1 week with Rose

What a week I have had.

I spent last week soaking up knowledge from the millinery legend that is Rose Cory, and I am so hungry for more, I have signed up for another week in November. Yay!!

I am not going to bore you with too many details in this post, so I will just show you a couple of the things I worked on, and then do 2 different posts, showing the process from start to finish, and also how to make a silk velvet rose.

This week saw me learning how to block hats using a wooden hat block, sewing the blocked pieces together, wiring the edges of the hat, and then finally trimming the hat. I made a rose from silk velvet, and that was so interesting. We used a velvet board, which I had never seen before, to preserve the pile of the fabric. Rose said in the absence of a velvet board, a thick towel can be used. I will talk more about that in another post.

I made a cloche…….

…..a beret

 I blocked a small button shaped beret and trimmed it with the flower I made in July.

 another little headpiece

Trying on my handwork.

A mini sequence of what I did

I received a few requests about rolling sinamay from one of the posts I did in July, so when I find the time, I shall do a little post about that, showing you the two ways I have been taught to roll sinamay. It is not difficult, but it is a bit time consuming. 
I can go back to sewing now. I have really missed sewing, and hopefully I can get my sewing mojo back as it seems to have gone fishing. 



  1. August 26, 2012 / 1:03 pm

    They are all gorgeous and look stunning on you – if you are making hats this beautifully I wouldn't stress about your sewing mojo, it will return. In the meantime enjoy your mad hatter period! Fabulous!!

  2. August 26, 2012 / 1:40 pm

    oh wow they are so beautiful! They look really professional too. Wow.

  3. August 26, 2012 / 3:00 pm

    They're fabulous! You're bound to get your sewing mojo back, because you'll have to make new outfits to wear with all of them!

  4. August 26, 2012 / 3:18 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous hats in just a week, they are beautiful and what a great skill,to have .

  5. August 26, 2012 / 5:05 pm

    They're stunning Dibs! I love the blue beret, and the silk velvet rose looks pro! What a fabulous week, I can't wait to see what your November adventure brings…

  6. August 26, 2012 / 5:18 pm

    Wow! These are incredible! You're inspiring me to try hat making!

  7. August 26, 2012 / 7:44 pm

    What amazing hats. The cloche is my favourite, but all the hats look fabulous. I would love to do this, it looks like so much fun.

  8. August 26, 2012 / 8:13 pm

    They are beautiful hats. I envy the fun you had making them all.

  9. August 26, 2012 / 8:13 pm

    They are beautiful hats. I envy the fun you had making them all.

  10. August 26, 2012 / 9:32 pm

    Wow, wow, wow Dibs! I can't believe what you've made in a week…they are all so beautiful and look amazing on you! I'm so impressed!!!

  11. August 27, 2012 / 7:14 am

    Wowzers!!!! These are all fantastic! You really must enjoy hat making, good luck for the course in November. 🙂

  12. August 27, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    STUNNING! The blue beret with the bow is my absolute favorite!

  13. August 27, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    OMG these are stunning! You are so talented! Oops too many exclamation points, but you so deserve them. If I were you I would sign up for another week as well. I am seriously impressed. I love them all, but the cloche is my favourite.

  14. August 27, 2012 / 10:31 pm

    They're all fabulous, but I especially love the blue beret with the bow. I can't wait to see your other posts about the process. I'm pretty green with envy that you got to do a millinery course.

  15. August 28, 2012 / 4:47 pm

    girl you look fabulous! I'm really jealous that your learning all of millinery stuff. I can't wait until you publish your tutorials!

  16. August 28, 2012 / 5:46 pm

    I just back into town and catching up on things. I was quite excited to see your millinery post in my rss feeder! What beautiful work Dibs! You must be so so proud. I love the colors you chose and how pretty they fit you. Silly question: Is the block specially sized to match your head size?

  17. August 28, 2012 / 10:48 pm

    Thanks Lizzy. I just started a project today, hopefully I see it to completion.

  18. August 28, 2012 / 10:49 pm

    Aww that's so nice. I think it helped that I was getting guidance from the teacher.

  19. August 28, 2012 / 10:50 pm

    Lol. That is supposed to be the plan, but I don't know if it will happen according to plan.

  20. August 28, 2012 / 10:52 pm

    Thanks Wendy. It was quite an intensive week, and I am really glad I did. There is still so much I could not learn because of time.

  21. August 28, 2012 / 10:52 pm

    It sure was.

  22. August 28, 2012 / 10:54 pm

    The velvet rose is soooooo easy to make. I will be doing a tute on that soon.

  23. August 28, 2012 / 10:55 pm

    You should try it Jill. It is really interesting. A lot of handsewing, and patience is the key I think.

  24. August 28, 2012 / 11:07 pm

    It really is. Maybe you can sign up for a taster class? If you don't have one near you, check out "the hat academy". You can find a lot of info there, and there are some online lessons too.

  25. August 28, 2012 / 11:09 pm

    Thank you. Ha, it is fun, but it can also be quite painful to block the hats using wooden blocks.

  26. August 28, 2012 / 11:10 pm

    Thanks chica. Next time I'll show you how to do a small beret, and the rose.

  27. August 28, 2012 / 11:11 pm

    Thanks Lynne. Yeah I do enjoy it. There's a lot of handsewing involved, which reminds me of couture dressmaking.

  28. August 28, 2012 / 11:12 pm

    Thanks Carmen

  29. August 28, 2012 / 11:13 pm

    Hihihihi. I love that one too. It is such a nice shape. I could not resist using the hatblock.

  30. August 28, 2012 / 11:15 pm

    Thanks Laurie. Cloche hats are so cute aren't they? I am looking for a hat block like that, but they are so expensive. I keep hoping I can find a second one on eBay that won't break my bank.

  31. August 28, 2012 / 11:17 pm

    Ah, green is the way forward. Lol. I will try to put something out soon about the process or maybe do a video. I need to find a tripod first I think.

  32. August 28, 2012 / 11:18 pm

    Thanks Maddie. Hopefully I will get the first one out soon.

  33. August 28, 2012 / 11:22 pm

    Not a silly question at all. For the Cloche, I used a block that was my head size. The average woman's head is 22.5inches. Mine is way bigger than that..lol. the smaller hats don't have to be ur head measurement because they are not full hats. There is a hat stretcher that can be used to make the hats wider at the head fitting point incase you don't have the right sized block.

  34. Susan
    August 31, 2012 / 1:50 pm

    Wow, stunning! I think you've inspired me to do another course!

  35. September 10, 2012 / 12:14 am

    Dibs, I just wandered over here and ahhhhhh! I love your hats! That blue beret!!!! And your red dress is gorgeous!

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