1940s | Vintage Sewing

Mrs Depew 1028

By on 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!

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1930s | 1940s

30s suspender skirt, 30s beret and 40s blouse

By on February 9, 2013

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 TashaJanice and Bea

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