Friday, May 29, 2015

The Cote d'Azur Sun Hat pattern is now available!

Hi everyone! I've been away from pattern making for several months, but I'm back with a brand new pattern. I've been spreading my wings, so to speak, and I've stepped outside my normal quilted box to release my very first wearable design!

It's almost summer here on our side of the globe, and I'm a pale, pasty chick. I avoid the sun like a vampire. It doesn't take long for me to turn lobster red, and I've had more than my fair share of sunburns in my life, especially on my face, shoulders, and the back of my neck. To avoid raising my risk of skin cancer even more, I decided I needed a big hat. And why not? They're very fashionable these days, and much easier to put on than sunblock (which I'll still wear!) Most of the wide-brimmed hats I see are some kind of woven style, but I wanted a fabric one, so it's washable and keeps out ALL the sun's rays. And this is it! Introducing the Cote d'Azur Sun Hat from ShannonMac Designs!

I have designed this sun hat pattern to fit head circumferences of 16"-24", with brim options of 4", 5", and 6". With those options, it will fit most people 12 months and up!

And since you're making it yourself, you can make it truly fit you and your style! I used quilter's cotton, but you can feel free to use any fabric you like, as long as it's not stretchy and won't lose it's shape (knits and silkies are probably good to avoid).

I used Pellon 809 Decor Bond in the brim, but some of my testers tried other things, like thermofleece, buckram, and peltex. Other interfacings can result in different levels of stiffness in the brim, but if you like a floppier hat, just try a lighter interfacing.

Check out some of the photos that my testers submitted!

Thank you so much to all my amazing testers!!

And now it's time for you to get the pattern, and make one for yourself! You can purchase the pattern in my Craftsy Shop, OR you can enter my rafflecopter drawing and win a copy!

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  1. I love it, I need a new hat for gardening and the beach when summer comes around again

  2. Great looking hat and perfect for Texas summers!

  3. What a great hat!! This is probably the sort I need, with fair skin that burns to a crisp in about two minutes of being in the sun! ;)

  4. I love big floppy hats. That would help so much with our desert sun.

  5. This will be perfect for my daughter at daycare!

  6. I want to make one for everyday I will be on vacation at the beach. I love it!

  7. Love this especially in white.

  8. Would be the perfect Alabama beach hat!!! Love it

  9. I've been looking for a hat just like this. Great timing!

  10. Hi Shannon, I just bought your hat pattern and I;ve cut the pieces out. I can't wait to make this up. I am going to do a tutorial for this pattern on my blog. It is the wide brim that sold me..I burn when there is snow outside let alone summer sun! Thanks for making a great pattern

    1. Hey there :) I just sent you a message through google hangouts, but could you email me? shannonmacdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!