I’m so excited to be the first guest designer in the Charm Artist Collective! This theme was just begging for a beret pattern, so I knew I would have to dig into my vault of vintage millinery inspiration for just the right thing. I’m pleased to present to you the Charlotte Beret, a feminine topper with a sculpted, face-framing shape and a sultry veil option. I’ve designed the pattern with a dart and shaped brim to give the beret its signature vintage tilted look. Make it in slouchy boiled wool for a Parisian artiste look, or try cotton velvet for the perfect little cocktail hat—especially when paired with the optional veil and bow.
This is a fabulous project for advanced beginners, but even the most expert sewist will find it a great addition to their rotation. (Who doesn’t love a Gentlemen Prefer Blondes moment?) I love a chic, everyday staple, especially one that comes together quickly. I hope you love it as much as we do!
About the guest artist: Charlotte Dymock has been interested in vintage fashion and its historical context for as long as she can remember. Having started sewing from vintage patterns to recreate and reimagine the looks she found in 1940s and ’50s magazines, catalogs, and movies, more recently she has developed an interest in sewing techniques for vintage millinery to bring the whole-outfit vision to life. Find her on Instagram at @tuppencehapenny.
This pattern was originally published on Patreon on January 15, 2022.