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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!

About the author: http://anthea-retrovintage.blogspot.com/ I love sewing and knitting, using vintage patterns, drafting my own vintage inspired patterns or using modern patterns.

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  • LilliansEnsembles June 29, 2013, 8:42 am

    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.

  • ksgentry June 29, 2013, 8:56 am

    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.

  • Ripple Dandelion June 29, 2013, 9:51 am

    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.

  • Eileen June 29, 2013, 10:09 am

    Very cute and I love your whole ensemble!

  • Jo June 29, 2013, 2:13 pm

    I love the whole outfit but especially the blouse, it looks beautiful.

  • mariebayarea June 29, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Brilliant beret. Your whole look is fetching.

  • Jean June 29, 2013, 2:47 pm

    Your hat is beautiful. What a lovely job you did putting it all together, and the black velvet is perfect.

  • Annie June 29, 2013, 5:00 pm

    The hat is gorgeous and is perfect with your outfit!

  • OnePerfectDay June 29, 2013, 5:07 pm

    All of it!

  • EmSewCrazy June 29, 2013, 7:37 pm

    Your whole outfit is lovely and that beret is the icing on the cake! What a great accessory.

  • Denise Montague June 29, 2013, 8:45 pm

    A hat “finishes” an outfit, more ladies should give them a try. Bravo! I would love to see the bird made up too.

  • Anthea June 30, 2013, 2:02 am

    Thanks ladies!

    I definitely want to make a beret with the bird. It’s so cute!

  • Anna Depew June 30, 2013, 6:11 am

    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. 🙂

  • Linda June 30, 2013, 9:53 am

    So pretty.

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