The process

Custom Hat Design

The process of making a custom hat takes 3-6 weeks. It’s best to contact me 3-6 months before a special event. Rush orders (less than 3 weeks) are accepted with special terms if my schedule allows.

We'll begin with a short conversation to discuss your desires and deadline. Then we'll schedule a design consultation ($100 pre-paid). During the consultation (at the hattery or by phone/text) we’ll discuss details of the event, your look, preferences, questions and concerns. Measurements are taken here or I’ll walk you through it on FaceTime. Afterward I’ll create a design concept for you, get your feedback, and finalize the design for the order.

The price of your hat will be quoted when the design is finalized, with the exception of rush orders or projects that require processes that must be invented in the course of making a fantasy hat or wearable sculpture. Final price will be quoted for these designs at the first fitting. A not to exceed option may be negotiated upon request.

The consultation fee paid at your initial appointment is for my time and expertise during the appointment and for developing the design of your hat. This fee will be credited toward the final price. Should you decide to not order, the consultation fee is my charge for services rendered. All of my designs are copyright and remain my intellectual property. Designs alone are not “sold” independent of an order. 

The price of your hat is determined by the cost of materials plus my time, creativity, and artistic expertise designing and constructing it at $25 an hour. Pillbox hats begin at $200, big brimmed hats at $400, and fantasy hats start at $500. I’m able to make you something fabulous from $100 headbands and tiny hats, to wearable sculptural art starting at $700.

Custom Fit Berets

Once you’ve decided the satin brocade fabric you prefer, I will send you detailed directions to take accurate measurements of your head. Local clients are encouraged to make an appointment to come into the hattery to be measured. This service is complimentary.  Your beret will be ready in 10-14 days.

Hats Reborn

If you have a hat with great sentimental value, it might be a candidate for “rebirth.” I do not restore old damaged hats to their original state, but I do transform good-quality vintage hats into modern works of wearable art. 

The price of your hat is valued by my creativity, millinery mastery, time at the worktable, and supplies. I do not discount my intellectual property or labor, nor can I resell your hat to someone else if you change your mind. Therefore, returns are not accepted and refunds are not provided.

Your hat is a special to me as it is to you. Your happiness is mine. I guarantee you’ll love it!

the terms

 A design fee of $100 is required when scheduling our design consultation. This is credited to the price of the hat upon order. Should you decide to not place an order, the design fee is retained as the charge for services rendered for the consultation.

A 50% deposit of is required at time of ordering. Full payment is due at the final fitting.

Cancellations are not accepted. You are responsible for payment in full, in advance of delivery.


the box

Hats too large for standard hat box sizes can be accommodated with a custom-made box, which can be ordered from my supplier at the same time you order your hat. Cost will be quoted in advance. 

Shipping and delivery options range from international shipping to local currier delivery. Fees apply.