The Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking
Fabulous hats and headbands to fashion at home
Published 18 Apr 2013
Evocative of the romance and glamour of days gone by, hats are finally back in the fashionable spotlight they deserve. Only 70 years ago most women could make their own hats. They'd twist an old hat into a party-piece, or magic their old man's trilby into the talk of the town, but today we've mostly forgotten how to make hats ourselves. Unlike other hat-making books on the market, there'll be no expensive equipment or complicated skills to acquire. Inspired by vintage hats, Mary Jane will show you how to fashion your own at home, and guide you to create the perfect accessory to any outfit, be it for a wedding, a vintage tea party or simply to turn heads. From an elegant packable sun-hat, to a 40s-style fascinator, there'll be clear instructions and couture tips to help you achieve fabulous results from scratch, as well as tips on how to update a preloved piece. These easy-to-follow projects for handmade hats allow people to express their individuality far more than shop-bought items. Wonderful illustrations and fabulous photos complete a book that's both beautiful and brimful of ideas.
Mary Jane Baxter worked as a BBC journalist for twelve years before leaving her job to train as a courture hat maker. She worked with milliner to the stars Stephen Jones in London, did a stint with Marc Jacobs in Paris and sold her first collection to Harvey Nichols. She runs textile and millinery courses across the country and writes and reports on fashion, craft and creativity for BBC television and various newspapers and magazines. She was recently on our screens as one of the judges on the BBC2 series Paul Martin's Handmade.