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222 East Virginia Street
McKinney, TX, 75069

(469) 617-3733

Bay Willow Design is a bespoke millinery shop located in Historic downtown McKinney, Texas.

Events


Feather Fascinators
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Feather Fascinators

Each student will create one fabulous fascinator using a pre-made sinamay straw base. There will be several styles and color options available. The focus of this class will be feather work and creating beautiful feather trims for accessories. Feather manipulation techniques include cutting, curling, and stripping. I will also demonstrate how to create feather flowers. Students will have the option of working with Russian veiling to complete their design. Previous hand sewing skills recommended but not required.

The class fee of $125 includes all supplies, but you are welcome to bring along ribbons, brooches, buttons, feathers, etc. to personalize your design.  Register at https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/feather-fascinator-class-mckinney
 
Instructor: Laura Del Villaggio, earned a Certificate in Millinery from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1999. FIT's unique and prestigious program offered two years of hands-on training that formed a solid base for a millinery career. With 20 years of professional experience, she is considered a "master milliner" and proudly adheres to the highest standards of couture craftsmanship.


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Veils: Classic to Couture
Feb
17
to Feb 18

Veils: Classic to Couture

Sunday, February 17th, 10:00-6:00pm and Monday, February 18th, 10:00-6:00pm In this two-day workshop, you will learn almost everything you ever need to know about millinery veiling! We will discuss how to measure, cut and sew veiling, as well as the different types and widths that are available to modern-day milliners. We will work with 3 types of veiling in class: Russian, "Vintage" Honeycomb and Extra-Wide Diamond English Veiling. Students will learn techniques for creating classic veils (Day 1) and courture veils that are suitable for brims (Day 2): blocking veil on base, gathered veil on headband, and blocked & veil. This is a technique-based course (as opposed to project-bases) so you will be working on veils only and not making a finished hat or fascinator. You may add trims at a later date, to finish the veiling samples. Students will need to bring their own basic sewing kit, plus thimble, steel dressmaker pins, and invisible nylon thread. Strong hand sewing skills recommended.

The class fee of $350 includes most supplies. Register at https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/veils-classic-to-couture

Instructor: Laura Del Villaggio, earned a Certificate in Millinery from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1999. FIT's unique and prestigious program offered two years of hands-on training that formed a solid base for a millinery career. With 20 years of professional experience, she is considered a "master milliner" and proudly adheres to the highest standards of couture craftsmanship.

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Fosshape Workshop
Jan
27
10:30 AM10:30

Fosshape Workshop

Fosshape Workshop
Sunday, January 27th, 10:30-5:00pm

During this full day workshop students will learn to work with fosshape. Fosshape is a synthetic material that when exposed to heat will stiffen and retain the form to which it has been applied. It is often used as an alternative to buckram. In this class students will begin with a basic hat block and learn to block the fosshape over the block then learn to shape it to the form. After creating the hat base with fosshape, students then learn to add wire, fabric, trim, liner, and sweatband. 

Class fee of $240 includes tuition and supplies. Register at https://squareup.com/store/baywillow-design-inc

Instructor Jenny Mathison-Foster has a double major in art history and design with a fiber emphasis.  She worked for 20 years with Crate&Barrel as a designer, working in the store and at corporate in Chicago.  In 1999 she took her first millinery course. At first hat making was a hobby then became a part-time business to now a full-time store and studio: Bay Willow Design. 

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McKinney Bridal Show
Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

McKinney Bridal Show

Everything for Your Unique Wedding in One Uncommon Place

Join us for one of the premier boutique bridal shows in North Texas on January 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McKinney Performing Arts Center. From cakes to bridal gowns, calligraphers to venues, peruse the two levels of the historic courthouse in beautiful Downtown McKinney and find top wedding professionals to make your day one of a kind. 

With 45 exhibitors, you will have time to see and talk to each exhibitor and find the one that matches your unique style. Come to the theater level at noon for the fashion show to experience and explore bridal gowns, bouquets and hair and makeup.

On top of everything else, you have the chance to win some fabulous giveaways, including a honeymoon vacation!

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2-Day Fur Felt Fedora
Nov
17
to Nov 18

2-Day Fur Felt Fedora

Two-Day Fur Felt Fedora
Saturday November 17th 4-6pm and Sunday, November 18th 10am-3pm

You will learn how to block a traditional men's style fedora, working with a heavy weight fur felt and using traditional millinery blocking techniques. The technique allows you to hand sculpt a variety of crown more creative and free-form with your design. The heavier weight felt makes a gorgeous flat brim no wire needed.

Class fee of $275 includes tuition and supplies.

Register at: https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/felt-fedora-class-1

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Two-Day Draped Fur Felt Cloche
Nov
16
to Nov 17

Two-Day Draped Fur Felt Cloche

Two-Day Draped Fur Felt Cloche
Friday, November 16th 2-6pm and Saturday, November 17th 10am-3pm

Students will learn how to block a free-form cloche hat using a fur felt hood (hat body) and a balsa utility block. You will use steam to soften the felt and your fingers to manipulate it into pleats and folds that are pinned into place until dry. The technique allows for a wide range of design possibilities, but is especially suited for 1920's style flapper hats.

Class fee of $300 includes tuition and supplies.

Register at https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/draped-fur-felt-cloche-class

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Hand-dyed Sinamay Fascinator Class
Oct
15
to Oct 16

Hand-dyed Sinamay Fascinator Class

Monday & Tuesday, October 15th & 16th, 12-6pm

In this two-day 10 hour workshop, taught by Laura Del Villaggio,  students will dye, block and design with sinamay straw, creating a fabulous fascinator with hand-dyed materials and unique trims, First, we will cover the basics of color and fiber-reactive dye, then experiment with dyeing sinamay yardage. Students can play with ombre or resist techniques. After our dyeing time, students will shape fascinator bases using wooden hat blocks. 

On Tuesday, students will wire and finish the fascinator bases. Laura will demonstrate how to make a variety of trims using extra sinamay. You will have time to play with the techniques then choose the best one(s) for trimming your fascinator base.

Class fee of $375 includes tuition and supplies

Register at: https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/hand-dyed-sinamay-fascinator-class-mon-tues

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Hand-dyed Sinamay Fascinator Class
Oct
13
to Oct 14

Hand-dyed Sinamay Fascinator Class

Saturday & Sunday October 13th & 14th, 12-6pm

In this two-day 10 hour workshop, taught by Laura Del Villaggio,  students will dye, block and design with sinamay straw, creating a fabulous fascinator with hand-dyed materials and unique trims, First, we will cover the basics of color and fiber-reactive dye, then experiment with dyeing sinamay yardage. Students can play with ombre or resist techniques. After our dyeing time, students will shape fascinator bases using wooden hat blocks. 

On Sunday, students will wire and finish the fascinator bases. Laura will demonstrate how to make a variety of trims using extra sinamay. You will have time to play with the techniques then choose the best one(s) for trimming your fascinator base.

Class fee of $375 includes tuition and supplies

This class is sold out

Register online: https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/copy-of-hand-dyed-sinamay-fascinator-class-mckinney

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Oktoberfest
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Oktoberfest

Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for this year’s Oktoberfest. McKinney Oktoberfest is a family favorite, offering authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities and much more

The “beer garden” covers a total of 14 blocks throughout McKinney's Historic Downtown square so you can enjoy all downtown McKinney has to offer with a German beer in one hand and a bratwurst in the other. McKinney Main Street, supporting sponsors and the shops in Historic Downtown McKinney will host nonstop activities in the heart of our great city. 

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Straw Hat Workshop
Aug
12
12:00 PM12:00

Straw Hat Workshop

In this 4 1/2 hour class students will be introduced to the art of millinery. This class covers basic concepts of blocking, sizing, and simple finishes. Working with parasisal straw hoods, students will learn to hand-block the straw bodies over blocks, blocking the crown and free-forming the brim. Using basic millinery techniques, students will also learn to add a ribbon sweatband and decorative trim.

Instructor: Jenny Mathison-Foster

The class fee is $150.00 and includes supplies

Register online: https://squareup.com/store/baywillow-design-inc  
 

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Fabric Flower Workshop
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Fabric Flower Workshop

In this two hour class students will learn to create 2 different fabric flowers.  Students will learn how to make an organza flower and wool felt rose. The finished flowers can be made into pins to be attached to coats, hats, coats, etc. All materials will be supplied. Depending on the student, each may be able to make 2-4 flowers during the class.

Instructor: Jenny Mathison-Foster

Class fee of $45  includes tuition and supplies

Register online: https://squareup.com/store/baywillow-design-inc
 

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Fascinator Workshop
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Fascinator Workshop

In this three hour class, students will learn to create a fanciful fascinator for a party or special event (or royal wedding). Starting with pre-made bases, students will learn to hand-stitch trim onto the bases. Finished fascinators can then be either attached to a hairband or elastic. All the materials needed to make one of these fun hats will be provided. Students should bring a small sewing kit to class. This should include: scissor, pins, needles, tape measure, and thimble (optional). 

Class Fee of $80 includes tuition and supplies
 

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Open Crown Sinamay Hat
Feb
18
to Feb 19

Open Crown Sinamay Hat

Make your own beautiful brimmed sinamay hat while mastering two very different blocking techniques. The vintage-inspired open crown will be draped and sculpted using a length of bias sinamay and finished with wired and bound edge.

Class fee of $350 includes tuition and all supplies

This class is sold out


Instructor:

Laura Del Villaggio, earned a Certificate in Millinery from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1999. FIT's unique and prestigious program offered two years of hands-on training that formed a solid base for a millinery career. With 16 years of professional experience, she is considered a "master milliner" and proudly adheres to the highest standards of couture craftsmanship.

 

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1920's Style Flapper Headpiece
Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

1920's Style Flapper Headpiece

Make your own fabulous flapper headpiece perfect for that Gatsby party! You will learn how to drape crinoline and sew it to wire to create a headband or veil. You will also learn how to make a crinoline rose, which will be the focal point of the design. The rose and any desired feather trims will be sewn to a sinamay base. 

Class fee of $125 includes tuition and all supplies.

Register online: https://www.millistarr.com/collections/millinery-classes/products/1920s-style-flapper-headpiece-class

Instructor:

Laura Del Villaggio, earned a Certificate in Millinery from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1999. FIT's unique and prestigious program offered two years of hands-on training that formed a solid base for a millinery career. With 16 years of professional experience, she is considered a "master milliner" and proudly adheres to the highest standards of couture craftsmanship.

 

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Second Saturday
Oct
14
to Nov 11

Second Saturday

  • Historic Downtown McKinney (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Community and beyond will enjoy an evening of art, music, food and spirits every Second Saturday in Historic Downtown McKinney.

Guests can explore local art galleries, listen to great local and regional musicians, and taste some of the area's best eateries.

Many businesses in Historic Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open until to 8 p.m. every Second Saturday.

https://www.facebook.com/McKinney2ndSaturday

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Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Straw Hat Workshop

This is the summer straw version of the sold-out class Laura Del Villaggio taught in February! Students will learn how to shape a parasisal straw hood over a wooden hat block, sew in wire(s) and a grosgrain sweatband, then finish their hats with fabulous trims. Students will choose from Bay Willow Design's wonderful collection of vintage puzzle blocks. Each hat will be truly unique. Class fee of $245 includes tuition and most supplies.

Register at www.squareup.com/store/millistarr

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