Since summer has finally arrived (92° yesterday!), I finally got down to making Olivia a bucket hat using this free Oliver + S pattern. I saw it last year when I was pregnant and had been saving it. So yesterday I grabbed some of Alexander Henry's Larkspur Meadow from my stash and got to it!
Now, I know that saying about "it's a poor carpenter who blames the hammer", and maybe the little glitches I encountered were completely my fault, but I thought the instructions could have been a tad clearer. I don't know why I had to sew 1/2" seams, and then trim some down to 1/4" and others to 1/8". As a quilter, seams that are less than 1/4" seem a little risky, especially on something that might end up being washed often, so I didn't cut them to less than that. Also, the brim and bucket side pattern pieces didn't say "cut on fold". I have sewn garments before, so I knew to do that, but someone without experience wouldn't have.
Another thing I've learned quilting is to be very precise when cutting. Even though I was careful, the top part of the hat would not match up to the sides, so to be able to sew it without any puckers I had to trim off a bit.
I hope I don't sound too ungrateful, because I think it's really nice of Oliver + S to make some patterns available for free, but I feel obligated to tell you what my experience was! I will definitely be making it again, so maybe things will go smoother the second time.
In the end I think it turned out pretty cute - don't you?
Or it could just be that the model's so dang gorgeous...
See you soon!