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!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Hats Spring back into action!

It's that time of year when Spring is just around the corner, the daffodils are glinting a gorgeous yellow in the first glimpses of this year's sun, trees are beginning to blossom and birds are chirping their happy songs!
There's a lot to look forward to this year too with the Queens Jubilee and the Olympics, coming up, Britain has a buzz in the air!  Not to mention a wealth of Ladies day race meetings ahead, summer parties and festivals!

Of course it's also the the time of year when we see a feast of wedding events with brides to be seeing out ideas and inspiration for their forthcoming weddings!
It's heading towards the key season for milliners and it's springing back into full action at Sara Gadd Millinery!
Sara will be exhibiting at her first wedding event this season, on Sunday 11th March at Carlisle's Hallmark Hotel.  Being the hotels first ever wedding fair, it's sure to be worth a visit!  It's free entry 11am - 4pm and Sara will be showing a selection from the current collection and as she designs head wear for the whole wedding party, there's something for everyone!  Please come and see Sara on the day!
Visit this link for further details:!/events/207321679364383/

Did you know Sara also offers workshops, talks and demonstrations.  A much admired hat during previous talks ahs been this extravegant ivory & orange creation, which features hand made silk flowers.  This hat is sure to turn heads in the right direction!  If you'd like something similar visit the website at

This is just a snippet of what we are up to this year! 
To keep up to date with all our Hattie Happenings following this blog or like our Facebook page!!/pages/Sara-Gadd-Millinery/115061321540

When celebrations call, don't you just feel the need for a hat!