Deer and Doe's Lupin Jacket

Deer and Doe's Lupin Jacket

Last week, Deer and Doe released their new Spring-Summer 2016 patterns and I don't know about you, but I'm really, really excited by these three new designs, like I haven't been for a while. Meaning, I generally like almost anything coming from this brand (if you've ever read my blog, you'll know); but this time I want to sew multiple versions of every single pattern, which means I'm really in love.

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Burdastyle Magazine 01/2016

Burdastyle Magazine 01/2016

Hey, guys!
I haven't written a Burdastyle review in SUCH a long time, and I've been thinking about it lately, so here I am!
It's also the first issue of 2016, so if I were looking for signs, that would be perfect. :)

As I said, it's been a very long time, and I haven't really followed the magazine in the meantime, to be honest.
Collecting material for this review, I didn't really expect for Burda to have changed much in the last year or so, and I wasn't wrong.

My personal taste also hasn't changed that much, although, as a pattern making student, my perception and knowledge regarding design has. I'm still no expert, but I can now see and understand things I just didn't.

So, let's begin, shall we?

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My Book - Il Mio Libro

My Book - Il Mio Libro

Soooo... Uhm, yeah.

I wrote a book!

One of the reasons why I've been more distant than the usual from the Internet in this last year, is because I was offered this incredible opportunity by Italian publishing house Gribaudo, and I just couldn't pass it up!

And so, after many months of hard work, "Il Manuale del Cucito" ("The Sewing Handbook") was born. It's a cute little book for beginners, it is project-oriented, including a short section dedicate to techniques and FAQ about sewing, and then 20 projects to learn how to sew while you're making them. The projects range from accessories, to clothes and home decor objects (there's also an accessory for dogs, because -duh!- I had to include dogs in it).

The idea was to offer something for everyone, without making it so difficult that it would discourage a beginner, but at the same time challenging enough so that it wasn't banal and you would learn some new techniques.

Also, there's no taking ourself too seriously in this book. Everything is as colorful as possible, and there are little animals, polka dots and smily faces scattered everywhere, which is, of course, perfectly my style.

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Sweet Ambassadrice - Knit dress with circle skirt and collar

Sweet Ambassadrice - Knit dress with circle skirt and collar

A few weeks ago, I had just left school and was distractedly scrolling through my Instagram feed on the subway, when I saw that Portugal-based French fabric and notion store, The Sweet Mercerie, was having the second edition of a mini contest called "Sweet Ambassadrice".

Basically, they presented this graphic print fabric and invited people to send their ideas on what to make with it. They would provide fabric to the three people whose idea they'd like the most.

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