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L'oiseau - High Quality Imported Fabric, Trim, and Patterns

Friday, November 22, 2013
I cannot be more excited to introduce you to the sponsor of today's post.  If you've ever wondered where you can get high-quality, imported European fabrics, trims, and patterns you need not look any further then L'Oiseau.

 L'Oiseau opened after years of research by a dedicated mom who is passionate about making bright, fun clothing for her children, but had difficulty accessing the beautiful stretchy knits, soft cottons, and whimsical prints from overseas.  Taking this challenge upon herself, Michelle has made these amazing products affordable and accessible to Canadians and crafty-minded sewists around the world who, like me, are desperate for those stunning fabrics to drape their children in!  Thank you, Michelle!!

At  L'Oiseau  you will find European products from which you can make one-of-a kind garments and accessories that will have people stopping you in the streets to ask where you bought them: gorgeous fabrics from the Netherlands, unique Farbenmix ribbons, patches and patterns from Germany, and incredible Ottobre design magazines from Finland.  And that's just to name a few.  Most of the products are OEKO-TEX certified, so you can have confidence in where your products came from and how they were made.

When my package from L'Oiseau arrived, I was in total amazement at the exceptional quality.  To be completely honest, I've never had the opportunity to even touch such luxurious fabrics and notions…EVER!  Let's start with one of the many über cute iron-on appliqués available at L'Oiseau.  The one I selected was perfect for my boy who is currently obsessed with all things outer space: the Otto Space Robot.

In just minutes, given the helpful detailed instructions, I was able to transform an ordinary previously made t-shirt into something charming and distinctive.  Needless to say, he LOVES it!

Next up, what I've been wanting to get my hands on for a long, long time: an Ottobre magazine and some beautiful organic interlock knit.  Each quarter, a new issue of Ottobre magazine is released containing 40 full sized patterns for children ranging from sizes 6 months to 14 years for both boys and girls.  That works out to only about .41 cents a pattern!  And the designs have unique details making them different than many of the typical patterns you see everyday.  To see more details, check out the extensive selection at L'Oiseau

Browsing through my Autumn 2013 issue, I noticed this cool hoodie.  I loved the patches and the interesting cross-over hood.

Then, for my fabric selection, I headed over to L'Oiseau's impressive selection of 100% organic fabrics and knowing this hoodie was for my boy, these adorable little elephants caught my eye.  The colour combination is perfect for fall and there are so many options for coordinating.  I simply can't get over the lovely the texture and superb quality of this fabric!  It has the perfect amount of stretch and thickness.

Here's the finished product for my boy...  


And the fun has only begun!  On Monday, I plan to show you two complete outfits I'm working on for my girl.  Think super soft Dutch fine wale corduroy, silky imported jersey knits, whimsical ribbons and velvety velour patches!  Can you tell how excited I am to share this amazing new shop with you?!  If you want to keep connected with all the new stock and happenings, 'like' L'Oiseau on Facebook.

Have a great weekend, Everyone!

*Although some of the fabrics and notions used to make the garments for this post were provided free of charge, all my enthusiastic opinions are my own.* 

7 comments on "L'oiseau - High Quality Imported Fabric, Trim, and Patterns"
  1. absolutely beautiful and what a handsome boy

  2. Wow! Amazing job on the hoodie! I am nervous to sew with it easier than it seems? Also, was the Ottobre magazine in English? Were the instructions easy to follow? I've only seen the magazine in German and so have hesitated because my German isn't good enough.

    1. Thank you so much! Jersey is actually quite easy to sew with, especially when it's good quality like the ones I used for this post (some thin ones I've used in the past are much for difficult to use). The magazine is available completely in English and the instructions were easy to follow and well written, although they are only written (no diagrams).

  3. Grrr. just deleted my comment... But I said something about your hoodie being great, Ottobre being great as well, living in the Netherlands I'm lucky to be a subscriber, and also fun to read an enthusiastic report on European notions from overseas, usually it's the other way around ;-)

    1. Thank you! That's true, I hadn't thought of that…it usually is the other way around!

    2. It is, I sit here usually droolin over the wide variety at Fabricworm, Fabric Fairy and more, moping why we don't have such a thing as Joann's around here ;-)

    3. I agree, Pienkel! I'm in Austria and it is really hard to find beautiful fabrics at a reasonable price. Do you shop online at any European sellers? If so, do you mind sharing what you've found? I've ordered from Hawthorne Threads,, sometimes etsy, etc but it's just so expensive for shipping....


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