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flat cap

Here it is, my last completed sewing project for 2012!  It’s the flat cap, made especially for my Dad.

flat cap

Dad can usually be found wearing a hat or a cap, summer and winter. But he’s pretty fussy about the fit. Dad has quite a small head, so it was with some trepidation that I cut out size small in some medium weight denim from my stash, and began assembly. Would it fit? Would Dad like it?

flat cap

I am SO excited, because not only did he say that he liked it, he actually put it on and is wearing it today. Win! I am also rather keen on the lining:

flat cap

And just for fun, a few of us tried it on. Here it is on me:

flat cap

And on my husband:

flat cap

I’d need to make a larger size for my husband, but he’s refused the offer of a matching (or even a non-matching!) flat cap. He seems to think that if his father-in-law wears one, he shouldn’t. I reckon that if I can find the right fabric and make a surprise version, he might change his mind. Maybe. Or maybe not.

flat cap

Now shall I list the things that I loved about making this flat cap?

  • The pattern is a pdf download, which is perfectly suited to a pattern with small pattern pieces. Love an instant pattern that doesn’t require lots of taping!
  • The instructions are excellent. I’ve never made anything like this cap before, and reckon that I’ve done an excellent job. I’m rather good at following instructions when I’m making anything completely new to me, and the combination of text and photos worked beautifully. I don’t think that I unpicked anything at all!
  • There are lots of tips throughout that make for a professional finish.
  • It took around two hours to make, including cutting out time.
  • It’s an excellent guy gift, but would be great for lots of women as well.
  • Even my pedantic father likes the fit!

flat cap

Although he wasn’t all that excited about modelling it for the blog…


8 thoughts on “flat cap

  1. That’s fabulous and what a find: a pattern that fits a small head! I might have to shamelessly borrow your idea and make a couple of these for my two, for cycling purposes (although I suspect they’re probably not quite right for that, I’m sure the pattern could be adapted). Best wishes for the new year; may it be filled with creativity.

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