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The baby knitting kit of the pretty striped sailor sweater Augustin is out!

This small model has to be knit simply from the bottom up, starting with a few rows of ribs 1/1 then some jersey. The body is knitted in one piece, alternating stripes is easy! The sleeves require some reductions, but this model remains accessible to beginners.

Knitting pattern for baby breton striped sailor sweater Augustin

The Breton sweater has to be knitted in this beautiful Ambiance de Fonty wool, an ultra-soft wool (it's normal, it's Merino) and that can be washed without problem by machine.

baby breton striped sailor sweater Augustin knitting kit

The sailor strip sweater model sizes go from 3 months to 2 years. You only need 2 balls to the bottom and 1 ball for scratches to the 1 year size.

child breton sweater knitting kit

The kit comes in a cute recycled bag with:

  • - 1 pair of knitting needles bamboo # 4
  • - 1 explanations and color diagrams record
  • - 4 small wooden buttons
  • - 1 yarn needle
  • - 3, 4 or 5 balls of Ambiance Fonty wool depending on the selected size

    Plus: you choose yourself your colors! If you want an ecru background with yellow mustard or blue background with gray stripes, it's time!

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    New shoulder pads and sleeve head strips

    Jan 22, 2016 12:00:00 AM

    Further to our article on "laying a sleeve head strip and a felt shoulder pad" on a jacket or coat (and its video tutorial), we are expanding our range of sleeve head strips and we present new shoulder pads we did manufacture to meet our flair requirements.

    Here is a picture of the difference between the shoulder pad that we offered you in 2015, the classic one and the one we have created for you in 2016 (which replaces the previous one), the felt shoulder pad A&A:

    Couture shoulder pad diagram

    The cotton wadding does not subside in time unlike the polyurethane foam which also tends to disintegrate.

    The tailor's canvas layer ensures good support and is better suited to the rounded shoulder. You will also notice that the shoulder pad naturally takes a rounded manner. This shoulder pad therefore stands much better than the last.

    In addition, we now offer 3 different sleeve head strips:

    by the meter white sleeve head strip

    - The most common and universal, sold by the meter, you have to slightly deform it for the assembly so that it follows the sleeve head. It is made with a layer of wadding + a very thin layer of foam for the flair.

    white shaped sleeve head strip

    - The shaped sleeve head strip for jackets and coats in heavy fabrics. It is composed of a white wadding layer. This sleeve head strip is already in shape and ready to be installed.

    gray shaped sleeve head strip

    - The shaped sleeve head strip for lighter fabrics that require less support. Warning, if the fabric is a bit transparent, gray can be seen.

    All our finishing items: shoulder pads and sleeve head strips are visible in the section "Technical products" of the haberdashery.

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    Babies sewing kits

    Jan 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM

    Happy new year 2016 !

    The end of 2015 was very active for A&A because we wanted to introduce you our last sewing kits for babies !

    Nadine has developed, after the summer, Sirli romper, Colin shepherd vest and Marouette bathrobe patterns, the plates and finally the explanations but still had to tweak the presentation as a kit.

    Baby romper sewing kit

    It is time now to tell you about these three new patterns for baby and child made in A&A patrons

    The Sirli romper pattern is available as envelope sewing pattern and as  kit. The romper is slightly puffed on the upper thighs, as a bloomer and has a rounded bib on the front, decorated with 6 buttons. The suspenders are crossed in the back.

    An intermediate sewing level is required to sew the romper, the available sizes are: 3-6-9-12 & 18 months.

    It is stitched in Corduroy and lined with organic cotton veil (for ecru). You can sew around a nice Lurex (or in the color of your choice) piping.

    Romper opens from the bottom thanks to its little snaps band easy to put (and easy for changing baby)!

    Sirli romper sewing pattern

    The Colin shepherd vest is sewn made of Organic cotton fur, Corduroy lined.

    The pattern of the vest is available as sewing envelope pattern, downloadable pattern or as sewing kit. The vest is easy to sew and accessible to beginners. Available sizes are: 3-6-9-12-18 months et 2-3-4-6-8 years. So you're spoiled for choice!

    You can add a frog or leave open. The vest will be fully reversible.

    Baby vest sewing pattern

    The Marouette bathrobe is also simple to sew and make a perfect birth gift.

    The bathrobe is available in sewing envelope pattern and as kit. It is available in: 6-12 months, 18-24 months and 3-4 years sizes.

    It has to be sewn in organic (or not) cotton sponge with a  finish in the bias tape of your choice. You also have a choice in the finishing of the seam angles: round or square and in adding a tassel on the hood and a hook at the neck.

    Baby bathrobe sewing patten

    The sewing kits of these three patterns are available on this page. We have decided to offer them in a nice carrying for decorating a child's room, make a sewing storage according to your imagination!

    They are achievable by beginners as by the most experienced. The explanations are made with precise step by step diagrams with a clear cutting plan to guide you in achieving. Patterns are designed with sizes complying to the new IFTH French standards.

    Feel free to send us your achievements with our new sewing patterns! We will post them on social networks and our blog.

    You can sew around a

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    Child & baby frogs

    Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

    We have something new to show you as frog for children!

    Frogs are these small fasteners in leather or fabric to close coats, jackets. They can provide an attractive finish in the twinkling of an eye.

    We therefore sought it everywhere in order to offer you various types of frogs: flowers, hearts, and different materials: imitation suede, velvet. and a pretty panel of colors.

    Child & baby frogs

    So you now have the choice!

    To choose the suitable frog for your garment, take into account the total length of the flat frog. Flowers and hearts frogs are indeed more suited to a child's clothing (from 18 months) than velvet frogs.

    shepherd velvet vest baby frogs


    We sewed the velvet frog on a small shepherd jacket and rendering is really nice. You will find organic coton fur here and, in the background, we can see the needlecord velvet which is here.

    baby and child coat frog

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    New size labels to sew

    Sep 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM

    Size labels to mark hand-knitted or hand sewn clothes having great success, we have expanded the range.
    These labels to sew are always sold by the meter, from 1 meter.
    They are also handy for designers to beautifully mark their clothes.

    étiquette de taille XS, S, M, L, XL

    Here are our new size labels woven in gray or black.
    We created the label in adult sizes XS, S, M, L and XL

    étiquette de taille à coudre blanche et grises

    and size labels for babies 3 months, 3-6 months, 6 months, 6-9 months and 9 months. These labels are precisely designed with childlike font exclusively for A&A Patrons. You had asked us, we now offer marking double size for babies .

    étiquette de taille bébé à coudre grises

    Gradually, you will see our range expand... a bit of patience for 12, 18 months, etc...

    étiquette à coudre double taille

    The size labels numbered  34, 36, 38, 40 etc. will soon be also renewed with a choice of gray or black.

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    The trapilho comeback

    Sep 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

    Trapilho is back in our online haberdashery. Straight from Portugal, these big balls of thread from recycling are ideal to quickly crochet bag and basket.

    Find Online all the new colors:

    blue, dark heather gray, light heather gray, beige, pink, white and especially fluorescent yellow!

    nouveauté trapilho

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    Something new concerning the fabrics! We just received the beautiful Cotton + Steel printed fabrics.

    Cotton and Steel fabrics

    We could not resist to the beautiful well fitting from the Frock collection. These are two rayon fabrics with small red or blue-green triangles.


    Gemstone Cotton and steel viscose fabric


    We also fell for small cross with yellow mustard and mint green backgrounds in the Cotton & Steel basics collection. These are good qualities cottons. The colors range has a nice sweetness.


    Cotton and Steel cotton fabric

    This is the kind of fabric you would like to see sewn into a light jacket, shorts, dress ...


    Cotton and Steel cotton fabric


    Mint green and white poplin with golden triangles you can see, it's a pretty fabric by Art Gallery, from the Arizona limited collection. Going with everything cotton fabric while being chic with these little golden triangles, it will delight your entire wardrobe!


    We are very happy to show you these little wonders, especially that ... shh, the rest is coming in the following months!

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    New : ladder hemstitches

    Jun 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

    We are always looking for new products to offer for sewing, embroidery, knitting or crochet. And, as you may have noticed, lately trimmings resurfaced in spring-summer outfits!

    light ladder hemstitch

    The ladder hemstitch is a very good idea to add a touch of originality to your small needleworks. This small hemstitch (2 mm, 100% cotton) will leave just a glimpse of tiny squares of skin, it will be perfect to brighten up a blouse or a dress, like this one:

    ladder hemstitch dress idea

    The ladder hemstitch tape is easy to apply by folding the fabric to the edge where the hemstitch begins to let only glimpse it, the remainder being counted as a seam allowance.

    You can use the ladder hemstitch with many fabrics, plain or patterned: it is available in 17 colors including 1 colors ready to dye.

    The ladder hemstitch, once hand-embroidered on tablecloths, is now encrusted perfectly in a blouse, a top or flowing dress.

    Also find our by the meter embroidered ladder hemstitch in linen here or in cotton here .

    Click on the following picture to access the ladder hemstitch product:

    ladder hemstitch colors

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    Romantic Clothing Japanese Couture Book

    Feb 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM

    couture Romantic Clothing book

    In the series of sewing books "Seamstresses Secrets ", here one dedicated to romantic clothes.

    these sewing books of this set are translations from japanese books.

    You will find 21 sewing models awith their explanations with pictures accompanied, of course, with full size patterns.

    Many of today models are presented: tunics, shorts, dresses, skirts, blouses and pants.

    This sewing book has many models in eyelet lace (broderie anglaise) which provides a very romantic feel.

    The patterns are available in S, M, L and XL sizes, but be careful to properly compare your measurements with those of the book.


    Dedicated activity Sewing
    Title Romantic clothes
    Author Ruriko Yamada
    Publisher Les Éditions De Saxe
    Release date November 2012
    Price 19,50 €

    What we liked:

    The models presented in this book are relatively simple, and therefore ideal for beginners for sewing. The presentation is original bringing a nice vintage look to the work. There are the basic sewing: Bermuda shorts, blouses, simple dress, a little buttoned blouse, trousers with elasticated waist ... The explanations are in the form of diagrams, step by step, very clearly at the end of the book as we usually find them in Japanese sewing books.

    If you want a simple book to start sewing clothes for you, this book will not disappoint.

    Another plus:

    A community blog dedicated to Japanese fashion presentes all these seamstresses works made from this book:The Japan Couture Addicts. To see all the achievements from the Romantic Clothing book, it's here.


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    Prym Color Snaps (press studs)

    Feb 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM

    The Prym Color Snaps (press studs) just arrived ! We loved their colors and shapes, so we all have for sale. Plastic color snaps studs existed for KAM pliers, here they are available now for the Prym Vario pliers.

    You will be able to put some everywhere, children's clothing, accessories, etc. These snaps are practical and decorative. If you do not like to sew buttonholes, snaps are made for you!

    Be careful, you'll need a special tool to add to your Prym Vario pliers.

    The Color Snaps (press studs) are available as Round shaped but also as Heart and Star shaped.

    Click below to find the heart shaped snaps (here in mint green):

    mint green heart shaped Color Snaps

    Find here the star shaped Color Snaps (here golden):

    golden star shaped Color Snaps

    And discover the multitude of colors available as round shaped snaps ! (40 colors) :

    round Prym Color snaps colors

    To illustrate, here's an example of round light blue Color Snaps:

    blue round shaped Prym color snaps

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