When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Sarah Lomax
  • Course Code W21FASC17A

What you will learn

Taking inspiration from the first part of the 1900s learn a range of specialized construction and detailing techniques as you produce a vintage style hat, or headpiece, using buckram and fabric. Working from home using the Microsoft Teams platform, you will be introduced to the blocking and pattern making skills needed to make a tailored 1940s percher style hat, or a headpiece inspired by the glamour of the 1920s.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use buckram as a foundation for a fabric covered vintage style hat or headpiece
  • Use a flat pattern and blocking to construct a vintage style hat or headpiece
  • Use appropriate techniques and finishing methods to construct a hat
  • Identify and use professional techniques for keeping a vintage style hat or headpiece securely attached to the head
  • Returning and advanced students can negotiate and adapt the set project with the tutor depending on previous experience


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This course will be held online via the digital learning platform Microsoft Teams. This enables live camera connection via your computer, phone or tablet. During course hours you will work online with demonstrations, video and links provided by your tutor. Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis with each session being a mixture of lectures, discussions and individual work. To get the most from this course some study or completion of activities outside of class time may be required. In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor alongside group work to share learning. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above.

    Entry requirements

    This is a mixed level course. All are welcome. 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

    Enrolment closes one week before the course commences in order for materials to be purchased. This course will be delivered entirely online, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join, prior to the start of your course. You will need an Internet connection, a PC or laptop, smart phone or tablet. Benefit from a free Microsoft Office account with Email, MS Teams, Office Apps and much more for the academic year in which you enrol. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow college procedures as advised.

    What you need

    You will need an Internet connection, a PC or laptop, smart phone or tablet. You must provide your own fabrics, trimmings, haberdashery, etc. and will receive a list of materials required prior to the course start date. You will also need a basic sewing kit which includes: 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.

    What you can do next

    We 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/