Day 1 of 7 days 7 hats
Royal blue veiled beanie embellished with sequins and faux fur pom pom
Time required 1 hour 30 minutes
For this first DIY veiled beanie tutorial, I was inspired by Jill Sander’s hats presented during her Spring/Summer 2012 collection and by the hats from the house of Chanel presented during their Spring/Summer 2015 collection.
This winter people have started to belatedly take to this very elegant trend and viewing all of those inspired adaptations on Etsy and Pinterest seduced me to try my own interpretation of a Couture veiled winter hat with this DIY veiled beanie tutorial.
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.
Let’s see what I can do with this beanie in a little under 2 hours of work…
For this hat transformation I purchased the beanie on eBay in the colour royal blue. This royal blue hat is the same colour than one of my most practical but less used purse.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I was satisfied with the items purchased from eBay and I am mentioning the sellers for your convenience in case you wish to purchase the same items 🙂
This beanie is knit with a rib stitch pattern which makes it pretty extendable. This hat could fit head sizes of up to 24–25 inches (60.96 – 63.5 cm). The seller did not mention the fiber composition, but it seems to be made of 100% acrylic yarn.
I also purchased a faux rabbit fur pom pom from eBay and was lucky that its colour perfectly matched the royal blue of the beanie. Not bad for articles purchased from two different sellers!
The pom poms were sold in 25 different colours and in my opinion they are of good quality and look really nice.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THIS DIY VEILED BEANIE
I purchased this knit metallic royal blue polyester mesh for $3.00 per meter at my local fabric store. While I won’t need more than 20 inches (.50 cm) for this project, I couldn’t resist getting 2 meters to populate my fabric inventory!
For my first trial I cut a rectangle of about 20 inches (50.8 cm) by 16 inches (40.64 cm) in the fabric mesh. I know that this rectangle will be too big, but since this is my first veil I wanted to study the mesh fabric and observe how it drapes and folds and I will make adjustments as I go.
To create the body and look I wanted for the veil, I decided to gather both shorter sides of the rectangle. After I will attach the veil on each side of the hat, near the ears location. The veil should flounce nicely around the hat with sufficient room and bounce.
To gather the veil I made a slip knot on one end of the mesh.
I passed the thread in every hole of the mesh. This will give me nice even gathers.
I passed the thread in the mesh holes for the entire length of the fabric. I kept the threaded needle I will need it to pull on it to create the gathers.
I pulled the thread to gather the fabric mesh. I reduced the length of each side to about 2 inches (5 cm).
I was now ready for a first fit session
As you can see in the above picture, the veil was too wide on each side of the hat and I also realized that I didn’t want the veil to cover my face or my eyes… Don’t get me wrong, the Couture hats looked absolutely fantastic on Chanel runways, but as a Canadian who’s errands consist of grocery shopping, visiting family members and the occasional restaurant outing … I felt that a veil covering my face would be a tinny bit over the top for my simple life style!
After this first trial I reduced the size of the veil in accordance to how I wanted the veil to fit over the hat. Which was to cover the entire front part while slightly covering my forehead, staying above my eyebrows.
1- I measured the width of my face from ear to ear; 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) and added 2 inches (5 cm) to that measure. This extra width will allow space between the veil and the hat.
2– I measured the hat from the tip to the cuff 8.5 inches (21.59 cm) and added 4 inches (10.16 cm) to that measure to allow the veil to cover my forehead and have some extra fabric to make some adjustments.
I once again threaded and gathered each side of the veil and reduced its width to 2 inches (5 cm). I then pinned the veil onto the beanie to verify the fit… the veil measurement were perfect!
I decided to fold the top part of the veil inward, onto itself near the top of the hat. This way the veil rounded up nicely at all the right places and it looked great from every angle.
I was really happy with the overall look and concluded that it wasn’t looking too dressed up after all. Hum…. well this meant that I could add a few sequins here and there 🙂
I had exactly what I needed in my sewing supply… I speculated that by sparingly using sequins of different shapes and sizes would be a fun addition to the veil. A little extra is always appealing (at least to me!).
I worked from the front side of the mesh. I sewed each sequin individually onto the veil to avoid seeing visible thread traveling from one sequin to another. I first made a slip-knot, then simply passed the needle through the center hole of a sequin, stringed a seed bead and then passed the needle back through the hole of the sequin to bring the needle at the back of the veil. I finished by a knot and cut the threads near the knot.
I spaced apart each sequin by 2 – 2.5 inches (5 – 6.35 cm) for a light subtle look.
I re-pinned the veil gatherings in an half-moon shape on each side of the hat.
It looked good on the head form, I hand sewn the veil on the folded-cuff at two places.
The semi- rigidity of the fabric mesh allowed for the veil’s form to be created only by the side gathers. I didn’t foresee that the gathers would actually make the veil shape be so perfect…. A very nice turn out!
Note: I undid the stitched that were holding the veil in place, it made the veil puckered on my forehead (see the above picture).
I hand stitched the veil on the beanie sides through both the folded-cuff and the hat layers. I did so by simply threading and passing the needle through and between the mesh holes.
I matched the thread colour to the mesh and the result is quite impeccable.
I wanted to sew through both the hat and the folded-cuff to ensure that the veil wouldn’t move and would remain securely positioned.
You can see that the veil is poking at a few places in the front of the hat, (look down on the folded-cuff). This is because I hand stitched the veil permanently to the front of the beanie in order to assure that the veil wouldn’t fall down below my eyebrows. I secured the veil to the hat by sewing over the existing sequins. This way the stitches aren’t visible. Once the hat is on my head and stretched out, we no longer see these pinched areas.
THE POM POM
The next step was to attach the faux rabbit fur pom pom to the top of the hat.
When I pinned the pom pom at the top of the beanie, I realized that I couldn’t just attach the pom pom outside the hat. The pom pom was heavy and the elastic loop couldn’t be sewn close enough to the hat. The pom pom was sadly hanging on one side and was annoyingly flopping around when I moved. It didn’t looked too chic. I needed to open the top section of the hat in order to insert and attach the pom pom on the reverse side of the seams.
I turned the hat inside out and used a seam ripper to carefully remove 2-3 stitches at the top middle junction of the hat.
The elastic loop attached to the faux fur pom pom will make it easy to sew it inside the top of the hat.
I turned the hat inside out and I positioned the pom pom outside of the hat and I pulled the elastic loop through the inside of the hat. I kept my index inside the elastic loop to stretch the elastic to its maximum while sewing the pompom in place. I sewed through both the elastic and the hat layer with slip stitches and sewed the hole close.
The pom pom was still flopping a little bit and I sewed a few more stitches through both the pom pom and the hat layer to fix it firmly.
Below a few pictures of the finished hat from different angles.
This DIY was completed in 1 hour 30 minutes for a total cost of $7.00!
Here is the Before and after picture
Don’t miss Day 2 of 7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments
Tomorrow’s post; DIY veiled beanie from mesh produce bag