What they do
Milliners mark out and cut patterns to create designs for hats. They then cut out the various components and assemble the hat. This may involve twisting, rolling, folding, reinforcing, sewing, steaming and pressing various components. Materials used include fabric, felt, fur, leather, straw, artificial flowers, ribbons, braids and feathers. They may also alter or renovate hats. They may also be involved in displaying hats or preparing them for sale.
A milliner would normally work 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday. They usually work in an air conditioned workshop. If they work in a large organisation they may only perform one part of the process and so the work can be very repetitive.
Tools and technologies
Milliners need to be proficient with a number of hand tools for working the various components as well as traditional and specialist sewing machines.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a milliner you usually need to gain a qualification in millinery.
There are no courses in millinery available in Western Australia. However, the Certificate III or Certificate IV in Millinery is offered at TAFE colleges and registered training organisations in the eastern states. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.