28 settembre 2015

How a new item comes out

As everything in my shop and in my everyday making, a new item borns when it is needed.

Here I don't work if there is not a real need underneath. It might be a simple desire, something you feel you need but you don't find and you ask me to make it for you.
I like to please desires and people needs.
My catalogue grows thanks to your whims and needs.

I made this new tiger sweatshirt because a grandma wants to please one of her grandsons who loves tigers. I feel really flathered and carrying an overwhelmed responsability since I've been chosen for such a special thing!
In first instance because this kind lady doesn't know me really, she read/saw what I make and perhaps what I am is clearly reflected on the things I make and I don't even notice most of the times because I'm usually busy in the everyday stuff, as this sort of slavery of cooking-eating-cleaning thing that happens in my kitchen at least 3 times a day and I find so hideous.
So when I received her shy message asking me about a tiger for his grandson, I felt like I was accurately selected among others to make this tiger special, it was a true beautiful moment!.
I couldn't say no.

I'm deeply thankful to all people from all over the world that has found my work inspiring and their I appreciate with all my heart your blind confidence on me. Your vision and trustfulness have improve my work day after day in the almost last 5 years I've been working on making.

I also get lots of requests from my own children. My eldest is the number 1 and she usually has the best ideas. My eldest girl is an un-fashionable open eyes dreamer. She was blessed with such beauty and "allure"... what is unexpected is she doesn't care about it and she has this natural inclination on don't belong to trends. When all girls were fond into Rapunzel, she asked for a shark costume.
As I'm a practical person and I hate to sew something that will be worn one or twice, I made up a shark sweatshirt, so it can be worn ALWAYS if possible :)
Emma was the very only one girl in Milan dressed up as a shark... after her idea I'm happily surprised many kids (boys and girls) have became sharks as well all around the world!

For her I made up pants and skirts, the pink-less dresses because she wanted a zebra print dress but as far as I don't like animal prints I found this fabric and I said, "this is zebra, ok?"... she asked for a starry sky dress (?), for a magic cape with a hood and things like that. I have to say I wasn't successful on butterfly wings because mine didn't fly, bummer!

Here I introduce you the new tiger sweatshirt. For further details click here:

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09 settembre 2015

Grembiuli scuola (materna, ecc.) - Hello school!

It's been a while, guys!
Summer here in Italy is long and hot (very hot for my very own taste).
School starts late (for my very own taste) and once you are in the school mode it becomes all the same flat exhausting day routine and time gets short and shorter. We are actually craving for Christmas here haha...
Here in Italy preschool kids and some at elementary school are requested to wear a sort of robe while being at school. They call it "grembiule" what means "apron", but they are not exactly an apron or so, for me it looks more like a sort of robe. The main purpose (I guess) is to protect kids clothing from dirt while working on activities at school, this garment also allows to identify classes or kids ages.

My very own preschoolar never had one of these "gremiule", her school is one "grembiule-less".
You find lots of these garments everywhere. From road markets to supermarkets and even amazon.it has them.
I got surprised when a client of mine requested a couple of these for her girl.

I don't have experience on this field and I find faster and easier to grab one somewhere else since you'll obviously need more than one and as my kid's feet grows wildly all year long, so does her whole body, it means she won't end a whole school year wearing the same "grembiule" size.
Also because the price-work required for a "gremiule" is not fair. You find them really cheap at a supermarket and while costructing one of these things, you know it's not exactly a piece of cake. These "grembiule" have: collar, buttons, pockets, plackets, sleeves, cuffs, etc, etc. We are constructing a serious thing here!. We are not talking a one hour project, at least not for me.

I was tempted about this request because there was freedom. No colors or specific style. They are usually in gingham pink for girls and gingham blue for boys, or all black with a white collar for elementary school. Click here to see them.
It's funny because Italy brings to your mind style and fashion but these robes for kids are ugly, don't you think?. Really ugly. I was a uniform girl during my student days and even if studying in Mexico, I have to say my uniform was much more stylish and pretty. Mine was a navy pinafore, very classic, a plain body and a skirt with 2 pleats on the front and 2 on the back, white shirt short sleeve and a nice peter pan collar. We used to wear a blue cardigan too, high up to knees white socks and black shoes (rubber soles).

So... I started with some sketches:

Here they are, the ones I made:

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16 giugno 2015

Something you can make with a man shirt

My husband doesn't wear shirts very often.
He has just a few in his closet.
In Italy they make very complex shirts, very structured, very fitted, with sharp darts everywhere. Most of them are hard to work with because the darts, even if you rip out the darts the pieces you get are hard to work with because the shapes.
This is a very rare shirt in our home. It was a wide american fit shirt!
My husband didn't wear it because too wide. I set it aside months ago because the color and fabric are pretty and light.
I had a very clear idea what I wanted to make with this shirt. I finally did :)

This is tunic no. 17 from the FU-KO basics book (Heart Warming Life Series).
The shirt was perfect for it.
The cut remembers the Staple Dress by April Rhodes but for girls. Also Burda Patterns has a very similar dress. If you are one of those courageous gals with a sewing machine and drafting paper around, you can even trace it yourself. I have to say I wouldn't make a dress like this for myself because it is not my favorite fit. But I perfectly see my eldest wearing it. She has long long solid pretty bones!

FU-KO basics book (Heart Warming Life Series) contains beautiful pieces. It is all in japanese but I think if you are used to japanese sewing books you can follow each project easily because they are full of pictures about the "work in progress" and have lots of drawings. 

I made very little changes from the original. I tried to keep it the most simple I could for a couple of hours project. I didn't add the facings, instead I added an easy bias tape collar. I used the shirt buttoned front on the back because this way I haven't figured out any buttons or closure. 

Emma liked it. She gets really excited when I say I made her something from her dad's stuff. Who knows why. 

Take a look to the FU-KO basics site: 
You will love it!

FU-KO basics for babies are also super gorgeous!! (super gorgeous!):

Here you find a review about the FU-KO basics book. 

**Note: take count working with thrifted garments is not easy but is a really good option to give a second/third chance to beautiful prints or fabrics. Please, don't think if you are using a thrifted garment you will work less or it will be a cheap project. Working with thrifted garments means lots of ripping out seams, pressing and tons of brains to figure out the best you can get from these clothes!

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19 maggio 2015

Summer... time to sew for the girls

I sew for my girls. Almost all the time.
I always try to have at least 30 minutes to make something for them.
These are some of the garments I've made for them in the last days.

A stripy dress from Emma. Dress A from "Happy homemade vol. 2".
Fabric is one of my favorites from my local fabric store. It is usually used for men shirting.

Pants and apron for Sara. Pants M from "Mes petits habits", apron from "Intemporels pour bébés".
Pants is a funny print quilting cotton. I don't remember the name or collection, sorry!. Polka dots on pink background for the apron from my local fabric store.

Simple dress from "Simple sewing for baby". Made from remnants. Elephants fabric comes from Umbrella Prints, the back is a fancy viscose and linen blend from my favorite fabric shop in Milan. I added a button placket on the back. The button placket is not perfect. I made it at midnight... oops!

Short pj's for Emma. Shorts D from "Happy homemade vol.2". I made a pair using my super favorite Heather Ross Far Far Away fabric. The other pair have the unicorn print in purple. 

Happy sewing everyone!

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