The warmer weather is settling in. Every now and then we experience such warm days that it frightens me to think that it's only Spring... What will Summer bring?! Summer in Australia is HOT, HOT, HOT! Any time spent outside (if you're brave enough to tackle the 40 degree Celsius heat) must be done so safely. A sunhat is a must as well as sunblock... Plenty of it.
Sunny has been going through a growth spurt of late. She's stretched out like a long dangly noodle and hardly fits into any of her clothes. I have slowly been sewing a few Summer Staples and have a few more patterns itching to be cut out. She needs a hat. I wanted something with a wide brim that will hide her face and neck while we play in the sun, go for our evening walks and to take on our beach holiday come January. So instead of trawling the stores for a suitable hat I thought that I would whip out one of my many sewing books and make her one. I settled on the Bucket Hat in the Oliver + S: Little Things to Sew by Liesel Gibson. I love that the hat is reversible and the stack in the book just made me want to make a whole bunch of 'em in every colour of the rainbow...
Th pattern itself and instructions were so easy to follow but do you think I read through them properly? Noooooo.... I learnt the hard way. You see I'm a ''need to sew it quick 'cause I'm so excited'' kind of gal. I forgot to snip the side pieces so that they would fit perfectly when attaching it to the crown, so I had some puckering of the material. I did however remember to snip the brim to fit the rest of the hat - Kuddo's to me! The fabric I chose complements one another and looks great either way and if you're wondering where I got that from, it's quilting fabric from Spotlight.
The actual hat didn't end up fitting Sunny :( which is such a shame because it turned out so well! I made it in the largest size with her head measuring 21" but it turns out she needs a little more space. So back to the drawing board for me to make the pattern a little larger. I might actually add a few more centimetres to the brim to make it that little bit wider...
And what is a warm Spring day without something to cool you down?!
Some Homemade Mixed Berry Sorbet... Delicious and nutritious! Find the recipe here. I used mixed berried this time around as it was all I had.
How do you keep cool in the warmer months?