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How to Keep Your Hat on Your Head with Hat Elastics

If you like hats, even if you only  wear one a few times a year, you don’t want it to blow off your head on a windy day. Nothing’s worse than chasing your hat down the sidewalk or watching it drift into traffic (yes, that’s happened to me). To keep your hat on your head, you […]

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The Sun Hat and the Silent Auction

I made this sun hat more than a year ago (Vogue 8405, version B) but I never got around to lining it because I realized that it really didn’t go with my wardrobe. The expensive lacy trim I got from Britex Fabrics looked great – a nice complement to the quilted home dec fabric from […]

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Wool Newsboy Cap and Beret – Final photos!

A couple of weeks ago, I finally took a bunch of photos of the wool newsboy cap and beret that I made for my husband Kofi. However, he only liked a few of the photos. So here are the “approved” photos. (If you want to read the nitty gritty details on my draft patterns, see […]

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Sewing Pattern for a Wool Newsboy Cap and Beret

Waaaay back in June I started working on a six-section cap for my husband Kofi. For months he’d been asking me, when are you going to make something for me? So I told him I’d make him a cap. I thought it would be a good learning experience. I’ve either made hats without a pattern […]

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My First Hat Fitting

I won the drawing for a straw hat fedora! Last weekend I was thrilled to go to my first hat fitting. How did this happen? Well, I donated money to hat designer Elwyn Crawford’s Indiegogo campaign and one of the donation levels was to contribute $5 to be entered into a hat drawing for a […]

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O’Lover Hats Indiegogo Campaign

Oakland hat designer Elwyn Crawford is dedicated to her craft. She didn’t take a vacation for eight years. “I was OK with that,” says Elwyn. “I knew I wanted to grow my business and source my materials.” As a result of Elwyn’s singular focus, in 2011 she was finally able to work on her hat […]

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Q&A with Elwyn Crawford of O’Lover Hats

Elwyn Crawford of O’Lover Hats has been making custom hats in Oakland, California, for nine years. Today I had the pleasure of interviewing her in person at Farley’s East cafe in Oakland. I first met Elwyn at a street fair about five or so years ago in Rockridge, an Oakland neighborhood, where she was selling […]

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Me Made May 2013 – Final Post

Here are the things I wore from May 22 to May 31 for Me Made May 2013. I did repeat a couple items but I wore them with different things. I wore 18 different hats on the first 21 days. I think over that next 10 days I wore maybe another four that I hadn’t […]

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My Unofficial Me Made May 2013 – Week 3

Hey, I made it to Week 3 of Me Made May 2013! As I mentioned in my previous post (“My Unofficial Me Made May Participation: Weeks 1 and 2“), I’m unofficially participating in this handmade wearable challenge.  So far I’ve only had one repeat – wearing my red hat twice. But I think I’ll be […]

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Books on Making Hats

I’ve made a few hats on my sewing machine using Vogue patterns or just experimenting without a pattern (see “Sewing a Patricia Underwood Hat“). But I want to get a better understanding of construction. So I bought a few books on making hats. They each offer different levels of hat-making skills. Here’s my brief run-down. […]

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