Dates: 2020 Dates coming soon

Time : 10am – 4.30pm


3 x places available per workshop

This is a perfect class for anyone wishing to create something fabulous for an upcoming Summer Wedding or during Royal Ascot 2019!

You will learn the basic principles of couture millinery using sinamay.

Day 1 will involve blocking your material, stiffening and wiring your hat base and attaching the petersham head fitting, elastic and comb so it stays securely in place when worn.

Day 2 is all about decorating your hat and various trimming options will be demonstrated. You can then choose to trim your cocktail hat using sinamay twists, handmade silk flowers, veiling sprays or feathers. Your fabulous handmade cocktail hat will then be ready to wear at your next Wedding or Race event!

Materials are provided – just bring a notebook and pen.

***The image shown is an indication of the type of cocktail hat you will create, however please note it will vary in design.

You’ll leave with:

  • A supplier list for your material needs after the course
  • Your finished cocktail hat

Additional Information

Refreshments will be provided and we will break for a 30 minute lunch at 1pm.

A local shop and cafe/restaurant are just a few minutes walk away, however please feel free to bring your own lunch. Please bring along a small box to take away your handmade work.

Hand sewing skills are required.

About Joanne

Professional milliner Joanne Edwards worked within the fashion industry for ten years, designing
womenswear and bridal dresses before starting up her own range of headwear and accessories in 2012.
She studied under innovative milliner Noel Stewart, before working for couture milliner Edwina Ibbotson
and fashion milliner to the celebrities Piers Atkinson. Joanne creates hand crafted bespoke hats and
accessories for private clients and special events, such as Royal Ascot. She collaborates on fashion and
headwear projects, for brands including Vidal Sassoon and is a short course tutor at Central Saint Martins.

Refund Policy

We understand that plans sometimes change. If you can no longer make it to a workshop or private tuition, then email us at least 7 days before the scheduled start date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the workshop or private tuition.

Enquire about this course

If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for or want to ask a question about this workshop,
please contact us.


”She teaches with a lot of patience and takes into account the abilities of the student”
Netta Gabor, November 2016.

”thank you so much for your encouraging and hands-on tuition”
Summer-Rayne Hallowes, September 2017.

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