February 2013 Blog Posts (47)

VINTAGE WEDDING HAT

"We'll make you look great" is the commitment of Mary Walkup at her Store in Lake Wales, Florida. Such is her love of millinery, she now lets her creativity flow to the ends of her imagination. This vintage replica of a bridal hat from early 20th Century displays her skills but wide brimmed Derby Day and church hats are her favourite creations.

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MODEL OR MANNEQUIN?

Do you think hats look more 'professional' on a model or mannequin?
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WITH LOVE

The Hat says, "I am a confident woman." Patricia Cooper exudes confidence in her styling. Her favourite colour is Red & is now addicted to Millinery since commencing in 2011. This disc hat appears to be made with love in mind. Happy Valentines Day to Patricia & all members on Hat Academy - enjoy this bouquet of roses.

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ROSIE OLIVIA MILLINERY

Rosie Olivia Millinery is a luxury collection of women's designer hats and headwear producing two diverse ready-to-wear collections a year Autumn Winter and Spring Summer and provides a special bespoke service where we will create an original bespoke hat just for you.
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Hat Classes - Pillbox

With more fabric in the world learn how to cover a crown with fabric for a perfect soft finish. Choose any of three foundations you are taught to block in this lesson. For unusual blocks learn how to make paper patterns on the block. No pillbox is finished without veiling & a trim – all detailed in this lesson.

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FASCINATING

Susan Fage from UK states she is a beginner but her friends & family lover her fascination with Fascinators. This purple fascinator exhibits a surround of pleated straw & resembles an open shell full of surprises. Susan is…

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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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PHILIP TREACY BOOK

The photographs inside are actually the result of a 20 year collaboration between the revered hat designer and long-time friend Kevin Davies who's followed Treacy every step of the way.
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RACHEL DREWER 'ZEPHYR' COLLECTION

Rachel Drewer presents her brand new 'Zephyr' couture millinery collection for spring/summer 2013. Filmed on location behind the scenes of the official photoshoot in a barn in Hampshire, England.
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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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Favourites

NEW FEATURE: Click the favourite button on Hat Academy and not only do you show your admiration for photos, videos, headlines, but you also bookmark that content. Check under "Community" then "Favourites" for a list of previous favs, a great way to flag inspiration and ideas!
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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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