FAQs
 
How do I buy a hat from your website?

Contact Claire on 01423 714893 or clairehspooner@yahoo.co.uk for availability & prices. Goods may be purchased by paypal/BACS and posted to you.
 
Alternatively, make an appointment to visit the workshop where you can try several styles and we can tailor the fit, or to order a bespoke piece.

How much does a hat cost?
Please use the following as a guide for a hat or headpiece made in sinamay and dyed to compliment your outfit:
Medium fascinator with quills from £140

Cocktail hats from £180

Saucer styles from £180

Formal brimmed hat from £300

What size are your hats?
Many cocktail hats/headpieces are designed to "perch" on the top of your head (as opposed to fitting the crown) and are therefore one size.

We will adjust fittings so that your hat or headpiece sits perfectly on you. More formal brimmed hats that fit the crown are made to order to fit your head size.
 

How do they stay on?

Cocktail hats can be fitted with a hat elastic, this sits at the back of the head with the hat tilting forward. Elastics are comfortable to wear and work with lots of different hairstyles - even cropped. We will dye the elastic to blend in with your hair colour. Alternative fittings like headbands, combs & clips are also available and used for fascinators and saucer styles.

 
How do I care for my hat/headpiece?

Store loosely supported in acid free tissue paper in a hatbox, pref. in a cool place, then there's no danger of damage or fading.

Avoid handling trims and brims, as they are particularly delicate.

Many hat shapes, flower and feather trims are formed using stiffeners (glues) and steam, so please do not wear in the rain, wash or leave on a heat source (a radiator for example).


Can you make me a vintage style hat?

We've created hats in the style of the 1850's to the 1950's! We'll research a design to compliment your outfit and the look you want. We have a fabulous stock of period ribbons, feathers and trims for an authentic feel.

  

  
Can you match the colour of my outfit?

Yes, our bespoke millinery service is designed to offer you headwear tailored to beautifully
compliment you and your outfit.


Tell me about your bespoke service...


If you have a special occasion, we'll design a hat or headpiece tailored to you & your outfit. Contact the workshop to arrange a visit and try on some different shapes and styles - there's no obligation.

Where possible, come with your outfit (including shoes, bag and jewellery), or bring photos and fabric swatches. 
 
When you're happy with a design, we will look at colours and the best fittings for you.

If you'd like to place an order, we will give you a written copy of the order details and take a non-refundable deposit from you. Depending on the design, we may ask to keep part of your outfit to ensure the best colour-match.
 
Where possible, we like to arrange a fitting with you before completion of your design. This is an opportunity to make any adjustments to the design or fit. We are also very happy to e-mail photos of the hat/headpiece as it's being made.  
 
Please allow 4-6 weeks for your order (especially over Spring/Summer), this timescale allows for design work, delivery of materials, the dyeing process and lots of hand-sewing! Of course, if you have less time, we will do our very best to accommodate.

On completion of your order, we will contact you for a final try-on and collection. The remaining balance is payable on collection. 

Please see our page "The Making of a Hat" to see an example of a bespoke order as it's made.