1880s Bustle Era Hat Online Class
Beginning millinery class to complete your Victorian Bustle Era ensemble!
You have your bustle dress but now it’s time to complete the outfit with a fantastic hat! But you have no idea how to make one, where to get started, or even what supplies you need. You need HELP!
Stop dreaming – this is the class for you!
Through 4 detailed lessons, we’ll cover all the steps needed to create a buckram hat with formed crown and brim. Each lesson has 3 to 5 videos along with an accompanying PDF handout complete with homework assignments to keep you on track with your project.
“Thank you so much for this class. I’ve made a few hats in the past but I appreciated your tutorials and lesson plans: they really expedited the process.” ~Gailynne B.
This class is for intermediate-level crafters. You’ll learn exactly how to complete each step but you should understand basic sewing techniques including hand sewing stitches like the whip and stab stitch. This is more of a crafting class rather than sewing and for the most part we’ll stick with simple instructions for easy project completion.
The priority of this hat class is for you to understand how a buckram frame hat goes together. Once you understand the basics of putting a frame together and covering it, you’ll be able to tackle other hat and bonnet designs. They are limitless. 🙂
Together we’ll focus on the specific topic of making a buckram frame hat project so we can saturate the knowledge and improve our millinery skills. We’ll explore the various parts of hats from the 1870s and 1880s including the varying crown height and shaped brim and that most important of all – trimmings!
“Jennifer, you have to be detailed when writing sewing instructions…. One of the reasons my project is coming out so successfully is that you write very detailed instructions.” ~Diane Ullman
Detailed Lesson Plans Prepared for You:
Lesson 1: Discuss millinery supplies & tools, pattern selection, hat designs, recommended fabrics, & possible trim ideas
Lesson 2: Cutting buckram and fabrics; applying millinery wire; forming the crown section
Lesson 3: Adding a mull layer to the frame; covering the crown and brim sections with fabric
Lesson 4: Joining the crown to brim; adding trims; adding a lining; tips for wearing your new hat
Although making a buckram hat can seem quite complicated, we’ll walk through each step in detail so you know exactly what to do.
For this class, we’ll be using the popular Truly Victorian patterns #550 and #551 (sold separately). Several other pattern options will be provided, but please note all lessons will cover the above patterns specifically.
Choose which decade you want to make: Early Bustle 1870s or Late Bustle 1880s. Or make a hat that works for both! The techniques you learn in class will carry you far beyond the Bustle Era too.
“I’ve made one buckram foundation hat to date. I did it but when I had a question there was no one to go to. Thanks to you, Jennifer, and your online 1880s hat tutorial, I watch the videos, do the work, refer back to the videos if needed and move forward to create with confidence. It’s like having my very own personal instructor by my side! Love it!!” ~Joy F.
Valuable Skills & Techniques You’ll Learn:
- Fabrics specifically recommended for 19th C. millinery projects
- How to sew wire to buckram by both hand and machine
- Why you should add a mull layer to your hat frame
- Cutting buckram the easy way
- Learning how & why to use a thimble
- How to get the tip to fit into the formed crown section
- How to cover a hat frame with fabric
- Working with a curved needle
- Types of trims & their placement suitable for late Victorian hats
- How to apply trims to hats
- Tips for how to wear a bustle hat including hairstyles
“I tried to make the hat on my own, following the pattern instructions. Your class made the difference between a costume and an historical hat which I can now wear with pride. I can’t recommend your classes enough.” ~Becky Millinger
Beginning to Intermediate Level Class
If you have sewing experience but are new to millinery, you will feel quite comfortable here. The class is designed for those who know very little about hat making. We’ll be following the pattern instructions but also other techniques learned over the instructor’s personal hat making experiences. You should be able to keep up with the class just fine.
If you are new to sewing or crafting, you are most welcome. However, you may need to rely on the glue rather than the hand stitching more often throughout the steps. Challenge yourself to something new!
If you are advanced in your sewing skills and have made/attempted hats before, you are welcome! Many of our students are advanced but take the classes simply as a means of personal accountability. And a way to get those pushed aside projects DONE. 🙂
“Huge thanks to you, Jennifer. Very well done. This has been a great class and my skill level overall has improved because of it. ~Amy Osterholm
Class begins when you’re ready. Access to the class never expires.
Be sure to download & print the handouts too for future projects!
Class Fee: $47
Includes 4 full lessons with handouts, over 3 hours of video tutorials, and a fun sewing project!
Upon successful checkout, students will receive a link to download a PDF with instructions for how to access the class and get started on the projects. The sewing begins right away!
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Jennifer Rosbrugh, DBA HistoricalSewing.com, is an affiliate of Amazon.com and Truly Victorian.