When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Sarah Lomax
  • Course Code W22FASC04C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Learn the techniques required to produce stylish and contemporary hats for both men and women. Each term will focus on different materials and methods: felt in the autumn, straw and woven materials in spring and in summer, the development of patterns for both soft and structured hats will be in focus. Each course will cover a wide range of techniques to enable you to produce beautiful modern hats with a professional finish. Attendance on all three will provide a strong grounding in the core techniques of hat making. This is a structured course with an emphasis on design, creativity and use of materials. Beginners to the subject will be introduced to basic methods of production but if you have existing skills you will be encouraged to research and develop your design skills alongside your technical abilities. All students will be encouraged to pursue their own project work where appropriate.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This course will be delivered in-centre. The online platform Microsoft Teams will be used to support learning. After examining and discussing examples and samples, the tutor will demonstrate the flat pattern method of constructing hats, appropriate stitches and finishing techniques. Technical support will be provided alongside additional learning material and handouts where appropriate. Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. 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 an advanced- level 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. Suitable for people with limited or no previous knowledge. Basic hand sewing 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

    Health & Safety information will be given to you at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow college procedures as advised. Excellent attendance and punctuality are important, for students to fully achieve the course outcomes. To get the most from this course some study/completion of activities outside of class time may be required. Using a steamer and cutting patterns and fabrics often involves standing at high tables. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you. Some chemicals used may be harmful to certain health conditions or in pregnancy. Please make sure to let your tutor know if this is the case and they will advise you as to necessary precautions. You will be using tools under the direction of the tutor. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.

    What you need

    A basic sewing kit to include: Hand sewing needles. Pins. Thimble. Sewing thread. Tape measure. Small jewellery type pliers/wire cutters. Sharp fabric scissors. Paper cutting scissors. Pencil and notebook/sketch pad. An apron to protect your clothes. Information on where to purchase millinery materials will be given at the first lesson. You must provide your own fabrics, trimmings, haberdashery, etc. Pattern paper and card is available for use in the studio.

    What you can do next

    If this is your first term of the course, further terms of Contemporary Millinery will lead to a thorough foundation in the subject. We also run a variety of other millinery and specialist courses. Please consult the course guide or https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/subject-areas/visual-arts/fashion/