Sophie Allport
  • Female
  • QLD
  • Australia

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Sophie Allport's Discussions

Happy Millinery Mother's Day!

As a milliner i feel very much like a mother.. My hats are my babies. The ideas form in my…Continue

Started May 6, 2016

Race Day Tips For Customers?
1 Reply

Sometimes you are approached by experienced race day enthusiasts who are confident in what…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jane Arnold Nov 18, 2015.

Aus Spring racing trends 2015?
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With the Australian Spring Racing Carnival right on our heels, we are wondering what trends do you see being popular this spring? In clothing there has been talk about sheer/transparent tops with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine Mergard Sep 10, 2015.

More Millinery in movies! The Dressmaker.
3 Replies

Who doesn't love a movie with hats in it? Well we are excited to say that there is a new one on the way! Set in a rural Australian country town, the film…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by GAYE LAWRENCE Aug 27, 2015.


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Sophie Allport commented on Hat Academy's photo

Veiled Brim Perchers Deluxe Course

"Sorry Liza, Yes you are right it does look like sequin film which could be an alternative but it was the most amazing leather that I found a limited piece and only wish I could find more! I have some(a small amount) stashed away in my special…"
Apr 11, 2022
Jacqui Dolan commented on Sophie Allport's photo

Allport Millinery

"Hi Sophie, I am trying to locate the course for the gorgeous hot pink crinoline halo with leather flowers that you featured on your instagram page on 2 September. Would you mind sending me the link on hat academy? Regards Jacqui Dolan"
Sep 16, 2021
Sophie Allport commented on Ana Victoria Mulcahy's photo


"This is incredible and i could not be more proud of you! I absolutely love what you have done here and love that you are combining skills you have learned and making it your own! As you learn and do more courses you will learn so many valuable…"
Feb 24, 2021
Sophie Allport replied to Iliana Hristova's discussion Website and e-shop
"Hello!  I used bigcartel (very basic) when I first started and then moved to Shopify and absolutley love it. I can’t speak for any other website interfaces but I love that Shopify has website templates that are easy to use, I was able to…"
Feb 9, 2021
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Sep 16, 2020
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Jul 14, 2020
Sophie Allport's album was featured
Apr 17, 2020
Sophie Allport posted photos
Apr 3, 2020
Sophie Allport posted photos
Apr 3, 2020
Elaine Mergard replied to Sophie Allport's discussion How To Make Your Own Hat Blocks?
"Ian Bennett generously shares all his proven methods to enable you to successfully make durable foam hat blocks."
Jan 25, 2019
Dupe Adetiba replied to Sophie Allport's discussion How To Make Your Own Hat Blocks?
"No, I have not make any attempts but I seriously need to make one to start with. "
Nov 6, 2018
Tiffany Arey commented on Sophie Allport's album

Spring 17

"Wonderful collection Sophie! You're a star! ✨❤️"
Oct 18, 2017
Sophie Allport posted photos
Oct 18, 2017
Christine Amanda replied to Sophie Allport's discussion Target audience?
"I started out approximately 4 months ago. I'm a young milliner who is focusing on creating fantasy and alternative inspired headwear.After exhibiting my millinery for the first time at a comic convention a few weeks ago, observing potential…"
Jul 13, 2017
Sophie Allport's photo was featured
Jul 5, 2017
Sophie Allport replied to Irina Bluebird's discussion Melbourne Cup Festival
"Hi Irina, This is an amazing carnival, not to be missed. Ladies entering FOTF competition can enrol online before the event or on the day but it is best to get in early so make sure you check times online! For the millinery Award it is invitation…"
Jul 3, 2017

Profile Information

I Love Hats Because?
They say something about everyone! Hats have the ability to transform the way someone looks, feels and acts. They are works of art.
About Me
I started Millinery in 2013 when I was lucky enough to get into an intensive week long course with Elaine, from Hat Academy.

I have always loved going to the races and getting all dressed up. Where i was living at the time in central QLD had very sad millinery options to choose from at the local boutiques and i had always thought to myself, i could make something like that! I had recently discovered Hat Academy online and also saw that Elaine was teaching an intensive millinery course during my holidays but unfortunately it was booked out. Elaine sent me an email last minute when another student pulled out and as the saying goes, the rest is history.

Since attending Elaine’s course, I have honed my skills through Hat Academy and attending various millinery forums and classes from incredible milliners from all over the world. I realised very early on that i wanted to make sure i had my own aesthetic so i chose to learn from milliners I admired for their techniques, skills and finishes rather than their designs specifically. I spent lots of money on materials and practiced different things and eventually i came up with my own ideas, techniques and unique spin to things.

I have spent the last 5 years as a full time Milliner, in Brisbane, Australia, working on my craft and creating my own unique millinery aesthetic and i can’t wait to help other milliners discover their own unique style and skills.

During my time as a milliner i have developed a deep passion for craftsmanship and quality materials and love using luxurious materials like leather, parisissal and tinalak straw, to mention a few.

I think it is absolutely incredible that we as milliners have the ability to turn humble material into works of art that share a little bit about us with the world and have the potential to take on a new life on the wearers head.
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Elaine Mergard said…

So pleased you found my site online, Sophie. Millinery is such a Creative Art. I am here to help you learn these skills. Any queries I am only an email away. 

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

Best Wishes, Elaine

AgAtelier by Agnes FIzzano said…

Dear Miss Allport,

I absolutely adore your head pieces!

I am only a passionate beginner in the millinery world, but your work is very inspiring! Thank You! Agnes Fizzano (AgAtelier)

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