more BonBon stuff

At the last Kirstenbosch Market, I had a customer called Marie who bought a newsboy from me in dark autumny colours with a black brim (I’d only finished sewing it the night before, so forgot to take a photo).  Then she said she also wanted a BonBon but not in any of the colours I had available. She wanted one in the Cotton-On DK I use for my slippers, in Faded Denim. I said I thought that the cotton might be too heavy for the style (because it is quite a fat hat), but she showed me how she would wear it:

1. Pull the entire hat down right over your face.

cotton bonbon 4

2.  Roll it up once.

cotton bonbon 5

3. Roll it up again.

cotton bonbon 6

4. Roll it up once more.

cotton bonbon8

I guess you now have a … what?  a baby BonBon with a sausage brim? I have to say, I’d never thought of that myself, and it looked stunning on Marie the way she did it. She assured me that she had lots of hats and knew exactly what suited her!

NB #1. She asked me to make the “welt” extra long so that she could roll it up as much as Carol has here; my other BonBons are a good 5 or 6 centimetres shorter.

NB #2. The cotton has made the whole thing a lot heavier than the ones made with acrylic, this one weighs 236g.

NB #3. I increased a few more times than usual with this one, because the cotton has less stretch than the acrylic.

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. Hope she is, too. Now, where did I put her number…?


16 thoughts on “more BonBon stuff

  1. tgonzales

    HAHAHAHA Jill you crack me up! I love how the hat looks on Carol but would love to see it on Marie; remember to take a picture of Marie please and thank you. Thanks for sharing. Love and Hugs, Tamara

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      I will try, but I think she lives at the other end of the Peninsula so it might get posted to her – but I’ll ask her to send me a pic anyway. She is 72, very lovely and elegant and statuesque with brilliant blue eyes and silver hair.

  2. onoodlesstitchcraft

    Sorry about the rubbish typing! I have still not had a go at the pattern but will be doing some come autumn here in the UK!

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      Yes you can! Marie used a “normal” BonBon to achieve the look she wanted, it had a three-roll sausage (if I can put it like that). She especially wanted a fatter brim.

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