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My little Compagnie M. story!

Before I leave to Romania, I would like to take some time to share some thoughts with you. When I started blogging and kind of launched Compagnie M. I didn’t have any idea where this blog would lead to. A whole new world opened to me: I’m really surprised by the collegiality amongst bloggers and I’m so happy with all the positivity that surrounds me the last few months. To be honest: I wasn’t happy at all in my last job, I was never motivated and blogging just gives me the feeling that ‘my work’ is finally appreciated! So at first I would like to thank all of you for all the (positive) comments and reactions. It’s just heartwarming and stimulates me to keep blogging, pattern drawing, … Although it’s not always to combine this blog with what is happening in ‘real life’! Oh, I sometimes I wish a day would count more hours…


Compagnie M. is of course still a very small project, but nevertheless I will be launching my first pattern to be sold soon. ‘The Shirt’, as I currently call it, will be the first pattern of my new ‘shop’. I’m really excited about launching this one, because I don’t know what to expect from it! We’ll just have to wait and see… The pattern testers are doing a great job at the moment, that’s for sure. Some of them already send me some feedback and I love the creations! I could never do this without pattern testers because selling my work, just starts with the perfect pattern and that’s really important to me. I’m a perfectionist, but hopefully in a positive way!

Besides the pattern testers I would like to involve more readers into this project. The next step in launching my first pattern is taking a decision on the name for this shirt / blouse! Therefore I would like to ask you what name you would choose for my pattern. Would you call it a blouse, a shirt,… I’ve used names like Stella & Charles before, but I don’t know if I want to keep doing it this way. Do you have a nice idea for me? Just let me know! I’m sure we have more ideas if we think about this together. Of course I’m offering a free ‘shirt pattern’ and a lot of gratitude from my side if your name is chosen. That’s obvious!

I’m also looking for a US / UK based person to check read my instructions on spelling. As you all know I’m not a native speaker and I don’t want to sell my work with mistakes in it! Do you feel like helping with check reading? Please leave a small comment with your email address or mail me: marte.compagnie.m(at) Of course a free pattern is offered again!

After we return from Maramures, my ‘shirt pattern’ will be launched, so you’ll still have to wait a little more… Before the actual launch of the pattern, I’ll organise a big give away so keep your eyes open. I would like to set up something really special. You’ll be able to win the pattern before I will even sell it! To be continued…

Join the discussion 22 Comments

  • MolleBolle says:

    Of je gebruikt voornamen voor je patronen, maar je kan evengoed bijvoorbeeld steden kiezen. Bijvoorbeeld: ‘Havana’ (niet toevallig ook de naam van mijn dochter voor wie ik ‘het shirt’ wil maken) :) Veel succes!

    • Marte Lambin says:

      Oh I love this idea a lot! For my English readers: Molle Bollle proposes to use names of cities like Havana. That’s how her daughter is called! Thanks Molle Bolle for the first original option! M

    • MolleBolle says:

      Oops sorry, English from now on! :) And als: you’re welcome!

    • re-saar-cle says:

      Good idea! But maybe you could add ‘M.’ to every city, to give it your own personal touch and make it more special. Havana M. Bilbao M. Paris M. Sounds great!

  • KristaBee says:

    I would be honored to spell check for you!

    • Marte Lambin says:

      Hi Krista, are you from the UK of the US? I would like to have one for each country! I’ll let you know when I made my final choice! M

  • Thank you for the little look into your life. You are on your way to great things.
    I prefer blouse over shirt, its too pretty to be called a shirt.
    As for a name I like “The Blossom Blouse” or “Summer Smiles”.

  • I agree, it is more of a blouse.
    Marte, we are the lucky ones to have you in the blogging community. Your work is breathtaking! And the free patterns you have offered are amazing! I am so glad I found you :)
    I like the idea of using cities as names. Perhaps this is the Romania blouse; in honor of your trip and this time period in your life?
    I would be more than happy to spell check for you.I am in the US.
    Big hugs and congrats on your coming debut!

  • Suz says:

    HI Marte:) exciting that you are going to sell a pattern. the shirt is really pretty. It has a bit of a vintage feel to it, so how about “The vintage pretty blouse”!!

  • stitchandsew says:

    Hi Marte, I would love to help spell check for you :) I must send you my comments on Coat No1!
    I also love the idea of calling your designs by place names, a bit like Sewaholic Patterns do. Why not the Maramures shirt? And if you go with ‘people’ names, you should definitely name a design for each of your daughters :)
    Sadie x

  • Heidi says:

    I second what Rebecca said about the blogging community being lucky to have you! Your work is truly inspirational and I still have no idea how quickly you come out with your patterns…amazing!!

  • becky says:

    I’m in the US and would love to spell check/proofread for you. I’ll be happy to point out grammatical errors, as well. I adore your patterns! I’ll be brainstorming for a name for the ‘shirt’!

  • Sarah says:

    I agree with the commenters above–a place name related to your Romania trip would be perfect.

    (And for future patterns, if you kept to place names that were somehow significant to you at the time you launched the pattern, then your pattern collection would become a little semi-secret record of your journeys, internal and external. Neat!)

  • RaeAnna Goss says:

    Aw! So proud of you and your growth! I’m happy to help with whatever you need!! Enjoy your vacation!

  • I found you via Facebook and so glad I stumbled across you. Your creations are wonderful and look forward to see what you have coming! I’m in the US and also started a new career this way and loving it. It’s hard work, but it’s so wonderful to tap into creativity as a way of living.

    Good luck!

  • Had nog nooit van je blog gehoord…tot nu dus..;
    AMAI !
    Katrien x

  • Cathy says:

    Hi Marte
    I’m in the UK and would be honoured to proof read for you.
    cathybawlf at gmail dot com
    I second the suggestion to name your patterns for those you love (places too).

  • eva maria says:

    I thought you definitely wanted to use first names for your patterns, but if I had the choice: I wouldn’t, it’s a little bit ‘been there done that’… So the city names sound great indeed!

  • Diya says:

    This is my first visit to your blog !!Love the cute little patterns you have offered.. I blog here TheHobbyHarbor.. Good luck for the new pattern..I couldn think of any city names at the moment .. But how about ‘Freedom’ , ‘FlutterBy’:)

  • Monica Swift says:

    Hi there…I just stumbled across by way of An from Straightgrain, and I think I’m going to like it here. :) And since you put a call out (and I know I’m late to the party…), I am in the states and have pattern tested for people a few times already, and would for you, too, if you ever need it.

  • Isabel.A. says:

    I would suggest two names:
    The first is Childhood Shirt and i choose that name because that shirt reminds me of one that my grandmother made for me when i was little, a she was one of the persons that taught me to sew and embroider.
    The second name is Prime Shirt since is the first you do and sell.
    I hope you like my suggestions.
    Isabel A.(

  • Just discovered your blog and may I say: whaw! I’m looking forward to follow your creations and I’m Always willing to help in any way!!!! Wish you all the best with your lovely plans. I’m a Russia fan by the way – went on an exchange trip to Russia during my studies. So my names would be ‘Olga’ and ‘Olaf’ :-)

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