Day 6 of 7 days 7 hats
Black slouchy beanie embellished with pearls, velvet bow and a brooch
Time required 2 hours 30 minutes
For this sixth DIY beanie with pearls, I will refurbish an oversized slouchy beanie. The ornament you see below is the central element of this hat transformation.
This bow was originally attached to the neckline edge of a T-shirt (1/2 of the brooch was outside of the Tee). The bow was too heavy for the thin fabric of the Tee and was sadly hanging pulling the neckline down with its weight. It didn’t look good and it’s the reason why the T-shirt was never worn and given to me!
I stored the T-shirt in my to-be-revived-corner, months later I gave the T-shirt a second look and I got a very nice surprise …
Before we start, you could refer to my introductory post for a quick overview of the all the hats that will be revamped for this series and to read about my plan.
The bow was in fact a brooch, simply attached to the T-shirt by a plastic snap. Smart and practical for when the Tee would be in need of a wash … and also very convenient to easily re-use the brooch somewhere else! I used a seam ripper to remove the snap component from the T-shirt. The Tee was left intact with no apparent needle holes. I re-gifted the Tee to a niece and was left with this nice brooch to play with. I liked the toned down colour of the flower and the trendy touch of the black fur.
This is the hat I was always reaching for every time I left my house last winter and one of the reasons behind this hat transformation series…. I had to save myself from looking dull and blah for another long winter! I cannot refer you to the seller as I purchased this beanie some 2 years ago.
After a few trials I decided to place the brooch on the side of the head. It was truly the only option for a brooch measuring 7 inches (17.78 cm) long. I centered the middle of the brooch just behind the ear.
I sewed the female part of the snap on the hat where the center of the brooch will be placed. (This snap trick is genius; I will re-use this principle on other garments).
The brooch is surprisingly stable and did not dangle. The velvet bow fit snugly onto the knit of the hat and followed nicely its rounded shape. The brooch rests 100 % on the hat and won’t need any additional stitches to be maintained in place.
It looks very good. This transformation could of been finished and completed… aside from the fact that I always want something extra. Why make something easy as pie when you can make it way more laborious?! Well, when it comes to sewing I am pretty ambitious.
As usual I went to my sewing supplies in search for pieces that could be combined with the hat and brooch and found these glass satin finished pearls that were a light dusty pink similar to the brooch central flower. This shade of pink is not too girly and will look classy with black.
It was easy to align and pin the pearls in each knitted hole around the hat. (Knit and purl patterns create holes in the knitted garment). I pinned pearls for the entire front part of the hat before trying it on. Verdict? I like the arrangement, the pearls make a nice addition to the beanie.
56 independently hand sewn pearls was a long and tedious task. I also sewed pearls all the way under the brooch. It wasn’t easy to have each pearl well centered in their respective hole and the holes also made it hard to hide the starting and ending thread knots.
But the finished look made it worthwhile!
This DIY was completed in 2 hours 30 minutes
Below the Before and After picture
Don’t miss tomorrow’s “pièce de résistance” showpiece hat transformation that will mark the end of this hat transformation series; DIY veiled beanie with glitter