When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Ian Bennett
  • Course Code C21FACI14A

What you will learn

Have you ever wanted to create your very own Statement Hat for Royal Ascot? Then this is the week for you. Using Straw or Sinamay. You will choose a shape to block crown & brim, make the whole hat with guidance and trim up the hat. To really make this a custom experience, why not come prepared with your outfit? On this course we will design a shape together, choose the blocks then you’ll make & trim the hat

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

  • Understand how to look at your own shape and silhouette.
  • Choosing a shape to suit you and the occasion
  • Stiffening the straw/sinamay blocking the crown and brim, pressing and wiring
  • Create a head-fitting, sewing the hat together.
  • Create trim ideas.
  • Understand the making process from start to finish including lining, head fitting and finishing


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Mode of delivery: in-centre with social distancing · Typical activities: studio-based teaching with students working at individual workstations, following tutor demonstrations and practical activities. · Assessment Methods: 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 you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor, who will divide teaching time between practical demonstrations of technique and one-to-one advice as students work through a given task.

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements. Although some millinery, sewing and blocking experience would be very advantageous.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. As the course is only 5 days, each session will include vital information for mastering each stage of the process. This course may require some completion of activities outside of class time, up to an hour on some evenings maybe required for the next day. This weeklong class is to give students an insight into how bespoke hats are created with a formal occasion in mind. Looking at your silhouette, the outfit and the occasion, all these elements come together to create some beautiful headwear.

    What you need

    Basic sewing kit – needles, threads (matching + black & white thread), scissors for fabric and paper, thimble, dressmaking pins, tape measure, tailors chalk pencil, millinery wire, pliers, UHU glue
    • Pencil, pens, notebook
    • Straws- for a medium hat you would need a matching cone and Capeline
    • Sinamay - for a medium Hat you would need approx. 3-4metres of Sinamay. For a large hat 4-6 metres of Sinamay
    • 2metres of matching petersham ribbon No.5 (1” or 25mm width) and matching Thread.
    • Trimming materials. Depending on the hats, could be petersham ribbon, spare dress fabric, feathers.
    • Millinery wire
    • Millinery chemical stiffener (or A clean dry jar with a label attached)
    • ** Materials such as cotton covered millinery wire and chemical stiffener can be purchased from college. Please budget approx. £20-£30 to cover cost of material if you you’d like to purchase these from the college

    Please see links below for suppliers https://www.petershams.com/ https://www.baxterhart.org/misc-millinery-supplies

    What you can do next

    Progress on to other millinery courses at Morley – Also skills taught on this course are useful to applicants to the Level 2, and HNC millinery courses.