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.
When you make your hats yourself you get exactly
what you want. You choose the shape, the fabric and the
trim; you combine colors and textures to complement your
wardrobe and you create a custom design suited to your
appearance and your personality. There is also the advantage
of getting a perfect fit. How often have you tried on just the
right hat in a store only to find it wouldn't stay on your head;
the brim needed to be wider or the crown higher. No two heads
are exactly alike, and mass-produced hats can only generalize
on sizes. Making your own hats can save money too, especially
if you sew and have scraps of fabric that would otherwise be thrown
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.
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.
According to the author, Denise Dreher, "Making your own
hats can be a very satisfying creative outlet. It gives you a
chance to express your ideas and develop your sense of design.
Even when using a basic hat pattern, you still shape the brim,
choose the fabric, and arrange the trimmings with your own unique
touch. A special sense of pride and pleasure is inherent in being
able to say, 'I made it myself.' Anyone who has ever made anything,
from baking a cake to building a bridge, knows the inner reward
and feeling accompanying that work. And wearing a unique handmade
hat can be even more fun than making it!"