May 10, 2009

The Flat Cap for Hunter

So Daddy has a couple of sweet wool flat caps that he bought from Ireland. I think the hubby looks so handsome when he wears them and it was definitely worth paying for them. However, Hunter has been wanting one. Now for a four year old, it is definitely NOT worth dropping a load of money on a hat. So I thought, why don't I make one? It can't be that hard, right?

Well, first of all, you have to find a pattern. That's not so easy. I was going to try and make my own pattern, but didn't quite know where to start. I finally found a pattern in the McCall's catalog in the costume section. It was an adult hat, but Hunter has a big head (it runs in the family) and it had a few sizes. Unfortunately I had to buy the whole pattern which also included a 1920's driving coat (think trench coat). I have no idea if I'll ever use that.
So while I'm in the store I picked out this nice light burlap kind of fabric. Perfect, I thought. Hunter had other ideas. Since he is in a costume stage, he wanted bright camouflage fabric so he could be a soldier. He had a fit in the store, so I bought the camo fabric too.

Uncle Thomas, if you are reading this, it's your fault! Hunter knows you are a soldier and wants to be like you. It's cute in a way. My sister's finance, Thomas, is back from Iraq and Hunter adores him. It's not so cute when you have a vision of this awesome hat for your son and he wants the ugliest fabric in the store. It's not just camo, it's almost neon camo. I don't think anyone could hide with camo this bright. The pictures just don't quite do it justice.

So how did it turn out? Well not as bad as I first thought it would be. The pattern wasn't actually for a flat cap, so the bill is a little long and it's not as flat as it should be. I fixed that on the next cap.

So here is my original version that I had in mind in the first place. Hunter wore this to church today with his bow tie. He was darling if I do say so myself. I did not pick out the bow tie. He decided to wear it all on his own. That kid has some sense of style! He loves this hat as well. How did I get him to like it? I let him pick out two buttons to put on it. Since he had some choice in the design, all of a sudden, he likes it.

When I tried to get him to look at me, I got looks like this or none at all.

Finally, I got one shot. This is it. The one smile he gave me and I'm glad I got off the shot because it was fleeting.

After the pictures, it was back to business as usual. This trike happens to be his favorite toy at the moment.

Two days ago, my neighbor found him out the gate and pedaling to down to a grassy park area four houses down. I thought he was in the backyard. She brought him home. Apparently, the backyard just wasn't big enough for all the cycling he wanted to do.

Since it has been hot, Hunter has been living in his bathing suit or he is shirtless most of the time. He also got a new bike helmet this week. He loves to wear it as well. He told me that this trick on the bike going down the kiddy slide couldn't hurt him because he was wearing it. I beg to differ. He first tried his trike up there, but it didn't fit. He had to settle for Ainsley's little ride-a-long.

And finally, this is what I woke up to this morning. She woke up at 3am crying from a nightmare I think, and I put her in bed with me. She looks so peaceful now that she's in Mommy's safe bed.

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