Sewing Around The World – Anna / Italien

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Ups – schon wieder ein Monat rum! Es ist März und bevor sich der nun auch endgültig dem Ende zuneigt, möchte ich Euch unsere dritte Gastbloggerin zu Sewing Around The World vorstellen.

Wir reisen von Paris wo Julie von joliesbobines uns im Februar ihre Strickjacke Lola gezeigt hat, nach Italien. Denn den März hatte sich Anna vom Blog paunnet gesichert und sie hat eins der etwas älteren Schnitte, nämlich das Shirt Katja, genäht. Das passt ganz wunderbar, denn der Frühling naht und auch wenn Anna die Fotos noch im Schnee gemacht hat, so kann man die ersten warmen Sonnenstrahlen erahnen und was gibt es da schöneres als sich in Vorfreude auf die wärmeren Tage schon mal ein schickes T-Shirt zu nähen!

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Anna hat ihr Shirt Katja aus einem dunkelblau-weiß gestreiften Jersey vom italienischen Online-Shop Supercut genäht. Supercut hat sowohl den Stoff als auch die hübsche Spitze für diesen Gastbeitrag zur Verfügung gestellt! Wer mehr über Anna und ihren tollen Nähblog und Marine und ihrem Shop Supercut wissen möchte, wir haben beiden ein paar Fragen gestellt. Die Interviews könnt Ihr weiter unten nachlesen.

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Wenn ihr jetzt auch Lust auf den ein oder anderen schon warmen Sonnenstrahl auf freien Armen bekommen habt und Euch die Kombi von Anna genauso gut gefällt wie uns, dann haben wir eine kleine Überraschung für Euch. Denn es gibt den Schnitt Katja bis zum nächsten Sewing Around The World Beitrag Ende April 20% günstiger UND auch bei Supercut gibt es bei Eingabe des Gutscheincodes SCHNITTCHEN 10% auf Eure Bestellung! Der Gutschein gilt einen Monat lang und ist für alle Stoffe und Kurzwaren, die mit “Supercut” markiert sind, einlösbar. Also nichts wie ran an den Stoff!

Viel Spaß bei der “ispirazione italiana” von Anna und mit dem Gutschein von Supercut und wir schicken eine Riesen “GRAZIE MILLE” nach Italien zu Anna und Supercut für diesen tollen Beitrag! **

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Some questions to Anna from paunnet:

Present yourself a little bit.
My name is Anna, I’m 29 years old and I live in North western Italy. I started my sewing blog, paunnet, in 2011; after reading wonderful sewing blogs for years, I just wanted to be part of the community!
When I started the blog, I was a university student, working part time, and sewing as a hobby. Right now, I published a sewing book (“Il Manuale del Cucito”, in Italian) and I’m a pattern-making student.

When did you start to sew and why? How did you learn to sew?
I was lucky enough to have two seamstresses in the family, my mum and my gramdma, so I learnt the very basics of sewing as a child, but I wasn’t too interested in it. When I was around 18, I asked my mum to make me a couple garments, because I didn’t like what RTW had to offer and nothing fit me the way I wanted. I watched her making a skirt, then I participated in making the following garment, and then I quickly became independent. I caught the sewing bug and I haven’t stopped since!

What are your favourite clothes? Do you have a fable for something?
I am a very girly girl, so I have a soft spot for dresses and skirts; I don’t really like wearing pants. I also like to have some volume around the hips to hide some – ahem – problem areas, so pleated and gathered skirts are my best friends!

What is the sewing project you like the most?
My favourite sewing project of all time is the dress I made for my birthday two years ago. I used a very expensive fabric I had saved for a long time, that had a repeated rose print. I managed to utilize the print in the best way possible, and the pattern I used (bateau neckline and gathered skirt) was perfectly me. I am incredibly proud of that dress, and I wear it every time I can!

Do you only sew for you or also for other people (husband, children, …)?
I’ve been a very selfish seamstress for a very long time, but I’ve started to sew for other people as well. Fitting clothes on other people, who have a different body than yours, is a challenge, but it can be a very fun one! I also love to sew for children: small garments are so much cuter!

From where do you get your ideas? Do you buy patterns or do you invent your own ones?
I find a lot of inspiration online, from other sewing blogs, Pinterest, from fashion designers … you name it! Inspiration can struck from everywhere. Sometimes a pattern is the starting point for a project, other times, the fabric is … I’m very much a “spur of the moment” kind of girl!
In 2014, I started attending a fashion school, so I’m learning to draft patterns for myself. I still like using commercial patterns, but I’m trying to draft as much as possible myself to practice.

Some questions to Marine from Supercut:

Where does the name of your shop come from?
I decided to call my shop Supercut because Super is a very positive word – and I use it a lot! – and because Cut stands for the beautiful act of cutting the fabrics: you know all of these great mixed feelings – between joy, excitation and also stress and fear – all seamstresses have when it comes to actually start cutting into those beautiful fabrics we all crush for … this is the first reason.
The second reason is because I am French, based in Italy, but I wanted Supercut to be international: the name had to be easy to remember in every language. I also wanted it to be a bit different from the usual “Fabric Store” names (so many fabrics shop with Fabric name ;-) “Supercut – Online Shop – Good looking fabrics” is the complete name.

What types of fabrics do you sell?
It is a mix of classic fabrics brands such as Liberty, Japanese or French designers and high end Italian fabrics from the best fabrics manufacturers in the world. When I “landed” in Italy in June 2011 with my husband and our two little boys aged 1 and 3 years old, none of us spoke a word of Italian and I suddenly had lots of free time: what a great occasion for me to do as much sewing as I ever wanted! Unfortunately, I was really surprised that I couldn’t find any nice fabric shops in the country of fashion and had to order all my fabrics from France.
As I was looking for a self-employed and home based job I thought it would be a great idea to create my dream fabric shop for the Italian Market.
Then I discovered that we were based in the heart of the world best fabrics manufacturers … and I had the fantastic opportunity to propose to a larger international and professional audience some of the best materials a sewer could dream for at very attractive prices!
Today most Supercut’s fabrics come from the most famous fashion brands – we are not authorized to give the names brands on each fabric in the shop but we can share our secret here that lots of them are from Etro, Vivienne Westwood, Martin Margiela, Marc Jacobs, Dsquared2, Loro Piana, Bottega Veneta, Albini and from some of the Italian’s best silk and wool manufacturers. We also have beautiful jersey and denim made on vintage machines in Japan.
All these amazing fabrics are in limited quantities and I choose to change the stock as often as possible.
I am also an official distributor of Premax, one of the greatest sewing scissors manufacturers in the world. Premax is a consortium of Italian artisans, based in the mountains near lake Como, and they produce scissors since 300 years. I have a huge collection – I haven’t even uploaded all the collection in the shop yet!

What fabric do you recommend for the schnittchen-pattern Katja?
Linen or wool jerseys depending on the season, lace, but also Breton stripes jersey (as I am Breton I am a stripes addicted!) … there are so many possibilities!

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