14 novembre 2014

The final race

Here we are at the end of the road!
E ci siamo quasi, alla fine della strada!

This year is going really fast and my memories get really blury because this fast living.
These days I'm gathering all I can for Emma's advent calendar, I subscribed to a swap so I'm gathering some cool things for my swap partner in the UK. Hope she will like my finds.
I'm also getting busy with the Santa stuff for the girls. Emma is done but what we are not really sure about is Sara. She's less than 1 year old. I can't remember what Santa gave to Emma on her first Christmas. That's why I say my memories are blury!
Quest'anno sta andando veramente veloce e ora mi accorgo che la mia memoria è ogni volta peggio. 
Questi giorni sono alla ricerca di pensierini per il calendario dell'Avvento di Emma. Mi sono iscrita a uno swap ed sto anche radunando un po' di cosette per la mia swap partner che si trova in Regno Unito.
Sono anche abbastanza impegnata con Babbo Natale. Da Emma ormai abbiamo un sacco di informazioni: disegni, lettere, ecc. Con Sara però siamo persi, non ha neanche un'anno, non abbiamo idea di cosa potrebbe portargli Babbo Natale. Non riesco a ricordare che cosa ha portato a Emma nel suo primo Natale. 

She plays around with whatever. I have to say I'm that kind of person who thinks whatever can amuse and become a toy, really. Sara gets super excited with a spoon, a brush, a blanket, a bottle of water...
With my girls I'm never on the trending side for toys and I confess I know nothing about trending toys. I'm also on the stingy side when it is about toys. Of course we get toys, but not all we find and I can predict the uncertain future of an useful toy and I don't buy that stuff. We are also short in space at home and I hope in the future Santa will have a bigger house : P
Sara gioca praticamente con qualsiasi cosa. Io sono di quelle persone che pensano che qualsiasi cosa può diventare un giocattolo e mi fido di più degli oggetti comuni per il divertimento che dai giochi veri. Lei si intrattiene con i cucchiai, una spazzola, un lenzuolino, una bottiglietta d'acqua... con le bimbe non sono mai molto aggiornata sui giochi del momento. Sono anche un po' tirchia per prendere nuovi giochi ogni volta perchè odio i giocattoli abbandonati con cui non si gioca mai. Poi abbiamo anche pochissimo spazio in casa (perciò spero che un dicembre Babbo Natale ci sorprenda e ci porti una nuova casa molto più grande : P

I'm happy how my girls are growing, Emma is able to play with whatever and she loves to draw. When she needs something she says: I will draw it!
A funny thing is Emma is always getting playdates because she is a sort of entertainer and some moms always to take her to play with their girls. I think it is because she comes out with great ideas for playing and keeps her mates busy and happy for a couple of hours.
Sono molto contenta di come le ragazze stanno crescendo. Emma gioca con tutto e gli piace molto disegnate. A volte, quando vuole una cosa mentre gioca e non ce l'ha dice: Adesso me la disegno!
Emma ha sempre molti appuntamenti per giocare con altri bimbi. È molto brava a inventare giochi e tiene i suoi amichetti impegnate a lungo giocando. 

If you are looking for stocking stuffers and nice toys "out of the beaten track", I have these bear/doll carriers in the shop. They have been the best favorites for kids and parents since I made the very first. At the moment only girly versions are avaiable but I hope I will have some for boys very soon.
Se siete a la recerca di regalini di Natale per i vostri bimbi e desiderate un giocattolo un po' diverso, ho questi marsupi porta-bambola. Sono stati da sempre i preferiti da mamme e bambini. Al momento trovate solo fantasie da bambina ma spero averne anche da maschietto al più presto. 

Click here for further information about the bear/doll carriers. 
Cliccate qui per più info sui marsupi. 

Enjoy weekend!

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07 novembre 2014

Elsa dress

After all this talking, I finally passed to the making and here you have the Elsa dress for big girls :)

It took a while to making it in a whole. I usually take a project and go deep into it. From the begining to the end in one ride. This dress was made with lots of hiccups in between.
For the definitive version I chose this viscosa jersey fabric. I was afraid about it because I don't love to sew woven viscose, jersey viscose would be 100% worse, I thought haha... the fabric guy proposed it to me and I took it as a challenge. It came out very well! I'm pleased.
It wasn't that hard as I was thinking.
I have to say this fabric behaves and I really loved to work with it.

Everything I make must fit my "style".
I don't consider myself someone stylish. Just everything has to find a place in my stuff and go well with my not so wide range of accessories.
This dress, by itself, has a very feminine and elegant flair. I envisioned it with high heel ankle boots and I think it would be great with a fur (fake or real, you decide).
Yesterday I saw this and I liked it for my dress. I'm not a fur person but I think it goes well.

via Zara

The real thing is I never will wear fur or heels ; )
But I was obsessed with these printed tights, I will wear them for sure.

The Elsa dress is available at my Etsy shop. Sizes from S to XL. Sizes out of chart can be made upon request. 4 colors available. This item is made to order. 
Look at here for further info. 

One thing I learned during the making was to sew hems with my serger!
Look at this video. It is gold : )
Enjoy weekend!

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31 ottobre 2014

Thanks, October!

wow... tomorrow we'll wake up in November!
I was born in November.
November is always a crazy month.
I'm never ready for November.
Today November sounds scary.

What's up here?

I'm glad you love the shark hoodies. They were a blast this October and some kids all around the world are The Sharks today : )
A shark hoodie will be always useful, really. Find yours here. 
Some sharks on the making some weeks ago.

This is a dress I made for Emma, it became a great input for a new style in the shop in adult sizes, maybe!
I'm looking for the right fabric at this very moment. I have some options and even a sample I could start to work on this weekend. I also made up the pattern in 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL). This is hard work, guys.

Emma's dress top is based on the Bimaa Sweater pattern by Sarah from LouBeeClothing. The Shark Hoodie is based in the same pattern as well, can you believe it?. Sarah made up one of the most generous patterns ever. Thanks Sarah, we love your pattern here!.

Here you can see a wearable muslin I made in adult size. Of course, I didn't use the Bimaa Sweater since it is only up to size 6 years.

After the picture I worked a little bit longer on it. I made some adjustments to the top and sleeves. As told before, I'd be ready to work on a real one this weekend. I'm having some doubts about the fabric since I found a cotton-rayon blend. Working/wearing rayon is not my favorite but let's see. Texture is fantastic and color range is also very nice.

Christmas is just around the corner.
This year I got some help from a golden girl. Thanks, Laura!
So bymamma190 is well stocked for bear carriers. These will be in the shop very soon.

I love when friends and customers help me creating new things. You guys, have lots of great ideas and I really appreciate you trusting on me for making them up. A very special girl asked this one for her little one. How lovely is it??. Find yours here. The original is a crocodile, but you can always ask for your favorite thing. 

This one with a bunting line was for Sara. How cut is it??
Size was just on the border... haha... this girl grows all the time. I don't sew fast enough to follow her. I used this pattern. It is actually a onesie but you can always make a two pieces, right? 
The whole is in dutch. Sewing language is universal so, go to get your copy!. Click here.

We all wish you Happy Halloween and a great weekend!!

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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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