Ooh La La!

What is more French than a baguette smothered in Brie? A wool beret, worn at just such a jaunty angle says ‘I’m confident’ in a most nonchalant way.

As soon as I saw this pattern in Simple Sewing with a French Twist by Céline Dupuy, I was gripped by the impulse to run downstairs. Since the family was away for the afternoon, I forced myself to flip through the rest of the book before jumping out of my chair, but it was a struggle. Perhaps it was because the pattern calls for recycled felt, or perhaps it is photograph of the author wearing her beret, I could not resist trying the pattern.

The instructions calls for topstitching the pieces with the seams on the outside, however, one of the illustrations shows the band seam on the inside. I decided it looked better with only one exposed seam. On my next iteration, I’ll turn the whole thing around so the seams are all on the inside, just for a little variety.

The wool fabric for the red and orange beret wasn’t felted when I pieced it together. Though it looked lovely when I finished it, I thought it should be felted, so threw it in the washer for a couple of cycles along with some other sweaters that were waiting for the same treatment. Unfortunately, the brim felted to itself in some places, and in other spots firmly felted like a pair of smiling lips.

While I had planned to put both berets in my etsy shop, the defect is too noticeable for me to sell with pride. For now, I’ll post the navy beret, and sew another version of the orange & red to post tomorrow.


6 Responses to “Ooh La La!”

  1. 1 Sarah Monday, September 24, 2007 at 3:07 am

    Very sweet hats! We had some hatmaking at our house last week as well only they were out of old sweaters.

  2. 2 stashstudios Monday, September 24, 2007 at 6:50 am

    Simple Sewing with a French Twist is in my top ten sewing books of all time. Great post and kudos to you for actually completing a project out of the book – I’ve only been drooling on it.

  3. 3 alana Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 7:16 am

    I’m writing you an email, it has been too long 🙂

  4. 4 denise Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 9:46 am

    I think they look great! Your models are adorable too.

  5. 6 kristin Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 8:36 am

    more adorableness coming out of here every day…well done!

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