Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fall stockists

It's been a busy few months for me. I don't think I've ever sewn so much in my entire life. I was able to send out fall stock to 3 new Canadian stockists, including one in Ottawa (Yay!). Not too bad considering I only finished my fall collection in early September. Learning from this experience, I'm trying to get a head start on my Spring collection. I've already started sourcing fabrics and drafting initial styles. Hopefully, a new collection will be ready in 2 months. In the meantime if you live close to one of these lovely shops, why stop by to check out their selection.

the Farm in North Bay just celebrated their Grand Opening

Fall Stockists:

Love Me Boutique
1539 Birmingham Street
Halifax, NS

1282 Wellington st W
Ottawa, ON

Farm (pictured above)
154 Main st W
North Bay, Ontario

Snazzi Boutique
6356 N. Guilford Ave.
Indianapolis, IN

Monday, October 25, 2010

Poor Oscar... again

It's been a whirlwind of chaos this past month. The most stressful has to be Oscar's predicament. One morning he had trouble walking, we thought maybe it was like last time when he had a sore paw for a day. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. Oscar had a ruptured disc in his back. His condition worsen over the course of a few days. In 48 hours, he went from having a limp to having his lower half paralysed. So the very next morning, Oscar went for emergency surgery to repair the disc and release some of the pressure on the spine that was causing the paralysis. Only a few hours later, I received news that the surgery went well and recovery was almost guaranteed. Now only a week and a half later, Oscar can walk and wag his tail like nothing ever happened. The biggest challenge now is to keep him quiet during the healing process.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tangente F/W 2010 collection - part 2

Here's part 2 of the collection. I'm currently working on an order for a new stockist. Very exciting!

After I'm done, I'll be (finally) finishing a tutorial I've been working on for a while now. It's a great little project that recycles old cassettes. More to come...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tangente F/W 2010 collection - part 1

After 5 weeks of intense pattern drafting, sewing and fittings, I finally have my Fall/Winter collection ready. I decided to name each piece after a street from my hometown. Actually some are variations of the name since my memory isn't that good. The complete collection is now available on my new official website and I will be listing them over the weekend in my Etsy shop.

Here are the first 5:

Calder top, $68

Moreno top, $75

Webster top, $90

Cecilia cocoon shrug, $60

Millie dress, $140

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fall photoshoot

Here's a little sneak peak of my fall collection. The photoshoot was this past Sunday. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't on our side. Throughout the afternoon, we got sprinkled by a few many rain showers. It didn't help that I had a cold and was feeling quite miserable. Even with a cold, the shoot was a lot of fun. Once again I collaborated with local photographer, Kristen Lunman. Our model, Shahnaz, did a fabulous job despite the crappy weather conditions. Even my boyfriend helped out by carrying the umbrella and a step stool for the photographer.

I'll be posting more pictures later this week and I'll be re-opening my Etsy store over the weekend. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


A few weeks ago, I went scouting for a location to shoot my fall collection. I found a great spot in downtown Ottawa around an abandoned building. I was reviewing the pictures when I noticed the dog squatting in the corner. Poor Oscar is always pooping at the wrong place, wrong time.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

So many plans, so little time

August is always a month with big plans. Right now I'm working on my fall collection. So far I have 2 long sleeve tops and 1 vest completed. I'm hoping the collection will have a total of 12 pieces with a few accessories by the end of the month. I also plan to launch my own website (off Etsy) later in the fall. Hopefully it will coincide with the release of my fall collection. Once the new website is open for business, I'll be sending a coupon to all those that have signed up to receive my newsletter. If you haven't signed up, there's still time. You just need to type your email here and follow the confirmation steps.

I've also joined the band wagon and made a fan page for Tangente. If you're on Facebook, you can "like" me over here.

I'm also hoping to post a few tutorials this month. One of tutorials is for a project I started a year ago!! Talk about procrastination.

Here's a little sneak peak of one of the new tops:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New photos are here

Not even a week after the photo shoot and I already have the pictures from last Friday. I couldn't be happier with the results. My only regret is not having it done sooner. Here a few of my favorites:

Photographer: Kristen Lunman
Model: Pascale LL

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Photo shoot

Yesterday was my favorite day of the year. I finally had a photo shoot for my clothing line. Not just any photo shoot but a professional one. Kristen, a local photographer, contacted me last winter for a possible collaboration. Of course, I couldn't refuse. Fast forward to summer, where my only job was to find a model. Not as easy as it looks, especially when you're on a shoestring budget. Finally after weeks of searching with no luck, my "day job" co-worker mentions to me that my other co-worker, Pascale, models. Really! All this time, I had a model sitting 4 cubicles away.

Finally the big day.

I really had no idea what to expect. I had 2 dresses and 9 tops that needed to be photographed in 2 hours. Was that even possible? The Weather Network was forecasting showers in the afternoon. Would the shoot be canceled? I tossed and turned all night. I didn't help that the shoot was at my house (in the backyard) so I had to make sure the house was tidy and the lawn was cut.

The model shows up looking fabulous and the photographer is so nice and energetic that it's contagious. As soon as I saw the first outfit in the window of her digital camera, I knew these photos were going to be awesome. The weather was on our side and we were able to breeze through the 11 outfits in 2 hours.

Kristen primarily does wedding/ family photography. So if you're getting married in the Ottawa region, please check out her website. I really can't recommend her enough, she's such a professional.

Pascale is so gorgeous. She really has a natural talent for modeling. You can view more pictures on her portfolio site.

Stay tuned for the new pictures, I should have them by August.

Monday, July 5, 2010

July heat wave

I'm back from my mini Canada Day vacation at the cottage. As usual, it's was a great time. We had so many laughs. The weather was a bit chilly the first nights but it warmed up as the weekend progressed. It looks like we're having a heat wave this week. I'm working up a sweat just typing so I'll keep this post short and sweet.

Ready for a swimming lesson

Having a handle on the life jacket is not only for safety but for laughs too!

Tired from his swim

Usually Oscar isn't allowed on the couch but we made an exception at cottage

Oscar with his new friend, Gaia.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Where to shop

Current boutiques and online shops that carry Tangente:


154 Main st W
North Bay, Ontario

Nathalie-Roze & Co.
1015 Queen St. E
Toronto, ON


Snazzi Boutique
6356 N. Guilford Ave.
Indianapolis, IN


Friday, June 18, 2010

Gathers galore

In between vet appointments, I've been trying to work on my last summer style among other things (alterations, wholesale orders, fall line). This isn't a great picture but it shows the detail at the neckline and along one of the sides. I think this one is really gonna turn out cute.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Poor Oscar & Melvin

For the past few weeks, it seems I've been spending most of my free time at the vet. First my cat, Melvin, go severely constipated. Yes, that's right cats get constipated! He needed to be hospitalized overnight and given IV fluids among other things (use your imagination here).

The very next week, Oscar injured his leg on one of our walks. I also brought him to the vet but they couldn't find anything wrong with him. He limped for a few days but I suspect he was trying to milk it for more sympathy. My mom sent him a little care package which included a new blankie and stuff toy. The toy has lost some stuffing but the majority of it remains intact.

Melvin had his IV here

Oscar faking his limp

New stuff toy or headrest

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Book Art

My mom was asked to do a book art display for the anniversary party at the Shediac library. The display was to showcase various crafts that can be done with vintage books or atlas. I believe it took her a few months to complete all the projects. The finished set-up looked great.

I not sure if I would have the patience to make all those folds in those books.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Meet Oscar

We have a new addition to the family. Oscar is a 4 year old rescued Dachshund aka wiener dog. He's only been with us for 3 days but he's already claimed us as his new masters. He was rescued from the SPCA's death row by a wonderful organization in Navan. He's already house broken, crate trained and walks well on a leash. We still have to work on getting along with the cats but no ones perfect!

This toy only lasted 2 hours.

His tongue is a bit too long for him so it always sticks out.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New dress in the works

Before my trip, I started working on a new denim dress in eco friendly ramie. I hope to finish it tomorrow to be able to take a few pictures this weekend. I'm really excited for this one, it's going to be perfect for summer.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The results are in ...

Yesterday, I did my first craft show in Ottawa. The weather was not on our side. It was chilly and rainy, although we were lucky when we unloaded the car the rain had momentarily stopped. All in all, I had a good time at the show. I saw lots of friends, met some new sellers and ate some fabulous cupcakes. I had about 11 sales ( 5 tops, 2 dresses , 1 necklace & 3 catnip toys). Many seasoned sellers mentioned the crowd was much smaller than last year, most likely because of the crappy weather.

A few things I learned from this show:
- bring more styles in the darker colours
- bring more signs/displays to describe product

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tarts n' Crafts

I'm so excited!!
Tomorrow I'm doing my first craft show in Ottawa. For the past 4 weeks, I've been busy sewing new styles (this explains the lack of blog post). I'm also bringing lots of clothes from previous collections that will be on sale. Tonight, I need to make sure I'm all packed up. Busy! Busy!

I'll let you all know how it goes :)


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