SRJC Course Outlines

5/27/2024 5:50:28 AMTHAR 121.2 Course Outline as of Fall 2021

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 121.2Title:  MILLINERY FOR THE STAGE  
Full Title:  Stage Costuming: Introduction to Millinery
Last Reviewed:4/26/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled2.008 min.Lab Scheduled35.00
 Contact DHR1.00 Contact DHR17.50
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Practical application of methods, materials, and techniques used in millinery for theatrical production. Students will learn how to pattern buckram and pull felt hats while participating on millinery projects for a current Theatre Arts production.


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of THAR 21A or FASH 70A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Practical application of methods, materials, and techniques used in millinery for theatrical production. Students will learn how to pattern buckram and pull felt hats while participating on millinery projects for a current Theatre Arts production.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Course Completion of THAR 21A or FASH 70A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Draft a hat pattern and construct hats out of buckram and felt.
2. Work independently and collaboratively, under pressure of production deadlines.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1.   Interpret and apply the correct terminology related to basic and intermediate millinery.
2.   Demonstrate the ability to measure the head accurately for accurate sizing and hat
3.   Identify the physical challenges of performance and apply a decision-making process
      to select appropriate design strategies and materials for a hat worn by the individual
      performer as a specific character in a play.
4.   Select and prepare a head block type for a specific millinery technique.
5.   Demonstrate effective use of the tools and equipment used in the process of making
      a hat.
6.   Identify and select appropriate materials commonly used in hat construction.
7.   Draft a paper pattern and cut a buckram hat.
8.   Utilize and interpret pattern symbols appropriately.
9.   Wire and pad a buckram hat.
10. Cover, trim, and finish a buckram hat.
11. Pull, sculpt, and finish a felt hat.
12. Work safely, with effective use of the costume studio work areas and equipment.
13. Work effectively under the pressure of actual production deadlines and fitting
      schedule demands.
14. Demonstrate the ability to follow instructions and work effectively as a team member.

Topics and Scope
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I. The Milliner's Work Place within a Working Costume Studio     
     A. Functionality and organization of the costume studio workrooms and equipment    
     B. Safety in the costume workrooms     
     C. Costume Studio personnel, titles, and job descriptions     
II. Strategic Planning and Working Calmly under the Pressure of Deadlines     
     A. Professional standards and teamwork    
     B. Developing a schedule for fittings
III. Pattern Development, Sizing, and Construction
    A. Accurately measuring the head
    B. Analysis of performance requirements and their effect on hat size and fit
    C. Hat design for challenging performance requirements
IV. Basic Terminology and Symbols used in Hat Pattern Drafting and Construction  
V.  Survey of Period Silhouettes in Men's and Women' Hats
    A. Cloth vs. ridged frame hats
    B. Felt and straw hats
VI. Materials and Techniques used in Millinery     
     A. Buckram and fabric hats     
     B. Sculpting a wool felt
VII. Choosing the Correct Head Block    
     A. Preparing the head block    
     B. Head block forms    
     C. Proper care of a head block
VIII. Drafting a Hat Pattern in Cardstock
    A. Ensuring a proper fit     
     B. Utilizing common pattern drafting tools
IX. Constructing a Cardstock Hat to Check Proportions and Test Fit
X.  Buckram Hats
    A. Cutting and sewing techniques for buckram     
     B. How to work with the buckram curve      
     C. Wiring and padding buckram     
     D. Hand sewing techniques vs. machine use in millinery     
     E. Lining a buckram hat
XI. Felt Hats
    A. Choosing a form to block a felt hat
    B. Using steam to sculpt a felt hat
    C. Finishing the felt hat
All topics are covered in both the lecture and lab portion of the course, including DHR
lab hour.  Topics are introduced during the lecture portion and then actively applied
during the lab/DHR lab portion.

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A. Reading - Read approximately five pages a week.
B. Quiz(zes) - Complete 1-3 multiple choice quizzes on millinery terms and techniques
C. Millinery Assignments
    1. Prepare an appropriate head block for hat making projects.
    2. Draft and accurately label a paper pattern utilizing appropriate tools and pattern
         symbols for a cloth hat.
     3. Construct a cloth hat.
    4. Pull and finish construction of a buckram skull cap.  
     5. Pull, sculpt, and finish a felt hat.
D. Production-Related Millinery and Costume Assignments
    1. Take accurate measurements of a fellow student in class and student actors performing
         in a current SRJC production.
    2. Create a calendar reflecting appropriate deadlines including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fittings
         for the final project.
    3. Production Millinery Project - Draft a pattern and construct a buckram hat for a SRJC
        Theatre Arts production with effective and safe use of all appropriate equipment, tools,
         and materials.
    4. Production-Related Costume Studio Tasks - Students may complete additional tasks,
         including organization, alterations, and/or practical maintenance of costumes used
         during the run of a major SRJC production.
E. Final Millinery Project - Each student will complete a final millinery project, involving the
     following components:
    1. Research, design, and draw a schematic for the final millinery project.
    2. Plan a budget and shop for all materials for the construction of the final project.
    3. Depending on hat material selection, draft and accurately label a paper pattern
         utilizing appropriate tools and pattern symbols for the final project.
    4. Complete construction of the final millinery project.
F. Professionalism - Adhere to the standards of professionalism expected in the field of
    1. Arrive promptly and prepared for all class meetings, participating actively.
    2. Maintain an amiable and supportive attitude when interacting with others (fellow
        students, instructor, Studio supervisor, designers, actors, stage managers, etc.)
    3. Work collaboratively with other team members when working on group tasks.
    4. Acknowledging the sometimes stressful and time-sensitive working environment in
        the Studio, contribute positively by staying focused, listening closely, following
        instructions carefully, and taking initiative when appropriate.
    5. Strive to maintain good personal health and safety practices throughout the semester.
    6. Follow the terms of the course syllabus.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
25 - 40%
Homework assignments including: analysis, research, planning, purchasing
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
35 - 50%
Millinery and costume construction assignments; Final Project - skills components
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 10%
Multiple choice quiz(zes) on millinery terms
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 35%
Professionalism (including attendance and participation); other production-related tasks

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Adornments: Sew and Create Accessories with Fabric, Lace & Beads.
    Callan, Myra. Krause Publications. 2012 (classic)
Basic Millinery for the Stage. Dial, Tim. Heinemann Drama. 2002 (classic)
Classic Millinery Techniques: A Complete Guide to Making and Designing Today's Hats.
    Albrizio, Ann. Lark Books. 2001 (classic)
Fashion Hats (Design and Make). Henriksen, Karen. A&C Black Visual Arts. 2011 (classic)
Handmade Fabric Flowers: 32 Beautiful Blooms to Make. Lu, You-Zhen.
    St. Martin's Griffin. 2012 (classic)
Hats by Madame Paulette: Paris Milliner Extraordinaire. Schneider, Annie.
   Thames & Hudson. 2014 (classic)
Hats!: Make Classic Hats and Headpieces in Fabric, Felt, and Straw. Cant, Sarah.
    St. Martin's Griffin. 2011 (classic)
How To Make Hats: Easy Step By Step Instructions. Camahan, Ruby.
    Literary Licensing, LLC. 2012 (classic)
Millinery: The Art of Hat-Making. Skinner, Rachel and Lomax, Sarah.
    GMC Publications. 2017.
Instructor prepared materials

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