Jun 4, 2014
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.
Once again, thank you for your honest feedback.
Have a great day, everybody!