High Waisted Pencil Skirt

A solid pencil skirt is a must have for any girl’s wardrobe. It can be worn with anything, providing you with many versatile opportunities. The Burda pattern 07/2012_120 features a really high waist and curved front darts which start at the side seam right at waist level. This skirt has a straight silhouette and a back vent. It’s a…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repropose!

I love recycling materials to make bags of all sorts and for every occasion, that can be used to carry books, grocery, craft work, or just about anything you can think of. Recently I’ve decided to move away from disposable bags and start bringing my own bag for shopping, it’s my personal choice for reducing the waste that…

Bright Spring Skirt

With spring just around the corner and the blossoms starting to bloom it’s high time to plan my spring wardrobe essentials. It was an absolutely beautiful day here in Northern Italy: with almost 16 degrees I was able to wear my first spring outfit. The base is a flirty multicolored A-line skirt made from 100% silk.

D&G Crocodile Print Dress

Looking through my new spring-summer wardrobe I noticed that I am lacking a basic simple dress that may be worn with various accessories and be suitable for different occasions. The March issue of Burdastyle magazine features a perfect pattern for my scope: I am in love with

How to Shorten Jeans Preserving Original Hem

Recently I have bought a pair of very nice namebrand jeans for my husband taking advantage of the last week of sales. When you have spent money on a great pair of jeans, the last thing you want to do is walk around on your cuffs or lose the great stitching on your hems. The beauty of…

Personalised Quality Printed Labels

Vast distances separate me from the dearest people: my parents live in Belarus and my younger sister in Germany. For me it’s of utmost importance to feel the support of my family and to know that they share my desire to create. We have a tradition

Through the Kaleidoscope

Alexander McQueen impressed me back in 2009 with his Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection featuring a glorious use of kaleidoscope prints. 4 years later, on my birthday I entered my favourite fabric shop “Collage” in Mondovì and asked for

Green and Glamour

There’s a real injection of prints on my Spring-Summer mood board. And now that I have found the right fabric shop – the sky is the limit. Sergio, the owner of “Collage” from Mondovì, worked for a decade for Valentino and Ungaro until opening his small but full with treasures boutique.

Amur Leopard Baby

Bianca is the cutest 2 years old baby I have ever known. In her veins is running Siberian and Italian blood that explains her strong and decisive personality. Bianca’s birthday was an excellent opportunity to make a wonderful gift using fabric leftovers

Raspberry Dress

Who said that winter dresses should be in dark colors and with long sleeves? I created my version of Burda 8/2012_133 in bright raspberry wool crepe. This fashion fabric is very elegant, pliable and comfortable to wear. I like everything about it: from small cap sleeves to the gathered skirt. Set-in panels shape a lovely…

My Happy Sewing Place

I’ve been sewing my own wardrobe for about a year with the help of an excellent working horse Janome 415 and a Brother serger. I’ve done about 35 novice level sewing projects in this period and I feel like I’m ready to move to the next level. In this blog I wish to document my progress and…