Torb and Reiner

Torb and Reiner

Murrumbeena, VIC

Beginners Millinery Short Course Spring/Summer

What to Bring

  • Basic sewing kit. (you will be sent a list but you may already have these items)
  • Apron
  • Millinery materials are all available for purchase at the time of the class. You will need to allow about $50 - 200 for materials depending on what you choose.

What to Wear

  • Casual - please wear closed in shoes

Appropriate For

  • These short courses are designed for people who want to learn millinery from the basics up.

Beginners Millinery Short Course Spring/Summer

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Duration: 5 x 3 hours sessions 6-9PM (15h total)
  • Mon 13th, 20nd, 27th Feb and 13th, 20th Mar 2017

What You Will Learn

  • Use Sinamay to create a partially blocked partially free shaped fascinator.
  • How to secure hats on your head
  • Use sinamay in a traditional way using hat blocks to shape a crown and a brim.

What You Get

  • Your fished fascinator
  • Your finished hat
  • Tea and/or coffee


Sinamay is a fabric that has been used in millinery since the 80s. It seems to get a bad rap from many people because they are used to seeing it made into a dowdy, dated style with a cheap trim glued on - something you would see advertised for the Kentucky Derby. But sinamay is so much more! It’s versatile, it’s cheaper than most millinery materials, it comes in a wide range of colours and it can be used in many ways.

We will explore this material in 2 completely different ways. First, to get you into the swing of things you will make a partially blocked partially free shaped fascinator using sinamay as the main structure. You will learn how to manipulate this fabric into interesting shapes and how to secure this to the wearers head. In no time you’ll be marvelling at what you have created. 

Then, we will use sinamay in a traditional way using hat blocks to shape a crown and a brim. We will learn how to join these two elements together to make a hat.

What you will learn:

  • About sinamay and its types and textures
  • Sinamay Blocking
  • What a bias is and how it’s used in Millinery
  • Rolled edges,
  • Fitting a binding
  • Fastenings for a hat
  • Stiffening
  • How to sew a head fitting
  • Joining elements together to make a hat
  • Trims available and how to apply them
  • Millinery stitches
  • Millinery tools and equipment and how they are used
  • Much much more. You will always pick up heaps of useful tips.
  • We encourage people to take notes and photos if this helps you learn.

Note: We need 3 students to make this course run. If we do not get the numbers by the time the course start date it will have to be rescheduled or another contingency put in place. If this happens we will be in contact to discuss this with you.

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