Well, this was my first project without a pattern - and I think it came out pretty well, although it took 8+ hours. And broke two needles.
Once I get the bugs worked out of it, I'll post a pattern. I'd never seen one of these in person before, so I just kinda took a crack at it. It's more or less a strip that flares on one side, a circle, another band, and two U-shaped pieces.
I hemmed the bottom of the 'main' piece before I stitched the band piece on - that was a mistake. The commercial one I stole from my friend after I produced this actually has two band pieces, one on the inside and one on the outside - the bottoms are turned under and stitched together underneath the main piece.
That didn't make any sense. It will once I get the pattern together.
The brim's a little crooked, and it's too flimsy - the only thing I had that my machine could sew through was a Quaker Oatmeal Squares box and it doesn't cut it. I'm going to try with some plastic folders from Staples, but I was really sick of the project at the end and I just wanted it to be done. The band is the selvege from the side of the fabric I had - this was scrap fabric to see if it worked, but I ended up liking it. I wear it all the time now.
It's meant to look a little frayed, but it wouldn't if I had hemmed the edges of the main piece before attaching the top piece.
Pictures: (yes, I am aware that I match my shirt, no it was not planned)