I love the online sewing community. Over the past almost-five years of sewing and blogging, I have met some amazing people from all over the world. I started following and connecting with Monika from Schneidernmeistern through Instagram a couple of years ago. She’s a master tailor and costume designer in Germany, with some serious pattern-drafting skills. And she’s just cool. I love following her and seeing what she sews up for herself and her little boy, along with all the other tidbits of her life she shares. She recently released one of her patterns in English (had already been released in German), the Hr. Schmidt & Sein Sohn Elbsegler, which is a traditional German sailor’s cap.
My youngest son is learning German in school, in a dual immersion classroom. He is loving it, practicing his German whenever he can, and pretty much interested in all things Germany, all the time. I knew he’d love having a German cap, and I was super excited to sew the elbsegler up for him. He was so excited, he wore it to school the next day, breaking the No-Hats rule, but apparently his teacher let it slide in favor of cultural appreciation. However, now, he has informed me his teacher makes him keep it in his backpack while in the classroom, but that he pulls it out for recess.
Hr. Schmidt & Sein Sohn, according to my rough highschool German, translates to Mr. Smith and his Son (right? I should probably google that…) And the pattern is, in fact, for both. For the whole family, really, with sizing from baby through adult. It’s a fully finished cap, with a lining, and interior elastic at the back to help with fit.
I didn’t have the right kind of interfacing, and made do with what I had, so Jonas’ elbsegler is a bit more floppy than it should be. And my kid keeps pulling it down as far on his head as he can, so the top looks more muffin-y than it would if he wore it a bit higher. Still, I love the classic look of it.
I used a grey denim for Jonas’, with some red topstitching. It came together easily, with clear instructions and well-fitting pattern pieces. I’d say this is a good afternoon, or even a naptime project. I’d like to make another in corduroy.