Whether you've got your eye on a career as a professional milliner or becoming the best amateur around, this intensive 5 day workshop is an opportunity to sharpen up your skills and get off to a flying start. Suitable for both beginners and intermediate students, this action-packed course will give you tips, techniques and hands-on practice.
From adding warmth and style to your daily commute, to turning heads at Royal Ascot, there’s always an excuse to wear a hat. So, get equipped to whip up an impressive bespoke piece for yourself. You will make two (or more!) of your own hats to take away using cosy wool felt and stunning sinamay - with industry tips from an expert throughout.
In this comprehensive and informative workshop, each student is encouraged to work at their own pace and we will get hands-on the first morning so that you can start seeing progress straight away.
- An introduction to the wonders of blocking
- Making-up and trimming of fashionable and flattering felt and straw hats
- Designing for different face shapes and personal styles
- Choosing, measuring and cutting the right material to achieve different effects
- Using materials in an efficient and economical way
Basic materials including a wool felt hood and sinamay are provided, but more will need to be purchased during the course. We will discuss this on your first day where you will get professional advice and tips on how to get your ideas off the blocks!
Whether you are interested in designing and making hats for pleasure or thinking of embarking on a more commercial venture with your work, this course is the ideal place to start. The workshop atmosphere of the course allows flexibility so that each person’s experience, ability and taste are taken into consideration.
Entry requirements: Hand sewing skills would be helpful but not essential. Traditional millinery stiches will be taught throughout the course.
Who should take this course?
The course is suitable for those interested in a new hobby, those keen to extend their skills, and even those planning a future career in millinery.
This course is taught by a different tutor depending on the course dates offered. Tutors' biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is running a specific course, contact our office on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0207 514 7015.
Read more about this course on the CSM Short Courses blog.
Designing and Making Hats and Headpieces, by Judy Bentinck, published by Crowood Press
Hats, an Antology, by Stephen Jones
The Century of Hats by Susie Hopkins
Hats, Status, Style and Glamour, by Colin McDowell
Stockport Hat Museum
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Judy Bentinck is a practicing traditional couture milliner making contemporary hats that are both functional and flattering. Working from her central London studio, she has an international client base, including celebrities such as Clare Balding, Jenny Agutter and Jane Asher, aristocrats and dignitaries. www.judybentinck.comTo learn more about Judy, read her interview on the CSM Short Courses blog here.
Jane Fryers designs and makes hats for film, cabaret and fashion shoots as well as for special occasions and everyday wear. She is best known for her love of using traditional millinery techniques to make couture hats out of unusual materials. She is passionate about teaching and has recently been invited to attend The International Millinery Forum in Australia as an International Tutor.
To learn more about Jane, read her interview on the CSM Short Courses blog here.
One wool felt hood, millinery and black or ivory sinamay for one hat will be supplied by the college.
Please bring with you to the first session:
- a waterproof apron
- tape measure
- a notebook
- a box of household pins
- blocking pins
- hand sewing needles.
- An apron
There will be advice given during the course regarding other materials and suggested suppliers. This may include, for example, fur felt, colourered sinamay, parisisal or other straws.