How to Keep the Shape of a Beret

Know the Proper Wearing Methods

Learn more information about a specific dress code. In spite of following general guidance of wearing a beret, it is necessary to know more about some unique rules. There is no need to obey specific principles if you are just wearing it for fashion. The most common wearing method is to sit if on one’s head smoothly, leaving the brim topping diagonally across one’s forehead. In general, casual berets need fuzz removal rather than shaping.

Align the beret in a correct direction. Some armies require the brim should straightly across one’s forehead, and there is one inch from eyebrows. Some organizations require the badge of the institution should be displayed clearly. Excessive part of a beret should be draped over the right ear, and it should not be lower than the middle part of the right ear. Women with long hair are required to wear a hair net, which is in the same color with their hairs. For the sake of a more perfect shape of head, cadets are not allowed wearing hairstyles to avoid distortion of the BERET. Top the beret on one’s head with the headband cross the forehead horizontally.

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Adjust the beret according to the couture of your head. In the event that it is adjustable, adjust the headband to the right size. One needs to complete the adjustment ahead of getting the beret wet, because only a wet beret could be stretched and shrunk. One may need a different size if the beret hat could not be adjusted to fit snugly.

Scissor the lining carefully, and do not cut out the black inner lining of the beret. The method will help you shape the beret in short time. It should note that not all berets feature lining.

Remove fuzz on the outer layer of the beret. Please do this after you have finished shaping your beret. Prior to wetting as well as after its drying, visible pills should be shaped. In case it is a casual beret, one only needs to shave all pills. Some methods are recommended in following paragraphs:

Disposable razor. This is the easiest and the most common manner. Keep in mind that run the shaver in a same direction while do not shave over one spot for many times. Otherwise, the material will be worn down too much.

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Scissor pills with cuticle scissors. A handful visible pills could be removed with a cuticle scissor for the most controllable method. One can also clip pills on a beret hat by placing scissors flush with it.

Burn fuzz with a lighter. Place the lighter in a certain place and carefully hold your beret hat over the flame rather than touching it. There is no need to remove all pills and fuzz in this method, and only those in the most obvious place shall be removed clearly. In spite of high risks in “shaving” pills with a lighter, it is a really useful method in traditions to de-pill a millitary beret.

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Hat Sharer: How to Make a Hat Base

Simple hat base will become stunning after sewing fabric bow and feather embellishments onto it. It’s good for casual wearers and baseball teams to wear soft hats and caps. However, a stylish chapeau needs a hat base, which shows lovely extravagances from bows to veils.

Compared with traditional methods in making a hat, hat blocks and steamers are necessary to create stiff hat in good shapes. There are some alternatives of those complicated methods. Except for heavyweight buckram, all materials could be ordered online. At first, there are some techniques to make the brimless oval-shaped base, to fit one’s head snugly. To see more details involving these styles, browse the whole article roughly. Besides, do not miss some essential techniques about make other headpieces like a beret hat, bucket hat, beanies and the like.

A stunning fascinator consists of a stiff and slightly cupped “pod” in an oval shape. It is made of heavyweight buckram.

Draw the pod pattern on a heavyweight buckram. Trace the pattern on the buckram, and scissor off the pod shape. Leave seven cuts and keep each cut is 1-3/4 inches long. Keep in mind that the length should be measured from the edge of the pod towards the center.

Shape the pod with round darts. Buckram will be stiffened if it is in a water-soluble vegetable sizing. When this kind of material is wet, it is soft and malleable rather than stiff. But it will turn to stiff when it is dry. Overlap every opening to  1/4 inch at the edge. One also could increase the head circumference close to 1/2 inch. Then connect them with a hot iron tip. Place such a pod on a pressing ham or rolled towel to shape the dry darts. For the purpose of smooth surface, it should be steamed slightly and pressed together.

Copy the pattern on the wrong side of the lining fabric. Cut out the pattern along the traced outline while do not make the dart cuts. Mark all lines on the wrong side.

Sew the cut-out darts. Ahead of beginning stitches at the edge, one needs to fold the fabric at a dart line. Then taper the dart to a point at an inner end. Then complete remaining darts one by one.

Sew the lining to the buckram. Overlap darts and the lining together, leaving the pod inside. Pin and sew them together roughly to the edge. Then, there will be a hat base. It could be finished with exquisite millinery wire. Then you need choose a fabric to cover the pod. Then bias tape is needed to add an elastic band for fit.

Then a kind of millinery wire is necessary to finish the hat. Start at the pod’s back, whip stitch the wire to the edge with button thread. If there is excessive wire, try to overlap the wire ends, inserting the end in the joiner.

All above techniques are fundamental skills when one would like to make a hat base. It is also a good gift to others.

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Detailed Guidance to Make a Hat

A stunning up-turned hat is finished with fundamental techniques. I would like to introduce such techniques in detail. Earlier in the month, I have been to London and taken a full grasp of techniques. I would like to write the post and record what I have learned in London. The post is only a private record or memory jogger, recording some work flows in make the Sinamay Hat. Over the last several months, it’s obvious that manufacturing methods could not be just remarked with simple words like right or wrong, because every millinery own their preferences, tips and techniques. I am glad to see other ideas involving design, sewing and cutting from other people, it they would like to share it with me.

Let’s get started. I have chosen 1.75m of Sinamay, gauge 22 millinery wire and 25 inches of Petersham ribbon.

Tip 1    Measure the Widest Part of the Brim

The width of two bias stripes depend on the widest part of the brim block. So it’s essential to figure out the precise width of the part.

Tip 2    Soak Bias Strips in Water

In order to soft those bias strips, they should be soaked in water for five minutes. Please submerge them in cold or luckwarm water, and keep both the container and water are clean.

Tip 3   Blot Bias Strips with Soft Towels

After five minutes soak, lift two bias strips from the container, and blot them carefully with kitchen towels, removing excess water. Then try to pin strips to outside edge of brim, leaving every point 6 inches center to center.

Tip 4    Mark the Overlapped Point with a Pin

After position all points, then remove the plastic block and sew strip ends together as planned. Trim seams until two centimeters. Then press them by hands to flat. After finish one strip, the other one could be processed in the same way.

Tip 5    Lay Both Wrong Sides of Two Strips Together

It could keep seams cross in this way. The adjust positions of them and pin them roughly together.

Tip 6   Mix Water Based Solution in the Ratio 1:3 (1 stiffener: 3 water). Submerge strips totally into stiffening solution for five mins. Then dry them with kitchen towels.

Tip 7   Fix Bias Strips on the Outside of the Block

It should note that all pins should be at a same angle to keep fabric in place. The pin the inside edge of the brim in an opposite direction. In the process, please stretch the layers out and pin them in place, leaving the fabric smooth. Then, the brim also needs to be put to a side for faster drying.

Tip 8   Line up Grain of Two Squares

Select two squares of fabric in a large size, so that they could cover the dome block and create the crown. The grain also needs to line up for a better appearance. It would be perfect that grains crisscross with each other. Then submerge them in stiffening solution for five minutes. The last step is to blot excess solution carefully. Therefore, two important parts have been finished.

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