Introduction to Millinery

Design & Make a Luxury Fascinator

4 Hour Workshop

Date : Sunday 23rd February

Time : 11.00am - 3.00pm 

Price : £65.00


Maybe you have a special event or wedding coming up, and would love to design and wear your own bespoke creation? 

You may be thinking of setting up your own millinery business &

need guidance on how to create sellable, commercial designs?


Discover your inner milliner and join us for this workshop where you will design and make your very own beautiful luxury fascinator. 

We design and create statement hats, fascinators, bejewelled bridal headpieces in our day jobs as womenswear designers, so this is the ultimate place to learn the tricks of the trade!

Join us and learn the secrets of fascinator making, then leave with your first bespoke design and get ready for the compliments!


You will learn:

  • Design - thinking about balance, colouration and proportion.

  • How to work with sinamay, the main fabrication used in millinery

  • How to cover a base with fabric - many options of luxury silks, satins, taffetas and laces are available for you to use*

  • How to accent the design through delicate embellishment application

  • How to apply feathers, beads, motifs, appliqués

  • How to attach the comb or alice band to your design

  • How to ribbon cover an alice band to match your hair colour

  • Professional finishing techniques


  • Everything you need to make a fabulous luxury fascinator is supplied for you in class - no need to bring a thing with you. 

  • BONUS TREAT!  As our design student for the day, you gain exclusive access to our luxury fabric & trims store, which holds amazing remnants of fabrics and trimmings we have used in bespoke designs throughout the past few years. 


You are welcome to upgrade your design for by purchasing from this sumptuous fabrics and trims selection (exclusive sample sale prices) should you wish to add a touch of premium polish & impeccable detailing to your existing fascinator design.



  • All our fashion tutors are First Class Hons. Degree trained womenswear designers -  all have experience working in high street fashion head offices.


  • We are the ONLY sewing school in NI based in a real life, working fashion design studio - the ultimate place to learn. 


  • Love Sewing Bee & Project Runway? Our TWO fabulous fashion studios in Conway Mill are just like the design studios you see on TV!


  • Be surrounded by garments in work, inspiration galore - use the equipment and tools we use daily when designing and making.

  • We pack 4 classes into one day - perfect for busy people who want fast results.


  • Small classes = lots of one to one tuition. 

  • We are a technical sewing school, focused on: sewing, pattern cutting and fitting - from absolute beginner to professional levels. 


£65 for the workshop, all materials, trims, tools and equipment are included. (Sample sale fabrics excluded).


  • Sinamay fascinator base 

  • Silk or satin to cover the base should you choose

  • Sinamay for creating loops & sculptural designs to create height in your concept

  • Feathers

  • Beads and crystals

  • Comb or alice band

  • All threads and finishings

  • The class includes expert instruction to a small class of 6 maximum. 

  • We guarantee as much one to one tuition as you need in class

  • The use of our beautiful fashion studio for the day

  • The use of all our tools, equipment and cutting tables

  • Help yourself to tea, coffee and sweet treats any time in class

*Please note, we supply Sinamay, fabrics and trims in an array of colour ways to choose from on the day.*


  • Notebook, pen and mobile phone for photos and recording important tips & techniques. 


No sewing experience is needed to join this class

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