A Review of The Ultimate Bucket Hat PDF Pattern by Flosstyle Patterns.
I received The Ultimate Bucket Hat pdf pattern as a thank you gift for testing the One Yard Tote by Flosstyle Patterns. The opinions expressed here are my own and I haven't received any payment to make this review.
The Ultimate Bucket Hat pattern is described as:
Everything you could ever want in a Bucket Hat. Newborn to Large Adult this is the Ultimate Bucket Hat Pattern! Tapered brim that kicks up in front for better view, reversible, adjustable… Make it your way!
The Ultimate Bucket Hat pdf patterns comes with many options:
Jumbo, Regular or Ruffle brim
Contrast band around crown or brim
Optional chin strap
I chose to the make the Regular Bucket Brim. Recommended fabric is light to medium weight wovens such as quilting cottons, poplin, light denim, twill etc. You can choose from ten sizes, ranging from newborn (35cm) to large adult (63cm). There are instructions on how to measure your head - I measured as a medium adult. I felt that this was a good fit - not too tight and not too loose.
The instructions for The Ultimate Bucket Hat are reasonably clear - there are a few steps that I had to re-read a few times to make sure I was doing the right thing but making a second one will be a breeze. The instructions for all the versions are together in one document so that can be a bit confusing as you have to pick through the sections that are relevant to you. There is a youtube sew-along if you prefer visual instructions to help with construction and you can also ask for help on their Facebook page.
I like the order that the hat is put together - there are no fiddly areas of construction - even sewing around the curved shapes went smoothly. There is a lot of topstitching that I really enjoyed as it gives the hat a bit of structure and a more professional finish.
The Ultimate Bucket Hat is reversible so I chose black cotton for one side and orange for the other. Black seems a bit boring but I know it will go with any outfit I am wearing. The pattern doesn't use much fabric so I will be able to make more from left over fabric in my stash.
I didn't have any medium weight interfacing only the lighter weight that I use for dressmaking but I used it anyway on the brim. This held its shape well - thanks to the stability of the cotton I used and the rows of stitching around the brim I think.
Final Thoughts: I really like the shape of this Ultimate Bucket Hat. There is enough Brim to shade your face but you can still see comfortably. I will definitely make more and the number of options and size range make this pdf pattern good value for money. I think that a confident beginner will be able to tackle this pattern with ease.