When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Vesna Pesic
  • Course Code W21FASC19A

What you will learn

On this 4-mornings online course you will draft your own patterns, learn the construction methods required to produce a professionally finished peaked cap, baker boy hat 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. The course is suitable for beginners who have achieved competence using a sewing machine, as well as those with millinery experience. Intermediate and advanced students will have opportunity to develop techniques and processes further.

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
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    The course will be online via a digital learning platform. This enables live camera connection via your computer or phone or tablet. There will be constructive feedback and support from your tutor and group work to share learning. After examining and discussing examples, the tutor will show how to draft flat pattern and method of constructing hats as well as appropriate stitches and finishing techniques. Handouts and other technical support will be provided 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. Each session will be a mixture of demonstrations and individual work.

    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

    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. As this is an online course you will need:
    • Internet connection a PC or laptop or a smart phone or a tablet. You will be sent details of how to join prior to the class start date.

    What you need

    •Sewing machine
    • Any kind of paper or baking paper/newspaper for drafting your patterns
    •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 and lining (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 especially if you are beginner. You may wish to purchase felt here https://www.woolfeltcompany.co.uk/wool-felts/100-wool-felt-1mm It is advisable to have woven cotton iron-on interfacing 0.5m -1m, millinery petersham ribbon. If you are not sure you can ask advice from the tutor
    •Dressmakers pins, millinery needles, thimble, matching threads
    •Any remnants cloth that is suitable for making toiles (making samples recommended)
    •Tape measure (soft)
    •Pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, notebook for your notes and outlining your patterns You will also need buckram or collar canvas for peak, though we will discuss choices further in class.

    What you can do next

    We run a variety of other millinery courses as well as specialist accessories courses, which might be of interest. Please consult http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/departments/fashion for further details.