April 18, 2014
by Sewing Princess - Silvia
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Craftsy Class Giveaway

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It’s time to celebrate Easter and Spring with a Craftsy giveaway!

Like many of you, I really like Craftsy for the opportunity it gives me to follow sewing classes (and more) I would never be able to find where I live. Not to mention I eagerly wait for their sales! So I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to host a giveaway for one free class!

E’ ora di festeggiare la Pasqua e l’arrivo della primavera con un premio messo in palio da Craftsy!

Come molti di voi, adoro Craftsy perché mi dà l’opportunità di seguire corsi di cucito (e non solo) che non troverei mai dove abito. E per non parlare delle loro offerte!  Quindi non potevo proprio rifiutare la possibilità di avere un corso in palio sul mio blog.

My most recent purchase was Patternmaking + Design: Creative Necklines, with Suzy Furrer. I would love to make a top with a funnel neckline!

Il mio ultimo acquisto è sstato un corso di Modellismo e Design: Scollature creative conSuzy Furrer. Vorrei proprio fare un top con quel collo svasato!

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But I also signed up for the free classes
Free Pizza Making Class
Mastering Zipper Techniques Class with Sunni from
Short Rows Knitting Class

Mi sono anche iscritta a dei corsi gratuiti

Come fare la pizza
Tutte le tecniche per cucire le lampo 
Corso di maglia sui Short Rows(non so come si chiamino in Italiano)

Other classes on my wish list are:

Gli altri corsi che vorrei seguire sono:

Family Photography: Candid Moments & Storytelling

Online Knitting Class

Knit Lab

Online Bread Making Class
Artisan Bread Making

Yes, I am a bit of a foodie too!

Eh, sì mi piace anche mangiare!

Rules:

  • Follow this link and Enter to win a Craftsy class
  • If you are not a Craftsy Member you will be asked to sign up for Craftsy
  • If you are a member just log in and you will be entered automatically
  • The Giveaway is open until April 25
  • Craftsy will select one winner of a free class

Happy Easter to everybody! 

Regole

  • Cliccate sul link per Vincere un corso di Craftsy (in inglese)
  • Se non siete iscritti dovrete farlo per partecipare
  • Se siete gia’ iscritti, inserite il vostro nome utente e password e parteciperete automaticamente
  • Potete partecipare fino al 25 Aprile
  • Craftsy selezionerà il vincitore di un corso gratuito

Buona Pasqua a tutti!

April 15, 2014
by Sewing Princess - Silvia
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Pants fitting challenge completed: Alice + Olivia Vogue V1051

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 ::Pin-up wannabe mega fail :: Un misero tentativo di foto da pin-up::

After tweaking the Alice + Olivia Vogue V1051 pattern a bit more I decided it was time to test the pattern on proper fabric.

I didn’t want to use this precious light dark gray wool but I had no other suitable fabric for pants…and I certainly couldn’t go out and buy more: despite my lack of updates I am still on the Stash Diet!

Dopo aver fatto alcune modifiche al modello Alice + Olivia Vogue V1051,  ho deciso che era ora di fare una prova su della vera stoffa.

Non volevo usare questa preziosa stoffa di lana grigia ma non ne avevo altra adatta a dei pantaloni…e non potevo assolutamente andare a comprarne dell’altra: anche se non vi ho aggiornati sto ancora facendo la Dieta della Stoffa!

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I still didn’t manage to fix the diagonal wrinkles at the back despite using Kenneth King’s Baggy Seat Fix! Any idea what to do about that?

Do you think I should decrease the top waistband curve?

Non sono riuscita a risolvere del tutto il problema delle pieghe diagonali sul dietro nonostante abbia usato la tecnica di Kenneth King. Avete idee?

Secondo voi, devo ammorbidire ulteriormente la curva sulla parte superiore del cinturino?

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Here is another back view with Orta Lake in the background.

Ecco un’altra foto del dietro con il Lago d’Orta sullo sfondo.

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I am quite happy with the front…except for…

Sono abbastanza soddisfatta del davanti…tranne che per…

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Two huge mistakes that make the pants unwearable without a cover up…

1. I accidentally ironed some interfacing on the front waistband…and there’s no way to get rid of the glue.

2. And the inner waistband is peeking out: it’s either due to the bulk or to not having sewn the waistband far enough!

I am so annoyed!!! I may have to go and buy more fabric to make another pair: can this be allowed during the diet?

Due clamorosi errori che mi impediscono di mettere i pantaloni senza coprirli…

1. Ho stirato della teletta autoadesiva per sbaglio sul cinturino…e non riesco in alcun modo ad eliminare la colla.

2. La parte interna del cinturino esce leggermente fuori: non so se sia perché l’ho cucita male o per l’eccessivo volume dovuto alla teletta.

Mi scoccia davvero! Credo che dovrò andare a comprare altra stoffa e farne un altro paio: posso nonostante la dieta?

Orta-Lake---San-Giulio-IslandWith Easter coming up and Spring breaks I thought I’d show you San Giulio Island on Orta Lake (with birdseye view)…one of the most gorgeous sights in the area the background of one of my first blog posts nearly 4 years ago.

Happy Easter!!

E con la Pasqua dietro l’angolo e le vacanze ho pensato di farvi vedere l’isola di San Giulio sul lago d’Orta (vista dall’alto)…uno dei posti più pittoreschi della zona che ho usato come sfondo di uno dei miei primi post quasi 4 anni fa.

Buona Pasqua!

 

April 6, 2014
by Sewing Princess - Silvia
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La Mia Boutique 04 2014 Review

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April La Mia Boutique is an issue full of jacket patterns…So I thought it would be nice to see also some of the other patterns … Unlike other issues there’s less vintage styles. Good or bad?

This month we have not one but two guest reviewers!

Nicolina from Docksjo. She is also a fan of Colette Patterns and made her second Hawthorne. Not to mention she made the most perfect first bra!

And Simona who blogs with Anita at Sewing Adventures in the Attick. She is addicted to sewing books and fabric (sounds familiar???) and has recently started working on Colette Pattern’s Lady Gray.

Before we dive in: Would you like to be the next La Mia Boutique Guest Reviewer? I would love to read what you think of La Mia Boutique patterns and how you would style them. Don’t be shy. Just drop me an email
2475Silvia: Total white look…I had seen this outfit in the preview and thought it was very nice. I could see myself wearing that outfit to work. By the way, the bag pattern is also included…I find it a bit casual for that outfit though.
Nicolina: It is really not my style, dislike something about blazers and high contrast between the black and the white + the magenta is a little bit too much for me. I wish that she could have held her arm so that it was possible to see more of the garment.
Simona: I find the white a bit clinical. Seems a bit too much of it. Looks like a cute combo for the office but not in white. For this one I like the collar on the shirt.
2202Silvia: I don’t like the jacket at all…it’s too long, don’t you think? The pants look nice though…I have said it before…wider legs are my thing
Nicolina: It might be how they put it all together but it looks like she’s wearing a men’s costume, the problem might be the sizing or that it doesn’t have enough shaping. I think that the trousers might be nice in gray with a crème or yellow silk blouse.
Simona: I agree with you Silvia the jacket is way too long and I feel that it’s a bit big for the model. I like jackets to be a bit more fitted and emphasize the waist a bit more. Not so convinced about the pants. Again I prefer them a bit more fitted.
2314Silvia: The skirt is very basic…but I really love that print! I would love to make a summer blouse with a similar fabric…and a skirt too!
Nicolina: Not sure
Simona: Indeed the skirt looks really simple. For me to the skirt fabric is the star of the outfit. I actually see it in a wrap dress. :)
2442Silvia: The blouse is really dramatic..not my style. I could go for the pencil skirt though!
Nicolina: That’s exactly my thought Silvia, the skirt, Yes, the top not so much. I would definitely keep it long though, to keep the posh 60’s over it. I love posh 60’s.
Simona: The skirt looks really nice, but would make it a bit shorter. Blouse a definite no no!! Not flattering at all unless you are stick thin
2641Silvia: The top reminds me of a similar pattern I made years ago. There’s a nice keyhole detail under the sleeve (see below) that you can use to pass a belt through. I don’t like the fabric chosen here.
Nicolina: Do I see chinos? I really like to be able to wear chinos really think they look good on other people but not me, chinos means summer for me and even if I can’t wear them myself I can see that they have a place in a summers coming issue.
Simona: Ignoring the fabric used, the top has potential. I would do it in solid colors with contrasting neck and sleeve bands.
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2665Silvia: Definitely not for me at least not with that quilted fabric. Anyone likes it?
Nicolina: Not me.
Simona: Looks weird at best. Has some potential. Just think the amount of time you would need to spend on it to get it quilted… Definitely not for me.
2777Silvia: I really like the pencil skirt paired with a loose blouse. I must admit I always have troubles keeping it tucked in though!
Nicolina: This is something that I’d definitely like to wear, maybe a navy simple sight up and down pencil skirt with a peach pink blouse, it is simple yet elegant, two wardrobe basics that are easy to pair up with other things and just look great without taking the attention unless your print takes it.
Simona: This combo looks nice. I would make it really long so that when tucked in it won’t come out. What do you think Silvia? Would making it longer might solve your problem?
Silvia: Simona, I should really follow your advice and simply make my shirt longer!
2913Silvia: I told you it was the jacket issue! There are 8 in this issue…certainly something for everyone…perhaps I would have preferred if they included also some dresses in this issue…
Nicolina: Hmm really don’t like blazers.
Simona: Cute jacket and just the way I like them. Not really sure about the denim used for the pants… Way too patch for my liking.
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Silvia: Ok we are not here to comment on those sunglasses are we? I am not a fan of classic flower prints but I find that pairing such a loud print with plain white is not so bad, is it?
Skinny jeans seems to continue being popular…my very personal opinion is that very few people can get away with that style.
Simona: Well that’s what’s attracting my attention in this picture too. As if the outfit is made to emphasize the sunglasses not the other way around. I like the combination as well but I would have gone the other way. flowery pants and white jacket. But that’s just me.
Nicolina: There interesting. You have a point Simona… a friend of mine have a really nice pair of flowery trousers and I’m thinking about making a pair just because they’re flowery even if I hardly ever wear anything other the dresses.

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Silvia: This month’s plus size is a gown. Gold is certainly not my favorite color and you would need to test the fit of those gathers at the bust area. Maybe in a different color it could be nice…By the way La mia boutique also issues a specific magazine for Plus sizes. The new issue is out now!
Nicolina: I’m thinking Ariel the Disney mermaid princess. Nothing I would wear but for the right person it might be gorgeous.
Simona: Not so sure! about this one. Just feels off!!.. Maybe it’s the color.

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OVERALL OPINIONS ON THIS ISSUE
Silvia: Not the best issue I am afraid..Perhaps they had done a jacket special my expectations would have been different ;) Yet I use the same rule of thumb as for Burda Style. If I like at least two patterns and I don’t have anything similar in previous issues…it’s worth buying. In Italy it’s 4.9 euros (6.7USD/4GBP) and their patternmakers are professionally trained…you can’t beat that!
Nicolina:While it only contained 2 things I’m interested in making and I already own very similar patterns of the kimono style blouse and the pencil skirt. If you’re into blazers and think of making several with slightly different shape, go for it, otherwise, I’m not convinced.
Simona: I have seen better issues from them. Way to many jackets. After seeing these not sure I would actually buy this issue. Maybe in time it will grow on me but for now. Not good enough for me.

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