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
Here are the tips we used to create the Banded Beret. I really like the style.
- 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.
- 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!
- When 1/4″ seam allowances are needed, it’s fast to move the needle position to accommodate the narrow seam.
- To press the curved pieces, the pressing ham came to the rescue. Always, press a curve over a curve.
- 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.
- Just five seams will create the top of the beret.
- The casing for the elastic was created with a 3/4″ Bias Tape Maker.
- Now, it is time to pin and stitch the back to the main cap. You’re almost finished!
- 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.
- The last construction step is to meet the wrong sides together and hand stitch the lining to the beret along the seam.
- 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.
- Fuse the Fuse ‘n Gather to the wrong side of the fabric, following the package directions. Then, gather!
- After gathering, stitch a seam, joining the short edges. Tie off the thread.
- Hand stitch the flowers to the beret. Add a center embellishment—such as a button— if you’d like.
- Now, wasn’t that easy!
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
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”.
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Bye for now,