Millinery for Beginners


$299 Limited inc GST / $239.20 / $269.10
Millinery for Beginners

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This course includes a student kit worth over $200 – you take home your own hat!

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Course description

Get ahead, make a hat! In this short course you will cover many aspects of millinery and there will be an opportunity to make both a fascinator or pillbox, and a straw or felt hat for yourself. You will cover many aspects of millinery to enable you to create and trim your own hats.

If you want to learn about Millinery in Sydney, then this course is for you.


During this course the intention is that the following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to millinery
  • Materials for millinery
  • Tools and equipment for millinery
  • What style suits me?
  • Design Elements and principles for hats and headwear
  • Make a fascinator base using traditional techniques and materials.
  • Working with sinamay- some clever trim ideas.
  • Tour Embellish Atelier Studio – and Hatters Millinery Supplies – experience a working studio
  • Making a hat from Felt or Straw using traditional techniques.
  • Feather shaping for trims
  • How to wear your fascinator – methods of attachment.
  • Choosing the right hat blocks for your hat project.
  • Working with silk flower making tools.
  • Grosgrain binds and trims.
  • Crinoline Trims.
  • Keep it on your head – tips, tricks, and techniques to secure your hat.
  • How to store, and care for your hat.
Learning Outcomes

The intended Learning Outcomes for this course are as follows.

By the end of this Millinery course students will:

  • Have completed a fascinator using sinamay and a hat using either a straw or felt capeline.
  • Have a knowledge of and completed a number of trim and finishing techniques using millinery materials – feathers, crinoline, and grosgrain.
  • Be able to demonstrate use of a variety of millinery techniques to make and complete a hat such as finishing, binding techniques, use of veiling
  • Be able to analyse a hat in terms of design line, colour, texture, repetition, emphasis and balance
  • Be able to determine styles to suit their face shape
Other Information

The tutor provides the foundation materials – (Sinamay, parasisal straw or felt capeline, some basic fabrics, tools, equipment and sundry glues, and stiffeners) for your Hat and fascinator. Hat Blocks are made available for use to create the Hat and fascinator.

Please wear closed in shoes.

Please bring

The tutor supplies equipment and materials for the first class and will outline and display the correct equipment.

A kit can be purchased from the tutor on the first evening

For further classes you will then need to come with your own basic Millinery sewing kit which includes:

  • Tape measure
  • A small ruler
  • General purpose scissors
  • Long nosed pliers
  • Thimble
  • Mapping / drawing pins
  • Quality dressmaking steel pins
  • Packet of mixed size straw needles ( Birch preferred)
  • Floral Pins
  • Foam head
  • Water spray
  • Apron
  • Mapping or push pins
  • Thread to match project – Gutermann preferred
  • Hat Box.

Available to purchase from Spotlight, Lincraft or:
Hatter Millinery Supplies

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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Course testimonials:

  • Amanda said: Student gave this course 5 stars

  • Meredith said: Catherine was a great teacher, and between her explanations and demonstrations made the steps involved understandable and achievable. It was great to be able to walk away with a hat I loved and that I had made myself! I definitely would recommend this course to anyone interested in making their own hats, or who just wants to understand a little more the process that goes into hat-making.

  • Angela said: Catherine was such a fantastic teacher! I’ve made hats I didn’t think in a million years I’d ever be able to do. I’d do it again & again.

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