This weekend millinery course in Brighton will introduce you to making soft, unstructured hats using flat patterns.


Working with provided patterns you will learn the construction methods required to produce a professionally finished peaked cap and gain skills and knowledge that can be used to develop your own pieces. By the end of the course you will go home with a stylish and contemporary hat and the skills to cut out and construct soft patterned hats, select and use appropriate materials and interlinings and understand different construction techniques for different styles.


No previous experience of millinery is required but basic hand sewing and machine sewing skills are essential.


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DAY: Saturday

TIME:  10.30am-4.30pm


Spring: 3 and 4 November 2018

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: £90 / £55 / £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 your own peaked cap from a pattern 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, foundations and techniques involved in making a flat patterned peaked cap.


You will make a calico toile to ensure a correct fit and to practise the precision cutting and machining skills essential for a successful project.

You will cut out and make up a cap in your chosen fabric, make and attach a peak and line and finish with petersham ribbon and a covered button or stalk.

You will be taught how to make adjustments to the fit and how 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 and machine sewing skills are essential.

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

  • Accurately measure a head size.
  • Recognise suitable fabrics and foundations for soft patterned hats
  • Cut out and machine stitch a soft patterned cap
  • Make and attach a buckram peak
  • Finish a peaked cap to a professional standard
  • 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, calico for the toile, buckram for the peak, petersham ribbon for the head-fit and self-covered button for finishing.

Once you have booked on to the course we will contact you with suggestions and quantities of suitable fabrics for your project.


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
  • Notepad and pencil

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?

Introduction to Millinery – Classic Pillbox Hat – 23 and 30 March

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 3 November 2018 - Sunday 4 November 2018
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sessions: 2

Full price: £90
Concession rate (if available): £55
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Brighton Junction


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