Saturday, July 23, 2011

Testimonial by my Sewing student, Sally Lee

Photo of Sally in her creation by Ian Woo

"You walk into a neighborhood montréalais-mile-end triplex, up the beautiful wooden staircase and patterned floor tiles, into Nicole's cozy apartment where she welcomes you with a big, warm smile. It is here that you begin the magic of transformation and innovation. I went to Nicole for sewing lessons without any prior sewing skills or knowledge. My original intention for taking sewing lessons was to incorporate dressmaking,patterning and measurement into the art project that I was working on at the time. Nicole was very excited about the idea and gave me a good overview of options to choose one that would be best suited for my project. We picked a pattern, altered the size and adjusted it to fit me. Her many years of experience with fabrics and her immeasurable knowledge in clothes making and tailoring is definitely remarkable. Together with her joyful enthusiasm and creativity, I have accomplished making a dress for myself from scratch!!! On top of that, I have a friend who laughs as much as I do!"
-Sally Lee

Monday, July 18, 2011

"Blue-eyed Coquette" accessories available at The Citizen Vintage POP-UP sale

Be sure to "SAVE THE DATE" for the 2nd edition of the Quartier Mode Pop-up sale series!
Curating each sale, more interesting & stylish than the last.
It will take place at the Mile End newly established Citizen Vintage at 5330 Boulevard St.Laurent
July 28th-30th every day from 11-7pm (find designer & vintage wares!).
Don't forget to miss the party to jump start the event on Thursday July 28th (5-7pm)

Friday, July 15, 2011

NEW "Tailor Made" Workshops (at a location near you!)

Couture Lab (Teens): (12 -16yrs+)

Flower hair clips & pins (2 hours): (Project: 3 accessories)
*all materials & supplies included
In this workshop, we will be learning quick tips & tricks on how to whip up your own hair accessory.You will be taught 3 different fabric flower variations with upcycling & new fabrics as well as adding clips & pins to complete the look and make it functional!
If you have a fabric or garment(that can be cut!) that inspires you, bring it to the workshop!

Upcycling Clothes into Accessories (bags) : (2 hours): (Project: 1 bag )
*all materials & supplies included
Do you have clothes that sit in your closet & collect dust? Here's another way to recycle them!
This workshop will teach you to take pre-exsisting garments of any kind & re-create them in accessories using basic stitching techniques,fabrics & trimming.

"Tailor Made by you" (Adult)

The Skirt: (8 hours)- 2 days(:
*all materials & supplies included
In this workshop, you will be using an easy commercial pattern of your choice(patterns included) to create a skirt. We will be teaching you all about understanding patterns,cutting, finishing and sewing techniques(zipper & hem).This is a project based workshop so you will be walking away or wearing your complete skirt at the end!

Mini Tutorial (2 hours):
*all materials & supplies included
In this session, you will have a chance to ask a professional about different tips & techniques for specific finishing details or help to complete an already started project.Here is a list of examples of techniques: zipper (invisble/regular), hems(rolled/invisible), finishing for garment (necklines,armholes,waistbands),hand stitching, ect.
Don't feel frustrated with your projects...find a way to finish it & wear it!

For more details please contact and ask for Nicole!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Upcycling Workshop (Jeans into Accessories) this Saturday July 9th

This SATURDAY JULY 9th: I'll be doing an Upcycling workshop(Jeans into Accessories) for Kids with the City of Montreal (Ville Marie Sector) and Quartier En Mouvement. Come by and Visit me at Pierce street (one street west of Guy), just off of Ste-Catherine street.(Peter McGill Eco-Cartier and Innovation Youth are there.). All the jeans were donated by the S.W.A.P team.