The process of writing a book is involved. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Each draft gets written and edited, reviewed, passed from hand to hand, rewritten, reedited, and re-reviewed until – after many (many) drafts – you finally arrive at a finished product. It’s a shiny new representation of years of hard work. And in a best case scenario—like a perfect dinner party— it looks effortless.
Each author wants her books to be perfect, especially considering the blood, sweat, and tears that go into every word. You haven’t just written the pages, you have rewritten, proofed (see photo below), had projects produced, reproduced, pages designed, and then redesigned again. It’s all part of the glorious process of eliminating errors, removing comma splices, making things pretty, laying a foundation, and inspiring a person to want to hold your book, to open it and, in the end, find it perfect.
However, it happens occasionally, that something slips through the cracks. In our case, that “something” was the Bucket Hat pattern on page 39 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. When the illustrated pattern for the hat is enlarged and cut, the pieces don’t fit together the way that they should: the brim of the hat is too long for the perfectly sized circle. This Bucket Hat flaw only exists in the first printing of the book, as the subsequent printings have been corrected. For a child’s version, you will want to reduce our full-size adult pattern by 49%.
Our apologies to everyone who made a hat from the original pattern and were frustrated, disappointed, or outright mad as a hornet. We hope that the rest of the book makes up for some of your frustrations, that the “new and improved” Bucket Hat pattern will result in some colorful sun hats this season, and that our own Bucket Hat hides the perfect blush on our cheeks.