1940s | Vintage Sewing

Mrs Depew 1028

June 29, 2013

I had a bit of a sewing slump the last couple of weeks, and to get back on track I thought about sewing something easy. I ordered this beret pattern a while ago and it was a perfect sewing project with quick results. Even for me! I’m not really a fast sewer.


 Taking pictures of the beret was pretty difficult. A lot of the pictures turned out to be unsharp and it’s very hard to photograph black velvet. And when you’re not in the right angle a beret might look a bit weird. Also I had some trouble with my hair. It was a bit rebellious. It’s still not perfect, but I wanted to share the pictuers anyway.


The pattern itself is very basic with very little sewing directions. You have to draw the pattern pieces yourself. The measurements are given in a illustration. The pattern has directions for different kind of ornaments like the bird and a ‘knot of fabric’. 

I was inspired with the 3rd view, but didn’t want to make a knot because it would be too bulky with velvet. Instead I drafted a bowlike thingy. The head entrance is very small, therefore I cut away some fabric to make it fit my head.


 I wanted to line the beret because it’s a neater finish. I used a houndstooth lining. Also because you have to cut away a lot of fabric and the unfinished edges are leaving small fluffs of fabric. I thought it’s better to leave the edges behind a lining. 


 Because I wanted this beret to be versatile I decided to make the decoration removable. That’s why I pinned it to the beret with a safety pin. The fabric is  quite thick, so I decided to line the pieces with houndstooth lining fabric. You can remove both pieces and turn it backwards to give the beret another look.


I wore the beret with my Sew for Victory blouse and my black suspender skirt. 

 I’m thinking about making other ornaments using different colors and shapes so I can vary from time to time! Oh and my next one will be in another color, so you can see more of the details!
  1. Love it, the hat is great, well done. I love the entire outfit, the hat goes so well with it. I have the same skirt with braces, think I will be making some hats, thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I love that hat! Love the hounds tooth lining and bow. I think more women should wear hats. It is a vintage style that definitely should make a comeback. Thanks for the inspiration. Sometimes a quick project can jump start your hobby when it has been in a slump.

  3. It’s really lovely, and aren’t you clever with the addition of the lining and the customized ornament? I’d like to figure out how to wear more hats. Your whole outfit is just the bees knees.

  4. This came out so lovely! And the hounds-tooth lining, it’s perfection. Thanks for linking back to my pattern 🙂
    I noticed the smallish opening when I made the pattern too. I think this was because this sort of hat in the 1940’s was often just lightly attached to the back of the head with a bobby pin or two. I made the opening on mine larger too, so that it would fit more securely on my head without any extra help. 🙂

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