I kind of feel like I shouldn’t even try to explain how beyond perfect Elegance & Elephants’ new Fedora Hat pattern is. Like, maybe I could just show you 5.6 million pictures of my seven-year-old wearing his new hat, and let you see for yourself how amazing the end results of such a quick, straight-forward pattern can be.
Though the finished product of this pattern seriously speaks for itself, I guess I’ll say a few things.
If you’ve been following along at all with the pattern tour the last few days, you’ve seen totally different, totally amazing fedoras. This pattern makes a perfectly professional and genuinely fedora-y hat. And it isn’t even hard.
The instructions are clear with what types of materials work best. For my son’s, I used some old army fatigues pilfered from my father-in-law. Paired with the recommended heavy-weight interfacing, the crown of the hat holds its shape nicely, and straightens back after being crushed.
I added tent grommets, like from the outdoor department at the local big-box, to a grosgrain ribbon for the hat’s band. I also think it would be cool to make a few bands, to swap out depending on mood and outfit.
I love how hip and fashion-forward fedoras are, working into an everyday wardrobe just as easily as any humdrum baseball cap.
In fact, my kid never wants to take the hat off, wearing it to school and to friends’ houses just because he knows he looks *that* cool.
Looking at the finished product, you’d never know how simple the pattern and instructions are. All the pattern pieces take up just five pages. I actually checked my printer to make sure I wasn’t missing a page or 12, being so used to printing off huge PDF files for patterns.
I was hesitant going into making the Fedora, never having made a structured hat before and not sure if I should do a muslin first. But this was not at all hard. Like, at all. There are times when you’re sewing through some thick layers, but nothing too technical. Just make sure you’re using a heavy-duty needle, go slow around the curves, and this thing comes right together. And the construction time? Maybe two hours. Crazy!
The size ranges are listed by head circumference, so you’re sure to get a good fit. I made the XL for my son, and there are four smaller-sized options included in the pattern starting at 16.75”up to 21” . Baby fedoras! Think of the ridiculously adorable possibilities there.
What I somehow never did capture in any of the 5.6 million pictures I took of my son in his fedora, is the inside. It’s completely lined and finished, with no exposed seams and an inner fitted headband that absolutely takes this hat from mom-made to custom-made.
Pretty much, this is the perfect hat pattern for kids. With September nearly over, the Fedora Hat would make a fun and functional accessory to your kid’s fall wardrobe. And seriously? How cool is it to say you made a fedora!?
Grab the Fedora Hat pattern HERE and save 15% off the price of the pattern during the tour (through 9/27/2013) using the code: FEDORA15 And don’t forget to check all the other Fedoras on tour!
I was given the E & E Fedora Hat pattern for free in return for my honest review. The Fedora Hat by E & E
Outer Fabric : repurposed military fatigues, grosgrain ribbon, tent grommets
Inner Fabric: Pellon heavy-weight interfacing, polyester lining, twill tape