After a week of crazy torrential rain the sun has finally come out here, so it seems like a good time to share this hat, which I made for M a month or so ago. She has a couple of hats, but both of them had mysteriously disappeared, and when I went to buy a replacement I couldn't find one I liked - they patterns on the ones in the "girls" section didn't go with any of the rest of her clothes, and I ended up very close to paying $30 for a plain denim one from the "boys" section until, on the way to the cash register, I realised that I had a free hat pattern and more fabric than I know what to do with, and I should really just make one myself.
This is the Oliver + S Bucket Hat, which is in Little Things to Sew but also available as a free download. I made it without any handstitching, as described in a tutorial I found at A Little Gray. I sewed it from a piece of fantastic vintage fabric I've had for ages - I think I was originally given it in a swap, and was very proud of myself for cutting the big flower to go inside the crown - that's the kind of thing I usually think of after I have finished cutting out. The lining is navy linen.
The sizing on this seems to run a bit small - I made the medium, which is meant to fit 3-5 year olds and it just fits my three year old (although she does have a lot of hair, which probably takes up some space). Next time I'll make the large, to give a bit of extra room. And I might make the brim a bit wider, like this one, just to give some extra protection, because the Australian sun is really strong.
And there will be a next time, because this pattern is a great way to use up pretty, small pieces of fabric and because hats seems to disappear with all the odd socks and missing water bottles in some kind of vortex at our house, so we are always in need of a few spares. And hopefully the sunshine will stay around, so this one can get some wear.