Since I’ve made three bonnets, I wanted to make a different hat – preferably one more specifically designed for a boy. I found a cute pattern that I decided to use. Here’s the link:
The pattern is for a 6-7 year-old boy, so I reduced the pattern by 37% for a preemie size. The pattern starts with rectangles and an octagon and then trims some curves. Since I’m working with stretchy lace and slippery taffeta, I decided to cut the patterns out of paper instead of trying to mark on fabric and cut.
I sewed the brim first. The “outer layer” was lace lined with taffeta, and the “back layer” was another layer of taffeta with stiff sew-on interfacing sewed to it. Below is the first attempt at the brim:
The curved edges were too square, so I ripped out the topstitching and curved those some more. Also, the flat edge needed to be curved in more to make the brim hang properly so I adjusted that.
From there, I continued to follow the directions on the link – sewed the bands (which I lined with light/medium fusible interfacing) and then made and attached the main body of the hat.
Here’s the finished hat: