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Melbourne Cup Fashions on the Field photo competition format

Started Aug 15, 2018 0 Replies I have a few things to say about this. Yes fashion hearts will be broken from around the country. Yes…Continue

Tags: #runway, #glamour, #racedays, #flemington, #melbournecupcarnival

Lace stiffening, best product?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grainne McBrien Jul 20, 2018. 5 Replies

How do you stiffen your lace? I am not having much luck. I tried gelatine, tried PVA granules, and PVA/water 50/50 on guipure lace.. No luck. Should I try the chemical stiffener in the tin? I want to…Continue

Wiring support technique

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shara LaFave May 28, 2015. 18 Replies

Hi milliners. I am wanting to make a couple of large tear drop and saucer type hats which…Continue

Fashions on the field over 40's

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Panozzo Nov 12, 2014. 11 Replies

I have entered FOTF at Flemington, ambitious I know. I've only been to one Race Day years ago in Christchurch, NZ, and I've never entered this competition before. Has anyone got any tips on what to…Continue


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Linda H Watsky replied to carena28's discussion What type of sewing machine do you use?
"I have many different sewing machines.  My favorite is a Pfaff.  It rarely breaks on me.  I do have an industrial machine that I use for leathers and very heavy material.  Since it is a cylinder arm it helps when you can't…"
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Elaine Mergard replied to carena28's discussion What type of sewing machine do you use?
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Maame Ewurabena replied to carena28's discussion What type of sewing machine do you use?
"pls I have a hand machine that don't know how to thread to use it, can anyone help pls. it a singer"
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My fourth runway show

"Huge task to achieve making clothing for models to co-ordinate with your headwear -All of milliners here would say "absolutely humungous" Congrats on the success of your Runway Shows. Your Hard Work & Persistence is the Key to…"
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My fourth runway show

“Ravishing Fashionistas” at the Sofitel in Brisbane for UN Women Australia. I designed all 8 outfits and made the Millinery. Very excited to be a part of this event bringing diversity to Brisbane!
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Aug 15, 2018
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Melbourne Cup Fashions on the Field photo competition format I have a few things to say about this. Yes fashion hearts will be broken from around the country. Yes part of the thrill of Flemington is actually getting to walk on the same stage where Jennifer Hawkins walks. Sometimes a photograph does NOT do an outfit justice. I think there should be more criteria to this. I would like to see a flat lay of the entire outfit submitted. Then the 3 photographs…See More
Aug 15, 2018
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Jul 26, 2018
Grainne McBrien replied to carena28's discussion Lace stiffening, best product?
"I have been stiffening my lace with just the stiffemeing hlue. Shouldnt that be the strongest way??"
Jul 20, 2018
carena28 replied to Kendra Watson's discussion Hats and outfits
"Outfit first or hat first? This is the age old question being asked again in Hat Academy this week. Well the skirt came first and I made the hat. It was originally a plain tan and black boater but hey, who can resist adding a bit of colour in the…"
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Elaine Mergard said…

So pleased you found my site Hat Academy on the internet, Carena. Millinery is such a creative Art. Hope this site inspires you to learn these techniques and you will be surprised what you create. I am here to help you and only an email away. I live on the Sunshine Coast - a fellow Queenslander. Have a great Cup Day... next year wearing your own designer piece!!

To make the most of Hat Academy remember to read through the Welcome Page - Read here

Enjoy, Elaine

Elaine Mergard said…

Congratulations on starting your first lesson! To kick off make sure you have read through Getting Started and FAQs. Any questions on individual modules please ask by clicking "Lesson Discussions" located on the lesson video page.

All ready to go. Click on Start Lesson for each lesson . Any questions do get back to me


Shelagh Picton said…

Hi! Carena, Rose is a fantastic lady, she was milliner to our Queen Mother before the Queen Mothers death.  She has great patience and can make a pig ear into a silk HAT. LOL 

Shelagh Picton said…

Hi! Carena, no Rose isn't Tech savvy,  it sometimes takes Rose a little while to answer her emails unless she has someone doing it for her now. Her workshops are very reasonable but as its Black Heath London it can be pricey for accommodation. Shelagh 

Rebecca Share said…
Hi Carena, thanks for your lovely feedback. The hat was all blocked using traditional millinery blocking techniques (there was no thermoplastic in the hat at all). The yellow centre triangle was blocked with parasisal straw with one layer of Sinamay over the top and a layer of white vintage veiling. The outer triangle was blocked white leather over 2 layers of foundation material. Cheers, Rebecca Share :)
Jane Ryder said…

Thank you for your lovely message.  We finish filming the second season in two weeks.  We need the break, LOL! Can get back to making hats.

Glenna Combs said…

Thanks for accepting my friend request. I am new to this site. Have a lovely and blessed day.

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