From the Neck Up: An Ilustrated Guide to Hatmaking by Denise Dreher

    Code: HMS-BV-FNU

    $30.00

    From the Neck Up: An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking is the most complete and unique book on millinery to date. It can be used as a method of self instruction, as a classroom textbook or as a reference guide. All of the hatmaking techniques are explained step-by-step and clearly illustrated by more than four hundred photographs and drawings. Professional millinery supplies, methods, materials and equipment are described and illustrated in detail with substitutes and improvised methods included for milliners with limited resources and budgets. No prior knowledge of hatmaking has been assumed. Even if you have never held a needle and thread before, you can, through careful application of the lessons in this book, make your own handmade hats either with or without the aid of a sewing machine.

    By studying this book you will learn how to make a well-fitting hat pattern, construct and cover a foundation, make your own trim, and insert a lining. You will be introduced to the more advanced millinery methods of hat design, manipulating felt, sewing straw and draping fabric. In addition, you will learn valuable professional tricks used to make hats that will amaze you with their simplicity and effective results.

    From the Neck Up: An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking will teach you not only how to make new hats, but also how to restore and remodel vintage old ones. Felt and straw hats can be easily cleaned and re-shaped, other hats can be re-trimmed and their imperfections disguised by a bit of veil or a feather. Once you learn to recognize quality materials you will be able to pick up old hats at thrift stores or garage sales and remodel them for personal use, fashion or costuming.

    Included in the book is a complete list of millinery supplies needed to stock a professional workroom along with the addresses suppliers. The book is further enhanced by sixty 1/4" scale historical and modern hat patterns for men and women including Classical, Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Baroque, Restoration, Edwardian, Victorian and Modern. With a well researched glossary and a comprehensive bibliography, From the Neck Up: An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking is an invaluable guide for experienced and amateur milliners interested in designing, making or wearing hats, whether for theater, film, formal or street wear. It is especially useful for fashion design, bridal wear, theatrical costumes, historical reenactment, science fiction, fantasy costumes and fancy dress headwear.

    With fourteen illustrated step-by-step lessons:

    Designing the Hat
    Materials & Equipment
    Stitches & Techniques
    Designing a Hat Pattern
    Constructing a Foundation
    Covering a Foundation
    Facings & Bindings
    Trimming the Hat
    Finishing the Interior
    Working With Felt
    Working With Straw
    Draping a Turban
    Making a Hat Headblock
    Renovations & Alterations

    Used as a textbook in college classes, costume shops and fashion institutes, From the Neck Up has become a classic in the field of period and modern millinery.