As a general rule I don't let the kids choose their own clothes. Left to their own devices they'd probably end up looking like a crazy homeless person and a transvestite hooker in various states of undress. Until the answer to every fashion question is no longer 'hot pink sparkles', I have appointed myself as stylist. But just to give the kids a little freedom of expression I occasionally break my own rule and let them pick something out. This hat was one such concession. The weather is warming up and both the kids were in need of a new hat. I let Minty look through my fabric stash and she chose this pink Alexander Henry 'dear zoo' print. It's quite loud and honestly I'd never intended to use it for a garment (I had it earmarked for a library bag or a backpack) but I think the end result is pretty cute. And if it means there are going to be fewer arguments over being sun smart I think we'll all be happy! The hat is reversible, but I don't actually have any photos of the other side. It's a more subtle pink and white stripe, so it should fit the bill when more sedate head wear is required. The pattern is from Liesl Gibson's Little Things to Sew.