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That kooky Mlle Kou designed this hat for our dear Martena.

That kooky Mlle Kou designed this hat for our dear Martena. A bit of a floppy throwback to the ‘70s, this sassy little number can be thrown on for sunny autumn days or spring frolics in the garden. We recommend wearing it with a nod to Diane Keaton.

Celine Dupuy was once just a little girl who stole up to her neighbor’s apartment to play with bright buttons, ruby ribbons, and myriad scrap fabrics. It was from this early initiation into the world of couture that she found her love for color and feminity. Every object she makes tells a story and she finds her inspiration everywhere–from people to feathers in the air. Already noted in France for her sewing book and pattern kits under her creative persona Mlle Kou, Celine believes that the new feminism is giving way to creative whims. She hosts a monthly workshop at Sweat Shop and enjoys exchanging ideas and meeting people through her work. She loves the color peacock blue.

key: —O— right side / O—O wrong side

—From Sweat Shop Paris by Martena Duss & Sissi Holleis/Andrews McMeel Publishing

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Sweat Shop Paris by Martena Duss

Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing

The Sweat Shop Book brings the namesake Paris Sweat Shop founded by Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis to North America with more than 50 DIY fashion and home projects, including instructions and more than 200 helpful, inspiring full-color photographs. The first "cafe couture" sewing shop in Paris, the Sweat Shop was named to highlight the questionable nature in which store-bought clothing is sometimes made. Instead of rewarding dubious labor practices, the Sweat Shop and The Sweat Shop Book inspire crafters to make something unique with their own sweat equity and creativity.

Crafters meet at the cafe and share ideas while renting equipment by the hour. In addition, classes teach novices how to sew, knit, crochet, and much more. Translating the Sweat Shop experience into book form, The Sweat Shop Book features experts in the Parisian fashion industry as they offer "master classes" to share their secrets and techniques.

With help from experts such as Madame Vava Dudu, who creates looks for Lady Gaga, and fashion stylist Sonia Rykiel, crafters of every skill level will learn how to mend a seam, make a dress from a pattern, and design and create something from scratch inside The Sweat Shop Book. Additionally, the book includes recipes for cafe fare, Duss and Holleis's Paris picks, and a French and English glossary. Bring Paris's couturiers home, learn secrets from the pros, and rediscover the joy of handmade, homemade fashion with The Sweat Shop Book.

© 2016 Martena Duss / Andrews McMeel Publishing · Reproduced with permission.


  • How to make a fedora hat. The Martena - Step 1
    Step 1

    Measure the circumference of your head. Transfer the corresponding pattern piece onto pattern paper and cut out. Pin the six crown pieces for your size onto the fabric and cut out. Working in pairs, pin the pieces, right sides together, and sew, taking a 1-cm (3/8-in) seam allowance.

  • How to make a fedora hat. The Martena - Step 2
    Step 2

    Sew the three pairs together, taking a 1-cm (3/8-in) seam allowance, to make the crown. Trim the fabric at the top of the seams.

  • How to make a fedora hat. The Martena - Step 3
    Step 3

    Double the fabric, pin the brim pattern to it, and cut out. Pin the pattern for the brim on the interfacing and cut out. Trim 1 cm (3/8 in) off the outer edge and 1.5 cm (5/8 in) off the inner edge of the interfacing. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the brim pieces. Pin the two brim pieces right sides together and stitch, taking a 1-cm (3/8-in) seam allowance. Press the seam and turn the brim right side out.

  • How to make a fedora hat. The Martena - Step 4
    Step 4

    Topstitch along the edge of the brim, 5mm (1/4 in) from the edge.

  • How to make a fedora hat. The Martena - Step 5
    Step 5

    Mark four equidistant corners of the crown (fig 5a) and repeat for the brim (5b).

  • How to make a fedora hat. The Martena - Step 6
    Step 6

    Match the marks and pin the two pieces together, right sides facing inward. Sew, taking a 1-cm (3/8 in) seam allowance. Press the inner seam flat against the crown.

  • How to make a fedora hat. The Martena - Step 7
    Step 7

    Depending on the size of your head, sew a ribbon to the inside of the hat, over the seam that joins the crown and brim together. This ribbon can also be used to hide the stitching in the hat. Fix a button to the top of the crown. Measure out the circumference of the crown in chain and ribbon. Wind the ribbon either through the chain or around it. Stitch the ends of the ribbon together and close the links of the chain. Hand stitch the chain to the rim of the crown at a few points.

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