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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Designing and Making Children's Hats and Caps Part 4

We are already in the fourth part of the series and we are still designing patterns. That's the way it goes when you combine multiple pattern variations in one project. Let's finish up, though, so we can start sewing! But first a quick recap:
Part 1 - Conceptualization
Part 2 - Design the basic pattern
Part 3 - Variation: a round beret
Part 4 - Variation: a flower beret

Designing a Flower Beret
This is a very easy variation to achieve if you already have the round beret in place. Start by tracing the pattern of the round beret on an A3 paper (or 2 x A4). Trace the ring. This way you have both the outer circle as well as the inner circle.

Turn the outer circle into a flower by drawing loops, as illustrated.

Cut this pattern out.

Trace this pattern on an A3 paper.

Cut the newly traced pattern out.

Now cut the hole out of the first flower pattern.

This is the ring of the flower beret.

The second pattern is the lid of the flower beret.

I keep the cutout from the ring, because I will be able to use this to form the inside of the flower. This is entirely optional.

All that is left to do, is to transfer the designs onto A4 paper so that it can be scanned and converted into pdf format. Allow for an overlap on two A4 papers where they will be stuck together once printed. Lay them on top of each other where the paste lines overlap. Now carefully trace the pattern for the beret lid.

I traced the flower inner to the open space left from designing the Flat Top Cap. This way I save paper and make better use of the space available.

For the beret ring you will follow the same steps as for the beret lid, except that you must remember to trace the inner circle as well.

That's that! In the next blog in the series we will start construction on the flat top cap.

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