Sewing Around The World – Anna / Italy

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Wow – yet again another month has passed! It’s march and before this one also is drawing to its close I would like to introduce our third guest blogger for Sewing Around The World.

This time we travel from Paris, where in February Julie from joliesbobines has shown her version of Cardigan Lola, to Anna in Italy. Anna from paunnet chose for her contribution an “older” pattern, namely Shirt Katja. This one fits great because spring is on its way and although Anna still posed for her photos in a snowy landscape, one can already feel the first warm sunbeams. Is there anything more beautiful than sewing a fancy T-Shirt in anticipation of wamer days!

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Anna has sewn her Shirt Katja with a darkblue-white striped Jersey she found at the Italy-based Online-Shop Supercut. Supercut did sponsor the fabric as well as the beautiful lace for this guest contribution! And for those of you who would like to know more about Anna and her great sewing blog as well as Marine and her Shop Supercut, we made a little interview with both of them that we published further below.

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If you are now also keen on feeling sunbeams on bare arms and you like the combi Anna made, we have a little surpsise for you. Pattern Shirt Katja is now 20% off as long as the next contribution to Sewing Around The World is online AND also at Supercut you get 10% off on all fabrics and haberdashy labeled as “Supercut” entering the follwing coupon code: SCHNITTCHEN. So go for it!

Well have fun with this ispirazione italiana from Anna and with the coupon from Supercut. “MILLE GRAZIE” to Anna and Supercut in Italy for their great contribution!**

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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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