- San Pedro
for me i use a small lawnmower or wheel barrel inner tube to shape it when its wet works out greatI know that I have not participated in the discussion as much as I should, but I really appreciate all of the posts and photos! I just caught up on the last 9 pages (!) while making the rounds and seeing what new berets were out there in the wild for purchase! The new MdB Luxe versions look amazing and I’m pondering which color I would like best before placing an order soon!
In the meantime, I‘ve been exploring how to shape a beret.
I have an older MdB that I love that has taken on the shape that I like over time and it’s beautiful.
I have this Goat in a Tree beret that I’ve had for a year or so and it’s never really taken on a shape and held it. Certainly not a problem… just a difference in the beret, I guess. So, this morning, while loading the wood stove and spending the day home with my kids, I went ahead and submerged the beret… gently wrung it out… shaped it on my head (in the backroad-French-farmer-sort of style that I like by pulling out a peak on the front and pressing down the sides).
To prevent me from needing to wear it all day while it dries, I searched around my house for a good subject for a mold and found the perfect idea! A smooth top hard hat in with my work gear.
It’s now resting a comfortable distance away from the wood stove while it takes on it‘s shape. I’ll give it a few checks during the day and give it a test fit. So far, so good. Submerging it seems to have really helped in stretching the beret - something that never seems to work super easily with a dry beret. I much prefer the method of MdB’s with the ribbon used to fit the beret. I have a large head, I suppose! Usually a 59 or 60 depending on the brand of hat.
For now, it’s beret drying time and time to research those MdB Luxe!