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Top Hat, Sean Barret

26. april 2019 - 28. april 2019

Over 3 days we will explore various ways of making a Top Hat, learning how to block felt, buckram and sinamay, making a shape through flat pattern cutting, covering the shape and trimming it. I am hoping that there will be a wide range of styles chosen from a classic mans Topper to some more extravagant variations, think Mad Hatter, Moulin Rouge etc.

Let your imaginations run riot, think lace, leather, feathers, flowers and jewels! 

The first day we will cover the basics of construction and I can discuss each of your individual ideas and designs and the following days we will work on creating them, and I will teach you about wiring, binding, lining and trimming. There is no limit on the number of hats you can make, or the style, we are only limited by time.

What to bring with you

Needles, dressmakers pins, fabric and rough scissors, wire cutters, a thimble (it can be hard on the fingers!!) thread, tube of glue (I use UHU power and Tacky glue) Fabric- something with a decent bias stretch, trimmings of choice. Bring anything with you that you love and want to use, it doesn’t have to be millinery related. I have used bird skulls, seed pods, artificial sweets and cakes, be inspired!!

I will bring a small selection of felt hoods with me along with buckram and assorted sinamay and wire. We can sort out prices as and when. 


Kursets varighet 3 dager 26.-28. april og avholdes på engelsk.

Tid fredag-søndag 9:00-16:00




I started my career by taking a degree in Design for Theatre at Wimbledon School of art, whilst there I discovered and became obsessed with millinery and the history of Hats and Headdress. After Graduating I worked for a year in the wardrobe department of a London Ballet company and then decided to try making my living by making hats. I had a brief spell working in fashion but found it too narrow a field. I was fortunate enough to be approached by a costume designer working on a film about the life of Lady Jane Grey. I made the hats and headdresses and that was the real beginning of my career. I work mainly for Theatre, Film and Television. Theatre highlights have been Wicked London, Stuttgart and Melbourne, My Fair Lady for the National Theatre, Oliver, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Follies in London. Television highlights- Downton Abbey series 1-5, Will,  Elizabeth 1, and The Crown series 1. Films I have enjoyed working on include Elizabeth, Shakespeare in love, Cheri, Alice and Alice through the looking glass,  Recent work includes Mary Poppins Returns and The Favourite. I love my work and I am very aware of how fortunate I have been.



26. april 2019
28. april 2019