February 2013 Blog Posts (38)

HATS OFF MILLINERY CONVENTION

Hat Academy is excited to be one of the Sponsors for the  Millinery Convention "Hats Off to Brisbane" this July! Registrations open now – limited spaces for some courses. 
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HAT HINTS - VINTAGE MILLINERY INSPIRATION

"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we do not know." Fashion is like a wheel it just keeps turning & returning. Enjoy a glimpse from the 60's.
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ACCESSORISE

The Fashion conscious in Accra, Ghana love Lily Coleman's ability to accessorise to define the entire outfit. Her Creativity knows no bounds and brings joy and pleasure by making her clients beautiful, sophisticated and at times mysterious. This stunning fascinator & clutch bag is a striking example of her style.

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BLACK TOP HAT FEATHER

A Top Hat with a difference is the creation by Detroit Milliner Celeste Smith. The open crown with billowing feathers is one of her amazing pieces. Her best sellers are cocktails, pillboxes and wide brimmed hats most often in cream or black.
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king kong , the musical

Am currently working with another Hat Academy member Christine Thompson and also milliner Rick McGill on the headwear for the new show 'King Kong, the musical'. We have a huge amount of work ahead of us, but are up for the challenge.

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LOVELY LEAVES

Sheila Dozier of Ohio who at 60+ years has a love affair with hat making. This emerald green hat certainly brightens up a chilly morning. The clever use of a leaf trim on a stitched brim makes this a very…

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GIRLS LUV PEARLS

Especially if you live in Broome, West Australia - the home of Australian Cultured South Sea Pearls. The Girls also love the millinery creations of Hats by Felicity – the milliner on the move. The smiling faces of her customers in red tells it all. 
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STRIKING SIMPLICITY

Antoinette O’Mahony, a milliner and jewellery designer from Ardfert, Co. Kerry in Ireland worked as a Montessori teacher where she was able to give full expression to her creative side for 24 years. Now after training in jewellery & Millinery she works from her home based studio. Such is her love for creating her works of art that she often wakes with the" jump out of bed, I have it hat " feeling!…

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HAT HINTS - WORKING WITH PUZZLE BLOCKS

Puzzle blocks or five piece blocks are used when blocking berets and mad hatter crowns. The collar area is smaller than the width of the top of crown. To pull block out of blocked hat we need to remove block in stages. To ensure easy removal of five pieces here is a simple tip.
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Marketplace - Emerald Velour Cloche

Classic 1920s-style cloche in emerald green fur felt with a velour finish. Trimmed with a grosgrain band that has been accented with a beaded Art Deco-inspired motif.
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Hat Classes - Fascinators & Headpieces

Fascinators and Headpieces can be made in different shapes using different components. All the techniques are explained in detail plus tips to trim & line your headpiece will  give a quality finish. By learning how to add fabric you can co-ordinate with your clients outfit.

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GEORGINA HEFFERNAN NEW COLLECTION

Georgina Heffernan launches the first three collections. The designer led millinery brand stays true to its style: vintage, femininity and exclusivity.
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Hearts of Columbus

Catherine Trudel is all about pin-up retro styles, the belle epoque, punk rock and roll! As a newcomer Catherine is showing fine quality in workmanship. Living in Boissy St Leger, France fashion comes naturally. This is such a stylish cloche from her "Hearts of Columbus" collection. Check out her "tams" (tam o'shanter) in her gallery, sooo 60ish!…

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FASHIONS LATEST COLOUR TREND?

Fashion has reclaimed the colour emerald as the hue du jour. What do you think of fashions latest colour trend?
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BACK TO HATTING

An update from Kat Hazelton, sharing an insight into her millinery lifestyle.
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Marketplace - "Autumn" Fascinator

Art Deco inspired beading adorns this fun fascinator in fall colors.It is made of hand-blocked 100% wool millinery felt on a wired buckram base for added stability. Hand-done bead embroidery in glass seed beads of red, orange, gold and brown.
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Hat Classes - Felt Hats

Fabulous felt moulds easily with thorough steaming. It is the most creative medium in millinery as no risk of fraying. Detailed in this lesson is blocking wiring, stiffening & binding to give fabulous finish.
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L'atelier Chic Bibi

ChicBibi Modiste or Milliner states, "Each face has its glitter; let us help you discover your own…" Such a lovely way to connect with your customers. No wonder business is thriving in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This velvet boater has pure vintage personae..straight from a 1940s movie maybe. The millinery range to buy or hire offers an inviting variety.

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