Ridiculously Practical Reworked Sun HatJuly 28, 2014
I know this hat LOOKS goofy (my husband says I look like Elmer Fudd), but it’s actually super duper smart. I am paranoid about UV rays and cancer, and have trouble wearing sunglasses with my prescription glasses. I find most hats don’t protect the sides of my eyes/face and sometimes fall short in the front too. My solution: remove the skimpy beak on this purchased “fashion” hat, and replace it with a ridiculously large duck beak. Ain’t no sun gonna blind me!
I chose a navy blue linen as a dark contrast, because it’s nearly impossible to try and match a fabric shade and type exactly. The inside of the beak is stabilized with two layers of heavy weight interfacing (one woven, one non-woven), and the outer edge is held stiff with boning. I reinserted the beak into the hat and hand embroidered a decorative pattern to the band.
After wearing the hat for a test run week at the lake, I decided to add some more boning further in from the edge of the beak to hold a curve, and flop less. Now the sides come down to protect my eyes, and the front is more firm. I am so set for summer sun.