Readers, even I am tired of seeing close-ups of myself in this hat so I can imagine how you must feel.
But I must update you on my latest hat tweak.
Try as I might (and I did, oh, how I did), I couldn't deny what a number of you pointed out yesterday: my bucket (sun?) hat was too shallow for my head.
But after watching one of the scariest sewing tutorials I've ever seen in my life (thanks for the link, Kathy), I had an epiphany: I could separate the crown from the rim and add an extra inch of depth in the form of a decorative band. So that's what I did!
Look again at the top photo. What looks like a band is actually my scalp. I cut the top off the hat and measured the extra depth I'd need.
I cut two bands of bias (about 2" wide) from a contrasting tropical print in my stash and interfaced them. I lapped the inside band (with each band edge folded under roughly 1/4") over the edge of the hat rim and edgestitched. I attached the other edge to the crown, lapping and edgestitching the same way. Finally, on the right side of the hat, I stitched on the outside band.
This hat isn't perfect -- it's still more round than oval -- but it's better.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!