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I originally had to purchase this book for my millinery class, where it was heavily referenced but not really used (a lot more hands on learning than book learning). Years later, however, I still find myself flipping through it, trying to pull little useful snippets out. Often times, I'm successful. The book could, at times, do with more explanations and illustrations, especially if you're trying to teach yourself something. However, with a bit of fiddling on your own, you can usually figure out...
What a great find! A very useful book.If you've never followed a pattern or tried to figure one out using techniques not described in the Big 4 pattern instructions, you will find the book frustratingly vague. It does not walk one through a single project. However, it has a plethora of information and useful tips that will be invaluable to the costumer or sewer who wants to improve her millinery skills.There are a few basic patterns in the back for representative hats from various time periods (...
The sheer amount of information contained within this book is absolutely amazing and mind blowing; if you've ever wanted to know how to make hats yourself from the ground up, I'd argue that this is easily one of the best resources, as it teaches you everything from a to a; not only does it go over materials and stitches, tools, terminology, and the like, but it also contains several patterns for various historical hat types, using the standard grid method of scaling and transferring (minus the s...
If you have ANY interest in how hats are made or how to make your own, this is the book for you! It is the ultimate "how to" book on HOw to really make a hat that will survive forever. Hats are not just fabric. They have structure and support just like the human body has a skeleton and muscle. Find out the secrets behind how tomake whatever kind of hat your dear little heart desires,thr RIGHT way!
When I was studying millinery this was THE definitive practical text on hat making, and many years later it still is. Written in a clear, easy to follow style it covers techniques suitable for both fashion and costume hats. Sadly many of the materials and supplies listed in the book are now difficult to find, but that is more to do with the general decline in fashion millinery than any fault of the text.
This is a useful how to book that starts with the basics (terms, equipment, materials) and offers readers advice and instructions on the art of millinery. I think I was a bit too optimistic when I thought I could make my own fascinator and/or mini-hat to wear to a friend's wedding in two months, but this book has whetted my appetite for a more leisurely exploration of hatmaking in the future.