A guest post and A Best Top!

It is raining outside and the sky is a bit dark, but there are sunshine in my house because I have two wonderful news today!

By now, you must have been following the Free Pattern Month over at Grosgrain blog. If you haven’t, you should check it out! It is a whole month devoted for wonderful free pattern and tutorial by several guests from around the blogosphere, one pattern each day! Kathleen is always so full of ideas!

Scallop hat

I’m so honored to be one of her guest too! Please check out my guest post today where I’m sharing a pattern and tutorial for this scallop hat. This wide-brimmed hat is perfect for summertime. And if you want, you can smooth off the scalloped edge on the pattern to create an ordinary wide-brimmed hat.

The fabric for my hat is orange thick twill fabric that I found in a local fabric store for a very cheap price, and I still have lots of leftover. I use quilting cotton for lining. Sewing this hat is not difficult, the most time-consuming part is the scallops because they need to be done carefully. But careful work will give the best result!

Scallop hat

Guest tutorial post is HERE.

Download the pattern here [wpdm_file id=11]

Free Pattern Month


The second news is: I just found out that my broken striped top has won Judges’ Choice for Best Top in Spring Top Sewalong 2011! I’m so happy! Thank you so much to Rae and the judges! \(^_^)/

Broken Striped top by Novita

Best Top Judges’ Choice


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  • love the hat and you are so cheerful .. and congrats <3

  • Debra

    Congrats on your top! Just read your beetle post too, which I’ve been following forever, so cool. I have to say, that I LOVE that dress you are wearing with the bias stripes! Did you buy or make? If you made it, it would be lovely if you shared a little tutorial! It doesn’t look too terribly difficult and it is so cute. 🙂

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Debra!
      I made the dress for Sew Weekly challenge for outfit inspired by childhood dress, you can read the post here.

      The patten is self-drafted using basic bodice block (it has a couple of bust darts on the side seams) and sewing it was indeed quite easy. However, a tutorial might be not that easy for me since it need a basic bodice pattern which is different for for each individual. I’m not too good at pattern grading 🙂

  • Congrats on winning :)!

  • Edamommy

    Congratulations! ^_^/*

  • Congratulations! All the work you do is terrific, you deserve it!
    I voted for your shirt to win the shirt week!!

  • Congratulations! You always make the cutest stuff. 🙂

  • I loved your top, it is so cute and hip. Congratulations on your win!

  • Emma

    oh I love this hat so much.. unfortunately I’m not a hat person… But my best friend is. So I’m gonna make her one as a graduation gift 🙂 thank you for all your lovely tutorials. 🙂

  • Wow congratulations!

    And I love the scalloped hat pattern 🙂

  • Ai

    As always, you are really wonderfully talented Novita.

    I love scallops nowadays and i am excited to try this hat very soon since it is so summery now here.

  • Stacey

    They are both fantastic…congrats!

  • I saw both today! Congratulations on your spring top!

  • the hat is awesome! I fell in love with scallops and I’m blogging abt them too!

  • asuhara