Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour

It’s always a treat to be asked to be part of a blog tour. Amy Barickman, frequent guest on Sewing With Nancy, asked us to give her sewing pattern, Banded Beret, the “Nancy Zieman” touch.


Nancy Zieman & Amy Barickman



The first thought that came to mind was to add a Fuse ’n Gather flower trio—and so I did. Confession time—Sharen on my staff really did the sewing! You didn’t think I did it all, of course not!

Pattern Parade Blog Tour—Banded Beret


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



Here are the tips we used to create the Banded Beret. I really like the style.


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



  • The fabric we chose is a rayon batik for the outer fabric and lining. As the pattern suggested, we fused interfacing to the outer fabric pieces. Sof Shape is one of my favorite fusible interfacings.

Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour

  • The back of the beret has an elastic casing. Sharen found it easiest to mark the stitching lines using a ruler as a guide. She’s so precise and efficient!


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



  •  When 1/4″ seam allowances are needed, it’s fast to move the needle position to accommodate the narrow seam.

Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour

  • To press the curved pieces, the pressing ham came to the rescue. Always, press a curve over a curve.


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



  •  After stitching both halves of the cap, it’s time to create a whole. The main reason for keeping this photo in the line-up was to encourage you to  piece scraps of fusible interfacing. It’s not necessary to “stitch” the interfacing segments, just overlap and press.


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



  •  Just five seams will create the top of the beret.


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour




Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour




Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



  •  Now, it is time to pin and stitch the back to the main cap. You’re almost finished!

Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour

  •  The lining is sewn together with the same process. Notice that interfacing isn’t needed. To finish the edge, simply press a 1/4″ hem.


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



  • The last construction step is to meet the wrong sides together and hand stitch the lining to the beret along the seam.

Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour

  •  Now for the creative part! Cut two 3/4″ and one 1-1/4″ bias strips of coordinating fabric to create three fabric flowers. Use a decorative rotary cutter blade along one edge. The lengths of the strips should be a minimum of 8″. Cut corresponding strips of Fuse ‘n Gather.


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



  •  Fuse the Fuse ‘n Gather to the wrong side of the fabric, following the package directions. Then, gather!


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



  •  After gathering, stitch a seam, joining the short edges. Tie off the thread.


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



  •  Hand stitch the flowers to the beret. Add a center embellishment—such as a button— if you’d like.


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



  • Now, wasn’t that easy!


Indygo Junction Pattern Parade Blog Tour



Want a chance to win a copy of the Banded Beret pattern plus fabric from the Ty Pennington Impressions collection and denim yardage to make this beret? Post a comment below, telling me which sewing skill or skills you’d like to learn more about. A random winner will be posted on June 16.

Pattern Parade Blog Tour Stops

June 6 – Indygo Junction Kick-Off Post

June 9 – Nancy Zieman Blog

June 11 – Sew Much Ado

June 13 – Design in Embroidery

June 15 – The Last Piece

June 18 – Lazy Girl Designs

June 20 – Sew Weekly

June 22 – Tula Pink

June 26 – Sew Mama Sew

June 28 – Mama Said Sew

July 2 – Skip to my Lou

July 6 – Indygo Junction Tour Finale

Mystery Phrase 

Don’t forget to collect your secret letter from each stop on the Indygo Junction PATTERN PARADE blog tour. At the end of the tour, unscramble the 10 secret letters to create the mystery phrase and enter to win the Grand Prize. For more details, visit IndygoJunction.com.

The secret letter for this blog tour stop is the letter “i”.

Watch Sewing With Nancy

Remember to watch Sewing With Nancy online, on PBS, or on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?

Sewing With Nancy watch online at www.nancyzieman.com

Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

Content in this feed is © copyright 2012 by Nancy Zieman and may not be republished without written permission. You’re welcome to forward the email to a friend or colleague but it’s not okay to add the RSS feed automatically as content on a blog or other website.