Thursday, March 31, 2011

Inspiration: Mondo Guerra Fall 2011 Collection

Do you watch Project Runway? I'm addicted to that show!
If you do watch it, then you'll probably already know Mondo Guerra. He was one of Season 8 finalists and he lost after a very controversial decision of the judges. I really like Gretchen Jones' creations as well, but I would have liked to see him win better.
He's incredibly talented and creative, I adore his style. His 2011 Fall Collection is quite similar to his final catwalk show on Project Runway, and I love them both. The way he mixes prints, the splashes of colour on a black and white foundation, the high waisted pants...
I really hope this is the start of a very successful career.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The unforgotten

Did it ever happen to you to make something and then (almost) completely forget about it?
That's what happened to me with this Rooibos dress that I finished shortly before Christmas and that has been hiding in my closet for almost three months!

Since I made it in wool, it won't get much wear anymore, since it seems like Spring is finally on its way. But of course, while taking photos, it started raining. I mean, WTF? Why do I seem to have problems every time I take my tripod outside my house?

Anyway, this is yet another love token to Colette Patterns. Another dress with many cute details: contrasting piping, the tiny collar, the shape of the pockets. I added two little buttons inspired by Gertie.
I just wish I had made it in a smaller size (why did the muslin seem to fit right?), but maybe I'll make a summery version of it and I'll be able to make up for this mistake. I'm also considering shortening it a few cm... Please let me know what you think!

Friday, March 25, 2011

The best of the week

Hi guys, how was your week? I caught a very annoying cold (I guess I'm getting too old to go to bed with wet hair) but I'm better and I'm hoping to get lots of sewing done this weekend.

1. Sherry says this dress is unnecessary, but it's so beautiful! Plus, she provided great explations on the construction.
2. Sarai's amazing skills never stop to amaze me... I mean, look at this dress!
3. Kasia explains how to achieve perfect buttonholes. I love her tutorials, they are so clear!
4. This dress by The Sew Convert has so much cute details. Run to her blog to see them all.

Finally, I really enjoyed this post at Sew Happy Clothes on when you know when you like to sew. That's so true!

Happy weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Burda Easy Fashion SS2011

The photos appeared on the Russian Burda website and I had to give my opinion!
There are a few pieces that I like:

Two drapey tops. I especially like the second one, with the gathered shoulders and the crossed sections.

This blazer, although I guess there are better patterns in other regular Burda issues...

High waisted short. Very cute, but who am I kidding? I don't have the body to pull these off.

A romantic dress. Or maybe I only like the fabric they chose?

Here's my overall opinion: there are a few cute pieces, but there are too many variations of a very small number of patterns. Plus, they look like very basic designs (lots of elastic waistbands, for example).
It would probably be great for an absolute beginner (the instructions are also usually much better than the ones in regular Burda), but I don't know if I will spend 5 euros for it (why is it more pricey than Burda if it contains less patterns???).
Well, to be honest, I'm afraid I'll end up buying it anyway. When I skip an issue, I always feel like I might be missing on something, even if I have already seen the contents online. Does it happen to you too or am I the only Burda junkie?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pay it Forward 2011

I seem to talk about her blog a lot, but she keeps on surprising me with great ideas!
I just read on Nette's blog about Pay it Forward 2011.

How does it work?
The first five people who comment on this blog post will receive a handmade gift from me.
The only requirement in return, you must FIRST write a blog post explaining 'Pay It Forward 2011'.
Then, about the most exciting part, make and send a handmade gift to the first 5 visitors who comment and commit to do the same.
Don't worry about time. You don't need to send them all today or tomorrow.
Gifts from the heart take time and are worth waiting for them!

Isn't it brilliant? A little gift can go a long way and make someone's day!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The best of the week

First of all, a big thank you for all the lovely comments on my swing dress...
They really made my day!

  1. Stephanie drafted the pattern for this blouse herself and I think it couldn't look better!
  2. A beautiful shirtdress in a lovely colour by Janet.
  3. Freya shared a very interesting article on how to start your own business.
  4. Chie's Secret Garden lookbook is just to die for! Plus, I ADORE every single garment in it.
I also want to give you the links to the admirable bloggers who started raffles in order to gather donations for Japan. It's a good action and there are some great prizes, so check them out if you haven't already:
And that's it! Have a great weekend, everyone!
I have started a couple sewing projects and I hope to finish something...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Swing dress the REAL showing party

Yes, I kinda messed up last week: Casey had postponed the final party and I hadn't read about it. So, here are a couple more shots of my dress. I hope I'll be able to wear it without a cardigan and tights soon... After three days of non-stop rain, it's finally sunny today! :)
Even though I don't seem in a "party" mood, I really happy with my final dress and with the sew-along in general... I learned a lot! So thanks again, Casey!
Here is a list with all the other finished dress. Go check it out!

While I'm here writing, I want to wish a happy 150th birthday to Italy and all the best to my fellow Italians out there. Let's hope our country is going to be better soon!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Interview/ Intervista: Gervaise, creazioni di stoffa

A few days ago I got in touch with Sophie, whose creations for the brand Gervaise I've always loved. She was kind enough to answer a few questions about her and her creations.
(Il testo italiano è in fondo)

1 - Introduce yourself: tell us something about where you live, your origins, hobbies, etc.
My name is Sophie, I'm French and I've lived in Italy for 10 years. I like... to sew! I'd like to learn patchwork ma at the moment I don't have enough time.

2 - How did you start your business, Gervaise?
I started when I got to know eBay. I used to make fabric bags for me, as a hobby, and when I got acquainted with the Internet I thought that it could be an opportunity to sell my creations.

3 - How did you choose the name of your shop?
Gervaise is the main character of Zola's novel "L'Assomoir". I really like Zola, and I liked this name! I also chose it because Gervaise is a laundress and she represented for me all these jobs that no longer exist: laundresses, hatters... and who knows how many more that we are not aware of!

4 - Do you have formal training (sewing, design, etc.)?
I don't! I have a literature degree.

5 - Do your creations support you economically? If not, do you have another job?
They start to now. From a completely artisan production it's now becoming serial, though on a very small scale. Yet, it allows me to live off of it.

6 - What are your main sources of inspiration?
I have a book titled “La mode du XXeme siècle” by John Peacock, containing drawings of looks and accessories for every year of last century. Anyway, in general, I like vintage, retro looks and colorful fabrics.

7 - What are the main satisfactions you get from Gervaise?
Being able to manage my business freely, working when I want, even at night, if I want to! The other satisfaction is obviously to find my own audience, so to speak... Also meeting people who share and appreciate my taste and what I have to offer.

8 - How and where do you advertise your business?
Online, on Facebook, through my blog, on Flickr... I try to be on most social networks.

9 - Do you have any advice for who wants to sell or already sells handmade?
I have a lot to say in this regard! I don't think that "handmade" is an economically sustainable model. I started with handbags made by me because it was a possible solution and I had no choice. Considering the time I spent making each bag, the price I sold them for was ridiculous! Now I get partial help for the production, which gives me more time to search for new styles, advertise online and take care of my customers... I always have something to do!
Another thing I think is that, sewing a bag, it' not important if I sew it myself or if a professional does it. Actually, the professional gets a better result! It's different as far as embroidery and other crafts in which the machine cannot substitute hands are involved, the effect will never be the same.
Moreover, handmade is not always a warranty of "good-looking" and "well-made".

You can learn more about Sophie and her lovely creations at her Facebook page, where she's also just started a giveaway!

1 - Presentati: raccontaci qualcosa di te (dove vivi, le tue origini, hobbies, ecc).
Mi chiamo Sophie, sono francese e vivo da 10 anni in Italia. Mi piace…cucire! Vorrei imparare a fare il patchwork ma per ora mi manca il tempo.

- Come hai iniziato con la tua attività, Gervaise?
Ho cominciato quando ho conosciuto eBay. Facevo delle borse di stoffa per me, come hobby, e quando sono stata a contatto di internet ho pensato che potesse essere un’opportunità per vendere le mie creazioni!

- Come hai scelto il nome del tuo negozio?
Gervaise è la protagonista del romanzo di Zola “L’assomoir” (“L’ammazzatoio”). Mi piace molto Zola, e mi piaceva questo nome! L’ho scelto anche perché Gervaise fa la lavandaia e per me rappresentava tutti questi piccoli mestieri ormai spariti, la lavandaia, la cappellaia… e chissà quanti ancora di cui non siamo nemmeno a conoscenza!

- Hai un'istruzione formale (cucito, design, ecc)?
No! Ho una laurea in letteratura.

- Le tue creazioni ti supportano economicamente? Se no, hai un altro lavoro?
Ora comincia. Da una produzione puramente artigianale sta diventando seriale, anche se in dimensione veramente piccola. Però questo mi permette di viverne.

6 - Quali sono le tue principali fonti di ispirazione?
Ho un libro che si chiama “la mode du XXeme siècle” di John Peacock, rappresenta a disegni tutti look e gli accessori che andavano nel secolo scorso anno per anno. Comunque, in generale mi piace il vintage, i  look retro e le stoffe colorate.

7 - Quali sono le maggiori soddisfazioni che ti dà Gervaise?
Poter portar avanti la mia attività liberamente, lavorare nei tempi che voglio, anche di notte se mi va!
L’altra soddisfazione ovviamente è trovare il tuo pubblico se così si può dire.. incontrare persone che condividono ed apprezzano il tuo gusto e quello che proponi.

8 - Come e dove ti fai pubblicità? 
La faccio online, su Facebook, col mio blog, su flickr… cerco di essere presente su la maggior parte dei social network.

- Hai qualche consiglio per chi vuole vendere o vende handmade?
Avrei molto da dire a proposito! Non penso che il “fatto a mano” sia un modello economicamente sostenibile. Il fatto di aver cominciato facendo le borse da me ma è stato una soluzione per iniziare e perché non avevo altra scelta. Infatti considerando il tempo che dedicavo ad ogni singola borsa, il prezzo a cui le vendevo era irrisorio! Ora mi faccio aiutare in parte per la realizzazione, il che mi lascia più tempo per  cercare nuovi modelli, farmi pubblicità online, occuparmi dei clienti … il lavoro non manca!
Un’altra cosa che penso e’ che, nel cucire una borsa , il fatto che lo faccia io, oppure un professionista, non cambia niente. Anzi, al professionista gli riesce meglio! Diverso il discorso se si parla di ricamo o altri lavori artigianali in cui la macchina non può sostituire la mano,  l’effetto non sarà mai lo stesso.
Inoltre lo handmade non è sempre una garanzia di “Bello” e “Fatto bene”!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

20% Etsy Sale

As many of you might know, thursday March 17th Italy celebrates the 150th anniversary of its unification and as a proud Italian, I decided to offer a 20% discount on the items in my Etsy shop. You just need to use the code ITALY150. The promotion lasts until Sunday.

Come saprete, giovedì 17 marzo si festeggia il 150° anniversario dell'Unità d'Italia. Da brava italiana orgogliosa delle sue origini, ho deciso di festeggiare offrendo il 20% di sconto sugli oggetti del mio negozio Etsy con il codice ITALY150. La promozione termina domenica a mezzanotte.
Spero troviate qualcosa che vi piaccia! :)

Torino, the city where I live

Monday, March 14, 2011

Raffle at nettevivante for Japan

Nette has organized a ruffle to win this gorgeous blouse. All you have to do is to make a donation for the Japan earthquake. I think it's truly a great idea, I encourage you to participate.
Go to her blog to get the details.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Burda 04/2011 : my eyes hurt

Oh my God! So much ugly stuff in this upcoming issue... I'm starting to wonder WHY I got a subscription.
This magazine is taking a turn I really really don't like. Give us Anne Burda back!

And what is THIS?
I admit there are also a couple patterns that picked my interest, but nothing too fancy. It's mainly because I really want a shirt dress for this spring and because I like the romantic feel of the shoot. But I'm still shocked by the other montruosities.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The best of the week

Link time!

1. Spring skirts at Sweet Pie Bakery. There's a great tutorial that I'd like to try.
2. A very interesting post on sewing magazines at Sewing and Style Den. I wish I knew portoguese to buy Manequim!
3. I love this tulle skirt I saw at Burdastyle.
4. Super cute dress by L'Atelier.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Inspiration: Orla Kiely SS2011 Lookbook

I think I'm in love...


If you like it, make sure to watch the collection film because it's lovely!
Also, the blouse at the bottom left reminds me of something Nette did a while ago. Nice!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Swing dress show time

Here it is, my swing dress! I took my time with this dress and it hasn't been the easiest process, but now it's done. I'm not 100% satisfied with it (expecially with the fit at the waist), but maybe I need some time to grow accustomed to it. That sometimes happens to me with the stuff I sew: it requires a lot of time and hard work, that when it's finished, I need a little while to fall in love with it again.
Eccolo qui, il mio "swing dress"! Non mi sono messa fretta e non è stato un processo semplicissimo, ma è finalmente completato. Non sono soddisfatta al 100% (specialmente per come mi sta in vita), ma forse ho solo bisogno di un po' di tempo per affezionarmici; a volte mi succede con le cose che cucio: richiedono così tanto tempo e fatica che quando ho finito, mi ci vuole un po' per amarle di nuovo.

I'm really sorry for the crappy bedroom pictures, but spring is still very shy here: I took these photos on monday and it was snowing outside! My hair was also not collaborating, but enough with the excuses! I promise I'll put more effort in my pictures, but I hope you'll like these anyway.
Mi spiace un sacco di dover pubblicare queste foto un po' penose scattate in camera da letto, ma la primavera qui è ancora decisamente lontana: lunedì, quando ho scattato queste foto, stava nevicando. E non parliamo dei miei capelli che non volevano collaborare... Insomma, basta scuse! Prometto di impegnarmi di più con le foto, ma per il momento spero che queste vi piacciano!

The zipper is hand sewn using a prickstitch. I avoided an invisible zipper because I always manage to make a mess with them. This detail goes well with the vintage feel of the dress.
Un dettaglio della zip, cucita a mano. Ho evitato una lampo invisibile perchè ho sempre dei problemi a metterle decentemente. Inoltre questa si accorda meglio con lo stile vintage del vestito.

A detail of the inside: I underlined the dress in white lightweight cotton. I also used the fashion fabric to conceal the interfaced midsection, as suggested by Casey.
Un'immagine dell'interno: ho rinforzato la stoffa con del cotone bianco molto sottile. Per coprire la parte rinforzata della cintura ho usato la stoffa a fantasia, come suggerito da Casey

And then, the last touch: I sewed one of the labels I made for my shops.
Infine, la firma dell'artista: ho approfittato di una delle etichette che uso per i miei negozi.

Casey, thank you so much for hosting this sewalong, it was a beautiful experience! I hope it won't be the last on your blog!
Un grazie enorme a Casey per aver organizzato questo sewalong, è stata una bellissima esperienza! Spero non sia l'ultima guidata da te!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Très charmante

Today in my mail:
Oggi nella posta:

The "Très charmante" necklace by la musette has arrived! I've been looking forever for a necklace with sewing related charms, and now it's mine! A huge thank you to the talented Virginia who also included a pair of stunning earrings as a gift. I truly adore them! (and they look super cute with my sew-along swing dress, whose photos will be up on thursday)
La collanina "Très charmante" by la musette è arrivata! Era da una vita che cercavo una collanina con charms legati al mondo del cucito, e adesso è mia! Un grazie gigantesco alla bravissima Virginia che mi ha anche regalato un paio di orecchini a rosellina... Li adoro! (e stanno molto bene con il lo swing dress del sew-along, le cui foto verranno pubblicate giovedì)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The best of the week

1. I think I'll copy this dress by Sarah sooner or later... Too cute!
2. Gertie never stops to inspire me (and I love her new hairdo).
3. Erica has started a new challenge, for which she'll wear more skirts and dresses. Nice!
4. Speaking of challenges, Zoe has started Me Made March. I don't feel ready to participate yet, but I think it's a great idea!

Plus, this guide from Grosgrain on sergers. If you're thinking about getting one, make sure to read it!

Lastly, even though it has nothing to do with sewing, Maru's last video, which had me rolling on the floor laughing. If you don't already know Maru the cat, this is the time.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Liebster blog award

Last week I received this lovely award from Cannella, one of the lovely bloggers I "met" since I started this blog. I want to thank her for this sweet thought and continue this, because it could give you the possibility to discover some new blogs:

La settimana scorsa ho ricevuto un premio da parte di Cannella, una delle adorabili blogger che ho avuto modo di "conoscere" da quand ho iniziato il mio blog. La ringrazio molto per questo pensiero così gentile e continuo quindi la catena, sperando di darvi modo di conoscere qualche nuovo blog:

  1. Felicie à Paris
  2. la musette 
  3. Sewing and Style Den
  4. noxcreare
  5. Molly-Made