Little bows blouse with a Swiss flair

One of the things I love about Europe is that it’s rather easy to travel around, especially when you are close to the border.
This past weekend I finally visited Lugano in Switzerland on a day trip
Una delle cose che mi piace in Europa e’ la facilita’ negli spostamenti, soprattutto quando vivi vicino al confine.
Lo scorso fine settimana sono finalmente andata a Lugano in Svizzera in giornata.

When I say close, I mean just take your car and drive less than two hours (there was a bit of traffic on the way).
Quando dico che è vicino, voglio dire che basta prendere la macchina e sei lì in meno di due ore (c’era un po’ di traffico).

With such a car, there is never a problem finding parking :)
Con una macchina del genere non ci sono mai problemi mi parcheggio :)

Lake Lugano is next to the one I have shown you on previous pictures (Lake Maggiore), but somehow the water looks cleaner. Maybe because it’s smaller?
Il lago di Lugano è vicino a quello che avete visto in altre foto (il lago Maggiore), ma l’acqua sembra più limpida. Forse perché è più piccolo?

Lugano’s architecture to my eyes looks quite similar to Italy…what do you think?
L’architettura di Lugano mi sembra molto simile a quella italiana… che ne dite?

The weather was ever changing…so all of a sudden we had to rush into a shop. Definitely those sunglasses are quite silly on my face, but it was fun!
Il tempo era variabile…quindi ci siamo dovuti rifugiare di corsa in un negozio. Quegli occhiali non fanno per me, chiaramente, ma mi sono divertita!

But as soon as the rain stopped I tried looking around for George… he has a house on the Italian lakes…but this is as close as I got (it’s actually Lake Como!)
Appena ha smesso di piovere ho provato a cercare George… ha una casa sul lago in Italia…ma questo è stato il massimo (la casa è sul lago di Como!)

Then I continued touring around… Yes, there are a lot of banks in Switzerland. This one is particularly dear to me as my dad used to work for them.
Poi ho continuato la visita… Sì, in Svizzera ci sono molte banche. Questa mi è molto cara perché mio papà lavorava per loro.

And I came across the most clever trash collection system I’ve ever seen. Can you believe it’s underground and the truck lifts it all up? I find it extremely environment-friendly as it doesn’t disrupt the city yet it holds a lot of trash. The man in pink was very proud when we took those pictures. Ok, I admit I can be geeky like that sometimes.
E ho scoperto un sistema geniale di raccolta dei rifiuti. Non ci crederete ma è tutto sotto terra e il camion lo solleva. Trovo sia un sistema rispettuoso dell´ambiente perche’ non danneggia la visuale ma al tempo stesso contiene molti rifiuti. Il signore in rosa era ne era molto orgoglioso. Ok, so di essere un po’ geek a volte.

The Swiss flag is a must-have picture.
La bandiera svizzera è un must.

And to go back to sewing… a detail on the Little bows blouse.
Ma torniamo al cucito… un dettaglio della camicia con i fiocchetti.

This is pattern I fell in love with from the moment I saw it on Burdastyle. So much so that I completely forgot I had planned to sew a different top with that fabric.
I made it by following the tutorial by Gina Sophia and adapting my bodice block. I made the bows longer than in the original pattern and lined only half, right below the arms-eye.
Since many of you have already made the Sorbetto top, I wanted to say that you can easily adapt it from that pattern too.
Would you be interested in a tutorial for that?

Mi sono innamorata di questo modello appena l’ho visto su Burdastyle. Al punto tale che ho dimenticato completamente di aver previsto di cucire un altro top con quella stoffa.
Ho seguito le spiegazioni di Gina Sophia e ho adattato il mio modello base. Ho allungato i fiocchetti e ne ho foderato solo la metà, sotto il giromanica.
Visto che molte di voi avete già realizzato il top Sorbetto, volevo dirvi che potete adattare quel modello per realizzare questo top.
Potrebbe interessarvi che vi spieghi come farlo?

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  1. Thank you for the mini tour of Switzerland. If only I lived a 2 hours’ drive away!
    I love your top – so pretty and elegant.
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  3. Your photos are gorgeous! you certainly live in a stunningly beautiful part of the world. And your top with the bows is lovely.

  4. Your blouse turned out lovely and I would love a tutorial for adapting the Sorbetto to look like it! I must confess that George is my ultimate celebrity crush so I was glad to see him make an appearance on your blog. And finally, Switzerland is great! I was in Zurich last year visiting my cousin and really enjoyed that city as well.
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    • Zurich is on my list…hopefully this Fall. If you know of any must-see, I’d be happy to know.
      I will do the tutorial starting from the Sorbetto, then.
      I am not into celebrities normally, but George is the exception ;o) Do you think we could convince him to make a real appearance on my blog?
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  5. me gusta mucho la blusa, los moños en las mangas son muy originales:-)
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  6. Darling blouse! Love the bows! Gorgeous photos of Switzerland – such a beautiful country from what I have heard. Everyone I’ve talked to that’s been there from here in the US always remarks on how “clean” the country is in general. Lovely photos! xoxo, Sunni
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    • Thanks Sunni! Switzerland is beautiful. I particularly love the center with the beautiful mountains, green fields, little wooden houses. Actually I lived in a country that is even cleaner than Switzerland, according to many: Luxembourg. I will post some picture soon.

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