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Lookbook II October 23 2017

Fashion inspiration from refashioned garments sewn into hats with hattitude.

2017 Events May 19 2017

  Old Port Festival, Market Street, Portland, Maine. Sunday, June 11, 2017, 11:00 to 5:00. Parade, live music, food. At Market and Middle Streets on Post Office Plaza. Cancer Care Fair, Sat.-Sun., Nov. 11-12, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm, Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd. Kingman, AZ.   NYA Holiday Craft Fair, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, 9 am to 3 pm, NYA Academy, 148 Main St., Yarmouth, ME  ...

How does one describe baseball-style hats correctly? March 21 2017

A reply to a Reddit poster who asks about how to describe hat criteria in order to fit one's head. Exactly. There isn't a good vocabulary for fit beyond dimensions for mass-made hats, and that's because a single production run will fit 80% of the population without having to do an expensive, time consuming equipment changeover to fit the remaining 20% of heads. Those heads buy bespoke hats, where the...

Events in 2016 June 19 2016

Old Port Festival, Market Street, Portland, Maine. Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11:00 to 5:00. Parade, live music, food. University of Maine Homecoming Weekend Craft Fair at the New Balance Field House Gym on the Orono Campus, Sat.-Sun., Oct 15-16, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm. Food Court. Students and kids free, adults $2. Cancer Care Fair, Sat.-Sun., Nov. 12-14, 2016, 9 am to 4 pm, Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd. Kingman,...

DIY Sew Roomy March 10 2016

I am blessed with good friends who call my workspace a shop or studio, rather than a basement. My husband and I refinished it several years ago into a Rec Room. Thereafter the ping pong table became a cutting and sewing table and stage for a pop-up photo tent. Our son's colorful puzzle mats were put under foot to avoid fatigue. For four years, it served most of my sewing...

Fall into Fashion with Friends, Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015, 1pm to 4pm September 18 2015

Friends of Maine Medical Center volunteers and supporters host the annual Fall into Fashion event, this year at the Woodlands Club, Woods Road, Falmouth, Maine. Review new fashions by Chico's, Tavecchia, L.L. Bean, Dino's, Classic Eyewear and more. Adding variety to the event will be a marketplace of many local artisans, including (ta-da!) Cherry Pat Hats, who always offers free hat styling and measuring in a safe hat zone. See...

Why don't hats fit me? Size is just a number; shape is important, too. July 02 2015

Size is important. So is shape. Most heads are oval shaped, so most hats are designed for oval heads, slightly egg-shaped. The rest are round or an elongated oval, so many commercial hats don't fit well, because, for the same circumference, it will feel tight on the sides of a round head and tight in the front or back on an elongated-oval head. Likewise, for a larger size, there may...

Find the Tangent or How to Sew a Circle into a Straight Line June 13 2015

Stitch a circle to a straight line? Just find the tangent. In honor of National Sewing Machine Day.

Hat idioms March 30 2015

Hat (hăt)  n. A covering for the head, especially one with a shaped crown and brim.A head covering of distinctive color and shape worn as a symbol of office.The office symbolized by the wearing of such a head covering.A role or office symbolized by or as if by the wearing of different hats: wears two hats-one as parent and one as corporate executive.tr.v., hat·ted, hat·ting, hats.To supply or cover with...

There's no way a hat's gonna cover that September 08 2014

Watching visitors pass by my booth with perfectly coiffed hair, I imagined there's no way a woman will want to cover that with a hat. So it got me to questioning hair styling compared to hat styling.Why is it that women will spend a small fortune fine tuning her hair style, color and curl, but not consider hat styling before declaring, "I don't look good in hats!"We can't be born with...

The Physics of Fabric -- or the Fabric of Physics August 19 2014

    As I wrote the description for a hat recently, it seemed like a good opportunity to point out the physics of fabric, or the fabric of physics. Sewing a length of satin fabric to the same length of knitted mohair fabric for the first time requires -- ummm -- it never works the first time. (That's why it is almost impossible to mass produce hats from small lots...

1980 Bernina Nova tackles 1990 Suzuki Samurai - how hard could it be? August 06 2014

Well, Michael says the new seat covers make the rest of the car look bad. But upholstery is doable and I learned a lot about handling and sewing vinyl fabrics.