Announcement Welcome to Isabella Josie Millinery, I hope you find a hat you love. If you would prefer a custom made design, just let me know, we can have great fun creating together.
Welcome to Isabella Josie Millinery, I hope you find a hat you love. If you would prefer a custom made design, just let me know, we can have great fun creating together.
Designer hats, fascinators and headpieces handcrafted using traditional millinery techniques and high quality materials.
Welcome to Isabella Josie Millinery, I hope you have fun looking around my shop and find a hat you love. If you would prefer a custom made design, just let me know, we can have great fun creating together!
I adore the process of sculpting a hat - all my headpieces are made completely by hand in my home based millinery studio in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. A typical hat takes a day to create as I like to use traditional millinery techniques throughout the design and crafting process.
I live near Goodwood and have the perfect opportunity to create vintage inspired headpieces for Goodwood Revival, quirky and flamboyant styles for the races as well as elegant hats for weddings and more formal occasions. If you live locally, please do get in touch, it would be great to meet you in person.
My first millinery memory is of my Grandma creating beautiful hats in her back room on her wooden blocks - if only I could chat to her now to discover her 'trade secrets!'. I have been lucky enough to learn my own millinery skills from several excellent teachers and always endeavour to use these traditional couture hat making techniques throughout my work.
I've have always loved making things and helping others to get started on their own crafty adventures. It's great fun teaching a group of new people about fascinator making, if you are interested in a party please get in touch. To find out more about my millinery adventures please check out the blog section on my website.
Hi, I'm Isabella Josie, a West Sussex based Milliner who simply loves making hats. I always use high quality materials and traditional couture techniques to handcraft my hats, fascinators and headpieces in my UK studio.
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
How do I measure my head?
To measure your head size place a flexible tape measure around your head so that it runs across your forehead just above your eyebrows and ears so that it includes the widest part of your head. The tape should feel comfortable and not be pulled too tight. Measure your head 2 to 3 times to be accurate.
How do I look after my hat?
As with all my millinery creations this item is not designed to be worn in the rain as this may cause the headpiece to loose its shape. If you hat becomes wet blot off excess water with a soft cloth, reshape and leave somewhere warm to dry. Scrunched up acid free tissue paper can help to shape the crown. Do not place on direct heat e.g. radiator as this may cause shrinkage.
Store in dust free place - a hat box is idea as it this also protects from sun’s bleaching effect. Handle your hat by the brim, rather than crown whenever possible.
Felt hats should be lightly brushed with soft clean brush. If you hat becomes marked initially try to remove these with a soft dry cloth - if this doesn’t work you could try a damp cloth.
How do I wear my hat?
Please look at the photos for an idea - experiment and have fun!
Cocktail & percher hats are designed to be worn at an angle towards the front of the head.
If your hat comes with millinery elastic this should be taken around the back of the head, the hat should then be put into its wearing position, then cover the elastic with your hair.
If you hat comes with hair comb slide it forward or towards the position you are wearing the hat. Two kirby hair grips placed across each other can be used where the comb will be pushed to provide an anchorage point. If it has comb and elastic - put elastic around back of head, slide in comb so the headpiece is in its wearing position, then cover the elastic with your hair.
Returns and Exchanges
If you would like to return a ready-made hat or headpiece which you have purchased from my Etsy shop please notify me within 14 days of delivery. You will need to return this item to me at your expense in an unused, in its original condition within 30 days of delivery.
Due to the personalised nature of a custom made / bespoke order I am unable to accept returns for custom / bespoke items. These maybe orders in which you may have chosen the colour, trim, size, hat attachment method etc. or completely designed the hat.
Although this is highly unlikely, if your item were to arrive damaged or defective, please do not hesitate to contact me.