Starts: 9 Nov 2021
What you will learn
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
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.
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 and City & Guilds Millinery Design Level 2 as well as other courses which might be of interest.