What do milliners do all day?

When I first became a milliner, I had this lovely, romantic vision of me; sewing away in my studio, creating hats, day after lovely day, for all my wonderful customers… of course that is a really crucial part of what I do as an independent milliner, but I learned pretty quickly that there would be far more to it than that!

So, what DO I do, other than making hats?! Here’s a little insight into some of the things I get up to in the day-to-day running of my Birmingham hat making business!

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Sinamay - My favourite hat-making material!

For those of you who have met me, you will know all about my passion for sinamay. This lightweight, straw-like material is just so versatile, lending itself to all sorts of techniques for different styles of hats and fascinators. Plant based, eco-friendly, a distinctive character and a multitude of uses; I am its number one fan!

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What is a fascinator, anyway?

When is a fascinator not a fascinator? What is the difference between a fascinator and a headpiece? And while we’re talking about it, what are hatinators, percher hats, cocktail hats, saucer hats, button hats… the list goes on!

Just the descriptions of different types of headwear can be confusing for anyone not used to all the terms, so let me try to make everything a little clearer for you!

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