I knew this class project was doomed before it began, but I did it anyway because I wanted to learn how to do it.
The pattern pieces make a very nice hat and the instructions work well. I learned how to do a better job of attaching the brim. HOWEVER, they wanted us to use Amy Butler fabric (heavy) and follow their recommendations for heavy duckcloth for the interlining (to make it strong). I knew I would detest a heavy hat, and I do. (After a year of stewing over it I put it in the fundraiser yard sale my daughter had to raise money for their pre-school.)
It was TERRIBLY heavy, and the silly thing is that one can do it just as effectively WITHOUT making it heavy. (Please see the one I made in December 2010, which I love: http://nanabs-sewing-fun.
blogspot.com/2011/02/beach- clothes.html )
I won't go into any more detail because I do not like to wear the hat, and I don't believe anyone should issue instructions to make such a wretched item.
Inside (my lining was not at all tidy, but by then I didn't care; it was all too wretched)
Lovely, but HEAVY
It actually looked nice on, because it is a good design. It looked even better on my little granddaughter. It's STILL heavy.
(from sometime in summer of 2010)