How do I get a hat made?

Its a question I get asked a lot!

There are many approaches to getting a hat or headpiece made for you and it should be a great experience. Can I also say at this stage that being a milliner isn’t about buying untrimmed hats and adding some flowers and feathers its much more than that. I start with a flat fabric and create a one off creation, lets even say a ‘sculpture’ or ‘piece of artwork’ for your head. A hat is very important as its a focal point to frame your face, to make a statement or to add the final touch of elegance to an outfit.

Right then ready to start?

  • I would definitely recommend getting your outfit first as I can match colours and trims to your outfit, which will make the whole outfit flow perfectly.
  • Then its time to book an appointment to visit the studio (if this isn’t possible then each of the following processes are carried out using email, Skype and phone)
  • So that I can get an idea of what you are thinking about the style of the hat its always good to see some images, for a recent winter hat these were images we initially worked from. So you can see that the two styles are very different but there were details that my client loved about both. The large upturn at the back, the simple binding and the button detail.

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  • So from these ideas a sketch is produced.

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  • The shape is agreed as a hat rather than a headpiece on this occasion, it will have the button detail and the swept back brim. We can decide on the position of the feathers once the base is created.
  • The client supplied the fabric for this hat as she was having her outfit made. If you have purchased your outfit I can dye fabrics to match or source other materials in the correct colour. You can also opt for a contrast colour for all of your accessories.
  • Then leave it with me to create the base (this can often be the hardest part as you have to rely on me interpreting your ideas correctly).
  • So this is the shape I created (notice that the swept part of the brim has changed position, this is because it didn’t sit correctly so I made a choice to move it).

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  • The client agreed on the shape but the yellow band around the crown was to be made thinner. This is where I also need to check the fit of the hat making sure there is enough room inside to add a lining (time for a 2nd consultation).We then experimented on the trims (the exciting bit!)

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  • Where do the buttons look best?
  • Feather position?
  • Bows in chocolate and mustard?
  • Any other trims?

The finished hat.

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and one happy customer!

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If you’d like a hat or headpiece created for a wedding or a ladies day please get in touch, I would love to create something for you. Please allow at least 4 – 8 weeks for a hat or headpiece to be created from start to finish.

Call the studio: 0121 745 2959

 

Sally x

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