This pattern provides several different hat styles and most are self-explanatory but the beret does have a few quirks.
First: the undercap.
Fold the undercap portion in half to cut your inside circle.
Second: the band.
Knowing from previous options that the bands sometimes did not fit well I was leary that the band would not correctly fit into the undercap circle of the beret. This is how I made sure the band matched the beret circumference.
I marked the back and front center with a pin.
I began sewing the band about two inches from the center back and sewed around until I was nearly 2 inches away from the center back.
The next step I will explain and draw in paint the best I can, though I realize that the illustrations make much more sense if you have the actual pattern pieces in front of you.
I layed the loose ends of the bands down and cut a small notch into them at what would be the bands center back seam.
Then I sewed the band center back seam.
The band fit the circle perfectly since it was custom fit.
It took just a few extra moments and I didn’t have to worry about a mismatch that wouldn’t “ease” into the undercap. Of all the options offered the beret is middling in difficulty and time, but my daughter’s pleasure with it made it worth a few extra moments.
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