Friday, 1 August 2014

Phew, what a scorcher

Hi folks, hope you are all enjoying this great weather that we are having in the UK. Hottest July on record, so they say and that leads me on to this months challenge at Crafts Galore Encore. We are sponsored by the fantastic Di's Digistamps
who are offering a great prize of $12 to spend instore, a very generous prize at that, so get your entries in for a chance to win. 
The DT over at Crafts Galore  Encore have really excelled themselves and there are some cracking projects on our anything goes challenge this month, we love to see you and read your messages so why not pop across and check them out.

Now on to my little project, lol. Being very fair skinned, I decided enough was enough and I was fed up with having a sore head from the sun. I'm a softy really and don't like the pain, lol. Anyway that was that and as we have an anything goes challenge this month I thought I would try something completely different and different it is, lol. I set myself a task of making a hat!! So here it is, a real retro sixties floppy hat with a lovely brim to keep the sun off of everything and it is even adjustable to fit any size head, lol.
The pattern I used was an old Simplicity pattern
The fabric is by Makower and is 100% cotton and available from Creativ-e-T in Devizes along with the double fold bias binding and interfacing.
The brim has been stiffened with a double layer of iron on heavy weight interfacing.
The crown has a single layer of heavy weight interfacing. 
After very carefully constructing all the bits and binding as necessary it was time to add crown to brim. Why is it it never fits?!  I had an awful lot of crown left over and not enough brim so with gentle persuasion consisting of  a bit of snipping here and there, pushing and shoving, pulling and tugging 4 hours later it went in, only for me to discover the seam was on the wrong side.  At this point I put it away, that was the end of day 2. Day 3, mission accomplished!!  Simplicity now has a whole new meaning to me, lol.

And just to add insult to injury, looking at the latest weather forecast, I think I may have missed the sun and should have made my hat out of oil skin cloth to keep the water off!! 

I am going to enter this into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Material girl My top tip when sewing is always to have a seam ripper to hand, lol

Anyway that's all from me for now, have a fantatic August everyone.

Hugs Jo x


  1. wow I love your hat its great thank you so much for joining us at TTPH

    Jacqui DT xx

  2. Hi Jo, wow love your hat, and just perfect for this gorgeous weather.

    Hugs Erin x

  3. Great hat Jo and perfect for the weather we've been having. Today we would need a rain hat though! lol

  4. Gorgeous hat... I adore the fabric.. I too have fair skin I must try one of these... Fabulous... Thank you for joining us at Craft my life... Hugs May x x

  5. great fabric and a great make - thanks for joining That Craft Place and good luck xx

  6. Fantastic hat although I hope its completion doesn't mean the end of the sunshine lol! Denyse xxx

  7. Hi Jo.. Beautiful creation, fab material and style Caroline x

  8. Awesome jobbing making that lovely hat! Thank you for joining our "Summer Lovin" Challenge this week at Love to Create.
    Ruza ~ LTC Admin/Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  9. Wow this is fabulous. You could go into business making these! I quite fancy one in pink please!! :0)
    Beautiful colour choice, and a gorgeous card.
    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for :
    Crafty Little Fairies,
    Top Tip Tuesday,
    ABC Christmas,
    As You Like It and
    The Stamp Basket.

  10. That hat is just adorable! Love the polka dot material! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week.
    Tina DT

  11. Just gorgeous, thank you for playing along with us at A LITTLE BIT CRAFTY this month & our 'Sew What!' challenge & the very best of luck. Jane x

  12. Can't believe you made this hat! Love it, it's a proper Summer IS Here hat.


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