Designing and Making Hats and Headpieces

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This inspirational book about the art of millinery is also an instructional guide aimed at anyone interested in hats, millinery, fashion, and costume design

Making hats is an exciting and highly imaginative craft, with endless possibilities for creative flair and innovative design. This book leads readers through the process, explaining the materials, tools, and equipment, before introducing a variety of hat types. Drawing on her rich experience, the author generously shares her ideas and advice so that you can achieve a professional finish and make a design that flatters the wearer and completes an outfit. This guide introduces stitching, shaping, and sewing techniques—the essential skills of millinery—and advises on design, where to find inspiration, and how to fit a hat. There is information on blocked hats, headpieces, fascinators, and cut and sewn hats, as well as further ideas for trimmings, such as bows, additional felt, veiling, flowers, and much more. With beautiful photographs and clear instructions, this book is an essential guide for anyone who wants to design and make a hat for a daily outing, a special occasion, or a costume.


Judy Bentinck is a practicing traditional couture milliner who teaches millinery from her own studio. Previously she spent several years designing and making theater and film costumes for the BBC and the Royal Opera House.