Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hey Mom!

“Hey Mom, I have a sewing project for you” I heard my elder DS’s voice say from the computer room. “What?” I asked from my comfortable chair, reading my book and sipping my tea. “Come here” he replied. As I got up from my chair, I knew this was not going to be the typical rip repair request. “T. (his friend girl) wants this for Christmas. She sent me the link, but it is sold out.” He said, pointing to a picture of a fleece hat with big panda bear eyes and ears on a cosplay site. “Can you make it?” Mixed feelings swirled in my head. Flattered that he thought I could, there was also some reluctance because this wasn’t what I had planned to do today. My book would be there when I got done, so I prepared to be "Sewper Mom". The first thing we did was look for similar hats on other sites, but there were none as cute. So we looked for fleece hat patterns with ear flaps and ties. We found some great patterns and a source of unique outdoor fabrics at Finnish web site Shelby , a company that provides extreme materials and designs to do-it-yourself enthusiasts, students, designers, and manufacturers. They have patterns for sale as well as some free ones. The hat pattern we used is the free Shelby Kaava #403 Tunturi Hat Pattern . The crown section of the hat is made from four triangular pieces and the bottom section from one of three options: a short ear flap, a long ear flap with tie, and a Balaclava. The pattern prints out in 4 sizes.

I had to climb up the ladder to the unheated attic to check my fleece stash. I had every color except the black and white needed for this project. The main roads had been cleared after our weekend snow storm and we had to go to the Alltel store to get my dead cell phone diagnosed, so I talked my DH into going "just a little further down the road to the fabric store” to get the fleece. In the mean time DS asked T. what her hat size was. Fortunately she responded with her head circumference, which is what we really needed to determine which pattern size to use.

From a closer examination of the pictures, it looked like the pattern used was a little different than the one we downloaded. The hat was cut in one piece and the crown shaping was done with darts. To get the same pattern shape, I positioned the crown pieces on top for the band pattern with flaps and cut out the shape. Now the crown shaping would be achieved with large curved darts.


After I showed him how fleece stretches in one direction and not the other, my son did the pattern layout and cutting. He drafted the pattern pieces for the eyes, nose and ears. The ears were 3 inch diameter lined circles, that are inserted in the crown side seams. I did all the sewing. Boy, it had been a while since I zigzag stitched around curve shapes. That is definitely a skill and mine is rusty. The white fleece was thin and seams show thorough, so we lined the hat with the same fleece. DS was fascinated with turning the tie tubes using a long metal rod with a hook on the end. He thought that was pretty neat.

Wouldn’t you know, I checked the web site of the original inspiration hat today, and it is back in stock. But DS is very pleased with the result of our sewing collaboration and we both enjoyed ourselves. He refused to model the hat himself, so here it is on a hat form. I think it will look really cute on T. with her long red hair.

13 comments:

paco peralta said...

Hi Audrey .- nice hat. Take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and a new year filled with health and prosperity.

Digs said...

Awwww. That's adorable! What a sweet mom you are. How old's the son and his redhead friend?
Merry Christmas!

KayY said...

Great hat! Thanks for linking to the Shelby site, which I had never heard of. Merry Christmas!

Aminat said...

Beautiful hat..Wishing you a merry Xmas and a prosperous new year

NGLaLALa said...

Very cute! Great job!

Trudy Callan said...

You get the Mom of the Year Award. It's very cute. I think it's so neat that you and your son worked on this together. It will always be a special memory.

Eugenia said...

That hat is so cute!! Your son must be extremely pleased with you - I am sure that his girlfriend will be delighted with this wonderful present.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

That is a very cute hat and it's great that he helped you with it. I'm sure his girlfriend will love it.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

*LOL* That is some hat! But you made your son happy and now his friend girl will be too! Cute project!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

j.kaori said...

That is the cutest panda hat! Great job --- I hope the "friend girl" liked it!

Tany said...

WOW, it looks great!

Hapy New Year, Audrey!

Kathi said...

Adorable hat!!!

KimP said...

Great hat! And what a great mom for dropping everything and making her son (and girlfriend) very happy. I think it is great that you had him participate in the process - it makes it more special and he can say, "I helped."