It started with this book. Bought with much excitement. Perused with equal measures of inspiration and trepidation. Patterns traced with fingers and crinkled brow, photos cooed over and complemented by images swimming before my eyes of garments to be made, and times to be had in them.
There is so much invested in a little book like this. So much that can come out of it, so much that can go wrong. The obvious problem for me – is the fact that I don’t read Japanese. At all. And while the instructions are relatively easy to follow, there is a lot of information missing, like, the fact that these kids all look a lot older, but the patterns look so small. Very mysterious. Are these patterns made for a 3 year old, a 7 year old, or a doll?
A book like this can make you feel like a design genius or an inept fumbler.
The first hat I made, turned out way too small. This was due, in part, to the fact that I hat forgotten to cut part of it on the bias. It was also because I didn’t (still don’t) understand how many of the parts should be cut. In Hat #2, 2 brims were cut from the same pattern piece, a mysterious extra bit discarded, as it seemed to make the brim too short in any case.
I lined it with some great (Amy Butler?) fabric, and embroidered with running stitch through both layers over some of the flower shapes, so that the outside features some large, apparently freeform flowers.
It’s a hat. Just a hat, but I made it, and that makes it precious.
Unfortunately, that also means if it goes missing I will cry. Can a child be trusted with a hat this precious. Probably not.
Can I send it to creche on hot days? I think I may make another for that purpose. Perhaps two. Perhaps three…..