About the Course
This is an introduction to the making of patterned hats. You will have a choice of developing a pattern for a cap, hat or beret.
This course gives you the opportunity to explore your creativity, development of design ideas and millinery techniques. The course is suitable for beginners who have achieved competence using a sewing machine, as well as those with millinery experience. Intermediate and advanced students will have opportunity to develop techniques and processes further.
By the end of the course you will be able to
make a hat/cap pattern for basic shape
construct a hat/cap
select and use interfacing for different types of hats/caps
how to line and professionally finish your hat/cap
Class format and activities
Teaching is both as a whole class and an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, handouts and other technical support material. You will negotiate individual learning goals together with the tutor.
Each session will be a mixture of demonstrations and individual work. The tutor will begin by introducing/explaining the materials and general techniques. As you begin to develop your own designs, you will do more independent work. The tutor will circulate to give individual advice and tutorials. You will work at your own pace and be given feedback on your progress. The course will end with a brief presentation of the finished pieces and review of techniques used to create them
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This is a Beginner's level course.Intermediate/Advanced students are very welcome. Basic sewing machine skills are essential
Students must be able to speak, read and write in English
Basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential You are encouraged to collect images of hats/caps which interest you and/or sketch design ideas. If you have any specific materials which you would like to incorporate into your hat/cap, bring these too.
What you need to know before you enrol
Using a steamer and cutting patterns and fabrics often involves standing at high tables. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you.
Health & Safety information will be given to you at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You may be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow college procedures as advised.
Some chemicals used may be harmful to certain health conditions or in pregnancy. Please make sure to let your tutor know if this is the case and they will advise you as to necessary precautions.
Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
You will be using tools under the direction of the tutor.
The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios - no liquids at all are allowed.
What you will need for your class
Buckram and interfacing will be available to buy from the college at a cost of no more than £10.
You will need to purchase a machine bobbin from the tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course.
You are encouraged to collect images of hats/caps which interest you and/or sketch design ideas. If you have any specific materials which you would like to incorporate into your hat/cap, bring these too. E.g.
• Any old jeans, skirt that doesn’t fit, shirt, maternity dress etc. of your choice
• Any remnants cloth that is suitable for making toiles (making samples)
• Any remnants cloth that is suitable for lining your hat (you will be advised about it)
• Dressmakers pins, millinery needles, thimble, matching threads
• Fabric scissors, paper scissors
• Pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, notebook for your notes
• Apron (to protect your clothing)
• Chalk pencil or tailors chalk
• Ruler, protractor, compass ?
• Tape measure (soft)
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