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Our Story

My name is Elena Tran, and I am the founder of Baudekin Studio, a Canadian online fabrics and buttons store. Our family business is focused on exceptional customer service, environmental responsibility, supporting auxiliary local businesses and teaching others a very exciting and sustainable hobby.

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Sewing a narrow hem at Baudekin Stidio

What's in the Name

People ask me why I chose Baudekin Studio as the name of my company. The name 'baudekin' was discovered in one of the books in my personal library “Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style” by Smithsonian. I stumbled on the word baudekin when I was looking for inspiration for the first fabrics collection. It was widely used in the Middle Ages and since fell out of use. According to the scholars, baudekin was a rich silk cloth decorated with gold. It was the most exquisite piece of textile art back then. It is a very fitting name for our business that specializes in rare and exquisite fabrics from all over the world.

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a pink silk blouse from Baudekin Studio

Our Products

We have the most exciting products on our online store: rare and hard to find couture buttons, silk and embroidery thread, silk rose embellishments and unique fabrics. We continue to look for reliable suppliers in the luxury textile market, so check often for new products.

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toile or mockup of the dress
Why is it important to make a mockup or toile?

May 10, 2022

Why should I make a mockup or toile when I have a pattern? Isn’t it overkill? This concern comes up often so I think it’s important to clarify the importance of making a mockup, or a test run of your garment, also known as the toile or muslin.

Your mockup should be a shell of your garment that you can actually try on complete with zipper, collar, pockets, sleeves and any relevant pieces of detail, such as marked or drawn placements of your buttons and buttonholes, and even a rough drawing of applique, embroidery or beadwork. 

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Chanel suit in classic white tweed with black trim
Chanel Jacket Challenge: Cutting and Quilting Tips

October 13, 2021

Just until a few years ago, I never even dreamed of making a Chanel style jacket. I didn’t dare to think that my sewing skills were that good. But after making a few vintage Givenchy and Dior garments, I was inspired. And so, ladies and gentlemen, I am now in the process of making my very first Chanel jacket. To get a touch of courage, I acquired great books about haute couture sewing, and particularly the books about the famous Mademoiselle Chanel. It was important to me to get the spirit of Coco Chanel in my first jacket.

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What is cotton fabric
What Is Cotton Fabric

March 27, 2021

Cotton fabric is the king of affordable textiles and the beloved child of designers. It feels comfortable in all seasons, easy to sew, and widely available. There is some confusion about which fabric is best, which cotton can be used for shirts, dresses and even face masks. I wanted to dive into this topic and get the answers for you.

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blue shirt hand made
Learn to Sew: Your Questions Answered

February 26, 2021

In this article, I answer your most popular questions about learning to sew, like what age should you start sewing, can I teach myself to sew, can I learn to sew online, what should I sew as a beginner, can I sew my own clothes, how do I start learning to sew, how long does it take to learn to sew, is sewing an expensive hobby and others.

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"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

- Herman Melville