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We are currently involved in the Journal de Couture project. The Ulule fundraising campaign has ended with 221 sales!

The notebook will not only be able to be born but also, its sale will be able to be perpetuated on our site ! We are very happy with this news, without you, the Journal would not have seen the light of day...

Now to the sales! We have many products at -50% to propose to you and it is by here :

Over 200 items are on sale!

Find at low prices:

- The haberdashery, buttons, braids, embroidery canvas, embroidery kits, belt buckles...

- Cheval Blanc Amande wool, Fonty Bohème wool, Mérisoie wool and chain from the Valgaudemar spinning mill...

- Fabrics, veils, wedding dress fabrics, ethnic fabrics...



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Plain cotton fabric discounted

Sep 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

To begin this new school year, we offer this big promotion:

All our plain cotton fabrics -50% discount.

In all, 14 colors 5 € per meter instead of 10 €.

So here we go for sewing new pockets, purse, skirt and accessories!

In addition, these cotton fabrics are available from 10 cm.

We are working on our basic plain fabrics ranges to offer you beautiful materials, always of high quality with trendy colors ...

We are seeking in particular to diversify our certified fabrics ranges OEKO-TEX 100 (perfect for babies) and organic cotton fabrics. To keep you informed of our upcoming finds, you can follow our Facebook page or our Instagram account.



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Not too fast, no pressure!

Aug 24, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Not too fast, no pressure it's currently (still) holidays for the most lucky among you! the opportunity to review the snaps fasteners with you.

There are a variety of these buttons but, you'd like to put on a sleeping bag, a bib, a bag or even a shirt and you can not choose?

We make a summary of everything that exists here. We would also compare  Kam clamp and  Vario clamp by Prym . These are the two best known clamps used for laying snaps.

Snaps to sew

In plastic, they are very convenient to lay, available in black and transparent in many diameters. We propose

- Pryms from 7 to 21 mm available transparent only,

- black or transparent from 7 to 13 mm

- colored 21 mm and 17 mm

- leather imitations square or round.

Made of metal black or silver (sometimes bronze). These buttons are generally sold in packs of 6. These are the cheapest in the range. By cons, they can be a little bit difficult to clip / unclip.

The snaps-fastener strip is also handy when you want to quickly sew by machine a length of snaps. As pants or bloomers baby crotch for example. 

These snaps are a little bit slow to put because you have both sides to sew passing many times with the thread in order to hold well. But it is the most economical and you will not need clamp.

Snaps to lay with a clamp

These are the simplest buttons to lay! if you hate sewing a button and buttonhole, the easiest way is to put a snap with clamps. After the first snaps laid, you will not be afraid of those famous clamps.

The plastic or resin snaps are the last of the range and best known today.

The  Kam clamp allowed the easy to lay resin snaps development. They are available online in many colors and forms: star, heart, little and big circle. We have chosen to introduce the tranparent KAM snaps.


Prym recently, too created his easy to lay snaps called Color-Snaps . These snaps can be laid with the Vario clamp by Prym , multipurpose but surprisingly less known than the KAM clamp (yet less expensive and versatile).


This Prym clamp allows to lay many types of snaps that can not the KAM:

- The Color snaps . They are made of colored plastic with a metallic interior. The Buttons box is more expensive than plastic but they are sturdier and will hold better in time. Beware though, this series has been stopped by the manufacturer, we sell them until the end of stock.

- The new Color-Snaps , which replaces the Color. Available in 40 colors. The color-snaps will both be laid on the jersey on the woven. Be careful to enought press in order to lay the snap because they are slightly lighter than previous. They are suitable for all types of medium weight fabrics.

- The anorak snaps , perfect for coats. They are all made of metal.

- The jersey snaps with claws on ring, pearly or with a disc, used to be laid on stretch fabrics such as knitted avoiding tearing during use.

- The riveting snaps . very professional and in several colors. They are also very strong and ideal for coats, bags, pouches and rigid fabrics.

The Prym Vario clamp also has the advantage of being able to lay  eyelets and  rivets or even trousers hooks. So, It is much more versatile than the KAM clamp:



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More than 130 products sold off!

Jul 11, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Summer has arrived, it's time to present our sales! We handpicked over 130 items on sale.

There is something for everyone and all passions:

Fabrics, artificial leather, mesh fabric and devoured fabric, all our embroidery canvas!


But also laces, braids, trimmings with fringes...


The Gueret wool from Fonty, Almond from Cheval Blanc but also some Valgaudemar Spinning Mill cottons...

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A&A patrons Sales

Jan 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Go for A&A patrons madness sales.

We have selected many fabrics, wool, knitting magazines, charms, lace, ribbons and braids for these 2016 winter sales.

Find more than 100 items on sale up to 50%!

A et A patrons sales

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New 2016 shipping rates

Jan 12, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The year 2016 begins with good news: First the decline in new shipping rates for "Lettre Suivie" (tracked letter)! The tracked letter is the type of delivery you most often choose  because the most convenient and the most economical.

It lets you receive, after about 2 days (for France), your small haberdashery, knitting, fabrics, patterns and custom labels. All this by following your package track via the link you receive by mail after processing your order.

Here is a shipping rates summary table for "Lettre Suivie" before / after January 2016:

 New 2016 shipping rates

Other shipping methods are available and always visible on this page. (Mondial Relay, Colissimo, Chronopost and free removal at shop in Nantes).

To estimate your shipping costs, you only have to take a ride in your cart and complete the fields in the table "estimate shiping and tax". Your shipping costs are still estimated as accurately depending on the weight and not fixed.

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The pattern maker job

Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Pattern making is an integral part of our job. This job is relatively unknown from the public, but nevertheless exciting and at the base of any ready-to-wear collection production.

Following presentations on the A&A Patrons history and our work today, we wanted to offer you further on pattern making job and take the opportunity to understand the realization process of a ready-to-wear collection.

Modélisme chez A&A patrons

We are a small independent structure, so we can practice a very different working way than large companies. The pattern making we carry is very complete because we can develop each of the models from A to Z.

To better illustrate our work, we propose this scheme representing the cooperation with the customer, the dressmaker and clothing factory:

schéma métier de styliste, modéliste

So you can observe that the pattern maker is involved in every step of the collection production! Even when it's time for the dressmaker or clothing factory to intervene, everything is prepared and supervised by the pattern maker.

After the collection production, the pattern maker can also intervene to perform quality control of each of the garments. To verify that each garnment complies with the technical specifications (dimensional and assembly control).

The A&A Patrons technical department can handle any type of collection, whether in women's fashion as well as men's and children's fashion.

The pattern maker work in independent consulting firm such as ours, requires a lot of special skills: strong experience, accuracy (help by design software such as Vetigraph and Grafis), good fabrics and haberdashery knowledge, mounting techniques and finally a good amount of strength to handle stress facing collections deadlines imperatives.

Did you already know the pattern maker profession? Did this article inspire you?
To go further you can also visit our presentation "Fashion design, pattern making, grading".

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After summarizing for you the A&A patrons history in this article. We thought it was interesting to tell you more about our small team today and our daily work.

If you followed the previous article, you already know a little about our team because it is simple, we are three and moreover from the same family! :

Nadine, the founder of A&A Patrons, Yannick the webmaster and Nadine's husband who joined her in the adventure few years ago and Amandine, the new recruit, originally founder of the Aléfil boutique in Paris and incidentally daughter of Nadine and Yannick.

To help you to understand who is doing what, we propose you with this diagram:

Introducing the A&A patrons team

As you can see, we have two key and compatible activities in our company:

- The design office fashion and pattern making for clothing industry

- The Online Haberdashery with all the management (inventory, supplier orders) and communication that this implies.

Not to mention the A&A Patrons side and historic activity:

- training. Because, for 17 years, Nadine was trainer in styling and pattern making and Amandine continues today her knitting, crochet and sewing workshops in Nantes.

All that to explain you our complementary skills, our knowledge and our activities illustrated in the following diagram:

A&A patrons diagram complementary activities

> The fashion design-pattern making allows us to know all the assembly techniques and allows us to look for the particular notions and sometimes techniques that we can then offer to our clients within the online haberdashery (eg for sleeve head strip, the Japanese rule, fusible interlining, horsehair band, etc.).

Our pattern making activity also helps us being familiar with products from our haberdashery: fabrics, buttons, ties, wool, threads, technical tools, because we use them daily!

> Conversely, all our knowledge in haberdashery, fabrics and suppliers allows us to offer our design office customers, the appropriate elements to carry out their clothes collection through our sourcing capacities.

> Our training expertise, allows us to bring advices to you, online haberdashery customers. In order to provide clear and precise description to each product posted.

 

We now invite you to enter our premises, discover the mix of our business design office and haberdashery! Here to see all images.

Fashion design office Nantes - France

A&A patterns printing

On our great desks we draw the papers patterns. After many validation steps (canvas, prototype, etc), the pattern will be printed on this great special printer, or sent directly as a file to the clothing factory.

By the meter fabrics A&A Patrons

Discover all our fabrics ranges, cotton, silk, organic fabrics, etc.

Sewing threads A&A Patrons

The sewing threads are presented in old jam jars, to more quickly find the colors!

Haberdashery buttons A&A Patrons

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Through this blog, we talk mostly of our products, our discoveries and tutorials that have been developed, but we do not talk much about us, the one that founded the company A&A Patrons up people who now develops it and the various activities that have been developed over time.

Indeed, we see regularly, talking to those who move at our offices in Nantes, they are amazed at our many activities and they would like to learn more!

That's why we wanted to tell you our history at first, and then the details of our activities through a second blog post coming soon,

1/ The A&A Patrons history

We truly immersed in our archives to tell you all about it!

The company was founded in 1989 in Nantes, by the will of Nadine, trained in fashion design professorship, to create her children sewing patterns brand.
A few years later, Nadine noted, making animations for sewing in Paris Tissus Reine (a famous fabric store near Montmartre), a need for people to get personal couture training. She decided to offer household sewing workshops and a new service custom tailored patterns. Meanwhile, Nadine answers many requests for patterns for making and thus develops her own fashion design office for ready-to-wear.

A&A first patterns

Then in 1994, A&A Patrons needs to expand and Nadine opened her first premises in Nantes. In addition to ongoing activities, such as creating "wallet" patterns for children and sewing workshops, Nadine launched herself into the fashion design professional training.

former haberdashery A et A Patrons in Nantes

Then, in response to a growing demand of her students of a need for technical haberdashery (colors choice, technical advice ...). Nadine changes her premises in1997 to open her haberdashery in Nantes historical center while developing her Vocational Training Centre: The haberdashery on the ground floor, the training center on the second floor always coupled with the fashion design office.

With the increasing development of the Web, and thanks to Yannick computer skills, her husband. A&A Patrons decides to go in 2000 in the online business by opening one of the first online haberdashery.

In 2008, Nadine, to better manage her business, decides to refocus her structure on the online haberdashery and fashion design office and so stops her vocational training activity and the physical haberdashery (the store located in Nantes).

A&A Patrons website before after

The online haberdashery gradually takes the scale and passing the years, the technology of the first website becomes obsolete. In 2012, Yannick completely recasts the online haberdashery to become the site you see today (which is still evolving every day!).

Aléfil workshop in Paris

The same year, Amandine, the Nadine and Yannick's daughter, wool & knitting passionate, is embarking on a workshop-boutique in Paris (Aléfil) in order to propose French quality knitting wool, haberdashery and knitting, crochet and sewing courses.
A live exchange takes place between Aléfil and A&A Patrons, the proposed haberdashery coming directly from A&A Patrons, the wool offered on A&A Patrons coming from the Aléfil shop. The Aléfil workshop-boutique is naturally called "the daughter structure" of A&A Patrons.

In 2013, Amandine moved to Nantes, closes Aléfil and fully supports the mother structure for both the online haberdashery and the fashion design office, while continuing her knitting, crochet and sewing course activity (at Henry & Henriette particularly,).

 

Today, you would have understand it, A&A Patrons has a strong experience in both fashion design (more than 25 years!) but also, and in addition, in creative leisure, technical haberdashery, (mainly French) with complementary family skills!

You will find in an upcoming episode, more information about our work today, our know-how and the structure of the company ...

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The new shipping rates

Jan 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

We wanted to keep you informed of a pleasing novelty on deliveries: La Poste (the French shipping service) replaced since 1 January 2015 the Lettre Max by the Lettre Suivie!

new rates Lettre Suivie

What changes for you:

- Lower prices, especially for small weight, up to 250g (for higher weights you have the choice between Mondial Relay, Colissimo and Chronopost)

- The ability to send parcels up to 3 cm thick instead of 2 cm for Lettres Max.

Since all our deliveries are determined according to weight, the difference will be really noticeable for you. Online tracking remains the same, once the order is placed, you will have the link to follow on the La Poste website.

From our side, we can now offer you products shipped by Lettre Suivie like some wool that did not pass by Lettre Max!

Here is a detailed picture to show you the changes that prove particularly beneficial to the departments and overseas territories where we display below the rates before tax:

changing letter rate France and overseas

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