When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Vesna Pesic
  • Course Code W23FASC08A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Learn the construction methods required to produce a professionally finished cap or hat from an old hat, that charity shop find you never wore or those endless metres of material that we all have stocked in a sewing cupboard somewhere and join the circular economy revolution. Start as a complete beginner or join with intermediate or advanced skills for this opportunity to develop your techniques and processes further. You will gain skills and knowledge to develop your own pieces and learn how to combine fabric and interlinings to create a casual hat style.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Draft a hat/cap pattern
  • Construct a hat/cap
  • Select and use interfacing for different types of hats/caps
  • How to professionally finish your hat/cap


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material where appropriate. You will receive feedback throughout your course to help you develop your skills. For you to be able to achieve on this practical class punctuality and attendance are key. Please inform your tutor of any absences. Microsoft Teams will be used for general class specific communication and for posting additional information. Health and safety inductions are planned into your course delivery, and you are asked not to use any machinery or specialist equipment until you have received specific training. Morley provides a positive and friendly atmosphere and to support this all students should be considerate and kind and work in a collegiate and collaborative way and to not monopolise the tutor.

    Entry requirements

    This is a mixed level course, all are welcome. Previous skill in machine and/or hand sewing beneficial.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Activities in class can involve standing at high tables for a period of time. Please let the tutor know if this would be difficult for you. Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear building and there is lift access to the first floor. Please note the eating and drinking is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water. Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English. Digital, mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential.

    What you need

    Bring fabric for your hat and lining to be able to start on your project right away! Between 0.5m – 1m per hat should be enough. Fabrics such as cotton, linen, medium weight silks i.e., dupion or tweeds may be suitable. This could be something recycled, or a charity shop find! 100% Wool Felt by the meter is also good. It is advisable to have woven cotton iron-on interfacing 0.5m -1m as well as millinery petersham ribbon. A basic sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure a variety of hand sewing needles and sewing threads. A basic pattern drafting kit: pattern curves, pencils, sharpener, rubber, paper scissors, masking tape. A basic note taking kit: notepad, pens, pencils, sharpener, rubber, calculator, A4 ring binder for hand outs. You must provide your own materials, haberdashery, threads, etc. for your projects and this will be discussed towards the beginning of your course. Some specialised materials, including calico for toiling, are available for purchase from your tutor at cost price. Some pattern cutting and garment construction tools are provided for use in the studio Paper and card are available for use in the studio. Depending on your class you may need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course.

    What you can do next

    Ready for more? So are we! Try our Contemporary Millinery course next to continue building on your skills or explore some of the other Millinery courses. Continue your journey with us in a variety of engaging courses on offer all the way up to a full BA (Hons) in Fashion Design. Visit www.morleycollege.ac.uk today for more inspiration and information!