About

“Couturlututu” is my creation. It combines the French words “couture” (sewing) and “turlututu” (the sound of a flute), and represents the joy of sewing.

Sewing is a passion of mine since my teenage years. I was given my own sewing machine when I left my hometown to go to university — and the rest is history.

Sitting at my sewing machine, up in the attic, I make my vision — and your vision — reality. I also offer private sewing lessons, where I teach basic techniques and how to make simple garments — it’s all about spreading the joy of sewing. You want a unique piece of clothing, made just for you? Bring your ideas — I’m listening!

Comments

  1. Jeanne Laramée says:

    Dear Marie-Claude ….. it is so true !!!

    Even , if I do not sew as I used to …. I love to look the patterns and the fabrics….

    Tes chroniques sont vivantes et me donnent l’envie de me faire une garde-robe nouvelle pour l’été de mes 81 ans !! ….. en te lisant , je revis les dernières 32 dernières années …. et c’est positif…….

    à bientôt sur ton blogue !! ;))

  2. Hi there. Just came across your blog and I love it! I am really just getting started in sewing and find that vintage styles really suit my shape…love all the things that I´ve seen so far and will be back for more soon. Didn´t know about horsehair braids around the skirts – can you explain?! Thanks, Tanya

  3. I just found your blog via your comment over at Tanya’s chicaandaluza place and saw immediately that there is something here I’ll enjoy exploring!

  4. Hi your blog is great and I love your red dress with the love heart back! I’m a plus size gal and was wondering if you had some links or advice on resizing patterns?

    • mcfdekker says:

      Hi Helen,

      Welcome! For re-sizing patterns, it depends on what the original size is, and which size you need. It takes a good knowledge of proportions (how the body measurements increase from one size to the other), of your own body and its proportions, and also not all styles or patterns can be easily graded up. Personally I don’t grade patterns that are more than 3 sizes smaller than the size I would need. But I will purchase patterns in, say, size 22, and grade up to a 26, generally just eyeballing when cutting (calculating the distance between the line for size 20 and the line for size 22, and multiplying by 2). For more har.dcore grading, you can have a look at these tutorials:

      http://newvintage.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/how-to-grade-patterns/
      http://www.newvintagelady.com/toolsofthetrade/gradingapattern/page1.html

      I hope this helps!

      Marie-Claude

  5. Hello Marie-Claude thanks so much for your reply, the links are very helpful.
    Helen

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