Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review of the Newsboy Hat Pattern by Butterfly Tree

I've been so busy lately that I haven't been able to think about working on my own notebook full of designs, but I still crave sewing, so I've tried out a few other pdf patterns. Here's one I found in an etsy shop called Butterfly Tree. Cute name and very cute patterns. I bought this pattern with the intention of sewing one for myself, but when my Chloe saw the pictures she wanted one immediately. But I had ordered the adult size pattern, not the kids! Luckily (maybe...) when I measured her head I found that she needed the adult size medium. Yeah, it's not the pattern's fault. My kids just have large heads. I need an adult size L and my husband could fit the XL.

As you can see, it turned out soo cute. And she loves it.

Her baby sister loves it too. Here is the reverse side. Oh, did I forget to mention it's reversible?

This is one of the better-written pdf patterns I've purchased (some have been questionable, to say the least). All of the instructions are very clear -- I have just a few tips to add... 

First, cutting that 2" band on the bias is NOT optional. For some reason, I understood it to be optional and since I had just scraps of this red and pink fabric left, I didn't cut the band on the bias. It didn't go on right (to be more exact, it didn't stretch enough) and I almost despaired because it was too short. But then I realized that a piece of bias trim might substitute nicely. I went through my stash of bias trim and found this red stuff that just needed to be re-ironed to work. Not bad, huh?

Second, every time I stitched the hat lining to the brim my stitches showed up on the outside. You'll come to this near the end of the pattern. I'm not sure if that's intentional (to look something like topstitching) or if that's my fault, but it happened on both hats I made and it's not exactly neat looking. If I make it again I will definately just hand-stitch the lining to the brim. I don't mind handstitching in small instances like this.

I made a hat for myself too (and I love it) but since I was the lone photographer that day, no pictures of it yet. Maybe soon :)

1 comment:

  1. Adorable hats and how cool that they are reversible, too! If your girls really like hats, Olablehe's Lucy Cloche is really cute with dresses and one that my girls like to wear. I'm off to check out that shop :)


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