Today was approval day for the annual Plaasfees (Farm Festival) in the northern suburbs in March. Usually it’s only the bigger and longer markets that one has to get approved for, but it’s no bad thing to review one’s offerings and think about quality control and labelling, etc.
You don’t have to do a whole set-up, the organisers really just want to see your range, and also want to make sure there isn’t too much duplication. I am happy to say that no other hats were in evidence this morning, but that doesn’t automatically mean they will accept me.
I made sure I took quite a few different styles of ladies’ caps, not just newsboys, and also kiddies’ sunhats – generally those are always popular (especially on a hot sunny day in Cape Town!) Fingers crossed, please.
I came across this pattern for a cute little sprite cap the other day at Otava. My first attempt worked well, and I think I’ll send it up to Jo’burg for my stepsister’s 5-day old baby, Logan.
Then Rob handed over Season 4 of Shameless, so I was forced to carry on crocheting (instead of sewing up the kiddies’ hats). This is for a grown-up sprite,
…and THEN…..I was shocked to learn that Alex had never seen Thelma and Louise, so we watched that together last night. Brad must only have been about 20 when that movie was made so I’m not surprised that I’ve ended up with this variation:
Which is just fine, because I’m sure the day will come when I’ll get the urge to dress up as a teletubby.
Being now officially hat mad, I have wanted to come up with more than one design for the newsboys. Some people love big and puffy, and some people prefer a more compact look. I tried making a pattern based on my existing knowledge, my (self-taught) pattern-making skills, other people’s experiments, and designs on the internet. I downloaded some free stuff (none of it turned out remotely how I wanted) and even purchased a few patterns, but again, I wasn’t finding my happy place.
Many frustrating weeks and a lot of wasted fabric later, I pitstopped for one of Jeanne’s double-shot cappuccinos (there’s some linguistic serendipity coming up here…) at Salisbury’s in Woodstock. Across the road is Sally Low’s gorgeous vintage clothes cum ceramics shop, so of course my feet naturally led me there once I’d absorbed the caffeine. I found this:
I rushed home and ripped it apart…
and cut my own pattern from it…
This cap (cap – cappuccino, get it!) has four differently-shaped panels at the back and the front is a semi-circle from brim to brim fitted with a shaped tier underneath. I learnt about inserting a short strip of elastic at the back in the seam of the lining on my search, and this works like a charm here. One or two other minor modifications, and I believe I am well satisfied.
Carol modelled the new hat in Tulbagh yesterday, where we participated in the Christmas-in-Winter festival. Happy days :-)