Hat Repairs


Over the years I have had a number of clients seeking hat repairs including :- 

  • Renewing feathers and trims
  • Replacing broken headbands
  • Bringing a cherised vintage item back to life
  • Resucitating the hat that got drowned in the rain 
  • Un-squashing the hat that got sat on

So if you have a favourite hat that needs attention do get in touch and I will happily see what can be done.

Have a look below to see some examples of repair work I have undertaken.

  • Naval Cap repair and mounting for display
  • Harris Tweed cap - various repairs

Naval Cap Repair and Mounting

My client came to me with a rather battered old naval cap and a couple of badges which had belonged to his father.  He was looking to see what I could do to improve the old cap and come up with a way to display it.


My suggestion was to mount the cap and the badges in a box frame and have an engraved plaque with the details of his father's military service. Below you can see the cap as it arrived, the concept and the finished mounted and framed cap and badges.

We decided to keep the cap largely untouched but I reshaped the cap and wired the head fitting so that his father's hand written name could be seen on the inside.  I also managed to source another cap tally for HMS Ariel, so that this could be displayed at the top of the mounting, with the cleaned original tally placed around the cap itself. 

Tweed Cap Repair

A recent client came to me with a well loved and cherished Harris Tweed cap which belonged to her husband.  It was well worn and certainly in need of a bit of TLC. I wanted to retain as much of the lived in charm that the hat had whilst making sure it could last for many more years.


Repairs undertaken included a new leather headband, a new leather strap for the adjustment buckle, reinforcing the headband on the inside, restitching some of the lining and repairing holes in the lining with a neat darn.  

"my husband is so pleased with his cap.  Beautifully mended, thanks."  Helen, Worcestershire.


. . .giving an old hat a new lease of life because Millinery Matters