This is one of those sewing projects that seems almost magical in its ability to turn small, flat pieces of fabric into something so substantially 3-dimensional and pleasing. It rates very highly on the scale of 'seriously, did you make that?' admiration yet it's really not that hard and requires no specialist tools or materials.
The pattern used here is Nicole Mallalieu's Flat Cap which is available as a pdf download. At The Drapery we also have the Sew Liberated Huck Finn Cap printed pattern, which is very similar and fits kids aged 6 months to 10 years. (Pictured below in a non-Drapery fabric!) This pattern for the littles has a clever hidden piece of elastic at the back which helps the cap fit growing heads.
We also stock the template plastic that's used inside the brims, which is the only other thing you'll need besides fabric, thread, pins and sewing machine.
You can have a bit of fun choosing the lining. For example, this one is lined with Oakshott handloomed cotton in 'Magic Pink' (an amazing shot pink/green that's impossible to accurately convey on screen):
And this one with Anna Maria Horner Field Study Voile (in store but not yet online):
For the inner bands I chose not to use the outer fabric as specified because I wanted something smoother against the forehead. The pink cap features some Heather Ross 'moons' linen/cotton from my stash.
If you use a different fabric for the band like this, you can easily get any size cap out of two fat quarters (50cm x half the width of the fabric): you will need one fat quarter for the outer and one for the lining. We're very happy to cut these amounts of our tweeds or any other fabrics for you in store - making the project more affordable as well as extremely satisfying.
Hooray for hats!
- Jane & Fiona xx