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For my hat-making class this past Friday, we went to a millinery shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was amazing! The shop makes custom wool and straw hats. Some hats were priced at $400! Everyone in our class got to to make one hat each for a discount price because it was for school. It was such a great experience! There are lots of pictures as a result so I’ve split it up into three different posts. The front part of the shop had many examples of hats.
Straw hats
Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

Cowboy hats, Fedoras, Bowler hats, etc.

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

Old hat/leather sewing machine

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

Another old sewing machine

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

This is an old head measuring tool. They used to use it as a “fingerprinter” for criminals. It would measure the exact shape of your head which I guess is different for every person. Then the hat-makers started to use it.

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

One of the HUGE hats

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

Isn’t this straw hat beautiful? It’s almost chevroned.

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop
This hat was hanging on the wall. It reminded of a hat you would wear in the Alps.
Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

How about an electric blue top hat?

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

There was a sewing room in the shop where the hats were finished. Look at all the beautiful colors of thread.

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop
There were also rows and rows of ribbon.
Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

The ribbon had wonderful names like silver belly and commando.

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

Here I am with J.W. himself. He was helping me decide what hat to make for my husband, and my teacher caught us mid-sentence. Don’t you love the long-necked girl mannequin with creepy eyes on the left?

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop

Here is my beautiful, wonderful teacher

Millinery: Part 1 The Shop
Next up, the making of the hat!

Author: Heather