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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08 maggio 2015

How's to live making

A pattern a day - Illustration by Anne Liesje


I don't even know how to start this post.
I have nice and not too nice feelings about it.
It has been rewarding and challenging at the same time.
It also make me feel tired but empowers myself everyday.

When you see "makers" around it looks so good, such a great life. All these good looking white studios or interesting spaces full of wonderful stuff.

I don't have a studio and I don't have any interesting space than the 3 square meters I use in my home to make what I make. The truth is "making" things takes time. Lots of time.

For me time is gold. I have 2 little girls, a husband, a household and a serious small business with books to keep, taxes to pay and some other thistly details you better unknow ; )
So, time, healthy girls and help are basics in my life.

It's really fun when companies call everyday to my place and ask for the one responsible for sales, for the one responsible for marketing, for the shipments guy, for the manager... I pick up the phone in all these characters all the time. People on the phone who wants to make deals with companies are super serious, sometimes if one of my kids is at home and yells or ask for something, I feel they feel like I'm making fun on them. Last year was funny, I got tons of calls from olive oil and wine companies who call me to sell me their products for my staff and customers. Christmas presents, you know, as I'm a company, olive oil and good wine are great gifts!

I'm one gal company.

Making things needs lots of organization and planning. On this side I'm ok because I used to work for long on the dark side of architecture, the works projects administration. I know a lot about this stuff, even if I'm not building buildings, I'm "building" garments every day. So I can schedule my work for a week/ a month, I can do the money/progress part but I don't and I prefer to read what my accountant says at the end of the taxes. I also quantify what I need, I have my very own inventory of everything and usually my head is so full of things I get grumpy.
On this side the bad thing is I'm as demanding and strict as works project administration companies are haha...

I'm also alone on this side of the ocean, it means I don't have grandparents or a full folk crew eager to take care of my kids anytime. I have friends yes, who are as busy as I am most of the times so I rarelly ask for taking care of my kids because I feel it feels like a sort of abuse hehe... I do have old in laws though.

At this point you may feel pity about me.
Or you may think I'm like super woman.

Well, I'm fine doing this job I chose, I love the challenges it brings. I learn a lot from it everyday. Since new sewing techniques to new shipping formats or taxing laws.

At this point I'm asking myself how big I'd want it.
What's the next dream to go for.



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12 aprile 2015

Thrifted - Seconda mano

Hi dear readers, I'm running a thrifted fast sale on Instagram and decided to post the items here in the blog as well. 
I have some selected items I made for my littlest that she's not longer wearing.
All you see is thrifted, clean and in good shape. 

Ciao care lettrici, sto facendo una piccola svendita di indumenti di seconda mano che la mia figlia piccola non usa più. Ogni pezzo è stato fatto da me. I materiali sono di primissima qualità e fatti a regola d'arte. 

Here is what I have: 
Ecco quello che ho: 

1 - Three baby pants fully lined. Cotton outside, bamboo knit inside. Great for autumn/winter season. Size 6-12 months. 5 euros each (+shipping fee according your location). Pick yours: clouds, indigo, mushrooms. 
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1 - Tre pantaloni da neonata. 100% cotone all esterno, foderati in bambu. Perfetti per autunno/inverno. Taglia 6-12 mesi. 5 euro ognuno (+spese di spedizione a seconda il peso). A scelta: nuvole, indigo e funghetti. 
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2 - Baby baboon pants. Size 6-12 months. 100% organic cotton. Brushed inside. 
5 euros (+shipping fee according your location). 
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2 - Pantaloni da neonata. Taglia 6-12 mesi. 100% cotone bio. Felpa. 
5 euro  (+spese di spedizione a seconda il peso). 
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3 - Baby girl tunics. 100% cotton. Buttoned on the back, linen on the back. Size 9-12 months. 
5 euros each (+shipping fee according your location). 
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3 - Tuniche/camicette da neonata. 100% cotton. Chiusura sulla schiena con bottoni. Il dietro è fatto in lino. Taglia 9-12 mesi. 5 euro ognuna (+spese di spedizione a seconda il peso). 
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4 - Baby sarouel pants. Size 6-9 months. 100% organic cotton. Brushed inside. smile emoticon




5 euros (+shipping fee according your location). 
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4 - Pantaloni sarouel da neonata. Taglia 6-9 mesi. 100% cotone organico. Felpa. 
5 euro (+spese di spedizione a seconda il peso). 
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5 - Baby bloomers. Size 6-9 months. 100% cotton. 3 euros (+shipping fee according your location). 
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5 - Culotte. Taglia 6-9 mesi. 100% cotone. 3 euro (+spese di spedizione a seconda il peso). 
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6 - Baby wrap. Size 6-9 months. 100% organic cotton. Fine cotton sherpa lining. 5 euros (+shipping fee according your location). 
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6 - Cache coeur. Taglia 6-9 mesi. 100% cotone bio. Fodera in pelliccia di cotone. 5 euros (+spese di spedizione a seconda il peso). 
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7 - Bibs - 1 euro each (+shipping fee according your location). Navy with donuts print are SOLD OUT. 
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7 - Bavaglini - 1 euro ognuno(+spese di spedizione a seconda il peso). I bavaglini in blu con i donuts sono già venduti. 
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8 - Baby shoes by Zara. Size 17-18 eur. Fits baby feet from 6 to 12 months. Soft sole. New. 5 euros (+shipping fee according your location). 
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8 - Scarpine da neonata Zara in pelle scamosciata. Taglia 17-18. Suola morbida. Nuovi. 5 euro. (+spese di spedizione a seconda il peso). 
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Thanks for sharing if you know someone who would be interested 

Grazie della visita :)


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12 marzo 2015

Spring for Emma

I'm a tough person about spending money.
If you want me to buy something, it will take a while to get me there.
I tried to went shopping for the girls and I came back sort of disappointed.
When it happens I need to sew what I wanted to find in the stores and I didn't.
Early this week I made a couple of tees for Emma, both based on the skinny flashback t shirt by Made by Rae.
If you are "building" a pattern collection for your kids, you must consider the skinny flashback t shirt a basic, no matter if you have only boys or girls or both. Same for the Rowan Tee by Titchy Threads. 





Both tshirts above were made from "left overs". I've worked with these fabrics before, I made a dress from the striped one and some lovely little tunics like the one below for the shop from the one above.


Emma liked very much her new tshirts. It makes me happy because I know she will wear them a lot. The kind of garments that will do the washing machine-tumble dryer cycle very often. The only "but" she said was they were too dark... yep, I know, we are heading spring and having bright and sunny days... You could sew something yellow, right mom?
Yesterday I was at my local fabric store picking some fabric for my shop. I live 10 minutes away from one of the largest fabric stores in Milan. It is a good thing but sometimes it is not so good because it is dangerously close.
Since this week has been an incredible week with work flowing nicely, I could keep one morning for making Emma a couple of outfits.

Two tshirts, always based on the skinny flashback t shirt pattern. The one on the right in real is yellow and brighter, it's a tone very difficult to catch with the camera. Emma said she doesn't like plain tees so I added a "print". I drew the girl on the yellow tshirt based on an illustration by Abigail Halpin. I used a textile drawing pen. The other one is an apple applique I made myself.


I also made for her 2 pants. 
They are the same pants I made for the shop some weeks ago. You find them here. 
I usually prefer unbleached denim but Emma asked for something bright and colorful because she doesn't like the dark denim I do (haha). I've been avoiding these fabrics for long but yesterday I knew they were what I was looking for. They are both denim, a very nice quality, cotton and spandex. This fabric store I live near stocks great "old stock" from famous italian garment firms and some other treasures, you find also tons of crap there, but doing some serious search in their shelves they keep some of the most wonderful fabric you've ever seen. 







What are you sewing for spring?
Do you have any kids pattern you think is a "must have"?

See you around!



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