May 1, 2011

Jen's Chapeaux - Michael Miller Disco Dot Hat

New Hat Venture

I have been inspired to try my hand at hat making again from a lovely friend and great supporter of my bags (my best customer!) who was recently diagnosed with ALL - acute lymphocytic/lymphoblastic leukemia. Through chemo she has lost her beautiful blonde locks and is searching for cute hats to brighten her spirits. She has found that the chemo caps that are so popular are rather slippery and do not stay put very well.

Digging through my pile of patterns I found a couple of cute hats that I thought she would like. She picked out the McCall's 5119 that features a fun bucket style.

Jen is a "pink" kind of girl, so looking through my fabric stash I decided the Michael Miller's Disco Dot would be perfect. The challenge was getting the large dots to line up nicely in the design.
Needless to say, as the hat began to take form, I was overcome with a sense of purpose - to offer cute hats to women that have similar needs to Jen. 

With my oldest son's help (he has a graphic design degree), we came up with a hat label and JEN'S CHAPEAUX was born.

I was able to hand deliver Jen's hat to her, she tried it on at once and it fit perfectly. Since she measured a small size I wasn't sure of the fit at all. And she loves it, yeah!

This fabric is so vibrant. It has been out for a few years but I still love it. The color combinations are great - so cheery.

I have used it for one of my most popular tote bags - always a attention getter at craft fairs.

So now onto other hats, probably another using this fabric. But I have quite a stash and who knows what my come next.


capecodjewel said...


Great colors! Your friend will be stylin' for sure... so much cooler than those chemo-do-rags. :)

Linda :)

Kathleen said...

Thanks so much Linda!

WellspringCreations said...

You couldn't possibly wear that hat and not feel better! Her doctor should prescribe one for every chemo patient!


Kathleen said...

Gee, thanks Judy!

Janet Bocciardi said...

I love the bright colors! Your photos are great - hope to see more posts from you!

Your friend is so lucky to have you.