Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hats & Handbags - FREE patterns!

A hairdresser wrought havoc on my head this week. Feeling alarmingly bald and boyish, my interest in hats has increased suddenly and passionately.

With pieces of bias-corded pink suede** left over from an elbow cape and shoulder bag (see end of post), I'm sketching and twitching for a blend of the following 3 concepts.

**Original Spotlight price of $59.95/meter which I got for $4/m. = )

Slouch cap from

Polarfleece hot stuff with pin-tucked crown and irregular brim.

Simplicity freebie featured here.

Below is a link to further free downloadable patterns with which you can get creative. If you don't need hats, make them for the little guys. Add lace, ribbons, or flowers to make them feminine. Polarfleece is easy to sew, for those heading into the cool season, and is even cosier when you line the crown (double the fleece, or use a cotton or lining fabric).

Free Patterns from McCalls
available here!

McCalls' free patterns collection includes baby hats, home furnishings, and a variety of gift containers, bags, and purses, a selection of which are shown here.

Journal Cover

Memory Board

A hat with a matching purse can transform a plain outfit. To quote Ezibuy's new blogging fashionista:

"This is a good trick -- spend everything you've got on great accessories and you can get away with the chic-o-nomic garments and still look fierce." Spending $600 on shoes is fierce all right. Well, at least she made us laugh.

Pink Suede Shoulder Bag by Narelle, gussetted and reversible, the pattern based on a decade-old linen Ballentynes shopping bag.

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