When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Vesna Pesic
  • Course Code C23DSNG10A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This 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. You can create either historical reproductions of hats or modern-day hats inspired by certain period. Developing creativity whilst learning different techniques will be encouraged. You will be taught various techniques necessary to create chosen design. It’s desirable that students are able to use a sewing machine and have good hand sewing skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

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


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This is an in-centre course. After examining and discussing examples of various hats in film and theatre, the tutor will demonstrate a variety of construction methods, stitching 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 course suitable for people with some millinery experience. You must have achieved competence using a sewing machine. 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.

    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 needles (sometimes called straw or modiste), sewing threads, paper scissors, an apron, • sketch book and a pencil • You must provide your own felt hoods, trimmings, haberdashery, millinery wire etc.

    What you can do next

    We run other specialist millinery courses like BTEC Level 2 in Millinery Design, HND in Millinery, as well as other courses which might be of interest.