It was while I was lamenting the fact that I had spent hours drafting, then scaling a pattern (which still needs tweaking), and making four of them (because the first attempt was too small), that I thought to myself I should really have conducted some market research.
When I asked Renee why she didn't like hers, she said it was because it wasn't pink. Of course. It's precisely why I like them. We have no pink sunhats in the house, so she has taken to wearing one inside out because it has pink lining. It has a care label jutting out with her surname and home phone number flashing like a beacon on it, but she would still rather wear that than the hat I lovingly made for her. Apparently, there is a pecking order even with ubiquitous hats. The ones I made would be ranked behind Princess Beatrice's one or anything worn by Lady Gaga.
Clearly, Aimee was thrilled at the chance to wear her hat for just a few seconds while I snapped this photo. Getting her to wear it while smiling and staying still was a bridge too far, even with my bribe (see below):
|Thanks for my new hat Mum, you're the BEST|