This millinery course in Brighton, covered over two consecutive Saturdays, will introduce you to the flat patterned method of making fabric covered structured hats.


Working with fabric, buckram and millinery wire you will learn a range of specialised construction methods whilst producing a classic pillbox shape. The course will cover how to trim your hat and the professional techniques used for keeping small percher type hats firmly attached to the head.


This course is suitable for those new to the subject but hand sewing skills are essential and some homework may be required to get the most from the course.


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DAY: Saturday

TIME:  10.30am-4.30pm


Spring: 23 March 2019 and 30 March 2019

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: £95 / £60 / £15


Please note that concessions are not available online.

Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.






This course aims to:

Teach you the techniques needed to make a structured pillbox hat using flat patterns and to develop an understanding of the processes used to alter existing patterns and create your own


Over the two days you will be introduced to the patterns, fabrics, foundation materials and techniques involved in making a fabric covered structured hat.


You will cut out and wire buckram, bond with your chosen fabric and construct a small percher type pillbox hat. You will be taught how to trim your hat and cover and attach an Alice band to keep the hat firmly attached to the head

We will also look at how basic patterns can be altered and developed to create different shapes.

You will finish the course with the skills, experience and inspiration to make and develop your own pieces at home.


Who this course is for?

This course is for anyone who has an interest in millinery. It is suitable for all levels but basic hand sewing skills are essential.


What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Recognise suitable fabrics and foundation materials used to make structured hats from flat patterns
  • Work with millinery wire and buckram
  • Use suitable stitches for millinery
  • Bond fabric to buckram
  • Construct and finish a percher type hat to a professional standard
  • Cover and attach an Alice band
  • Take home a pattern which you can reuse for other projects
  • Understand techniques used for developing your own patterns

What materials will I need for the course?
We will provide the pattern, buckram, millinery wire, interlining if needed, bondaweb and Alice band
Please bring your own sewing kit to include:
· Tape measure
· Paper scissors
· Fabric scissors
· Hand sewing needles
· Pins
· Thimble (to fit the middle finger comfortably)
· Fabric marker
· Thread to match chosen fabric

You will also need:
• 1/2 metre of a light to medium weight natural fibre fabric.
Fabrics such as cotton, linens, medium weight silks ie dupion or lightweight wools or tweeds will be suitable.
• 1 skein of embroidery thread that we will use to cover an Alice band that keeps the hat on. This could either match hair colour so the band ‘disappears’, or be a contrasting colour to celebrate the band being there.
• Notepad and pencil

For inspiration for your pillbox hat please see Sarah’s Pillbox Pinterest board:

Is there any extra study outside the class?

To get the most from the course homework may be offered.


Who is the course tutor?

Sarah Lomax served her millinery apprenticeship with Frederick Fox, the Queens milliner, learning her trade working to the highest standards making hats for The Queen, other members of the Royal Family and celebrity clients.

After close on 30 years industry experience Sarah now has a small business with fellow milliner and long term friend Rachel Skinner. Working under the label Lomax and Skinner they design and make high quality couture hats and headpieces and run individually tailored and small group millinery courses for all levels from their Lewes studio.

The pair have recently published “Millinery: The Art of Hat-Making”, a fully illustrated step-by-step book aimed at students and home milliners.

Sarah currently runs the Contemporary Millinery course, and various weekend and short courses at Morley College, London.


What next?

Further millinery, pattern cutting or dressmaking courses – at Friends Centre

Pattern Cutting– Wednesdays 6-8.30pm

Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers – Fridays 10am-12.30pm OR 1-3.30pm

Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers – Thursdays 6.30-9pm

City & Guilds Certificate in Fashion & Dressmaking Level 1 or 2

Saturday 23 March 2019 - Saturday 30 March 2019
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sessions: 2

Full price: £90
Concession rate (if available): £60
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Brighton Junction


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