|Simplicity 4059 Renaissance flat cap|
Folks, don't fear making a flat cap - they are super-simple. About the only style easier would be a beret, which is so similar in both pieces and construction they ought to be related. Two pattern pieces, a handful of seams, and you are done.
Now ... about the pattern and instructions ... "one size"? Really, Simplicity? And that "one size" is snug on me?? I just made up the medium in the Vogue hat yesterday ... so I don't have a large head by men's standards. In fact, my army soft cap was a little size 6-7/8! It's a good thing I not only had my friend's head circumference measurement, but also my own. I had to sew the brim-to-crown seam three times before I had it big enough, using "ye olde tryal-ande-err" method. It's now a size too big for me, which should fit my friend just perfectly.
Oh yeah, that reminds me. Flat caps were not only worn by men, especially by Elizabethan times. Women wore them also! I have my red one, and since it's snug plus the construction method ... I strongly suspect it was made from this pattern.