Hot! The “Too Floppy” Sun Hat

Nothing illustrates my sewing habits like this photo of me in my too-floppy hat! I made it last summer, got frustrated, and never went back to add heavy interfacing to make it actually wearable — not that it stopped me from wearing it to the beach! Now I’m shamefully showing you my work to hold myself accountable. I WILL follow through on sewing projects this year!

Name & Location: Ashley, Brooklyn, NY

Blog: The Feisty Redhead

How long have you been sewing: On and off since I was about 8 years old

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge:
I rarely follow through on projects. I probably have 5 unfinished garments stacked on my sewing table. I lose steam halfway through and can’t force myself to complete it. I’m hoping the Challenges will motivate me to follow through and actually complete things.

What do you love most about sewing garments: I love wearing a dress that I made — a dress that no one else owns!

What do you hate most about sewing garments:
Ripping things out and doing them over. If I don’t do it right the first time, I get frustrated and just abandon it. See above hat.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I want to bump myself up to the intermediate sewer category! I want to challenge myself to learn new skills and finish projects that I can be proud of.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: De-clutter! I’m not just talking about de-cluttering my apartment; I’m talking about de-cluttering my mind, too!

The Facts

Fabric: Sew Classic Linen from Joann’s (on sale!)

Pattern: Vogue 8405

Year: Current

Notions: Just me and my thread!

Time to complete: About 2 hours

First worn: At the beach last August.

Wear again? Yes, but only if I rip it out and add some heavy interfacing to it so that I can see!

Total price:

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Colette Patterns, New Dress a Day, BurdaStyle, P.S. I Made This, and Sew Mama Sew.



Ashley (The Feisty Redhead) is a web editor at Martha by day and a wild-eyed crafter by night. She admits to choosing crafts over peanut butter -- a huge deal for her.


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  1. For a second you looked just like my red-headed friend who lives in Brooklyn, but her name is Rachael so… :) I also had a sunhat fail. My head was too big for it and it ended up looking like a bonnet. Yay to de-cluttering!

  2. Only five in your pile of shame? that’s not so bad and the UFO challenges are great for reducing it.
    I have a hat (purchased) that has some sort of wire in it? Would something like that work?

    • I’m thinking I’ll take the bottom apart and sew some heavy interfacing in there. I think that will give it the right kind of “floppy”! But wire could work if the interfacing fails me. And those 5 garments I refer to are just the ones that are on the table. They don’t include the ones I’ve stuffed in bins!