Lovely pink straw hat with button and ribbon trim. The brim is folded to create 2 fan shapes and an upturn. A hat like this could cost from £50.
Lovely pink straw hat with button and ribbon trim. The brim is folded to create 2 fan shapes and an upturn. A hat like this could cost from £50.
A small beret style hat made from blue sinamay. The trimming is made from small feather flowers, burnt pheasant feathers and sinamay swirls with tiny white buttons. A hat like this would cost £85 to design and make. A perfect hat for a wedding.
A dark blue sinamay saucer hat with strong upright brim. Perfect for a wedding in any season or a race meeting. The trim has accent colours of white and jade to compliment the outfit. The hat is decorated with tiny black gems and a vintage button, which catch the light when the hat moves. The hat is placed on a wide band but could be secured with hat elastic attached to a base or strong clips. This would cost about £100 including a design consultation, drawing and materials.
Sinamay hat with an upturned brim, custom made for a mother-of-the-bride. The flowers and grasses are all handmade using sinamay, feathers and gems to match the dress worn. The base colour is oyster and creates a soft, flattering colour tone to go with most outfits. The brim is upturned and is flattering when photographed at a wedding. A hat like this would cost approximately £180, depending on the trimming used.
A custom made saucer hat with lace overlay to match an outfit. Perfect for a wedding or an event such as Ascot. The structure and lace create the impact with a simple swirl of sinamay to decorate. The hat can be secured on a band or using millinery elastic which is hidden under the hair. A hat like this would cost approximately £75, depending on the trimming used.
An individual oyster colour sinamay hat for a wedding. It has an upturned brim which looks great when photographed as the face is not covered in shadow. The trim uses the fabric from the client’s dress to add a strong accent colour. I used loops of green sinamay and delicate coq feathers to add movement. A hat like this would cost about £140.
Large brimmed sinamay hat in a gold sinamay fabric. Ideal for a late winter or early spring wedding. This one is trimmed with cream tones using feathers and a large sinamay bow. It has a copper sinamay accent around the brim and crown. It is almost complete, just needs the trim to be attached. A hat of this size with feathers would cost approximately £150.
This is a lovely hat for a winter wedding. The silver colour parisisal straw is a great base for any colour accents. This one is trimmed with blue and brown ribbon with vintage buttons. The shape was based on a 1940’s hat and the front brim is great for a wedding as it does not hide the face, suiting lots of face shapes. A hat like this would cost about £80.
This sculptural hat makes a statement from all angles. Jinsen is made from a warp of buntal straw and polyester thread which allows you to twist and sculpt. Buntal straw is made from the Buri palm leaf, which is a very large leaf and it’s structure provides lengths of fine straw. It is formed on a gold synthetic straw base which is wired to create a supportive structure. It is decorated with vintage buttons. The hat is secured on a wide band but would also need clips. Fabulous hat to wear at at race meeting or a wedding.
Parisisal cream straw hat with tall slanted crown. It is trimmed with natural sinamay and to add decoration, spotty ribbon and a button at the back. It looks good from all angles! This hat could be trimmed in any colour ribbon or decoration to match an outfit. Perfect for a sunny day wedding. Hat like this would cost from £60.
Pewter parisisal straw cloche hat cut in a 1940’s style with a high point at the front and back of the brim. A perfect hat for general day wear and for an event such as a wedding. The brim is wired and trimmed in sinamay. The orange ribbon creates a bold contrast colour with the black and white stripped buttons creating a contemporary feel. A hat such as this would cost from £80.
An informal hat for a sunny day or a wedding. Made from knotted straw in cream, the brim is wired so the shape is maintained. It is simply trimmed in striped ribbon and vintage buttons. The crown has elastic inside to help with a secure fit. A hat like this would cost approximately £70.
This little hat style is very popular as it is small but still has a proper hat shape. It suits most people and the headband is a lovely matching feature. The hat shape is made from sinamay and is trimmed with a feather flower and sinamay twirls. Great hat for a wedding. A hat like this would cost approximately £80, depending on the trimming.
A decorative large saucer hat made from printed sinamay. The shape and pattern creates the effect of a dramatic hat, which can be worn by women with different head sizes as it sits on a wide band. It is trimmed with swirls of sinamay and hearts. Great with a simple dress at a wedding or at the races. This hat would cost from £120.
This saucer hat is made from a large brim block and small crown block. It is made in a natural coloured sinamay with black dots and it is worn on a slant. The detail is increased through the addition of red sinamay hearts to add a fun aspect.
Great for weddings and the races. Held on by a ivory band but could be made with a metal band. Sometimes at outdoor events such as weddings, extra clips may be needed to secure the alice band.
A hat like this would cost from £120 depending on level of trimming and feathers.
This hat was made for an indoor winter wedding. The saucer is made from 2 neutral/grey tones in sinamay. The trimming is made from 2 black feather flowers with tiny white feathers and 2 burnt pheasant feathers to add height. The saucer is worn on a satin headband in silver. A hat like this would cost approximately £75.
This hat picks on shades of neutral and cream tones. The trimming is made up if simple swirls with tiny accents of green to match the outfit of my client. The hat includes tiny gold gems to catch the light. A hat like this would cost approximately £130.
This headpiece was made for a winter wedding. It has a red teardrop base in sinamay and the height is created with circles of different sizes. The sinamay circles create visually dynamic shapes when viewed from different angles. The headpiece is finished with some coq feathers cut into arrow head shapes with short stems. A hat like this would cost approximately £75.
Large informal parisisal straw hat with simple domed crown and wide brim. The edging remains rougher with machine embroidery and hand embroidery. The flower is made from feathers and sinamay with a large green quill feather to add contrast. A hat like this would cost approximately £120.
This large two toned hat was inspired by allium flowers. The large blue brim has a gentle curve and the short crown in white sets off the flower feature. The white feather flower is adorned with blue knotted biot feathers to mimic the dynamics of a blue allium flower. A large hat like this would start from£150.
Part of a series of hats inspired by allium flowers. This small saucer is designed to be worn on a silver satin headband and has a flower made from sinamay and feather flowers. It is also decorated with 2 green burnt pheasant feathers to add contrast and height. A hat like this would cost approximately £80 depending on the cost of the trimming.
Large pink sinamay saucer with contrasting lilac underside. The hat has two decorative flowers made from feathers and sinamay. The large pink flower on the upside with 2 large quills in green and a small lilac feather flower underneath the saucer. The flowers are inspired by Allium flowers as is the large saucer shape. A hat of this size would cost approximately £150 depending on the trimmings.
A delicate very pale pink sinamay hat trimmed with oyster to create a perfect summer wedding accessory. The hat is finished with twirls of sinamay in three tones to compliment the outfit. Light coq feathers add movement to this classic and yet fresh hat. A hat like this would cost around £150. This includes consultations and designs.
Orange sinamay hat with large upturned brim. It has a jaunty trilby crown and is trimmed with black sinamay swirls and a long stripped coq feather, black and ivory.
This hat would cost £150.
An individually designed hat made from sinamay fabric. The crown is a lovely cerise pink and the brim is black. The orange accent colour is a dyed sinamay made to match the outfit of my client. The trimming is made from swirls of black, cerise and orange sinamay with a long black quill to add an extra dimension. In this photo, the hat is not quite complete so there are unfinished details. Hopefully it still gives an idea of the look. A hat like is would cost approximately £150.
This hat was made for a mother of the bride. The colours were matched by using the main colours of purple and pewter with the highlight using pale lilac to add a delicate contrast. The hat is made from sinamay with a two tone effect. The main trimming is made from lilac feather flowers with swirls of sinamay and coq feathers. A hat like this would cost between £130 – £150 including individual designs and consultation.
Apple shaped saucer with delicate trim on the outside. Ideal for a summer wedding.
A hat like this would cost from £70.
Giant saucer, hand made on a modified wooden block. Worn on he side of the head with the feature feather flowers underneath the hat shape. Held on with clips, these are attached to a small base under the feather flowers. Looks great from any angle and any colour. This hat was worn in the Royal Enclosure Ascot. A hat like this would cost approximately £150
Simple but effective hat made from deep red sinamay with a wide brim and upturned brim. It is simple trimmed with a long quill feather and twists of black sinamay. A hat like this would cost from £120.
Giant bows made from sinamay in two colours. Placed on a band to secure to the head. Lots of fun and could be made in any colour combinations. The coq feathers cut to a point add movement and another layer of detail. This type of headpiece would cost £50.
Cute pillbox design with a vintage twist. Made from sinamay and trimmed with feather flowers, sinamay curls and burnt pheasant feathers. Can be held in place on a metal headband or with millinery fine elastic. A hat like this would start from £70.
A small cap shaped hat, it looks lovely on one side of the head and stays in place with a narrow metal head band. It is decorated with sinamay twists and swirls, small feather flowers and a button. Keeping everything in one colour emphasises the shape in the trim. A hat like this would cost from £70.
This is a large headpiece with pewter and pink sinamay sculpted swirls and a giant goose feather. It is an example of how you can create free form shapes to wear on your head. It could be attached with a band or milliner elastic.
This kind of headpiece would cost from £50
This hat brings together a number of colours to connect to the client’s outfit. The straw crown adds a more solid smooth white shape, contrasted with a pewter sinamay brim. The pale turquoise band between the two adds a pleasing feature. The hat is decorated with small swirls of sinamay and coq feathers.
A hat like this would cost from £120.
A large down turned brim with softly curved crown create a dynamic shape. The trim of feather flowers adding texture, and soft white tones make a stylish finish. A hat of this size with feather flowers would cost from £160.
Some people want to wear something on their heads but don’t want a large hat. A headpiece like this can pull together the colours in an outfit through thin strands of sinamay and delicate coq feathers. Small hats like this can cost from £30 depending on the feathers used.
This hat was made using some special sinamay printed with a lovely black and natural coloured pattern. It has a trilby crown and a large gently upturned brim. The trimming is a sinamay band loosely wrapped and flying out at the side. Within this trim are some tiny red hearts on fine wire.
Here are a few different ways of trimming a saucer hat. I tried out a few styles before deciding, with the customer, which one to use. So although they are not finished hats, this provides options. Small saucer hats like this cost from about £70, depending on the cost of the trim.
This is a large sculpted head piece made from pink sinamay swirls and a giant black quill feather;this is difficult to see in a photograph. It was attached with thin elastic under the hair but could also be on a band or held with clips.
Cost of a headpiece like this would be from £50.
This is a giant black saucer hat with an exaggerated down turned edge. The saucer has a central dimple for the head and under the brim is an explosion of large feather flowers on a small round base. It it attached to the head with clips. The great thing is that the sinamay has a large enough weave to let through the light so the hat is not too dense. The cost for a hat of this size with large feathers would be from £160.
A lovely little oyster saucer hat with dynamic feather flowers in a dusky grey/blue colour with 2 burnt pheasant feathers. It is sitting on a narrow headband which can be hidden under the head and is very secure. This type of hat starts at about £70 including designs.
Here is a lovely hat made for a winter wedding to be worn with a vintage dress and jacket. The hat is made from sinamay, blocked in a saucer shape. I made the shape on a wooden block which I customised for the hat shape. The colour is oyster and is wired around the brim to get a good shape. The outside has a trim made from a combination of feather flowers and crin in black with loops of sinamay. There is a hint of green and tiny diamente to link with the colour of the dress. It is held on with a band which can be hidden under the hair. There is a little trim of oyster sinamay under the main hat to add another layer of detail.
This is a classic upturned brim hat and you can see the elegant simple shape looks fab in this deep blue shade, dyed to match my client’s dress. The trim is made with feather flowers, cut feathers, thin strands of sinamay sculpted into loops. Just classy and ready for a wedding or the races. Hats like this with individual dyed fabric and feather flowers start at £130 including designs.
This is a cute black pillbox hat perched on the side of the head and secured using a thin metal band. The decorative trim is a blast of pink created with feather flowers to add drama.
This kind of hat would cost from about £100 due to the cost if the feathers.
I love this Audrey Hepburn shape and the fun of the text made out of sinamay and decorated with tiny red hearts. I made this years ago and have used this technique since to create decoration on hats. The expense is in the time it takes to wire the large brim and then hand stitch the white trim round the brim. A hat like this would cost from £170.
I made this large straw hat using plant pots as mould for the hat shapes. It is very tall, a real balancing act to wear and decorated with tiny flowers just like a cake. It was worn for a hen party at Ascot!
Lots of fun with a black hat with a lovely twist of colour to add shape. Sculpting with sinamay is still a great way to add dynamic to a hat. You often see sinamay twists as the total decoration on a hat. A hat of this size and trim would start at £120.
I have taken a picture of a hat from a pinterest page of mine. It is a hat I made a few years ago but seeing it reminded me of the lovely colour tones of soft pink, natural colours and a hint of pewter grey.
I love the soft tones you can get with millinery materials, lovely natural tones every season. Yes I love a bold hat and bright colours but equally like on these hats, it is great to twist, fold and make shapes with sinamay.