Millinery (Hat Making)
Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 11:00 AM - Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Have you ever wanted to make a wide, really wide brimmed hat? Or a tall stove pipe hat? A hat like the mad hatter wore? In this class students will use buckram while learning the basic techniques to build a sturdy, stable hat. Buckram is a very stiff fabric that has been starched. When you sew wire to the edges of the buckram you can make many strong yet flexible shapes.
Students will learn how to make a pattern for a hat and size it to fit. Students will learn how to sew wire to the edges of the buckram by hand or machine and then how to cover the hat with the fabric of their choice. In 4 weeks, students will complete a hat from the buckram base to the finished fabric and embellishments of their choice- flowers, feathers, beads, etc.
Some sewing skills would be helpful. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm!
Students should bring good fabric scissors, sketchbook, some pins, measuring tape and a ruler. As class progresses, students will find fabric of their choice and matching thread. There is a materials fee for buckram, millinery wire, pattern paper and glue, which will be provided by the instructor.
Instructor Biography: Andrea Zax
Andrea Zax, the owner of Zaxwear Custom Bridal Wear, has been designing and sewing wedding gowns and costumes for 25 years. Having worked with Boston Ballet, The Huntington Theater, and Boston Conservatory, she has fit hundreds of people - brides, actresses and dancers - into clothing and costumes. She has worked on Celine Dion's last North America tour, films, and music videos. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts is from Massachusetts College of Art, but she has been designing clothes since she got her first Barbie Doll!
Session 1: 10/9/2010, 11 AM - 2 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Somerville MA
Session 2: 10/16/2010, 11 AM - 2 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Somerville MA
Session 3: 10/23/2010, 11 AM - 2 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Somerville MA
Session 4: 10/30/2010, 11 AM - 2 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Somerville MA
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.