Millinery School Classes
Millinery Course B100
Blocking with Felt and Straw – In this class, you will work with felt and straw using hat blocks. You will learn couture finishing techniques. You will also learn free form sculpting using steam and added objects to create shape; as well as useful techniques for changing hat size and applying trims.
Millinery Class B101
Building Hat Blocks – This is an advanced class, giving participants focused and supervised instruction on how to build their own brim block. We will cover design, patterning, shaping, wiring, strengthening the form, then blocking it for a completed hat.
Hat Course B102
Hand Blocked Hats – This class helps to eliminate the need for a hat block to make a hat. This is an advanced course, giving participants instruction on how to design and construct their own brim using couture techniques. We will work with both straw and felt.
Hat Class P100
Soft Hat Patterning and Construction – This is a beginning pattern making and construction course, giving participants instruction on how to draft patterns, choose fabrics, linings, interfacings and construct hats. We will design and construct 2 hats – a cloche and beret. You may also work with 1940’s felt skirting for this class.
Prerequisite: Machine Sewing Skills
Millinery Design S100
Structured Fabric Hats – In this course, you will learn each step: Design possibilities, drafting the paper pattern, working with the buckram frame, covering in fabric and blocking the crown.
Millinery Class S101
Turbans – This is an advanced class, giving participants instruction on how to build a turban of their own design. Focus is on building the inner structure and shape, then draping the shape and securing.
Hat Class S102
Bridal – Fascinators and Trims – This course will focus on techniques for building and covering frames for hats as well as a focus on trims, including fabric flowers, feathers and ribbon work from the 1920’s.
Millinery Class S103
Braided Hats – This is an advanced course, giving participants instruction in working with braided straws, chenille or other types of braids for hats.
Millinery Design S104
Design Workshop – This is an advanced course, giving participants instruction and guidance in working on any project of their choice. Each participant will come to class with their own hat project to design and construct. Projects can include period hats – such as wire-frammed hats or bonnets, braided hats, theatrical head pieces, fascinators, bridal and more.