I am so excited to share a new pattern today from Monika of Schneidernmeistern and designer of Hr. Schmidt and Sein Sohn sewing patterns. I came across Monika’s blog while stalking another of my favorite international sewing blogs, Naeh-connection. I started following Annika’s accounts and other German based bloggers, as a way to keep up my German language skills, but also because her blog keeps an amazing account of what’s going on in the international sewing world. When I saw Monika’s darling sailor style hat, I’d commented on how I wanted to test my German out and give the pattern a try and much to my amazement, Monika contacted me and asked if I’d like to read through her English version. Um . . . . you betcha’, I did.
I had so much fun sewing up this great hat. I’m so glad I can’t keep my mouth shut when I see something I like. The Elbsegler pattern, now translated into English, comes in sizes to fit 19″-23″ and is perfect for light to medium weight fabrics such as denim, corduroy, and cotton. I used a grey bottom weight twill with contrasting red stitching which I think gives it a slightly rock n’ roll feel.
The pattern is recommended for intermediate sewers though I think, if you go slow, since the directions and photos are excellent, anyone could give this a go. Since there is quite a lot of sewing around curves and top stitching, you’ll want to take your time on this baby. The hat is fully lined, which means there’s no need for finishing seams. One word of caution; the pattern does NOT include seam allowances so make sure you copy the pattern onto paper and add the seam allowance before cutting your fabric.
For a first go around, I’m pretty happy with how the hat turned out. I think I could have gone up one more size for this guy (hard to measure one’s head accurately when said person won’t stay still). I also didn’t have the “stable” interfacing called for in the supplies and know this would have given my hat a little extra, needed stability in the lower band. I certainly can’t wait to see how this pattern turns out in some corduroy and denim.