After completing her studies, Gabrielle expressed her entrepreneurial profile by setting up a multitude number of diverse projects such as a line of cuddly plush animals made from recycled material! In addition to having given consulting services and sewing-pattern classes to businesses, she has also devoted herself to custom made sewing and tailoring services and production. Thereafter, Gabrielle would add a significant experience by becoming manager of a production floor at l’Atelier Gabrielle (2009-2015) and by becoming owner of the Gabardine workshop-boutique (2015-2017). Following the closure of her workshop-boutique, she would join the team at Velvet Moustache as a production manager-sewer until her arrival at Vestechpro last summer.
Passionate about craft, manual confection of clothing products, usage of machinery and tools used to create her projects in the textile world, Gabrielle candidly shares her love for sewing machines:
« They are my bread and butter since my beginnings in the fashion industry. I enjoy learning more about them, make the required adjustments, and knowing how to repair them. They are heavy-duty, fast and efficient. This sense of confidence towards these machines gives me the feeling of being in total control regarding my creative projects and guides me to materialize my ideas. »
For example, she recalls one of her biggest achievements when she describes how she has confectioned a wedding dress made up of lace curtains. The challenges were not limited solely to confectioning the garment, it was necessary to take into account the uniqueness of such event full of emotions.
In short, the final product had to be perfect and a much-cherished memory. Not only was the client extremely satisfied with the work Gabrielle has done, but to their big astonishment, some of the photos taken during the wedding day were going to get published in the famous Mariage Québec magazine.
If Gabrielle needs to offer one precious tip to the next generation of entrepreneurs it would be to pursue their dreams to the end no matter the path that needs to be taken! «Even if things to don’t go as planned, we can always learn a valuable lesson that makes us grow professionally. Above all, you must not fear other people’s negative judgement», she adds.
Gabrielle is now a full time member of Vestechpro and she doesn’t rule out the possibility to teach her knowledge to the next generation of creators!