There are a lot of talented milliners posting photos of the exteriors of their wonderful creations, which are very inspiring. But, I'd also like to see the insides of the hats and undersides of the fascinators.

I'm curious as to how many modern milliners are putting full linings in their hats and what kinds of linings.  And I'd love to see what your labels - which are basically your artist signatures, and will be how people will know the hats were made by you - look like.

So in short....I'd love to see your labels and linings. Please post photos!

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Thanks Aoife - I appreciate your help and answering my questions! I'm still new to millinery but want to learn as much as possible and am thankful for any help and information!

I'm still a bit nervous of feathers, so watched this with great enjoyment.  Loved it.   How fabulous to see his techniques!  Although a part of me was shocked to see him glueing on the little feathers though!  

Glue saves time= money so good to see him using in spots. I teach in videos a little spot glueing. Choice of glue is important too. I hate hot glue guns but students want to know the how to so including such in next lessons. You will love the feather journey Greer. Hard to believe in 1960s we were forbidden to add feathers to a summer hat and yet ostrich feathers were used in Edwardian times... but trends do control us !!

thanks Elaine - I'm looking at feather sites right now!   I've been told only to use glue minimally - but when you do, it should be 450. 

Was the feather-ban in the 60s a fashion or environmental decision?  

Thanks for sharing video. Very interesting


Can you tell me where you et self-inking stamps and fabric ink from? I assume it is a lot cheaper that having an embroidered label commissioned 

Sorry, I said that I would post a pic of my stamp.  I have just been swamped and I am just now getting around to it.  The first pic shows shortly after I stamped.  It still looks more shadow bleed.  The second pic shows what the stamp looks like after it has set for a while.  The cross hatching seems to take a little bit to develop and shows better on a poly or poly blend fabric. If I don't want the cross hatching, I can get a fairly clear stamp with a quick tap and little pressure on Duponi silk. I do want to switch to a stamp with a design and with fabric ink eventually, but right now the cross hatching does a lend bit of a design element.

This is a great discussion - thanks. I generally line everything with raw silk/ dupion remnants (see photo). Going forwards, I intend to stick to one colour lining per collection. I still haven't got around to sourcing labels yet though. But I will try the minilabels website mentioned above.


I think I've said before that I line everything.  I agree with Bridget that it can also protect the hat, but to me a lined hat is more finished and professional.  I'm loving seeing the different lining construction in this discussion..   Love this little twist Vivienne, and the gorgeous colour.  

I'm into a bit of vintage, so more often than not, will use the old-fashioned gathered method - as in the grey and red hats below.    

When I make flat-pattern hats, I make the lining exactly as the crown - sometimes embellishing it with appliques.  I usually try to make the lining 'a little surprise inside' with colour or pattern. 

I've used acetate in the past, but now moved to natural fabrics, silk (duipon or habutai), cotton lawn, fine linen and, once, fine wool.

I'm aware it's possible to block silk for linings - particularly for small headpieces - has anyone tried this?  

I would like to know how to make these gather method linings. Would you mind sharing please?

Hi Anel, I'd love to share, but I'll sit down and write it out properly.  Hopefully have it up here soon!

Thanks, much appreciated!


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