Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sewn Hats is here!



IMPORTANT NOTE: 
The original publisher, Wiley, sold this title to Turner Publishing. Turner is now hosting the files on their website, and you can access them here:

www.turnerpublishing.com/sewnhatspatterns.zip


I am so excited to kick off the blog tour for my first book, Sewn Hats!   It is a collaborative effort that brings you patterns and instructions for a great variety of toppers.  For this project, I got to wear many "hats" (both figuratively and literally).  I was the collection curator, which means I worked with star contributors who provided their signature hat patterns.  My job was to represent their unique styles and highlight their specialized techniques.  As a contributor myself, I got to come up with designs to round out the collection, and also provide styles that were near and dear to my family and lifestyle.  Finally, as technical editor and illustrator, I gave a cohesive, step-by-step approach to construction each and every hat. I am thrilled with the end product, and am very grateful to my publisher, Wiley, and all of the contributors for bringing this to life.
 
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Shown above is a gallery view of the styles in the book.  There are all-season offerings for men, women, and children.  Most of the hats come in a wide range of sizes, so you can make them for lots of loved ones.

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The awesome contributors will be blogging about their own hats, so I just wanted to mention a few of my beloved hats.  Above is the Fantastic Fedora, and I was thrilled that they used a picture of my own little Lou to show it off.   He LOVES this hat.  He's also gotten a lot of wear out of a lightweight denim version.  This style is so in right now, and looks great on guys and gals alike.

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Here a little scan of some of the illustrations, just to show you how I infused the Scientific Seamstress style into the book.  If you have used my patterns before, you know I am very detail oriented.  The publisher and editors were great about keeping that high level of explanation, but in a concise and easy to read format.

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Another one of my favorites is the Hitch and Pitch Cap (shown above).  It is the perfect baseball/trucker hat!  The skill level is listed as advanced, but like all of the patterns in the book, could be made by a beginner with some time and patience.  
 
What I have shown you is just a smidgen of the great hats you can make from this book.  Throughout the next month, our fantastic contributors will be sharing their designs.  The schedule is as follows:

9/5 -  MODKID Boutique
9/11 -  LuluBliss.com
9/21 – Figgy's Patterns
9/26 – Bari J.
10/1 – Sew Mama Sew
10/2 – Aesthetic Nest
10/4 – Betz White
10/8 – Yummy Goods
10/10-  Wiley Craft

Each stop will include a giveaway, so make sure you visit them all!

Please leave me a comment about your favorite hat style, and you can win a signed copy from me!!!  The drawing will be held next Monday, September 10.

33 comments:

Nothy Lane said...

Oh! I am so excited. I've been looking for a hat pattern to sew. I'll have to see if I can order it on amazon! Congratulations! I love your blog - especially the bias tape maker that is printable.

Nothy Lane said...

ps my favourite style has always been the beret

Jenny said...

I have a HUGE head, so i just adore any hat that actually fits!

Ginger said...

I've always liked bucket hats.

ginger c at gmail dot com

Heather said...

I'm glad you're back! I found your blog right before your hiatus, but kept it in my google reader, hoping you'd return :) As far as my favorite hat - my husband has an enormous pumpkin head and I sunburn really easily, so I appreciate both huge hats and those that provide good coverage.

Mama Lusco said...

What a fantastic assortment! Congratulations on your hard work and thanks for the book tour :) mamalusco at ortelco dot net

mahoo said...

Wow! That's a lot of hats! I'm a hat person. My favourite is the fedora.

Lainie said...

I am so excited for this book!!! I love the Newsboy in addition to MANY others. I'm definitely a hat girl ;)

" me " said...

i prefer italian mobster hats : borsalino's ! Maybe because a long time ago I bought one second hand and I left him somewhere and never found him again.I still miss that hat ! I pimped it with a lot of jewelry .

Rebecca said...

The fedora is great. I've always wanted to make one.

Lili said...

Wow, that's amazing! The fedora looks great, and I'd love to learn how to sew hats! Great job!

db said...

love the fedora - thanks for the chance to win

Cheryl said...

I like sunhats with a wide brim. I'm so excited about your book because I've been wanting to make myself a new hat. My old one used to be a pretty robin's egg blue but it's so sun-faded now.

MariaDenmark said...

It looks great. Very interesting.
I especially like the iea of sewing a fedora!

rainjerette said...

I really like fedoras, but my daughter loves berets and cloche hats. What a great assortment of styles! Congratulations.

Wendy said...

I love the fedora! I was just wondering the other day how I was going to find a red fedora for a Halloween costume.

Lee said...

Berets are my favorite! thank you!

Amie said...

I like the Fedora that is super cute!

Blanca Martinez said...

Hi, I love the feminine 20's look style, like the black and white with the number 86.
It never goes out of style.
Thank you for the opportunity to win such a special book.

lbhaydon said...

The fedora looks fabulous, and the downtown hat would suit my whole family! What a great idea for a book :)

Robin said...

my first projects would be page 20 and 100-those are my favorite at the moment.

Willa said...

My favorite style is whatever does not mess up my hair. I most often wear a Tilley hat to keep the rain off.

Angela said...

I would love to make the hitch and pitch in several different fabrics!

Jenny M said...

What a cute fedora! My favorite hat style is a loose cloche for winter that keeps you warm without leaving hat-head behind. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely-looking book!

Auntie Em said...

Hope I'm not to late... The book looks great and I would love to try out the patterns. Thxs!

HKittrell said...

Sun hats are my favorite!

Gina S. said...

Sun hats!! Love the way you did the contents page.

Christy said...

Oh! If it's not too late I'd love to be entered!
christy at coypond dot net

green23 said...

I love hats with peaks. This looks like a great book.

Wanchen said...

I love hats with good coverage.
Thanks for the fun book!!

Fran said...

What a great book !
Congratulations....
thanks for the giveaway !

Mrs. Bob said...

downtown joey. :)

Alexis Walker said...

Just bought the book and have almost finished the fedora. Great book!