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 W21FASC21A

What you will learn

Explore the hat shapes of the 30’s and 40’s using blocked felt or flat felt cut patterns. The films of this period are rich in their capturing of the fashions of the time for both men and women and provide a wealth of reference material for the variety of hat shapes and use of trimmings of all kinds. You can create either historical reproductions of hats or modern day hats inspired by this period. Returning learners can venture into different decades like 50’s and 60’s. Course is suitable if you are interested in making vintage headwear for a wide variety of purposes: theatre, film, media, or simply to look fashionable.

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

  • Develop hat designs of the 30s and 40s
  • Block felt or develop pattern and use appropriate construction methods
  • Use trims appropriate to the period using suitable materials
  • Finish hats of this period using professional techniques


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This is in-centre course. After examining and discussing examples and samples of hats types of the period, the tutor will demonstrate a variety of cutting and stitching techniques, and how to safely shape felt using steam. There will be demonstrations of appropriate stitches, construction and finishing techniques. Hand-outs and other materials will be used as support for design and skill development. Teaching will be in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis and you will be encouraged to develop your creativity. 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. 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

    Entry requirements

    This is a Beginners Course. All are welcome.
    •You must have achieved competence using a sewing machine
    •Suitable for people with limited or no previous experience
    •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

    You are encouraged to collect images of hats/headpieces which interest you and sketch design ideas. Excellent attendance and punctuality are important, for students to fully achieve the course outcomes. It is beneficial if you can spare some time for completion/experimenting of activities outside of class time. Using a steamer involves standing. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you. Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control. 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. Health & Safety information will be given to you at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. Please see this link for Covid safety guidance: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/help/our-response-to-covid-19/

    What you need

    • a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, small trimming scissors, tape measure, dressmakers pins, blocking pins (sometimes called household pins), a thimble, tailor’s chalk
    • millinery (sometimes called straw or modiste) needles, sewing threads,
    • paper scissors, UHU glue Also:
    • A comprehensive list of materials and suppliers will be provided at the first lesson
    • An Apron
    • sketch book and a pencil
    • a white Tailor's pencil
    • You must provide your own felt hoods, trimmings, haberdashery, millinery wire etc.
    • Pattern paper and card is available for use in the studio
    • You will need to purchase a machine bobbin from the tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course

    What you can do next

    We run a variety of accessories and specialist millinery courses, as well as other courses which might be of interest. Please consult the course guide or http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/departments/fashion for further details. You might want to try one of the following: Professional Hat Making Straw and Sinamay, Contemporary Millinery, Contemporary Embellishment Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/1296-access-to-fashion/1863