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Step in time! Step in time! (And wear a chimney sweep's hat while you do it.)

February 20, 2012

It's time for another entry in our "From Film to Closet" series. This one's a hat inspired by Dick Van Dyke as Bert the chimney sweep in "Mary Poppins." Clearly, I love Bert. I also love a good hat, and this one works for men and women.

A simple hat like this is easy to incorporate into your accessory collection. If you make it in a warm fabric, it can take you through the winter months in style. A medium-weight fabric will give you a cool way to shade your face from the sun as the weather grows warmer.

This is a DIY pattern. I have a sample version to guide you, but you'll most likely need to make a muslin and adjust to customize the fit. The sample is on the biggish side -- the hat it makes has a band circumference of about 22 3/4"

You'll need to cut 8 of the body of the hat (if you wish to line your hat, you'll need to cut 8 in your lining fabric as well):


You'll need to cut 2 visor pieces, plus 1 out of a very stiff interfacing:


For the band, cut 2 pieces 24" long and 2" wide. I don't interface mine, but if you like a stiffer band, you may want to.

Assembly is quick! Everything has a 5/8" seam allowance.

- Stitch all 8 of your crown pieces together, as though you're reassembling a lumpy pie. (Yum!)
- Stitch one of your bands end to end to form a circle.
-Test the fit of the crown section to the circumference of the band. Adjust as needed. (If your have a smaller or larger head than the size provided, this is where you'll need to adjust.)
- Once your crown matches your band, stitch the crown to the band.
- Assemble your visor right sides together. Remember, your interfacing will be on the outside while you stitch so that it sandwiches between the two pieces of fashion fabric once you turn it. If you're using an iron-in interfacing, apply it to the wrong side of one of your visor pieces before assembly.
- Attach the visor to the edge of the band you did not stitch your crown assembly to.

This is a good time to test your fit!

- Once you're happy with fit, stitch the second band piece into a circle, and stitch it to side of the band with the visor attached, encasing the visor in between the bands so you have a finished seam edge at the bottom of your band when you turn it right side out.
- With your second band piece flipped to the inside of the hat, stitch the unattached edge to the side where you joined the crown.

Here's an inside-out look at the assembled hat.


- For a pretty, clean finish, assemble a second crown out of lining fabric, and then hand stitch it to the interior of your hat, enclosing the raw edges of your crown/band seam.

And there you go! Ready to hit the rooftops of London!



I made my two samples using corduroy and a microsuede. I want to make one using a cotton velvet, and maybe even a minky! A medium-weight linen version would be great for spring and summer.

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Oh the hat is just lovely. Maybe I can do this too ...
it's worth a try ... :)


I made this hat on Sunday. My husband loves it, even though I made some mistakes. I couldn't tell how wide the top point on the 8 pieces should be, and I got it too wide. He doesn't want a button there to hide my "fix" so I'm not sure what to do there. Wish there was a way to post a picture of it, so you could see. I think I got the curve on the bill kind of off, too, but the next one I make will be somewhat better. Thank you so much for this - I love 'Bert' in Mary Poppins, by the way! LOL

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