Milliners design and make hats and other headgear such as caps, berets, bonnets, fascinators and bridal headpieces, using materials such as felt, fabric, fur, leather, straw and artificial flowers.
Duties & Tasks
Milliners may perform the following tasks:interpret fashion trends and use them in designing hats and other headgear
mark and cut patterns to desired shape and size, lay the pattern onto fabric and cut around it
shape, cut, twist, roll, fold and reinforce fabrics and other materials with wire to gain desired effect
assemble hats by hand or using a sewing machine
steam and press material into shape by hand and, if needed, stiffen it by using a special solution
sew trimmings such as ribbons, buckles, braids or chains onto hats
operate semi-automatic blocking machines for mass production
alter, renovate and re-block (re-shape) existing hats
package and dispatch hats for customers
display, fit and sell hats and accessories.
Milliners employed by mass-production firms usually perform single tasks, such as trimming hats with ribbon or sewing in headbands. Milliners making 'semi-model' (limited production) hats hand trim shapes that have been moulded by machine. Highly skilled milliners create designs in fabric or on paper that can be followed by other milliners.
enjoy practical and manual activities
good hand-eye coordination
artistic sense of colour and design
patient and able to persevere
understanding of and interest in fashion trends.