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Fedora Hat by Elegance & Elephants {giveaway & discount)

2016 June 27

I made hats – real hats – Fedoras, even! These were sewn as part of the Canadian Sewing Blog Hop, a collection of Canadian bloggers gushing about the amazing Canadian resources we have available – and giving 3 huge prizes away ! (Find the giveaway below and click here for more great Canadian Discounts.)

I wanted to feature a Canadian pattern designer (similar to this hop last year!) and chose Elegance and Elephants – who graciously sent me the Fedora Hat pattern I’ve been dying to make for years. My girls love the results, and I’m trying not to make about 17 more of them. (Attempting to learn how to slow down, right?!) E&E Patterns has a great collection of children’s patterns. (Epic Bubble Shorts!)

My girls are wearing two of their eight+ Bohemian Babydoll dresses in these photos. The one my youngest has on was a pattern test that used to fit my oldest. It’s by far one of my most favorite kid-friendly woven patterns – meaning I love it as much as my kids. It’s a quick sew, twirls and has ruffles – what more could you want?! Right now you can get a discount on anything in the E&E Pattern Shop during their Summer Sale. Just use the code SUMMER to get 10% off from June 27-July 4.

Back to the hats… The blue denim embroidered hat was the first one I made and it took only about 1 1/2 hours, start to finish. Such a quick, easy sew! Love, Love, Love. (All the heart-eye emojis for this one!) The pattern pieces were spot on, and since there aren’t many of them it was fast. The stashed denim is from at least 7 years ago when a fabric shop near me was going out of business. I’ve been trying to use it up ever since!

The second one (no fault of the pattern) took me about 4 1/2 hours. Lesson learned – stick to the recommended fabrics! This hat really is best sewn up in a thicker fabric with more body. The poplin I used for the pink hat just didn’t go together as easily, and you can see it in the wavy and puckered seams. While I know it does still look ok, I’m a still-recovering perfectionist, remember?! I added a little Liberty of London (dismantled from this never-worn scarf) around the crown and a twill bow, because my oldest originally wanted a white band like her sister. #keepingtheyoungunshappy

Putting a hat together is really not as hard as it might seem. I had everything I needed in my stash already. I would recommend that you are a very confidant beginner, or intermediate sewer – since making sure the curves are sewn without puckers is important. Other than that it’s very straight forward. It’s even fully lined with the same fabric as my faux-leather Marmalade jacket. (of course I forgot to photograph the inside, argh! There are good photos of the inside on the pattern listing.)

Please be sure to check out the other Canadian blogs below for more Canadian content and supplies. And, if you need any fabric, I know a great Pinterest board with over 60 Canadian shops on it. *wink, wink* I’m so proud of us – the Canadian shops have really stepped it up over the last few years and can now supply pretty much everything we need! Bonus – if you are from the US – your $$ go really far up here! 

Canadian Sewing Blog Hop Schedule

Visit each of these blogs for more on our outstanding Canadian designers and suppliers, and be sure to enter the giveaway for some amazing prizes!

June 24: The Tour Starts at Happy Okapi ~ June 25: Celine guest posts on Happy Okapi; Marsha @ Seam of my Pants ~ June 26: Fiona @ Tangled Blossoms Designs; Carla @ Half Dozen Daily ~ June 27: Sherri @ Thread Riding Hood; Reece @ Happy Okapi ~ June 28: Nicky guest posts on Seam of my Pants ~ June 29: Daniela @ On the Cutting Floor; Reece @ Happy Okapi ~ June 30: Michelle @  Canada Day–June 31*: Ula @ Lulu & Celeste ~ July 2: Marsha @ Seam of my Pants ~ July 3: Keshia @ Sand Dollar Design Studio ~ July 4: Wrap Up @ Happy Okapi ~ July 6: Giveaway winners announced ~ * Yes, we know!

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Thanks for reading Thread Riding Hood. Don’t miss a post – come #alongforthreadride!

Today’s #RandomFunFact: Since styling my oldest with boots and knee-high socks for this photo shoot, she has decided that this is her new style and wears it everywhere. We really need to get this girl some Dr Martens! Can you tell I went to high school in the 90′s?!

Disclosure and Privacy Policy:  The Fedora Hat pattern from E&E Patterns was sent to me free of charge as part of this blog hop. As always, my opinions are my own. 

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. June 27, 2016

    Sherri, l love the hats! They’re adorable. Does that pattern offer adult sizes? Really super cute, and so are your beautiful girls.

    • June 30, 2016

      Hi Michelle! Thanks :) The pattern is made for up to a 21″ around head. Depending on the size of the person it might work?

  2. JessAbbott permalink
    June 27, 2016

    I’ve sewn up a few of these hats and love them every time! Perfect for Summer!!

    • June 30, 2016

      I agree! The possibilities with fabrics are endless too, which is fun!

  3. Sheila Hlushak permalink
    June 28, 2016

    Those hats are just the best, I love them.

  4. Fiona Kelly permalink
    June 28, 2016

    Love the hats and dresses!

  5. July 3, 2016

    I’ve never wanted to make a hat before but I think I absolutely need that pattern. I hope it fits my extra large head.

    • July 5, 2016

      It’s super cute right?! The pattern goes up to 21″ around… maybe we will have to convince Heidi to make an adult version?! ;)

  6. July 5, 2016

    At least she’s not hooked on stirrup pants ;) hahahaa

    Those hats are adorable!!!! I’m always on the lookout for cute patterns that will work for boys as well. That and a bowtie…what an awesome gift.

    Excellent job as always.

    • July 5, 2016

      These would be so good on boys too! Love a good unisex pattern :) And double yes on the stirrup pants :) Yikes! Though I suppose they will come back sometime too….

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