Make a Baker Boy Hat, Peaked Cap or Beret.

When and Where

28 Nov 2020 - 5 Dec 2020 (11 hours, 2 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Vesna Pesic
Course code

What you will learn

On this 2-day online course you will develop your own patterns, learn the construction methods required to produce a professionally finished baker boy hat, peaked cap or beret. You will learn how to combine fabric and interlinings to create a soft hat and gain skills and knowledge that can be used to develop your own pieces. No previous experience of millinery is required but hand sewing and machine sewing skills are essential.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Draft a pattern for hat/cap for basic shape
  • Cut out and construct a soft patterned hat
  • Understand construction techniques for different styles
  • Select and use appropriate materials and interlinings for soft patterned hats
  • Understand how to line and professionally finish your hat/cap

Class format and activities

After discussing examples and samples, the tutor will demonstrate drafting patterns, cutting out, construction, appropriate stitches and finishing techniques. Each session will be a mixture of demonstrations and individual work. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e.: progression to a further course

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This is a Mixed level course. All are welcome. Suitable for people with limited or no previous experience although basic sewing machine skills are essential. Students must be able to speak, read and write in English. Basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential

What you need to know before you enrol

As this is an online course you will need:
• PC or Laptop or Tablet - Android or IOS(Apple)With webcam & microphone.
• An up-to-date internet browser installed.
• A good broadband connection is also recommended. (Mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).
• Access to a printer if using the print at home PDF pattern provided by the tutor.
• To access Teams: you will need to either login to with your Morley email and password (available when you enrol) and select teams. Or download the teams app via:
• Desktop -
• Android - search the Play store for Microsoft Teams
• IOS - search the App store for Microsoft Teams
• When you launch Teams App you will need to login with your Morley email and password.
• A list of the hardware requirements can be found on the following link
• Benefit from a free Microsoft Office account with Email, MS Teams, Office Apps and much more for the academic year in which you enrol

What you will need for your class

• Sewing machine
• The college will provide a pack to include buckram, interfacing, petersham ribbon at a cost of £10
• Ruler, protractor, compass (if you have pattern master this helps but it’s not crucial to have)
• Fabric scissors, paper scissors
• Chalk pencil or tailors chalk
• Fabric for your hat/cap (between 1/2m – 1m should be enough) Cotton is good especially if you are beginner.
• Any kind of paper or backing paper/newspaper for drafting your patterns
• Any remnants cloth around 1/2m that is suitable for lining your hat (you will be advised about it)
• Dressmakers pins, millinery needles, thimble, matching threads
• Any remnants cloth that is suitable for making toiles (making samples-optional)
• Tape measure (soft)
• Pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, notebook for your notes

What you can do next

We run a variety of specialist accessories courses, as well as other millinery courses which might be of interest. Please consult the course guide or for further details.