What you can't see in this picture is that the brim is separated from the top of the hat about halfway around. A little bit of duct tape wasn't going to fix it if I had had some. Hubby offered one of his straw hats but the wind was blowing about 30 or 40 mph and neither one of them had a chin strap.
So my face got burnt, purple-red burnt. Sunday my face was so swollen that my eyes were little slits. My face hasn't been this burned since high school. Fortunately I didn't blister. Now I'm peeling, including my eyelids and my lips of all things.
Well I needed a new sun hat and quickly. I went out on the web to see if I could find some sun hat patterns. I found one really cool one but they wanted $15.00 for the pattern. Sorry, I don't have that kind of money for patterns. So my second choice was a hat tutorial from just-chic.blogspot.com. This is my new sun hat.
I used the leg of an old pair of lightweight denim pants I hadn't thrown away yet. I thought the watch pocket would be a nice touch so I add it to the side of the crown.
And for more whimsy I used a fabric called bubbles for the lining. The brim of the hat isn't very stiff. Several things could be done to stiffing it up. One, would be to use a very firm or stiff interfacing in the brim. Two, would be to add another piece of interfacing. Three, is a piece of florist wire in the bias tape around the brim which will be what I'm going to do, if I decide I want a stiffer brim than I have. I want to wear the hat a time or two before I decide. I did starch the brim and sew concentric circles on the brim like a Boonie hat, which helped a lot. Something else to consider is to cut a couple of pieces of fusing and weld everything together.
Things the tutorial did not talk about but you might want to consider if you want to make a sun hat yourself is she didn't talk about seam allowances. I would suggest 1/4-inch seam allowances, as it is easier to get everything to match up for sewing. She also didn't mention depth of the side of the crown. I found a three inch side deep enough to let the top of the crown rest on the top of my head. I will probably be adding buttonholes on the sides of the crown to run a ribbon through to tie the hat on my head, as it is windy here. Press the seam allowances at the brim to the brim side, clip the seams and top-stitch the seam allowance to the brim helps the brim to stand out.
The cherries and apricots are beginning to ripen so I may be away from the computer for a bit.
Have a good day!