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Work Basket Wednesday – Easter hats

The white one!!!

Irving Berlin – Easter Parade Lyrics

In your easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You’ll be the grandest lady in the easter parade.
I’ll be all in clover and when they look you over,
I’ll be the proudest fellow in the easter parade.
On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us,
And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure.
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your easter bonnet,
And of the girl I’m taking to the easter parade.

1/2″ marks for seam allowance made with sharpie marker

So this is the music that is playing in my head as I work on the Easter hats. I even came up with a hat for Son’s wife, so she wasn’t the only one left out when all the men of her family got hats. I purchased and downloaded the hat pattern from Butterfly Tree Boutique. Where as the boys got flat caps, I thought she should have something similar, but not exactly the same. I thought the News’boy’ hat was more feminine looking (lol). It was also a reversible hat.  I am not sure that she would wear it reversed, but she could.  In keeping with the other hats; her hat had it’s own color of lining.  I had started this so that it would be easier to tell which of the little boys’ hat belonged to which little boy (brown for one and navy blue for the other).  Then, my son got his own color of lining so it wasn’t that one of the boy’s hat would match papa’s hat and the other was left out (black).  So she got her own color of lining fabric (lighter blue).

Every chance I had, this past week, I was in the sewing room working on these hats.  My hope was to have them finished before Easter celebrations began.  That way I could present them with their hats upon their arrival.  All the boys’ hats were finished and DIL’s hat was done except for the very last seam around the brim that attached the lining to the outer hat shell when people started arriving and I was officially finished in the sewing room for the day.  When the boys arrived, I quickly tried the hats on heads (under duress with the little ones).  Guess what?  They were all just too small.  fail.  Oh well…  on to Easter celebrations.

Easter celebrations were the best!  Everyone brought something.  The meal was planned around what people thought of as being “Easter dinner” food.  What they would “miss” if it wasn’t there.  This was my best Easter since the loss of our Momma nine years ago.  The only thing that would have made it better would have been to have my NC brother and his family here with us.  We had 12 adults and 7 children.  My sister and I discussed it and decided that we didn’t need to stuff the plastic eggs, that the ‘hunt’ would be enough.  Apparently we were only partially correct.  One huntress would shake each egg and put it back on the ground because there was nothing in it.  Another hunter would crack each egg open, see that it was empty and comment on it before being convinced to put it in his basket.  It was hilarious.  We will know better next year.

On Monday the hats came to work with me.  I, very carefully, opened up the seams on the hats and the seams on they linings on each of the boys’ hats.  When I got home I ironed the ‘old’ seam allowances flat and re-seamed them all using a much narrower seam allowance.  I should have just done this in the beginning, for the little one’s hats.  They aren’t going to be getting any smaller.  Worst case scenario… they would have to grow into them.  duh.

By the time that partner got home from Monday-Run Day, I was just finishing up the final machine seaming on all four of the hats.  We had dinner and engaged in some “deep couch sitting”, while I finished up the handwork on each of the hats.  They are all now complete and ready to be delivered.

With the big push to have the hats finished by Easter (+ one day), my work basket was a little neglected.  Although, being that I finished the hats by Monday night, I was able to work on the green cabled cardigan on Tuesday.  I attached the sleeves and sewed on the wooden buttons and “TA-DA”, all done!  I handed it over to my co-worker and she will give it to her son tonight.  😀