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!
I made some pictures of a couple of my completed projects. They are quite matching which wasn’t rally planned, but it feels good to wear an almost completely me-made-outfit! Let’s start with the skirt!
I almost can’t remember when I started making this skirt! Ok, I’m exaggerating! But it was early september when I started drafting this pattern. I drafted a six gore skirt using late 30s suspender skirts as inspiration. Drafting went quite well, sewing the garment as well, but finishing was apparently a bit harder. Somehow I forgot a bit about this skirt I only needed to hem it, everything else was done. A few weeks ago I actually finished the skirt.
The blouse is view 2 of Simplicity 3638, with a peter pan collar and lots of top stitching. I think the top stitching gives the blouse just that bit extra. I didn’t really had any problems with this one, because I already had used this pattern. The hardest thing was to find the right buttons! I had so many colour options, like pink, green, lila, it shouldn’t be hard. I had nothing suitable in my stash thus I went to three different shops to find the perfect button. I almost gave up, but in the final shop I find some pretty buttons!
In december I started crocheting the 30s beret using burgundy yarn. Well, this pattern was really testing my persistence. I choose this pattern, because I wanted a small inbetween sweater knitting projects. It took much longer, I think the time I spent on this one beret I could have made five! It started with the (for me) unclear pattern description, I just didn’t understand the pattern at first. Then I didn’t know which crochet hook size to use. I started with 5 mm and ended with 3 mm, but I think 2,5 or 2 mm would be better since, I didn’t crocheted all of the pattern rows, otherwise it would still be too big. Because I used another hook size, I needed another yarn. In my stash I had this lovely pink alpaca wool. And then I realized this beret would be great with my green suspender skirt and my floral blouse! Tadaa, outfit completed!
At the moment I’m really longing for spring. The weather is so fluctuating at the moment, we have everything: snow, rain, frost, storms, but also some sunshine and singing birds. Like a hint of spring, and I think my outfit is also a hint of spring. Because it looks a bit springey, but with a cardigan and tights it’s perfect for clolder days as well!
P.S. I think the suspenders skirts are quite popular. Have you seen the lovely suspender skirts of Tasha, Janice and Bea?