What you will do
In this class, you will learn the basic principles of sewing a hat. As well as this, we will cover the necessary techniques to learn how to go about pattern drafting. There will be variations on the basic pattern, in terms of the width of the brim and the height of the crown.
Hatmaking is all about accommodating curve. Initially, sewing them correctly may take a little bit of practice. However, once you have adopted the main techniques, you will be able to you to go away and successfully make hats of your own!
Materials for a band or making a flower embellishment will be available.
Did you know?
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Strawberry Hill Hats
Lesley made hats for amateur theatre and after making some 30 from horrible craft felt decided to learn how to do it properly. She went to London College of Fashion and learned how to block straw, sinamay and felt, and also how to make sewn hats.
She works in a studio in Wimbledon and during the two Open Studios a year listens to what people say about hats. They say they don't suit hats; hats are expensive and only worn once; even if worn more than once the need to be stored; they'll be damaged if packed in a suitcase. Lesley believes that making stylish, easy-care everyday hats will encourage people to wear them.
Lesley has devised a pattern for a sewn hat. One size fits all. It can be made in anything from calico to silk, and dressed up or down. It is packable. It can be made in a day from your fabric of choice. The calico example has been tried on a number of sceptical ladies who have been pleasantly surprised by how good they look in it.
From making blocked hats out of commercial felt Lesley decided to explore hand made felt as a fabric for hats and became fascinated with all things related to wet-felting and what could be done with it. Hats, scarves, wraps, gloves, slippers, vessels and large wearables such as dresses and jackets. The possibilities are endless, it seems.
Please bring:- A metre of your fabric of choice - Sharp fabric scissors- Small scissors or snips- Thread to match fabric- NeedlesProvided for you:- Lining- Interlining- Rigilene- ElasticTea and coffee are available on the premises. Please bring lunch! There is a Tesco nearby if you need.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.