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Welcome to our mordernized online shop

Sep 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM

It's the moment to say a last goodbye to our old fashion A&A Patrons website after 12 years working online...

In fact on your screens, is completely renewed. Remember sometime ago you saw this:

The home page

ancien site A&A

The shop

ancien site A&A

It was an hard technologic migration...

but now we are proud to provide you via our new website:

  • an up-to-date look matching our new image,
  • an enriched websitewith new products including a new knitting department
  • a browsing developed to help you search in our catalog always more abundant,
  • a rich and easy communication with you, our customers,
    customers that will now have access to their account, orders etc ...
  • a special attention to the professionals who are always more numerous to trust us,
  • all backed by the last opensource software web technology on which we aquire competences in order a better service and more security in our relationship and for your shopping.

Of course the paint is still fresh and we count on you to send us your feedback.

And this is just the beginning because the functionality of this site are such that they allow us to update quickly, easily add new products, be reactive to your needs.

If you ordered between 2000 and September 24, 2012

  • You probably already have an account with us,
  • we will send you a password by clicking on the top My Account and forgotten password ,
  • You can then log into your account to verify your information.
  • of course you can use this account to place new orders. 
    commands that you would pass as a guest (no login) will not be recorded or monitored via your account.
  • Orders placed before 24 September 2012 are unfortunately not visible via this interface (however they are well managed, don't worry).

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Measurement tables

Oct 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM

A brief history
AFNOR (French Standards Agency) conducted in 1977 a campaign of measurements on the French population, in order to develop tables of body measurements: man, woman and child and a standardized labeling of making . This labeling was never actually put into practice because of the disappearance of the frech sizes (36,38 etc. ..) in favor of a significant measurements ranking, chest, waist, etc...

These measurements were used as a basis for the designers work and the world of clothing into the 2000s (for those wanting to follow because many companies have their own references, which explains the disparity in size following brand). The customer feedback on the non-matching clothes with the bodies showed their evolution and thus the need create new measurement tables.

In 2008, at the request of a professionals group, IFTH (French institute of textile and clothing), organized a major measurements campaign performed throughout France with cabins developed for a more reliable action. All data were analyzed in order to establish new measurements tables.

Tables available on the website are those of the AFNOR 1977 revised in 1987.
Tables of measurements developed by IFTH in 2008 are reserved for professionals, use is under license ( the purchase is quite expensive).

How to use the measurements tables
Firstly, you should know they can help you and give you a basis but they don’t reflect anymore the French population today.
Comparing with the recent measurement tables, we can see that, specially for women, the waist measurement is thicker.
They are still used to manufacture sewing or knitting patterns for home designing and sewing. Professional use is definitively not serious.
All measurements given are body measurements taken without any ease.

Gradation sheets sold on the website:
First, what is it?
A gradation sheet, from a standard size reference pattern, enables to get all other sizes by direct drawing.
All gradation sheets have been developed in the A&A design office. Developments have been based on AFNOR 1987 measures tables data.
All points of the pattern change in abscissa and ordinate in parallel to the straight grain and to the bust line.
This method is only valid when starting with a basis pattern in standard size, a custom tailored pattern fits to a single person and can’t  be graded.

Measurement tables are freely available on line here.

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New yarn Tapilaine

Oct 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM

We welcome a new thread in the topic knitting, and it's XXL!
Tapilaine thread, 100% wool, knitting needles 10 mm :



Available in 3 colors (more soon !) :







Ivoire, moutarde et amande

What to do with this rustic yarn ... a pouf! The pattern (french) is available online for free:


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The phenomenon Zpagetti!

Oct 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM

Two new simultaneously:

Firstly, we welcome a new thread in the famous shop ... Zpagetti! This is an amazing thread, it comes from recycled fabric and jersey can crochet / knit with needles 10 to 15 mm ! We thus obtain a work that can quickly go the basket, passing through the carpet bag and pillow.

It is now available in 14 color choices! :

fil zpagetti

The second: The workshop Aléfil in Paris (which holds the knitting store site) is on France 2 this morning!
Report  "Les nouvelles laines sont arrivées !" (the new wool yarn arrived!) by Aurélia Bloch under the France 2 program "c'est au programme" (it's sheduled) on 25/10/2012 by Sophie Davant.

Revisit the France 2 program.


A very simple bag project has been notably presented. Find explanations here (french):

sac zpagetti

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The guests wristbands

The guests wristbands

New product to join our departments: the guests wristbands can be offered to your friends for a party as a sign of recognition they will enjoy.

But we always offer the message wristbands which usage is the same.


So, how to choose?

We offer below a table outlining the differences to help you.

Guests wristbandsMessage wristbands


AspectMattShiny (satin)
ReversibleNo (woven threads on the back)Yes (satin on back without text)
Width12 mm8 mm
Characters40 max per line60 max
Lines1 or 2 according to the writing style1
Text styles3 fonts4 fonts
text colors1415
Ribbon colors726
Price for 2539,60 €Nil
Prix pour 5047,10 €87,60 € (promo)
Price for 200158,50 €112,65 € (promo)
Price for 500379,30 €170,25 € (promo)


These products are highly complementary:

  • You will choose according to your taste and depending on use,
  • also you will choose depending on your budget and the quantities involved

    As any printing product message, wristbands become very competitive for large quantities (from about 150).

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    For you beginners or even if you are slightly more skilled, you are buying patterns and occasionally you see barbarians names like fusible interfacing piece etc ..., well, you say what's this thing? is it  done to annoy me when I started? It's already hard enough understanding between the pattern and the handling of the sewing machine!
    I'll try to give you some answers .....

    The interfacing (fusible or not) is a substance used to enhance a piece of clothing to make the assembly easier or to give it rigidity and held for the proper fit of the garment.
    Is it necessary?

    Yes, to make it look "finished". In each type of clothing, there will be one or more parts to interface: collar and cuffs of a blouse, front, collar, the hight of the sleeves of a jacket, etc ....

    There are several kinds, what do I choose?

    This is where it gets difficult for several reasons:
    -> It is necessary to know the material of the fabric you want interface because it determines the choice,
    -> You have to know interfacings to know which one to choose.
    -> You need to find the right place where you can find a selection of interfacings for sale with someone who can guide you in your choice
    in other words the squared circle!

    To help you, there are two major types of interfacing: the "to be sewn" and the "fusible".

    The "to be sewn" interfacings are traditional, still used by tailors or when we have a fabric that does not support fusible temperature.
    There are several thickness, your choice will be an interfacing of the same thickness or slightly less than the fabric you need to improve.

    Assembly is done by cutting the covering to the same part to interface and building the two layers together. assembly is done as if it was only a single layer.

    The traditional assembly is more sophisticated  and is called "frosting" see free documents "method for mounting the suit canvas."

    Fusible interfacings are faster to put in place but more delicate implementation because the sticking must be perfect to be invisible. This implies that we used the correct method of collage and especially that the fusible interfacing is of good quality.

    How to recognize a good quality interfacing?

    Visually, there is a very simple way, the adhesive must be placed by dots, drop out cotton cloth with a layer of smooth and glossy glue, the collage will not be sustainable not efficient or will show blisters.

    Anyway, it is imperative to make a sticking test on your fabric before you start. Because a failure on front clothing, all blistered or too stiff, can be really ugly!

    To be stitched or fusible interfacing in our shop.

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    New: Knitting yarn Boréal

    Jan 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM

    Boréal is the newest addition to the line of knitting threads of the A & A Boutique ! This is a soft and very warm thread thanks to its composition : 50 % merino wool , 50% alpaca. This yarn is very twisted on which makes it durable and very easy to knit.

    It is now available in 5 colors:

    703 707 708
    711 713

    Find patterns made ​​with this yarn in Ravelry

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    When you sew for yourself, you quickly encounter a problem with the very difficult fittings by yourself, hence the question we might ask, should I buy a dressmaker's form?

    Same problem when working for others, between two fittings, it can be interresting to put the garment on a dressmaker's form to check the appearance.

    What is the offer to individuals? Said adjustable models with inner joint systems to adapt it to its measurements. They all seem to look the same but with price differences. These can be explained by the mechanism more or less developed, reliable and / or simple in order to update measures.

    You can find, in general, wheels that you can turn to move away or closer the dressmaker's form elements, to get the right measurements.

    Possible settings are at the bust, waist and hips but you must realize that even though these three measurements are met, this model will never be the true representation of your body, body posture is very different from one person to another. On the other hand, some measurements are not taken into account: cross, distance chest size, shoulder length etc ...

    bouton réglage 1

    bouton réglage 2 bouton réglage 3 bouton réglage 4


    In conclusion, we must know how to use a dressmaker's form for what it can do for you: work a collar fitting, a sleeve fitting, take a step back to analyze the general appearance of a garment, to create a form, make a mold etc. ... But do not use it as a true representation of your own morphology, it is better to try the clothing and get help from an experienced person to solve some "good fitting" issues.

    Donc avoir un mannequin réglable, c'est bien, voire indispensable si vous pratiquez une couture très créative, mais ne lésinez pas sur sa qualité, les bas de gamme auront toujours des systèmes de mise à mesures moins solides et plus aléatoires. Autre inconvénient, qu'il faut savoir, ces mannequins sont constitués d'une coque dure sous le tissu extérieur ce qui exclu d'y planter des épingles.

    So having a adjustable dressmaker's model, is nice, it could be even necessary if you practice a very creative fashion, but do not skimp on quality, low-end systems will always be weaker and more uncertain. Another drawback that you need to know: these models consist of a hard shell under the outer fabric which excluded to plant pins in it.

    Quality dressmaker's model example.






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    Results of our poll #1

    Mar 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM

    It was our 1st poll : 70 % of very positiv votes! Thank you to all participants.

    Poll #1

    See our new poll:

    Are you rather?

    • Sewing
    • Embroidery
    • Knitting
    • Crochet

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    Free pattern : Zpagetti basket

    Apr 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM

    Spring is back, it's time to get back to crochet !

    We present a free pattern to crochet with Zpagetti yarn from Hoooked available on the website

    A quick round basket to achieve using a hook No. 8 or 10 (hook pattern available here) :

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