I had found a couple of hat patterns, Kwik-Sew & McCalls. I think I might have mentioned that. Light weight polar fleece does really well as soft, warm and flexible. However, there were a few challenges. Most of the patterns called for multiple extra seams, double layers of fabric or a lot of fussy finishing details. Me? I am about quick and functional. And not wasting fabric, I really should mention that as well. Using a knit fabric with give is quite a bit different than sewing with a woven fabric. The idea of making anything that might need ironing is just not compatible with being on board a ship.
After working my way through the patterns, I have wound up with the Scarf from Kwik-Sew (which of course I went looking for on their site and couldn’t find. Go figure – JoAnn’s had it) and M6521 from McCalls (along with M4116) gave me a good range of choices. Light weight sweatshirt fabric is lovely as is micro-fleece. I’ve pretty much stayed away from patterns in order to have a wider range of use. But I couldn’t resist my owls, and a bit of what might, with a good imagination be considered a leopard variation. Since I survived several days of jungle cat decedents I felt I was entitled.
and then the original pattern is the bottom blue one. Pleats. If you can imagine. Fold, pin, baste, sew, slit, add band. Ok. but it is just as easy to measure, gather an edge, modify the back for a short tie area and be done in less than 15 minutes…
So I guess this means scarves, hats and muffins for breakfast on ship.