason why they didn't show it on a real live baby!
The hat came out super-duper shallow -- it might work for an infant Frankenstein (or so says My Loving Husband, who knew that this first hat was oh-so-wrong and that he would be viewing as many hat-attempts as it took to get this right!).
The only good thing to come from this failed object is that I got the method down pat.
My next two attempts used the bucket hat pattern from the pretty new book by Liesl Gibson (of Oliver + S fame), Little Things to Sew. I had pre-ordered this book, and luckily I made a mental note of the reversible hat featured in it. So here it is, hat #2 in two colourways of a print from Anna Maria Horner:
It has barely left Miss F's head, but I will try to get a better photo of it soon. In the meantime, I'm happy to report that the pattern is great, the instructions are well-written (as they always are from Ms. Gibson...I love her patterns!). The only tricky step is the handsewing/slip-stitching of the second fabric "bucket" to the brim. For some reason, this step was a snap on hat number #2, but didn't go so smoothly on hat #3. We're just going to call that one a "lined hat" rather than a reversible one. Photos of that soon....