19 ottobre 2014

A new dress for Emma

It happens I sew a dress for Emma when I spent an afternoon looking at clothes for her at stores.
I never find what I really want to buy for her.
This fall/winter is also strange. It is hot enough to go around wearing short sleeves. Who knows when it will become cooler or what. We messed up the weather for real, I think. Ough.
When it is about to fill Emma's wardrobe I always look for basic wear. It needs to be easy to dress since she dresses herself, it has to be easy to take off when needed (I hate her to pee herself because she can't deal fast with a zipper, really!), all garments has to be totally washable in a "deep" way because Emma looks like a "fine little lady" but in real she's like a sort of a lumberjack at work.
Her garments have to like her and they should coordinate easily. Sizes and styles must cover at least 3 months of growing, because it is really a sort of Jeopardy to get her new clothes everytime.
Yep. You caught me. I don't love too much clothes shopping. Milan is full of clothing stores, clothing stores are perennially full of people. All the time.
It bores me, I hate to make lines to pay. My head explodes when it comes to look at for something or pick a size and as topper of the situation, a salesgirl comes to "assist" my shopping. Oh gosh!. Italy is full of these ladies and most italians look for their advices. While shopping apparel I tend to do as at the supermarket. Ough. I don't need you to sell me your cereal ;)

So, I made this dress for her. I'm planning to make 2 more, and a skirt.

It started as a frills skirt from this book. 
Then I thought it would be better if it could become a dress because this way she would get a whole outfit with no need to think about a shirt or tshirt to coordinate. It also makes our lives easier since every morning getting her dressed is hard.
I didn't want a plain tshirt. I wanted something that make her feel pretty and feminine. She's the lovely lumberjack I told you before but she likes to dress girly, not that girly as ultra-pink, excessive frills, sashes, bows, etc. But "girly" anyway.

I made it from some leftovers of knits. I used last year the herringbone fabric for this dress. This dress was pretty successful but I didn't have enough fabric for her current size and I wanted to make something differente anyway. The top is made from cotton rayon blend knit I found at my local fabric store.

For the top I used the flashback skinny tee pattern by Rae Hoekstra. It is a super generous pattern since allows lots of customizations. I added a collar, a button on the back and a little bow.

I even found a pair of nice thights!

We also find the perfect shoes for it!. Emma likes them very much. I do as well.
I told you. Emma is a cute little lumberjack ;)

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10 ottobre 2014

Fall... falling

Well, I'm back to my shop and sewing for you all since the last 6 weeks.
Things are kind of messy lately. Etsy made some changes. I was "on vacation" for too long.
If any of you has a successful recipe, could you tell me how to manage family+own business+homework+procastination free time?
Lately my lack of time is definetely a cronic issue, all what I do is own business+homework+escorting (instead of family time since I drive my crew of 2 little woman to preschool, daycare, playground, swimming, english classes, etc.)
Something in my procedures is missing or failing but I don't know what.
I do go to bed very late. I do wake up early.
I did said Sara will come back home at noon from daycare. I wanted her at daycare until 3 p.m. but it wasn't successful the first week, then she got sick, it took 2 weeks more to get her to love her daycare again... and I really missed the courage to insist to keep her there until 3 p.m. For working it would be great since I'd have 7 plenty hours to work freely but for this little bug and mommy it would be suicide since we spend almost all afternoons escorting the biggest girl in her after school activities. Little Sara wouldn't have time to nap in a cozy place instead of a stroller or car seat! She couldn't explore her own house!. She comes back home at noon and it reduces drastically my working time. My girls are not great napping hehe...
So, I feel we are going really slow. And sometimes I say to myself it is ok. But most of the times I get mad because I'd like to have time to do more things!

Most things are being done, anyway. I can't leave things undone :)

This is the librarian tunic dress. A new model in my catalogue.
It has become my obsession. I treasured this material for months. It is vintage cotton flannel, thick and soft as you cannot imagine. I must made a version in "vanille", someone in the whole universe will lend time to me, right?. I got to draft and cut the vanille version. I just need to sew it!

I have only 2 available in the shop of these in the material you see in the picture. You find it here.
As a "mistake" I made it in chambray as well, it came out a very nice. I have it available in all sizes (S, M, L, XL). Click here to know more about it.

Due to my lack of time this blog is being updated not so often.
But you can always follow me on instagram, etsy or pinterest. Maybe you already do :)

Have a nice weekend!

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24 settembre 2014

How fast do they grow?!?

I remember each single day when Emma was a newborn seemed to be the longest day in my life.
I'm not the best with newborns. They are adorable but... you know, have you been full time with a newborn ever?. Yes?. You get me ;)

Each fall/winter season I make up an ears hat.

The very first:

Last year:

This year: 

How grown up does she look in this picture?!? I'm scared!
*This hat is currently available at my Etsy shop*

By the way, getting the picture wasn't a piece of cake... I have 31 pictures from the last hat to get only 3. Hard work, guys.

Thanks Emma, for being a great model for your mama <3

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10 settembre 2014

Pajama pants for Emma

These days I'm sewing some stuff we urgently need.
Changing season is always hard time for one who sews. You never know when it suddenly will become too chilly and you are not ready or the opposite, when you'll find yourself all sweaty and not ready as well!
Emma needs pajamas. Sara needs pants. Fall is just around the corner.
Both girls grow fast. Too fast!
I could go to any shop and grab  pajamas and pants but I don't. I want to make them.
When I go to a shop I spent more time looking at seams, finishings and materials in the garments than looking at them for picking something.
Then it ends I don't find anything appealing, I lost too much time looking on seams and finishings that I have to runaway because I'm late.

I do learn a lot from my garments observation. I love to go to the "haute couture" floor at La Rinascente (a very known departamental store in Milan, similar to Fifth Saks Avenue or so) just to touch and look into the clothing. I also visit a lot the "ready to wear" collections in the same store just to grab some tricks about seams and finishings.
At Zara and H&M it is just too poor. Materials, seams and finishings at these shops are worse and worse. I have some Zara garments old at least 15 years and I can say they are made very different than the ones you find these days.

I may say making these pajama pants don't save any money. They are costly. Similar pants at any other shop can be found for few euros. I only can say I made them for my child because I wanted absolutely to make these pants for her, because it turns on my anger to see poorly made clothing. Because sometimes I find sad and ridiculous to pay so few money for something that has LOTS OF WORK behind.

Here you have, Emma's pajama pants:

They are made from quilting cottons I had in my stash.
The ones with puppy and kitten faces fabric is "My world of smiles - Good friends tea" from Alexander Henry.
The gingham print pajamas are made from "Gingham Grass" by Cloud9 fabrics, the same fabric I use for this dress. This fabric is available at my Etsy shop.

Pattern is the super handy "O" pants pattern from the "Happy handmade vol. 2" book.
This book is a must. Nowdays you find english and french editions. When I got my copy only japanese was available. It was probably one of the firsts japanese sewing books I got.
I've made the "O" pants for Emma several times. I've tried different materials and pockets or not pockets. I like these pants cut for her because she's tall and she looks great with a nice wide leg pants. I notice she wears a lot her "O" pants because they are comfy and easy to wear for her.
For example, these pants, I made them from a pair of old daddy's jeans.
Also these floral pants are "O" pants, they are "brothers" of these orange pants.
I've made also cords from "O" pants pattern as these in beige and these ones in steel blue. 
And these tibetan pants are "O" pants too!
I must create an "O pants" collection on my Flickr account!

If you feel like making pajamas, here you have some links for inspiration:
-Yay for jammies!  by Anna Graham from Noodlehead (this is one of my favorites sewing blogs).
- Shirred voile pajama pants by Anna Graham from Noodlehead. This also a tutorial for woman pajama pants.
- The acrobat pants by Cintia from My poppet. These are the fastest-easiest pants ever.

Have fun : )

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