What A Flop
the pattern: Amy Butler’s Blue Sky Hat
the fabric: thrifted 100% linen moo moo dress
the sewing: The hat came together great. The pattern is well written and has four sizes to choose from. The linen stretched in a way my muslin mock-up didn’t so it fits just a wee bit big. The real problem comes in with my lack of three layers of cotton canvas to provide support for the brim. I used a layer of batting and quilted circles around the brim hoping that would provide enough support without the weight of three layers of canvas. Nope! I was wearing a quilt on my head. It flopped so much it was comical. I searched around online and decided to soak the brim in a cornstarch and water mix to help firm it up. It helped a lot, but this solution is not long lasting. Once the hat is worn a few hours it gets floppy. A complete re-do might be necessary. For $2 in fabric and less than two hours sewing time, I think I can handle that.