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Friday, 12 June 2015

Making a French Beret with a Cap Republished Part 1 of 2

I have published the instructions for making a French beret with a cap before, but I have discovered a couple of shortcuts that might simplify the process without adversely affecting the outcome. The pattern is available from and can be downloaded here.
The previous blog series can be viewed by simply clicking on the part you want to view:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

The Cap
Iron stiffening/vilene onto the inner pattern pieces of the cap. Lay the two pieces on top of each other. Since I don't want to the dark denim that I've used to show through the cap, I place this on the inside with the white stiffening on the outside.

Set your machine to a zigzag stitch.

Stitch all over the cap inner to bind it together and to strengthen it, making it even stiffer.

Lay the fabric pieces for the outer cap on top of each other with the right sides facing. Pin.

Sew all along the outer edge of the cap with a seam allowance of 1 cm.

Cut away the excess fabric so the cap will turn right side out in a smooth line.

Turn the cap right side out and iron flat.

Insert the inner into the cap.

The Headband
Find the centres on the inner edge of the cap as well as both pieces for the headband. Mark the centres with pins.

Centre the headbands right sides facing and insert the cap, lining its centre up with those of the headbands.

Pin the cap to the headbands. Pin the headbands to each other.

Starting at one end of the headband, sew at 1,5 cm seam allowance all the way through, past the cap and right to the other end of the headband.

Cut away the excess fabric where the cap is so the curve will lie flat when formed.

Iron the headband flat when folded double. The cap should now look like this.

Lay the ends to the headband on top of each other right sides facing and pin.

Sew at 1,5 cm.

Iron the seam open and fold the headband double again.

In tomorrow's blog I show you how to finish this cute cap.

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