Everything about sewing

On vous raconte... la couture

Where does sewing come from? How did the making of the first garments, then accessories and other more sophisticated pieces evolve? Before we introduce you to our two favorite seamstresses, here is a brief history of sewing. 

In the first place: protecting yourself from the heat and cold

It all started in prehistoric times, when the first human beings needed to cover themselves to protect themselves from heat, cold and bad weather. They then wrappped themselves in skins and furs that were not assembled. It is in Central Asia, to face particularly cold temperatures, that the Neanderthals got the idea to use stone tools to perforate the clothes to then reattach them with thread. These tools evolved, allowing a thread to be passed directly through them: sewing was born!

Evolving techniques

The first needles were made mainly of bone, stone or ivory: equipped with a hole to slip the thread through, they allowed for quick and easy sewing. This process soon spread to other regions of the planet. Sewing was no longer used only for clothing, but also for the construction of shelters or objects. 

In the Middle Ages, sewing was developed in a craft way. In 1973, Louis XIV created a corporation of dressmakers. It was in 1830 that the first sewing machine, called a sewing mechanic, was manufactured in the Lyon region. About twenty years later, sewing machines that can be used at home were created. This invention allowed for the mass production of clothing but also the rise of what would be called haute couture. 

Couture today

And at Cardiem, who sews? We introduce you to the seamstresses behind two of our signature products: Audrey Louis, who created the sustainable card holder, and Esther Kang, who is behind the wax card holder. 

Audrey Louis is a licensed seamstress. Ten years of experience in this world have taught her the techniques, the precision of gestures and the attention to detail.  From this particular attention, she imagined standing out from a profession that is practiced in a sedentary manner and created a service as close as possible to the expectations of her customers, in the design and in the execution, carried her expertise in the desired geographical area and transformed ideas and desires into a reality "A vos mesures".  Audrey Louis sets the quality of all these services as a true signature. 

A vos mesures is at the service of businesses and companies regardless of the importance of the request made. The variety of needs can induce the use of specific know-how or require the coordination of several participants. They study very precisely the nature of your need, the requirements of schedules and financial imperatives before soliciting the skills that will be necessary for you. 

Esther Kang is a pattern maker and technician. She handles the warp and weft of wax products at Cardiem. She is graduated with a master's degree in fashion and material from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. She has worked in fashion houses as an assistant stylist, but has also had the chance to participate in artistic projects as a costume designer. She is particularly interested in the influence of materials and fabrics on manufacturing techniques, to obtain the best quality products possible.