Sep 8, 2014

Pants = Hat & Skirt

This weekend was probably one of the last nice weekends this summer, so it's time to whip out the sun hat diy. The newest issue of the german diy magazine Handmade Kultur had a tutorial on how to make a reversible sun hat and since the sun is getting more and more aggressive to the skin I thought it would be time to wear a hat in the sun.
I chose to use an old pair and broken pair of purple jeans and a flowery cloth I got at the turkish market a while back and never got around to use it.
First I cut off the legs of the jeans, which made me realize that except for the holes in the middle the jeans was in great condition, so I chose to make the top part into a skirt before making the legs into the sun hat.

I just cut off the legs and seam ripped the parts that were connected in between the legs.
Then I sewed together the front and the back and cut away the excess cloth on the bottom. I didn't hem the bottom and just left it "rough", mostly cause I'm lazy, but also because the skirt would be even shorter if I had hemmed it.
Super cute new skirt, as I think, but I only feel comfortable wearing it with some thick leggings.

A couple of weeks later I continued making the hat, seam ripping the inside of the legs.

And then cutting out the parts I needed to make a hat. I had to cut out every shape 3 times. Once in purple, once in the flower cloth and once in lining for stability.

I could then sew it all together following the instructions in the magazine and partly from this video, because some instructions out of the magazine were too confusing.
Here you get a glimpse of the chaos that is my craft room at the moment and me channeling the 11th Doctor ;)

I even learned something new making the hat: because it is a reversible hat I couldn't close all the hems with the sewing machine I had to use the ladder stitch, which is an invisible stitch.
Again, youtube was of help.


And there I go, with my new sun hat, at the end of summer. I had a little photo shoot with my colleague on top of my work building, so you can see the whole greatness that is my new hat.

This post will be part of Nina's Upcycling Tuesday and the Creadienstag.
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