Millinery – a sinamay button beret with Anne Tomlin

Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Ref: S1D11497

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About this course

Learn the basic techniques of blocking a button beret sinamay hat, wiring the edge, sewing in petersham ribbon and making a lining.

Course Description

On this one day course you will learn the basics of making a small button shaped hat from sinamay. We will cover aspects of stiffeners, dyeing, blocking techniques, wire and wiring, and millinery stitches. You will learn how to sew in a petersham head fitting, and then make a lining with a special scallop stitch for a perfect finish.

Perhaps bring a flower or decoration to sew on your hat. We will talk about balance and placement and attachment and you will go home with a finished hat and new skills.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials including hat blocks, glue, materials, stiffeners, wire.

What students need to bring

  • Small embroidery scissors
  • Apron

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sewing threads
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Anne Tomlin

Anne has a degree in Textiles and trained at West Surrey College of Art (UCA, Farnham), then studied millinery at The London College of Fashion. She co-founded the Bailey Tomlin label in 1989 designing and making hats for many stores including Saks 5th Ave, Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Liberty.

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