Interesting tidbit: if you google “trapper hat,” “aviator hat,” “tracer hat,” or “lumberjack hat” you’ll get images of basically the same hat. Who knew, right? I was trying to figure out the difference, and learned that according to 21st century fashion there isn’t much. Whatever you wanna call it though, it’s handsome and very good idea for little boys to sport.
This Trapper Hat pattern designed by Sew Kate Sew is a) adorable, and b) part of the gorgeous Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland collection. I was asked to remix this pattern, and at first I was kind of at a loss as to what to do. I mean, it’s so great as-is, so I wasn’t receiving any super innovative revelations about how to change it. Besides switching up the fabric a bit, I decided in the end to add something completely non-functional, because every once in a while a very silly thing is the best choice. I discovered lots of hats in this style have additional little ear flaps that can be buttoned up or down, depending on your mood. Can any of you tell me what their for? Additional ear warmth? Style? Perhaps a historical function that has now evolved into a design detail? Will we ever know?
They were simple to add, I just sandwhiched them into that crown seam, and added a loop and buttons to fasten them up or down (I forgot to photograph them up!) The easiest way to do this is the flaps to the bottom section before you attach it the top portion.
I wanted the tiniest bit of that plaid flannel to peak out around the flap , so when sewing the flap front and back right sides together, I pulled the plaid towards the center just a tad before sewing, so that way it pulls around to the front and gives you that edging of plaid.
The outer is corduroy, the lining is a fluffy faux lamb’s fleece, and the front flap is a beautiful orange and navy plaid all from Joann. I top-stitched everything but those two top seams because I felt it keeps the hat well shaped and structured. And it looks nice. I think it turned out so handsome, and the only thing I would add (still might) are some leather buckles or ties to the end of the long ear flaps, I think some added weight would help to pull them down.
This is such a fun design, and I’m excited to be part of the Pattern Anthology tour! If you haven’t already, go and check out the amazingness going on other there!
(And thank you to my handsome little nephew for being my model so I could save this hat for my Bub”s Christmas present!)