A Review of The Set Sail Hat FREE PDF Pattern by Patterns 4 Pirates.
The Set Sail Hat is a FREE pattern by Patterns 4 Pirates. They have quite a few free patterns - its definitely worth checking out. I like to try a free pattern from a company as a 'taster' exercise sometimes. They describe the hat as:
.... drafted for head circumferences ranging from 18″ to 25″. It has a three-piece cap that curves beautifully to your head, and comes ready with three brim sizes: 2″, 4″, and the ever-fabulous 7″. To keep those brims extra sturdy, we do recommend stabilizing them with a medium-to-firm weight interfacing.
There are also some cool ideas for personalising your hat on their round up page. They recommend using woven fabric such as quilting cotton but I used some left over cotton I had that has a very small amount of stretch in it.
The Set Sail Hat instructions are very good and there is a measuring guide to help you decide what size hat to make. I decided to go for a 22" head circumference with a 2" brim after testing with some scrap fabric. I happened to have a small amount of firm interfacing that I patched together to line the hat pieces. This does give a nice firm finish but I did find it very difficult to sew through. I love the reversible finish and its a cool way to use up scraps of fabric.
Although I had made my first Set Sail Hat out of fabric with a slight stretch I did find it very firm on my head (this turned out to be a bonus on a blustery walk at the coast) so I decided to make a second version with a 23" head circumference. I also decided to go for a 4" brim this time. Unfortunately I didn't have enough firm interfacing for this hat so I had to use something more light weight. With the wider brim this made the hat a bit floppy. I lined the Set Sail Hat with the same fabric and edged it with some black bobbles - a bit of a sombrero vibe!
Although my second Set Sail Hat is quite floppy it does get a lot of wear around the pool as it really shades my face and shoulders well.
Final Thoughts: A great free pattern. Definitely worth making but you do need decent interfacing.