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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I am trying to line a fedora.  If I put a standard lining in it, it feels funny because it doesn't conform with the indentations in the hat. Is my only option to block a silk lining?  Which silk is the closest to the silk used to line men's hats - it seems really sturdy and shiny.  Maybe it's not silk at all.  I've just never seen fabric that looks like the fabric that lines men's ready-to-wear hats.  Any ideas?


Are you cutting your lining on a true bias?  I find as long as my linings are cut on a true bias, with an oval tip and side piece, that the lining stretches just fine.  Also make sure that the lining is not too small.  It should lay against the inside of the hat and not pull away from it.

Thanks for the feedback.

I've cut it on the bias, but I'm probably using really bad fabric.  I'm using something along the line of a quilter's cotton - just to practice and get the pattern down.  That's probably what the problem is.  I'll try it with more appropriate fabric.  But you don't block the lining for your fedoras?  

My linings at this point are looking like a 7th grade home ec project.  

Try silk dupion and make it up on the block you are using

Thanks Aoife!  I'll try that.  

I generally don't need to block my linings, but I have designed clothing for over 30 years and can cut a lining pattern that will fit pretty closely.  Blocking will give you a tighter fit however, providing your lining is the same size as the hat.

I think I have the tendency to cut them too big.  Thanks for the feedback!

I have purchased my woven hat labels off ebay from the following ebay store:


They seemed to be a decent price and of good quality. They can reproduce your art work on your label or design something that you are after. 

In terms of linings, I have used cottons that have a print, polyester satin look materials and also silk dupion - it depends what I am working with and what I have on hand. 

I tend to the majority of the time sew or glue my hat label at the back of the hat where the petersham head band join or overlap is....and I am sure years ago that I was told that when holding my hat (the front facing me that is), I should be able to read the hat label but for the life of me (as I have only learnt from books, the internet and the occasional course) I am not sure that is correct or not. So what do others do here?? Obviously from what I can see of some of the pics in the postings that some add their hat label to the lining instead. 

I recently printed labels on silk paper ( silk fabric with a paper backing) you can  print directly from your computer through a regular printer then peel the paper off of the back. They sheets come in a packet of 10 or 12 from memory and are  in A4 size I think, with different varieties of silk. I bought mine from dharma fabric in the U.S online.  They will do the job until i have  funds to get something better. I love to collect vintage hats and really admire  classic style labels they used from the 40s and 50s.

Here is a photo of my labels I recently had made by a fantastic label maker through Etsy. they're printed on super soft woven linen. the link to her shop is:

Is there another link to Dancing Needle? Etsy comes up saying that there is no shop with that name.


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