Lucent Visor meets Nani Iro & a giveaway
Green is my favourite colour, Nani Iro fabric is always amazing and every-time I make a Lucent Visor I feel like a sewing rock star! Can you tell I’m rather pleased with my new visor?
I’m also pleased that Pattern Fantastique are offering my readers the chance to win an electronic copy of the Lucent Visor pattern and the notions required to make the visor. Full giveaway details are at the bottom of this post.
I have to say that photographing this visor was no easy feat. An overcast day highlights the full beauty of the fabric and gives you a great idea of the shade on offer but hello… is there anyone under there?
A sunny day sees the visor in it’s natural environment doing exactly what’s it’s suppose to, but the sunshine brings with it serious shadows and reflections in my sunglasses!
The Lucent Visor comes in three brim sizes (this is the largest size) and the hat band is custom fitted to the wearer. The pattern accommodates heads sizes from kids to 62cm.
I added a little more width to the hat band than the pattern suggested as I found it a tight squeeze inserting the elastic on my last version. I think I might have gone a little overboard as the elastic is loose in it’s fabric casing and in my opinion it doesn’t look as professional as it could. A good reminder to… ‘just leave it alone Anna’.
The pattern calls for buckram (medium-weight fusible cotton interfacing), plastic millinery wire and jewellery crimps or ferrules (available from online millinery supply stores like The House of Adorn) to close the wire. You’ll also need a pair of pliers on hand too. I know this all sounds a little intimidating, but trust me it’s not. And did I mentioned you feel like a sewing rock star when it’s finished?
My three tips for sewing the Lucent Visor are:
- Don’t apply the binding too tight… remember the the plastic millinery wire needs to be threaded through it!
- I like to use washi tape (a small amount of masking tape would work equally as well) to create the loop in the plastic millinery wire that allows for a smooth end when threading through the binding. Jewellery crimps are your other option, but for some reason, crimps and I just don’t get along.
- When closing the wire, you can use either jewellery crimps (pictured below on left) or ferrules (on right). The instructions include information on applying both types of closures. If you are using a ferrule, which is my preferred method:
- Cut the wire to the length required
- Insert one end of the wire halfway into the ferrule and compress with pliers
- Insert the other end of the wire into the open end of the ferrule and clamp at a right angle from your last compression. Clamping at different angles makes the join much stronger.
And now for the giveaway details…
Thanks to Pattern Fantastique, I have three Lucent Visor packs to giveaway. Each pack contains a pdf copy of the pattern and the notions required (but not the fabric) to make the visor.
To enter the draw: Go to Pattern Fantastique’s Lucent Visor Pinterest Board, pin your favourite visor and then tell me, in the comments section below, the first thing that pops into your head when you think about sewing a visor. Is it the fabric you would use, the fear of the unknown, the locations you’ll wear the visor, the thrill of using pliers while sewing…?
The fine print: The giveaway is open internationally and closes at 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Friday 5th February 2016. Winners will be chosen randomly, contacted by email and announced here on the blog.
Pattern: Pattern Fantastique’s Lucent Visor
Size: Custom fit hat band… with the option of three brim sizes. I sewed the largest brim size.
Fabric: Nani Iro Linen/Cotton blend from Tessuti and Kelani
Alterations: I unnecessarily widened the hat band. Don’t do as I do… follow the pattern!
Locations: Port Melbourne & Lake Wendouree (Ballarat)