Beginners Millinery Short Course Spring/Summer

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

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.


Torb and Reiner

Vendor since 2013

T&R has been supplying quality millinery products to the world for over 6 years. We also have a long history of providing millinery education to students all over Australia with our founder Waltraud Reiner teaching from the Hatmobile.

Even now whilst there are different an varied teachers taking workshops at T&R we all have on thread in commmon. We want to provide the best training possible to ensure the skills we have learned are passed on. In a world where so many things are throw away we are proud to go against that trend and empart the ability to make quality products. Whether that is a hat, costume, sun dress or an oven mitt we want the student to feel they are learnig a skill they can use. 

Our Vision:

We provide the highest standard of millinery and sewing education, supply the finest millinery tools and materials, and support aspiring millinery and textile designers/makers. We are dedicated to supporting our community, and to inspiring generations of hat-lovers with the skills and ideas we share.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Torb and Reiner requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Torb and Reiner to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Torb and Reiner or organised by Torb and Reiner must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Torb and Reiner.


I agree to give Torb and Reiner unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Torb and Reiner classes and events or on Torb and Reiner's premises. (For use of Torb and Reiner marketing materials).


Torb and Reiner requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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