Hat Lab

In this fashion lab four week sewing class, students will create four different hat/headwear styles. The focus will be on use of the sewing machine, pattern reading & fit, as well as accesorizing your hats.Each two hour class will be project oriented and each student will leave classes with their finished projects. The actual hats that you make is very flexible. The instructor will have numerous hat/head wear styles to choose from each week. This course is designed for the beginning and/or intermediate stitcher.

Week 1

Headband or Newsboy

Week 2

Beret or Cloche

Week 3

Engineer or Driver

Week 4


Upcoming Dates:
Tuesdays 7-9pm
November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Sign Up

$159 + Fabrics
6 spots per session.

$139 Early Bird Pricing – Valid only if you sign up 1 month before the class starts.

Click here to Register Online or call studio 201.876.1198

Please Note: This price also includes 5 weeks of UNLIMITED FREE Open Lab hours. Unlimited hours begins the first day of class, continues through out the four week class and ends one week after the last class (Open lab normally $5/hour)

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Here’s the fabric you’ll need to get before class or purchase at studio during class:

Headband: 1/4 Yard cotton or linen fabric

Beret or Cloche: 1/2 Yard of Two Contrasting Cotton Fabrics – One for outside of hat and one for lining

Newsboy or Equestrian: 1/2 Yard of Two Contrasting Cotton Fabrics – One for outside of hat and one for lining

Engineer or Driver: 1/2 Yard of Two Contrasting Cotton Fabrics – One for outside of hat and one for lining.

Please note: bontex for the bills, elastic ribbon, grossgrain ribbon and fusible interfacing will be for sale directly from the instructor each class.


 Irina Dratva is a freelance accessories designer and patternmaker, whose clients include Coach, Still life NYC, and Marc Jacobs, among others. Last summer’s Reed Krakoff pilot collection showcased her hand-draped headbands and hats.
Irina’s passion for hats started with her first trip to London in 1994: inspired by Top Shop, upon return she made hats for the artists friends. Soon she became famous in her native Ukraine for her casual, understated creations. Innovative and resourceful, she was working with vintage and recycling materials producing original collections and fashion performances.
It was that experience that made her perfect for the job at Eugenia Kim Hats, where, starting in 2003, she was working on woven hats and headbands. There Irina created a lot of unique pieces for celebrity clients and runway collaborations, as well as many best-selling styles that one could now find in stores like Barney’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Currently residing in Hoboken Irina is working on DIY hat book. She is looking forward to work with a vibrant community of like-minded people and share the tricks of her trade.

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