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Classic Millinery Techniques: A Complete Guide to Making & Designing Hats [Hardcover]

Ann Albrizio , Osnat Lustig , Ted Morrison
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March 1998
Take basic sewing skills, add half a yard of fabric, and make one of 15 custom hats designed by an award-winning milliner. Over 250 illustrations guide you from drafting patterns to creating classic, head-turning hats. Start with a shirred beret, move on to a cloche, pillbox, or sailor hat.

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Several generations ago every woman wore hats. Now they function mainly as weather protection, period costuming, or special fashion accessories. Both of these books deal with stylish dress hats. Albrizio, a teacher at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Lustig offer step-by-step projects for making berets, pillboxes, or turbans from scratch. Terry takes plain straw or felt hats and adds colorful embellishments such as ribbons, feathers, or artificial flowers. Both books are full of techniques and ideas for making that special fashion statement. Recommended for public libraries.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hat-Making Guide June 14 2004
This book covers most of the techniques needed for making hats. It is beautifully bound and tasefully illustrated.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hat lovers' dream how-to book March 21 2000
By allison taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Author based this book on the first of five millinery courses in the curriculum she designed for the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC - and it looks every bit that comprehensive. Lots of full color photos show many possibilities for several contamporary hat types, and all the photos are based on the techniques outlined in the book. Covers straw and fabric boaters, basic band berets, 2-piece and stylized berets, basic turbans, pillboxes, cloches, visors, round blocked crowns, stylized shaped brims, cocktail/Juliet caps, and garlands. Author touches on design, spends a generous amount of pages on construction steps, 4 pages of glossary, 3 pages of sources, 2 pages on starting a small millinery busines, and adequately covers measurements. Trimming info includes feathers in detail, silk flowers, fasteners, horsehair, and fabric roses/bows. She includes many helpful hints, descriptions of basic millinery stitches, fabric do's and don'ts, and a very comprehensive list of supplies. Author says this book is sufficient to aid you in making professional quality hats, and I believe her. But prepare to acquire some new tools unless you already have a well-stocked workroom. Even a non-hat-wearer like myself gets excited by the possibilities of building great original headwear. For anyone who loves wearing original hats, or for a cocktail party regular, this would be a perfect gift. Can't think of anything that I would add to this book, except more, more, more photos!
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence. Oct. 10 2001
By Desiree - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where the author of this book has taught. Currently I am taking a millinery class there, where it was recommended that I buy this book. It's a perfect supplement to any millinery class, and to use after the classes when you're doing things on your own as a guide. One thing though: There was a mix-up with the photos on page 51. It's a confusing subject anyway so I think I should point out... Millinery belting ribbon, as Ann describes, has a scalloped edge; and grosgrain ribbon, which isn't used in hats (at least for the inside band) has a straight edge. The little diagram photos must have gotten mixed up, and they show the opposite. Otherwise, a wonderful book with very professional techniques (techniques you can only get from someone with serious professional and industrial experience).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Milliner ~ Hatmaker Feb. 9 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Lovely compelation of photos that go hand in hand w/ technique.

Gets you to jump right in making hats starting w/ basic techniques. An easy to follow learning method that moves you along starting w/ the basic cut and sew and moving on to more advaced methods.

Follow her suggested guide lines for using the book.

Are you the hands on type? Get this book. Youll be wearing a hat you made in no time.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book if you want to design Your own hats Feb. 4 2002
By Gunilla Andersson - Published on Amazon.com
I have attended evening-classes in millinery, and it was obvius to me that the writer is an experienced teacher. The book focuses mainly on how to make hats of ones own design. You are instructed how to construct your own patterns and how to make the patterns into hats. Most techniques were familliar to me from the evening-classes, some were variations. If You have some experience of sewing or millinery and wish to transform your dreamhat into reality I recomend this book to you.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the beautiful color photos are a feast for the eyes. Oct. 28 1999
By elissha parks (eparks@umaryland.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
as a budding milliner, the instructions for making various hats are very helpful, but when i contacted some of the sources for supplies, several of the phone numbers were obsolete, specifically, those supplying balsa head blocks. and, some suppliers have upfront charges for catalogs/lists. i would have liked to have seen the section for starting a small millinery business expanded more.
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