Thursday, 24 April 2014

Events This Summer!

This Summer Sara will be supporting & taking part in the following events!
For further information about all of the events please contact Sara:
Look forward to seeing you there!
Friday 25th April - Austin Friars & St Monica's School Fashion Show
Thursday 1st May - High Tea & Fashion with Genevieve, The Heather Glen
Sunday11th May - In aid of Cash For Kids, The Garden of Eden Wedding Exhibition, over 30 exhibitors, cafĂ© on the day & BEAUTIFUL location!
 Only £2 per ticket & all proceeds go to the charity!
Thursday 4th June - The Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland event,
An Evening of Music, Hats and Flowers at Warwick Hall on June 4th.
A beautiful venue & a worthy cause.
Thursday 19th June - Ladies Day Royal Ascot Event
at The Inn On The Lake, Glenridding 
Racing, fashion, hats & good food!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Choosing A Wedding Outfit!

The sun is shining today as I type, yesterday was a snowy, blustery kind of a day!  The weather's acting rather strange of late but the morning sun shine reassures me that Spring is just around the corner!
With that in mind it's the perfect time for turning thoughts to the seasons coming weddings and what to wear!
When ever clients visit my studio looking for headwear, I encourage ladies to try on as many styles as possible to get to know what suits then and in turn style that aren't so complimentary!  There is a right hat for everyone and when you find it you should feel and look confidently wonderful in your chosen creation!

The same can be said for choosing your entire outfit and to help you on your way Phase Eight have some wonderful wedding outfits to choose from!  I find their website is easy to follow and what's more they are currently running a wonderful competition where you can style your own wedding outfit!

It's great fun, all you do is choose your desired wedding outfit to be in with a chance of winning a £250 voucher!

Here is my chosen outfit.

And the reason I have chosen this particular look?

I simply love the bold colour combinations and attractive print in this dress; there are so many accent colours that could be picked out for your accessories.  I have opted for the vivid, fresh green tones that lift the over all look and black to balance and compliment the stronger black at the bottom of the dress!  This outfit would be the perfect way to brighten the day come rain or shine!


To have you go at playing stylist and for all things 'Hattie' visit!

Happy outfit hunting!

Monday, 28 January 2013

Sara Gadd Millinery 1/3rd off Selected Sample Hat Sale Now On!


To make room for new designs we have launched our first selected sample sale! 

For a limited time only we have a number of hats from our sample collections on sale.
Although samples, all of the hats are in perfect, un worn condition ... don't miss out on these fabulous offers!

How do you grab them?!...

A number of the sale hats can be purchased through our online store at  these hats will be changed throughout the sale period to feature the full sale range available through this store. 

Or the hats can be purchased directly through Sara from the studio in Corby Hill, Carlisle, Cumbria, or via email.

For a full list of the sale items please email Sara at or visit our Facebook page via the link to the right.

Here are some of this week's offers!

Gracia Rose Cocktail Hat  Was £120  Now £80

Large Rose Saucer Was £180   Now £120
Blossom Flower Hat Was £250   Now £160
The winner of our 2013 New Year Competition through our Facbook Page as featured in the last blog post was Eileen Lumb from Suffolk, congratulations Eileen!  The beautiful 'Poppy Cocktail' headdress is on it's way to you, hope you'll love wearing it!
Until next time, good luck grabbing the bargains!
Sara x


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Sara Gadd Millinery New Year Prize Draw!

Have you heard about our 'Hattie Happenings New Year Prize Draw!
To celebrate the start of 2013, Sara Gadd Millinery are giving one lucky Facebook fan the chance to win this beautiful jade & ivory 'Poppy Cocktail' headpiece!

This stunning headpiece is hand made in silk and sinamay with feather and beed detailing.  It could be yours at the click of a button!

'Poppy Cocktail' Headdress
To enter, all you have to do to is go to the Sara Gadd Millinery page like our page and share the competition status, (make sure you like the page not just the photo and leave your comment to say you have shared & liked!)

The winner will be chosen at random on 21st January.
Email for full T&Cs.
Good luck!
Sara x

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

All About The Hats! Sara Gadd Millinery Events

Sara Gadd Millinery seasonal events and promotions!

It’s hard for me to believe but Christmas is almost just around the corner!

At Sara Gadd Millinery this year’s busy wedding season has calmed down and we are looking to the Autumn, Winter & the festive season.

Fancy a fun day out with a few of the girls?

- We have several key dates for day workshops at the studio, which will be available to book over the next twelve months. Starting from Saturday 1st December 2012, for which there are still four places available, and you can also choose you own dates if you prefer, with weekdays also available.

Workshops dates for 2013:

Sat 2nd Feb ‘13, Sat 4th May ‘13, Sat 3rd Aug ‘13, Sat 2nd Nov ‘13

If you would like full details of our workshops please email

Gift Vouchers - the perfect gift for a special friend!
Did you know gift vouchers are available in £20, £40, £60.  They can be used towards any creation from Sara Gadd Millinery or towards a workshop of your choice at the studio!

You can also see Sara at the following Christmas fairs:

*The Christmas Fair Eden Golf Club, Crosby on Eden, Carlisle CA6 4RS -
7th November from 2pm - 8pm.
There’ll be a variety of stalls with local crafts, businesses and fresh tea, coffee and bakes to keep you going!
*The Austin Friars Christmas Evening at Austin Friars School, Carlisle
Thursday 22nd November from 3pm - 7pm.
Refreshments will be available and a wonderful array of local businesses selling their goods.
*The Crown & Mitre Hotel Christmas Fair, Carlisle City Centre -
Sunday 9th December.
A real treat and festive day with a real fire, mulled wine, festive stalls and Santa will be making an appearance. This event is well worth a visit as it also coincides with Carlisle City Centres festive market stalls, so come along to find some great gifts and for a truly seasonal day out!

Looking ahead to 2013... We will be launching a wonderful new bridal collection which will be available from Spring 2013, we will post further details about this soon!

Next year will also be busy, with two family friends getting married in the Summer and Sara’s own wedding taking place on 7th September!!

The count down is on for a wonderfully Hattie 2013!


Thursday, 7 June 2012

Hats - Proud to be part of this great British tradition!

Following this weekends wonderful Diamond Jubilee celebrations, at which I must say the Queen looked amazing!  The UK seems to be embracing what it means to be British.  Hats of course are a great British tradition and go hand in hand with the British monarchy.  I thought there were some wonderful creations on display during the weekend and I simply loved the Duchess of Cambridge's vibrant red outfit!

With this in mind I am proud to be a part of this traditional British craft!  To work as a hatter is both challenging and rewarding.  It's been a busy month at Sara Gadd Millinery and hats have been flying off their blocks!  I love this time of year when there is many a Hatty occasion and weddings are of course in full swing.

With the Jubilee in mind, last month I took part in the Talent House Dillon Wallwork and Hatalk competition to design a hat inspired by the Diamond Jubilee. 

This was my creation "Jubilation" which was inspired by the UK flag.
Although the hat didn't win, I was thrilled to see "Jubilation" was well received and constantly remained in the top 15 throughout the voting period!  Thank you for your support and kind comments!

Swirling Rose Picture Hat
Bias Rose Saucer Headdress
Sara Gadd Millinery has been out and about and recently during a beautiful weekend, when the sun was shining gloriously, Sara travelled to Whitehaven, the pretty little port town on the west coast of Cumbria.  Here she teamed up with Anita Collow Photographer and Laura Wilkins MUA for an out door photo shoot.  Having met a couple of months earlier at a wedding fair in Carlisle, it was suggested the three meet for a collaborative shoot and here are a few of the results!

Fabulous 50 Quill Hat

Vintage Brooch Headdress

This weekend Sara will be visiting a local garden festival with the view to attending next year and over the coming weeks its busy with commissions, workshops and the forth coming Gloucester Hat Festival in Gloucester on 13th & 14th July...more info on this to follow!

So bye for now and for all things hatty contact Sara at and visit our FaceBook Page! 

Head wear: Sara Gadd Millinery
MUA: Laura Wilkins
Photography: Anita Callows
Models: Greta Kelly & Donna Fox

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Style Tips - Choosing a Hat For Ladies Day

Style Tips - Choosing a Hat for Ladies Day

Summer is just around the corner and although the weather hasn’t been to good so far this year, seasonal events and occasion are none the less getting into full swing! With ladies day events throughout the season and Royal Ascot fast approaching, in this diamond Jubilee year, it’s the perfect excuse to make an extra special effort with your headwear!

To help you choose the perfect hat or headpiece that will finish your look with style, here are some helpful tips to and ideas to consider!

  • When choosing your outfit remember to dress for a formal day time occasion and not an evening party.
  • Full hats and larger headpieces are perfect for race meetings whilst fascinators too can look wonderful worn to a wedding.
  • Try on as many different styles of hats as you can, this will help you find the right hat shape for you.
  • A hat should compliment the wearer not over power the look, the right hat should accentuate your features making you feel confident and happy to stand out from the crowd!
  • Detailed outfits work well with simple shapes and styles, try teaming a floral dress with a simple yet striking floral headdress. A plainer, less detailed outfit can take a more elaborate hat.
  • For classic timeless style, team a smart suit with a sharp elegant hat.
  • Add a twist to your look by choosing a contrasting coloured hat or choose a complimenting colour that draws upon details within the style as the trim.
  • When wearing a hat, exaggerate the eyes wearing slightly more eye make up than usual.
  • Remember you should wear your hat, your hat should not wear you! It’s all about balance and complimenting your overall look.
  • Hats provide the finishing touch to your outfit, wear yours with style!
    And finally …. Ladies day is the perfect excuse to get dressed up in your finery and to enjoy with family and friends!

For further advice and choices of headwear for your summer event, race meeting or wedding visit

Happy hat hunting!