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Sinamay Couture techniques – By Wies Maduit

February 17, 2018 - February 18, 2018

We have found Wies Mauduit willing to give away some secrets of the couture techniques of sinamay. She is going to give us an unique 2 day workshop.

Wies Mauduit attended the Fashion Academy Charles Montaigne in Amsterdam (now Amsterdam Fashion Institute), where she learned the basics of hats and designs from Elizabeth van der Helm as part of the Haute Couture program.

She then worked in Paris for 24 years. First at the hat designer Jean Barthet where she completed her education. The House Barthet provided the collections of well-known fashion houses such as Chanel, Emmanuel Ungaro, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Claude Montana and Sonia Rykiel.

Then she worked for the Comédie Française, the French national theater that houses its own costume department, as the manager of the hat studio. Her own website is www.laplusbelle-hoeden.nl

The workshop:
Sinamay is known as a versatile material. Nevertheless, standard forms are often used. Would not it be a lot more exciting if you could vary on existing models and design your own shapes?
This can be done by incorporating sinamay wire.
Learn now to use sinamay in the couture way and make a beautiful occasion hat for this spring!

In this two-day course we will go:
1. Calculate how much sinamay is needed to be able to work “and bias”
2. Blocking a brim – on the bias – 2 layers
3. learn about different ways of seaming
4. Blocking in 3 layers
5. Adjust dome and brim, improvise with the shape
6. make a nice cover along the edge
7. when there is time left, we will make couture decorations

What will you bring to the workshop:
1. simple calculator (with the functions roots and squares)
2. notebook or notebook
3. sewing kit, big pins, centimeter, pencil mark
4. beading wire
5. different colors of yarn (look for inspiration on the website of Pierre & Pierre Millinery Supplies – more than 35 colors – www.pierre-et-pierre.net
6. pricks / blocking pins for hat molds
7. blocking string / string or ribbon
8. scissors to cut sinamay
9. pliers to cut laiton
10. bowl for water (for example Breakfast ball)
11. simple iron, not too big (no steam iron)
12. 2 wooden blocks of your choice, 1 for the dome and 1 for the brim*

* N.B. The simpler the brim, the easier, eg a breton (symmetrical, all-around edge), the more complicated brim, the greater the challenge and even more fun! (Eg an brim that is not equally wide on both sides.)
If you do not have suitable blocks yourself, you can indicate this to Joke: we will take care of that for you.

Including :
2 meters of sinamay of your choice, stiffener and laiton

The official language is in principle Dutch, but Wies speaks fluent English and French

Carlton Ambassador Hotel
Sophialaan 2


February 17, 2018
February 18, 2018
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