1880s Bustle Era Hat Online Class

$ 49.00

Fall 2017: Our online classes have moved to a new platform that will make learning new sewing techniques, finishing projects, and communication with me as instructor SO much easier. Whoot!!

All previous and current students will have the opportunity to enroll on the new site without having to pay again for class access.

New site is available now and all classes are open for enrollment. Info has been sent to previous students from this registration site and to those on our newsletter list. If you are a previous student but did not receive an email with the new login info, please contact us.

A private Facebook group is available for all students.  

Beginning millinery class to complete your Victorian Bustle Era ensemble!

Work at your own pace making a 1880s (or 1870s) hat!


You have your bustle dress, but now it's time to complete the outfit with a fantastic hat! But... you have no idea how to make one, where to get started, or even what supplies you need. You need HELP! 

I created this class just for you! 

Through 4 detailed lessons, we'll cover all the steps needed to create a buckram hat with formed crown and brim. Each lesson has 3 to 5 videos along with an accompanying PDF handout complete with homework assignments to keep you on track with your project.

This class is for intermediate-level crafters... but if you're creative beginner you can accomplish this project too.

You'll learn exactly how to complete each step. Before starting you should understand basic sewing techniques including hand sewing stitches like the whip and stab stitch. This is more of a crafting class rather than sewing and for the most part we'll stick with simple instructions for easy project completion.

The priority of this hat class is for you to understand how a buckram frame hat goes together. Once you understand the basics of putting a frame together and covering it, you'll be able to tackle other hat and bonnet designs. They are limitless. :-)

We'll explore the various parts of hats from the 1870s and 1880s including the varying crown height and shaped brim and that most important of all - trimmings!


"Thank you so much for [the 1880s Hat] class. I've made a few hats in the past but I appreciated your tutorials and lesson plans: they really expedited the process." ~Gailynne B.


Detailed Lesson Plans:

  • Lesson 1: Discuss millinery supplies & tools, pattern selection, hat designs, recommended fabrics, & possible trim ideas
  • Lesson 2: Cutting buckram and fabrics; applying millinery wire; forming the crown section
  • Lesson 3: Adding a mull layer to the frame; covering the crown and brim sections with fabric
  • Lesson 4: Joining the crown to brim; adding trims; adding a lining; tips for wearing your new hat (including hairstyles)

Although making a buckram hat can seem quite complicated, we'll walk through each step in detail so you know exactly what to do. 

You'll find a variety of hat patterns on the market. However, for this class we'll be using the Truly Victorian #550 & #551 hat patterns (sold separately here in the Shop). Several other pattern options will be provided, but please note that what you see in the videos and lesson handouts will cover the above patterns specifically. 

Choose which decade you want to make: Early Bustle 1870s or Late Bustle 1880s. Or make a hat that works for both! The techniques you learn in class will carry you far beyond the Bustle Era too.


Valuable Skills & Techniques You'll Learn:

  • Fabrics specifically recommended for 19th C. millinery projects
  • How to sew wire to buckram by both hand and machine
  • Why you should add a mull layer to your hat frame
  • Cutting buckram the easy way
  • Learning how & why to use a thimble
  • How to get the tip to fit into the formed crown section
  • How to cover a hat frame with fabric
  • Working with a curved needle
  • Types of trims & their placement suitable for late Victorian hats
  • How to apply trims to hats
  • Tips for how to wear a bustle hat including hairstyles


Be sure to download & print the handouts too for future projects!

Class begins when you're ready. All four lessons are available to you upon successful registration and do not expire.

Online Class includes all 4 sewing lessons with handouts, over 3 hours of video tutorials, unlimited, 24/7 access and a fun sewing project!  


ATTENTION: We have a new class platform for our students - yay! If you enroll for this class on this page, please note the following steps to access the class:  

Upon successful registration students will receive:

1) download link at checkout (and also an email from SkyPilot with the link) to download the first PDF of class. Instructions are given in this PDF with the link to our new class platform and how to login and enroll there. Students will have information on how to bypass the enrollment fee on the new site.

2) an email invitation to join the Facebook workshop group (sent from FB within 24 hours). PLEASE let us know the email you use for Facebook if it is different from the one you use to enroll in this course. You can jump right in with questions in the group. The fun begins right away!

I’ll see you in class!


Jennifer Rosbrugh, instructor

Start learning today to be properly attired for the next Victorian event!

This class features the Truly Victorian TV550 Buckram Frame Hat pattern - add it to your cart when you register for this class to save time! You can also use the TV551 French Bonnet pattern with this class. 

P.S. The class lessons are entirely online and self-paced with no specific day or time required to be online. You work at your own speed and schedule. Read the lessons and watch the videos when it’s most convenient for you. All lessons remain available to you with no expiration.

No refunds. 

Attention EU students: our classes & workshops fall under the new 1/1/2015 digital VAT regulations. All online classes and workshops will have your EU country's VAT tax rate added at checkout. Class prices shown do not include VAT.

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