Sewn Hats Book Tour and Giveaway

I am so thrilled to tell you about this exciting new book that I've had the pleasure of contributing to. Sewn Hats is a collection of 35 hat patterns contributed by industry experts and curated by Carla Crim, a.k.a The Scientific Seamstress.

People are often curious about how long things take in this industry. I get that question repeatedly... how long does it take for a fabric collection to come out? ... for a pattern to be produced? ... for a book to be published? Well, let me tell ya, it's a long time for patterns and fabric, but not nearly as long as it is for books! You really have to have patience in this industry (and that's definitely not my virtue!). I was curious about how long this one took, because Sewing MODKID Style seemed to take forever and a day. Well, I was originally approached by Wiley on January 5, 2011 to ask if I was interested in contributing to Sewn Hats. WOW, that's exactly a year and 8 months ago! But let me tell you, it was well worth it! This book is spectacular!

Sewn Hats

When I first got the book in my greedy little hands last Thursday, I was immediately surprised by three things:
  1. First, the book has 35 patterns, people! WOW! I know, from personal experience, all the work, time and effort that goes into each and every project of a book like this, so to see this times 35 is truly exceptional... and unusual! Talk about bang for your buck!
  2. My pattern is the first one in the book! I also know, from personal experience, that I usually end up last because my last name starts with a Y, haha! Well, I guess they weren't going alphabetically this time. ;)
  3. Lastly, I was not aware until I held the book in my hands, of just who all had been contributing to this little masterpiece. Seriously, this list reads like a who's who in our industry. These are fellow designers and authors who I have loved and admired for quite some time... Joanna, Mary, Betz, Melissa, Jennifer, Bari and so, so many more! Not to mention Ms. Carla herself! I am not worthy!!
So, without much further ado, let me present to you my own project for this book, which I titled, Sunny Days Hat. As the title describes, it's a sweet little sun hat with a ruffled brim and a decorative ribbon detail that weaves in and out of the hat. But the best part is that since it has no visible seams the hat is fully reversible! So you can use different fabrics for each side and have a completely different look each time she wears it. It comes in 3 sizes, so it will grow with her.

Here are some of the photos we took for the project. These first 2 were shot at the Missouri Botanical Gardens:

Sunny Days Hat Photo-01

Sunny Days Hat Photo-02

And these three were shot here at Modkid. You may recognize that sweet little blond girl, Elizabeth, from two of our most recent patterns, ChloƩ and Hannah. Boy, how much she's grown! She was only 3 then! And look how short Sydney's hair was! It's halfway down her back now. :)

Sunny Days Hat Photo-03

Sunny Days Hat Photo-04

Sunny Days Hat Photo-05

So... I hope you enjoyed this little tour of Sewn Hats. Do you like to sew hats? Do you collect sewing books? What's your favorite thing to sew? Please leave us a comment and be entered to win your very own copy of the book, courtesy of Wiley Publishing. A winner will be announced a week from today, on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012. Please leave a way to contact you if you win. Good luck all!!

Follow along with the Sewn Hats Blog Tour:
9/11 -  LuluBliss.com
9/21 – Figgys Patterns
9/26 – Bari J.
9/28 – SisBoom.com
10/1 – Sew Mama Sew
10/2 – Aesthetic Nest
10/4 – Betz White
10/8 – YummyGoods.com
10/10-  Wiley Craft

50 comments:

  1. My grandma made us hats all the time when I was growing up, she would make sure we always had one on our head! So when I see a book of just hats I smile and laugh and think she would have loved that book!

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  2. Whole book only about hats? WOW! This is something for me! I had only sew one type of hat and I was always wondering why hats are not so popular pattern. And now we get whole book!

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  3. I stitched up 4 hats this summer, all bucket hats for my boys and I loved making them. Everyone that saw them could not believe that they were handmade!

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  4. So far, I haven't sewn hats, but this book could change all that. Thanks for the give away.

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  5. My grandkids all love to wear hats & I make them frequently, but I'm always on the lookout for some new & different patterns. This book looks perfect!
    I know exactly how you feel when names are called aphabetically & your last name is Young!!!!!

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  6. finally! i need a good source for hat patterns!!

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  7. I've never sewn a hat but I'd love to try!

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  8. Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful book.

    philrwa@mashell.com

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  9. Oh, we have so many babies and little ones in the family now! And now they all need hats (from Auntie/Cousin/Great-Aunt Lauren)! :)

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  10. Anonymous3:50 PM

    wow-would love to win this books-never have made any hats-fonda olson p.o. box 554 lebanon-oregon 97355 usa

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  11. I've never sewn a hat, but I'd love to try!! What a beautiful book! Thanks for the giveaway. j-j-s AT juno DOT com

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  12. looks like a great book - would love to win - thx

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  13. Well, I don't have a lot of sewing books. I just got your new book for my birthday and I am enjoying sewing from it. I've already made the swimsuit cover-up, the contrast v-neck sweater and today just finished a not so plain t. So, you can tell how much I'm enjoying your book. I think a hat book would be fabulous. Thanks for a chance to win it!
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. Oh the book looks exciting! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. B. Wright8:34 PM

    I love making hats!! This looks like an amazing book!
    forbarron(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. My favorite thing to sew is quilts and 2nd fave is clothing (and hats!) for my little Lily. I also want to sew a hat for myself - something unique and interesting.

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  17. I am a collector of sewing books! I love how beautiful and well put together they are, complete with patterns! I haven't made any hats for my girls since they were toddlers. I loved it then and I would love it again! It thrills me to make clothing for my children and me. Hats are a great way to top things off...hahahaha. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  18. We have five heads in my family and they all love hats!

    melissanewmyer at gmail dot com

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  19. What a beautiful pattern and the fabric are delight. SWEET! Thanks for sharing. Judith, Texas

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  20. This collection of hats almost wishes I wear a hat at times, but would love to win the book so I can make them to giveaway or sell. Thanks for the chance to win this.

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  21. I have not sewn a hat yet! I would love to have this book to add to my collection of things I sew for my girls!!

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  22. My girls loved wearing the hats I made them as toddlers, but now I can't find good patterns to fit them. This book looks awesome!

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  23. I've sewn bucket hats before. This looks like a great book.

    ginger c at gmail dot com

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  24. I love making hats! Made some for my three boys a couple years ago, but the pattern didn't fit real well. I'd love to get my hands on this book!

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  25. Too cute, I do love to make hats and fortunately my kids all like wearing them. My son had quite a collection of pageboy hats when he was little and my daughter has lots of cloche ;)

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  26. My daughter loves to wear hats! I want to get into sewing and what better thing to practice on than hats! This looks like a fabulous book!

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  27. I love sewing bags - and wow - some hats would be fun! thanks!

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  28. What a gorgeous looking book! I've made a few hats for my children and it's strangely addictive!

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  29. I love hats on kids and these are so cute! Thanks!

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  30. I Love sewing for my kids!! That looks like a fun and useful book. Thanks!!

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  31. The book looks great! Lots of great patterns

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  32. I love sewing hats. I made my grandbaby 4 this summer. He wore none of the however...he refuses to wear a hat, socks or shoes! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  33. Oh! I would love this book! Thanks for the opportunity!
    christy at coypond dot net

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  34. What a great book! Can't wait to see it in person.
    annettegreen @ gmail . com

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  35. My favourite thing to sew is hats! They are what I turn to when I need to recharge myself.

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  36. The book is beautiful !
    I've never sewn a hat....would love to
    give it a try....thanks for the giveaway !

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  37. I've never sewn a hat. In fact, I've sewn very little as I'm a beginner so I don't really have a favorite. But I seem to be drawn to bag and purse patterns

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  38. It's been a long time since I've made a hat. I made several when I taught Home Economics and I had several students make them after seeing my sample(s). Your hats are very cute. I have a niece who has a very fair skinned toddlers that she is always looking for new hats for them. I would love to win a copy of the book so I could make them some hats. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  39. Sweet little sun hat! My daughter LOVES hats (and is even prone to "borrowing" the varios hats in the daycare dress-up box) so I could put this book to good use to make her a collection of her own.
    Thank you.

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  40. I have made winter hats for my daughters, and I have one cut out for my son, who is 15. Hats are a lot of fun! I do have a few whimsical sewing books--this one would fit just fine! The last thing(s) I made from a book were tankinis for my girls from Sewing Modkid Style! I would love to win this book. Thanks!

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  41. My two children need many and many hats, caps, etc. And it'd be nice to sew some for them :)
    Thanks for chance to win.

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  42. Your hat is adorable and I'd be delighted to win a copy....yes, I love sewing/craft books! :)

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  43. I've been wanting to start making hats to go with the outfits I've been making my girls, these would be a wonderful addition to my patterns.

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  44. I'm a craft book tragic! and this would be lovely to have in my collection! I sew from lots of them and quilt blocks would be my favourite thing to sew, followed by purses and pouches! Thanks for the chance :)

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  45. My favourite things to sew are clothes for my children :D Looks like an awesome book. Well done :)

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  46. I love hats, but would appreciate a greater variety of patterns to work from. Looking forward to seeing this book. Great job!

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  47. I like to crochet and sew hats and also collect sewing books, so this would be a great addtition to my library. Looks like a fantastic book. Thank you! mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  48. I love the look of this new book.

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  49. Joyce5:34 PM

    I've never sewn a hat - but, I want to after seeing this gorgeous book! jsmorgan AT shoreham DOT net

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  50. What fun fabics the girl's hats are made of, too cute! I have not sewn a hat yet, I've knitted a few if that counts. hehe. I love to make quilts but also applique and embroidery. I've done some sewing for children but would love to do more.

    Thank you and Wiley Publishing for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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