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I know it’s been a while since i write something here. Let’s say that my come back to Montreal have been quite ectic with everything that needed to be done for ”PucePop” craftfair. Add to that, a post hollyday in paradise blues and i think everything is explain no ?!? The thing that’s great is, i have done new sewing patterns !!! Theyre not as particular than the dress created for Kate Gilbert’s Twist Collective magazine (a little patience there’s more to come) but i think i can say that they are quite cute ?!  

In fact, i create those patterns when i began teaching sewing at Effiloche. The point was to come up with something easy enough for the often neophites students i had, and to help sell all those coupons (cheap fabric option to compensate for those expensive but gorgeous graysone handles) and notions laying around in the store.

Those pattern have been conceived like a kniting pattern. Which means, that you don’t need a paper pattern but just to trace the pieces directly on the fabric.

 I call this bag simply D.I.Y.1 because you really have to do it yourself ! Not sure how to explain where the inspiration is coming from. The idea was to create a deconstructed version of those granny-ish, doctor-ish tapestry bag or satchel. So i took a piece of muslin and start to fool around with pleats. When the shape (which will be assymetrical and deconstructed since i like too much japanese designer. Ask my credit card !) was obtained, the fun of choosing fabrics, textures, colors… began ! The possibilities are virtually endless ! It’s up to you to mix and match. But for those who may be a bit lazy (we all feel that way sometime) There’s some allready made kits, including everything you need to make that bag, prepared at Effiloche in Montreal http://www.effiloche.com/Bienvenue.html  



This one, have been call D.I.Y.2. It’s base on the same idea as for the bag but have to say that it will be safer to make a paper pattern before cutting. I was inspired by a serie of vintage sewing/pattern making books i had found in a bazaar sale. One of this book was about the ”perfect travel wardrobe” (vintage remember ?) there was a top made of (ugly) ribbed knit fabric that was builted like a kimono. Then, i realised that we had all those rib bands and that nobody had an idea about what to do with it. So what about a top in jersey using those rib bands ? I made the top out of a really expensive lurex jersey but didn’t have much success (which is why there’s no pictures of it here). And while we’re at it why not a dress version of that pattern ? Then again, it’s so easy you can do it your eyes shut ! What can i say more ? Get your sewing machine started and run to Effiloche or if you prefer visit my etsy shop… http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6190902 HAVE A BLAST !!!    


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I have decided to do a tracking back of my activities in Montreal since that project in Laos with the prince failed. What i’ve been up to and how ?

 While i was working on the gold thread collection (see previous post), Ginette my friend and owner of the Effiloché sewing room and knitting lounge http://www.effiloche.com/Bienvenue.html offer me to work there since it was more practical than where i was living at that moment. People saw me work and start asking if i was giving sewing workshops. Extra pocket money is always nice so i said ”Why not” !!! and since than…

I’ve been sewing, and sewing, and… Have to admit (even with the sometime psychotic mothers to be, around. People who know me will understand who i’am talking about) that i’am having a blast !!! What can i ask more ? I have no (so often neurothic in the fashion business) boss over my head, i’am meeting plenty of interesthing people from so many different backgrounds but, the more important to me, is that i communicate my passion for sewing, textilles, design and all to other persons ! If i manage to hook up a new person, my mission is accomplish ! Especially in our time where people lost the interest in that type of handycraft and that is becoming slowly but surely an endangered specy. If they understood all the pleasure it gives to sew something with theyre very own hands (and that even if it’s not perfection at first shot), the contact with nice fibers, all the colours available… The endlesss possibilities a flat surface can hide !!! So far, the ones who have understood it better, are my little monsters ! They just mix everything together, experiments, in short they just go wild !!! It’s just great to see what they end-up with !!!

Everybody who’s interested to join us in our sometimes mad experiments are more then welcome !Just send me a sign at daniel@effiloche.com







P.S: I have to apologise for what may be really bad writen english ?!?! Sorry i’am doing my best but it is not my mother language. And by the way, i apologise for the not so good quality of the pictures. Have to invest in a better camera.

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