Posts from ‘The Studio!’

Jul
10

First let me say thank you!

 Thank you for the life I live as a creative entrepreneur.  Thank you to the artists and designers I have collaborated with to illustrate these prints, manifest these classic-cut patterns and sew this high quality swimwear.  I am grateful that I get to make and print my designs on locally made textiles in a city that still supports all levels of the textile industry.  This creative, yet industrial production circle all takes place within a 10k radius of my store.  

This is the goddess one-piece swimsuit.  It is fully lined and available in XS-XXL

This is the goddess bikini, a classic cut with decent support, fully lined and available in XS-XL

This is the duffle bag made from fast-drying poly-canvas.  Perfect for yoga/sport/beach/snorkeling gear.

This is the swim/sport set.  Perfect for the life of an active person who needs one thing for everything.  The sports bra combines well with the leggings as well.  Fully lined and available in XS-XL

Shop the swimwear here

 

Credit due:

Artists who painted with me: Iris Glaser  (black floral) and Emily Rose Michaud (space)

Graphic Design:  Iris Glaser

Textile Printing:  Beaufab/Emmis

Studio Team:  Bernard, Patti, Annick

Production team: Patti, Annick, Caroline

Oct
18
Jun
01

Katrin Leblond’s new collection – Nouvelle Collection

VICTORIA

for girls 2-9 years old – pour fillette de 2 a 9 ans

Launch Party – Party de lancement

Saturday June 4 11am-5pm – Samedi 4 Juin de 11h-17h

4647 St-Laurent blvd.

Face painting all day – Painture sur visage toute la journee

 

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Feb
18

So I looked around my store one day and realized I had nothing with my classic storybook embellishments on them.  So I took the plunge into some ideas I had been dreaming of.  Here is the resulting production.

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Feb
09

It may be the deepest of winter outside, but in the studio, and therefor my mind, it is all about Spring.

Here is a peek at things to come and the process of making them in my studio.

Sale time.  With new things on their way, I am feeling very motivated to clear out the old inventory.  I have just posted many styles on sale in the online store at www.katrinleblond.com.  I even put the Ivko on sale, though I usually don’t until much later in the sale season, but there wasn’t much, so I thought why not.

Cutting table Katrin Leblond Studio

Cutting table Katrin Leblond Design

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Katrin Leblond Headpieces

New headpieces made after returning from an inspiration trip to Mexico.  The land of colour!

Ivko Spring 2016 fabric swatch

Here is a swatch of Ivko knits coming soon.

Boutique Katrin Leblond

Mannequins Katrin Leblond Design

The final #watercolour sitting on a beautiful Mexican tile table. Ahhhh Akumal! I miss you already. #akumal #stilllife #painting #inspired

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Jan
18

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I feel like stabbing myself with scissors; it is so quiet in the store.

  Luckily I have the production of the new collection in the Studio to keep busy and creative. 

January is a creative time

2015 collection is inspired by:
FEMINISM
40, 50, 60 & 70 year old REBELS
ADVENTURE TRAVEL
SIMPLE LUXURY

We are in full production of the Spring collection and have already devoted one wall of the store entirely to Spring styles.  This year the collection is both versatile and feminine, sporty and romantic, and always soft and comfortable.  I would even say that this collection is quite dreamy; sheer cottons in beautiful colors and as requested matching tops and skirts and jackets.
EVERYTHING IS MADE IN MONTREAL.  Where it belongs!
That being said, it has been so quiet in the boutique, we are wondering…where is everyone?  Don’t you love us anymore?  Come for the studio sale next week, come for the 2015 collection, come because new clothing is good for your morale.  Whatever your reason, when you are here WE WILL TREAT YOU LIKE THE GODDESS YOU ARE!

May
23

Here they are, all piling up on the table.

Hearts that take waaaay too long to make!  They are pieced from little cut pieces of silk chiffon.  Then we spray them with water and fill all the gaps and keep working that way until they become full fluffy multicolor heart explosions!

silk chiffon ruffle hearts

Appliqued onto tank tops, they come to life.

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Ruffle heart tank top white

silk chiffon scrap appliquee

multicolour silk hearts

Here you see them at the early stages of the process.  We sew them onto black or white Lycra mesh so that they retain their elasticity.  The technique is quite complicated.

hands on sewing machine

making hearts for appliquee

Annick making silk ruffle hearts

Before we sew it onto a top, it gets a little haircut to clean up the edges.

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silk herats on sewing machine

What a mess in the studio when these are in production.  Soon we will be making little mini heart pins.  Can’t wait.

Shop KL tops online NOW!  Click here!

Mar
20

Here is the crinoline on the sewing machine getting a custom black hem.  Ohhh… it’s for a bride!

pink crinoline with black hem

Now this is no shy lady, as you can tell from her color choices.

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This dress is based on one of my dresses in the store, but we customized the colors for her.

Katrin Leblond dress robe montreal

….and I embellished her shoes for her!

embellished shoes for bride

fashion mode montreal party dress

robe occasions montreal special dress

Montreal bride custom order

flower petals under black tulle

Montreal designer dress robes

chaussures embellie

every stitch made with love.

Mar
04

Robe equinoxe de Katrin Leblond Montreal

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Sep
17

Two major changes:

1- 1 moved my studio into the back of the boutique

2- We had to renovate to make everything fit into much much much less space!

Here I am showing you the front/the store.  Look my wall is racked three rows high.  Next week, I’ll take some pictures of the studio in the back.  We’re still getting organized in there right now.

What these changes mean for me is that I get to go to work in one place every day.  No more shuttling back and forth from the studio to the store, to the studio.  No more transferring inventory.  No more carrying the new collection on my bike, in my arms, or in my car.  My quality of life just went waaaay up and best of all, I get to be in the store every day.  So come for a peek at the new collection and check out the changes.

Aug
08

This is Lizanne Ryan and doesn’t she look splendid?  She needed an outfit to go to a wedding and liked one of my made to measure wedding dresses, but wanted a skirt and top to go with a silk jacket she already had in her wardrobe.  We started with her jacket which needed some modifications.  We changed the buttons, took out the shoulder pads and took in the sleeves a bit to slim the whole look.  The camisole was on my sale rack (yay!), and the skirt is custom made in my studio.  It is a layer of ivory jersey with petals sew onto it and then an overlay of ivory sheer mesh.  The jewelry is by my new favorite designer Ayala Bar!

Aug
01

Vente d’atelier KL + Vente échantillons Ivko

KL studio sale and Ivko sample sale

IVKO Collection Automne 2013/2014 – 30%

75 styles, tous M

Collection Printemps / Été KL 2013 – 50%

Tout les tailles de XS-XL

Anciennes Collections KL à partir de 20$

Quoi? $20? Oui!

 

QUAND? WHEN?

Vendredi 9 Août de 11h-18h

(seuls les clients avec cette invitation + 1 amie)

Samedi 10 Août de 11h-18h (ouvert à tous)

Dimanche 11 Août de 12h-17h (ouvert à tous)

$$$$$ Venez avec de l’argent comptant $$$$$$

 

Apr
17

Here I am (at the end of a long rainy day…) in my new favourite top:  The Peace tunic in coral.  I liked the material when I purchased it, but wearing it for a few days…now I love it!  It got a lot softer and almost feels like well loved linen.  The embellishments in the coral tunic are tone-on-tone coral petals.

This is the part we do in the studio.  We take the cut pattern pieces and pin little mini petals (that are all hand cut) into position.  Then we sew them down with a decorative stitch creating a pretty ivy pattern.

Below is the cutting table covered with beautiful tiny petals and piles of the prettiest scraps.

Each set is hand cut, pinned and stitched.  Each one is a little different making it true craft.

The colour combination for the white blouse is pink, red and green.  It turned out soo pretty, but you’ll have to come to the boutique to see the final product.

Mar
26

 

A new bolero every 6 months.  That’s my goal.  I want to be the bolero expert.  This is my first collared bolero and it can also be worn as a wrap top.

The embellishments are all sewn in the studio and each little leaf is hand cut.

The sleeve is 3/4 with a little puff on the shoulder.  It’s perfect for hiding those shy arms.  Can be worn over a dress or on it’s own.  I have matching t-shirts with lace backs at the store if you want to wear it as a twin set.  Loving the twin set again.  Granny chic!

 

Feb
14

 Venez visiter notre grande vente d’atelier!

 Super Liquidation sur les collections Automne/Hiver 2011-12 et Printemps 2011-12.  Plus que 1000 morceaux!  Tailles XS-XL.

5 racks à 50%

2 racks à 25$ la piece!

5333 Casgarin #902  514-276-5657

Jeudi 12-19h

Vendredi 12-18h

Feb
07

Tailles de XS – XL

Collections automne-hiver et printemps-été

$$$$$$ Comptant $$$$$$

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514-276-5657

Feb
05

Dear Clients,

I am writing today to tell you to buy less.  I know, weird eh?  I design clothes and I own a store, yet I believe in buying less and I suggest you do the same.

Along with my love of fashion, I am also a long time environmentalist (I almost became an environmental Biologist when I was in CEGEP).  I believe that good quality clothes should last a long time, stay fashionable and be well loved by the person wearing them, or the next person who inherits them. When you’re done with a garment, if it is still clean and in good condition, pass it on.

Here’s how I suggest you get the maximum use from the clothes you purchase, thus reducing each item’s environmental footprint:

1. QUALITY:  Buy only clothes that you love and that are well made.  Perhaps you have to spend more on each item, but you will recover that cost by wearing them more often and for longer.  Buy less, but  definitely buy what you want.

Helpful hints for checking quality:  Good quality jersey fabric should not pill (fuzzy balls on surface). Try rubbing the fabric vigorously in a circular motion to test.  Sometimes, nice wools do pill, and there are a few tricks to maintain a nice surface.  Firstly, you can purchase a “clothes shaver” or “lint shaver”.  It is an electric shaver that magically shaves away all the pilling and returns your garments to their original new state.  Secondly, you can try with a single blade disposable razor.  This is my technique of choice, though I avoid using the razor on very fine rayon jersey.

When buying pants: There is nothing more unfortunate than puffy knees or a saggy bottom.  To avoid this, do a few deep knee bends and check to see if the fabric  in front of the knees gets pushed out, or if it slowly shrinks back into place. You want it to return to the original shape. Pushed out knees is a sign that the wrong type of fabric was used to make the pants.

Examine  the seams and the interior finishing of the garment keeping an eye on the quality of the sewing.  The more often you do this, the better you get at spotting quality.

Read the care instructions:  Is it made from fibers you like to wear?  Will you be able to care for it in the way the manufacturer recommended?  I generally make clothing that wash and wear with very little fuss (except my ready to wear wedding dresses). I recommend that you machine wash garments in cool to warm water with mild detergent and line dry.

2.  REPAIR:  I darn my socks while I watch movies.  Some of them end up with many different coloured yarns in the heel.  I am not offering to darn your socks for you, but I will repair any Katrin Leblond Design clothing you bring me.  Just bring your items to the store and we’ll fix them up to the best of our abilities. Repairs that we are responsible for (manufacturing defects) are  free. KL clothes that have experienced normal wear and tear will be repaired at a fair price. I do not repair clothes that are not from my store, but can recommend an excellent alterations shop.

3.  SECOND HAND: If you don’t want a certain piece of KL clothing anymore or can’t think of anyone to give it to, simply drop it off at my store and we’ll donate it to “Le Chainon”.  It needs to be clean and in decent condition.  Please attach a note to it that clearly says “donation”.  It’s important that good quality clothing stay in circulation as long as possible. Let’s keep it out of the landfill.

 

I design clothing because I love what I do and my designs allow women who love my work to feel creative and self expressed.  I make environmental decisions as a business woman all the time.  I feel like I can have a big (big in my little world) impact on the environment by applying my philosophy to my business decisions.

I purchase 90% Montreal made fabrics, threads, buttons and zippers. Yes Ladies, the textiles I use are actually made in Montreal.  It goes without saying, that all the cutting and sewing is done in Montreal as well.  I started buying Montreal textiles because I worked as a textile designer at a local knitting mill when I graduated from Concordia Fine Arts.  I fell in love with industrial production.  Now I love manufacturing.  I feel exhilarated by factories and industrial machines.  I am  proud to contribute to Canada’s manufacturing economy by producing over 2000 garments per year.

Thread and Fabric: I buy Montreal made thread because it supports local businesses, and because of its superior quality.  It doesn’t break in my sewing machines(Hooray!)  If you have ever sewn, you know how annoying it is to re-thread a sewing machine. It actually saves time using quality thread.  And finally, I buy Montreal made fabric because the carbon footprint of moving 150 rolls of fabric 5 km instead of 10’000 (how far is China anyway?), well that has to be worth something to Mother Earth.

I can’t do this alone, so I ask you, my clients, to make an effort to prolong the life of your clothes.

Love, Katrin

Jan
23

This project started with a phone call.  Can I make a mermaid dress for a graduation in New Jersey?  Sure.

Grace had been a client last summer. We met at my boutique when she purchased a long black dress with a pink flower print that I designed.  She told me she would be graduating in the study of Fish oils and omega-6.  Wow!  What we needed was a fish dress, not a mermaid costume.  I was very concerned that we make her a dress she could wear again to other occasions.

I started by researching images and colours for Fish oils.

I wanted to build a colour palette around a small piece of “fish scale” fabric that I had designed 10 years ago while working as a textile designer for Tricots Liesse. I guess I saved it for a special occasion like this.

I was able to make a pair of long opera sleeves, so the dress would be sleeveless and floor length.

 Below you can see the sleeves and the fabric choices, as well as some small silver fish I made out of silk, but didn’t use for the final dress.

I cut silk chiffon into bias strips and notched them.  This was the water.  On the final dress I distressed the chiffon slightly with a spray bottle of water and frayed the edges a bit.

I found three little green glass fish beads!  Yoohoo!  Combined with hours of setting Svarovsky crystals, we have ourselves a gala dress!

Oct
23

So much work goes into getting the circles perfectly round, the stitching symmetrical and the position pleasing to the eye.  The final appliqué looks effortless, artistic and attractive.  If only you knew the headaches, conversations and meetings this particular design has caused in the studio…and yet, I will be adding it to more Fall 2012 items since it’s appeal is powerful.  It has a chakra-like reference that I see only now.  Really, I was going for a classy, non-floral, referencing luxury and warmth.

Apr
17

I love making costumes.  They are challenging, but they are a fun distraction from production and administration.  These are some pics from a costume I made about 6 months ago for Valerie Laplante-Bilodeau, also known as Inertie.  She is one of the worlds top Cyr Wheel performers and she was looking for a new version of her classic costume.  She had been performing in a whitish-grey flowy pant and halter top combo.  We decided to stay with the grey, but add blues and golds and lots of hand sewn svarovski crystals.

These were my materials before I started:

I wanted to use really fancy materials for this one, so I chose some actual designer materials to start off:  Dolce Gabbana and Dior and Gucci textiles.  Ostrich feathers and Svarovski crystals.

My goal was to make her something sexy, comfortable, textured and fabulous!   I also made the headpiece with handsewn petals, lace and feathers.

http://www.inertie.ca

Aug
31

For those of you who do not know:  These are scarfettes!

They were invented by me, but the adorable term “scarfette” was coined by my dear friend Nadine.

They are also called mini-scarves, hair ties and ribbon-ties by my clients.

Their purpose is multiple.  They can simply be tied around your neck to add a little touch of class.  They can be used as headbands or pony-tail ribbons.  They can be tied onto a camisole at the strap on one side just above the bust adding a textile detail of colour.  Their uses are multiple.

They cost $8 each

Aug
10

 

 

Marie-Françoise Malo looking beautiful!

May
06

In store NOW!

Made from a sheer Italian mesh, this little number can be super dressy and pairs perfectly to navy and indigo.  The print makes me think of painterly brushstrokes from an impressionist artist.  Cover yourself from the sun without overheating at a summer wedding.  Wear it with jeans.  New and delightful, this cardigan is a great travel companion.

Apr
05

The Spring collection is almost completely in the store now.

My creative process this year involved a lot of cutting and pasting and collage-ing with a glue stick and small scissors.  I felt like I was making clothes for paper dolls.  It was the first time we had ever done anything like this in the studio, but it allowed us to visualize and plan so that the whole collection fit together better than ever.

You can see my little notes where I was planning how many items to cut of what size in which colour.

This year’s process also included a spiritual connection to all our wishes and hopes and desires.  The women on my team, including my mother, each told me three things they would wish for the world if they could change anything they wanted.  These wishes/blessings were then assigned to individual garments.  Below you can see the note “Celebrating Native Women” on the long feather dress.

Come and see for yourself.  The store looks more beautiful than ever!  I am crazy proud of this year’s collection and all the magic that will flow out into my community.

Kat

Mar
21

This is the wedding dress for the bride of a dear old friend.  They are getting married this summer barefoot in the grass by the side of a lake – good ole’ hippie style.  On a little road trip to Montreal this January they made time to shop for her dress at my store.  We wanted something off the rack that could be customized for her to feel self-expressed and unique.  Working with fabric pins and scarfettes, we were able to come up with an embellishment that suited her curves and colouring.  Look at how the blue leaves bring out her stunning blue eyes.  The side slit on the dress is actually quite racey and the sheer voile just barely covers her bum.  Somehow she pulls it off perfectly, looking both classy and cute and sexy and just perfectly “Lena”.

When we took the dress back to the studio, i steamed all the pins off the back of the embellishments and stitched them to the dress.  On the back of the dress, I continued the stitching of an ivy and leaf pattern in blue and bronze coloured thread.  I added some sequins by hand and voila!  A custom dress is born!

It was a true honour for me to be asked to make her wedding dress.  Every time a friend asks me to make their dress, i feel really blessed and happy.

Kat

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