When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Sarah Lomax
  • Course Code C22FACI15A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course is for anyone who wishes to learn the skills and techniques required to produce a variety of different trimmings for summer hats, headpieces, corsages or fashion, and ideally compliments the Design a Halo Headpiece course- C22FACI14A. Over the course of 5 weeks you will have the opportunity to use and explore a variety of different materials and methods professional milliners use when making and attaching bespoke trimmings enabling you to fully develop your individual design language. Beginners to the subject will be introduced to basic methods of production, whilst those with existing skills will be encouraged to research and develop design skills alongside their technical abilities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop your own designs for bespoke trimmings for summer millinery, headpieces, corsages or fashion.
  • Use different methods and materials to make a variety of unique trims.
  • Use traditional flower making tools to make a variety of different flowers.
  • Securely attach trimmings to hats and headpieces


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This course is in-centre. Teaching time will be divided between practical demonstrations of technique and one-to-one support as students work through a given task. The online platform Microsoft Teams will be used to support learning and sharing of lesson resources. To get the most from this course some study or completion of activities outside of class time may be required. 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. In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor. Advanced students can negotiate their project with the tutor depending on previous experience.

    Entry requirements

    This is as mixed level course and all are welcome. Suitable for those with limited or no previous knowledge of the subject. Basic hand sewing skills are essential. Basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential. Students must be able to speak, read and write in English.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This course is intensive and excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. Each session will include vital information for mastering each stage of the process. Health & Safety information will be given to you at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow college procedures as advised.

    What you need

    A basic sewing kit to include: 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. You must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, etc. and will be advised at the start of the course of materials required. Millinery wire, buckram and water-based stiffener will be available to purchase in the studio.

    What you can do next

    This course ideally compliments Design a Halo Headpiece-C22FACI14A. We also run a variety of specialist millinery and accessories courses which might be of interest. Skills taught on this course will be useful to applicants to the Level 2, and HND/C Millinery courses.