My new, not-so-secret-anymore project!

I have been quietly and patiently teaching myself (with a little bit of outside help) the lesser practiced art of millinery, or hat making.

I have always loved hats, and head wear, most people who know me well, know that if i can wear something fancy in my hair, I will.

Since I began my fashion design journey, I have sometimes felt that I was missing my “calling”. I do love making clothes, but I also struggle with it a little bit. I thought hat making was something that a regular person wasn’t able to do. How wrong I was! A friend suggested that this might be where my heart lay and the rest is history!

Royal Blue Cocktail HatA lot of research and practice later, I’m so happy to introduce my first small collection of millinery pieces. I’m still experimenting with different styles, materials and techniques, but I feel utterly fulfilled doing this.

Millinery seems to fit me so well. I feel confident wearing my own pieces, I feel like “me”, like I finally found myself. That sounds a bit weird, but I have been a bit lost recently and this has made me realise that I am good at something.

After uploading some photos to Facebook, I was contacted by a fellow designer to collaborate on a project, and I’m thrilled. It feels like confirmation that Im on the right path.

I have decided to sell my pieces through Etsy , so feel free to have a look around, and spread the word. Etsy is a great place to sell handmade, bespoke pieces like this.

Black Sinamay Feather ShowpieceMy next step is to try and get the word out about my Etsy store, and my pieces. I have Facebook, Twitter and a few online forums where I can spread the word but other than that, I’m a bit stumped with how to promote my work. I would really like to sell some pieces, so I can justify buying more materials, and working on more complex pieces. So, if anyone has any ideas on how to promote myself online, I’d be happy to hear from you.

I’m looking forward to sharing my progress with you, so keep watching!

These are just a few of my pieces, the rest can be viewed (and purchased) on my Etsy store, Violet Peacock Millinery.