The course will involve:

    • Learning how to block a hat base using buckram.
    • Learning how to wire, line and cover with silk or fabric for a beautiful professional finish
    • Using bias pleats to cover a cocktail hat.
    • Creating a silk bow to adorn your cocktail hat.
    • Learning how to create a couture lining and use the techniques to cover cocktail hats.
    • You will learn how to professionally finish your hat, how to attach an appropriate head fitting and create a couture lining.

Student Supplies (Minus sewing kit):

  • Medium weight fabric, suggestions include silk dupion, duchess satin. (Must have a bias) Could be more than 1 colour if your design desires
  • 2 metres of double sided (heavy weight) stiffened buckram
  • Round button Block (this must be round)
  • Millinery wire 2 metres (could be brim reed or spring wire)
  • Tape – this is ideally surgical tape, but could be masking tape or Sellotape
  • 1 – 2 metres of stiff sinamay to back the bow (could be a contrast or a complimentary colour to the silk)
  • Choice of head fitting either an elastic or hairband
  • 1/2 metre of Mac Fleece https://www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk/p/4161/non-fusible-woven/mw/macfleece ( if students are unable to get this it is suggested that they us Tarleton as an alternative or use a heavy weight silk for covering instead of medium
  • Blocking pins

Required Classroom Amenities (sink, sewing machine, etc):

  • Steamer (or steam facilities from an iron)
  • Iron and an ironing board
  • A polystyrene dummy head or poupee/crown block
  • Silk and non silk scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle and matching thread to fabric

Course outcomes:

You will leave with:

  • A finished fabric pleated cocktail hat with bow trim and couture lining
  • Ability to create a couture linings for other sized hats
  • Information on how to use other methods using fabric to cover your cocktail hat
  • Knowledge to create further fabric trims.