Friday, 3 July 2009

A story to tell you…

{Once upon a time..}: It all started last summer in Italy. Long hot evenings in the sewing room, lot of excitement around cutting, sewing and stitching. An old art that has been around since my childhood through  my upbringing. Something that I was never really keen on learning for some reason, although as a child  I used to appreciate and enjoy random visits to the local tailor watching over the long table where  skirts, jackets and coats were cut, surrounded by manikins dressed with the latest custom-made order. We (me and my mum) will take the cut piece of fabric home and few days later the fabric will shape up to a  garment  ready to be fitted.  Ladies will then come through our door, with their stories to tell… few minutes later the coffee will be ready to serve ( just after the fitting), and so my afternoon homework will be wiped away from the table. The memory of times, times  when I thought I would never be good enough to learn the art or perhaps was too busy affirming  my idea of emancipation… that women are not just good at sewing and cleaning…

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…meanwhile my mum is still busy with ladies coming and going,  I have proven myself enough, now it’s time to learn sewing… well …I am still a junior!!

I have been working on this idea for a while now and have opened the etsy shop some time ago, although I have been too busy (and shy) to list any items up till now…

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What can I say... i'm just amaze!!! Lot's of Congratulations Mandarine!!! Your work has finnaly begun, and I'm sure it will work out good!!! Really I'm so happy for you, I'm sure you will have lot's of satisfations!!! Be really proud of it!!! I'm really happy for you, and be please to help if i can! Wow... Well done Crespanese!!!
Let me know if i can i advice the Floyds about it or if you want to advice them!??!) Have a nice week end, W. the Antique Lovers

Ingrid in Umbria said...

Cara,
I say! What a blessing I found your blog in the first place. And here is yet another dimension. Hope you will reveal more from your family "album".
And what a brilliant idea to continue the "trade". Love the black lace hat!!! Can't wait to see more! Bacione, Ingrid in Umbria

Stella Pesci said...

Your work is beautiful, and I love how you've included the family photographs and are continuing the creative traditions! I wish you much success with your new shop!

nadia q. dole said...

congrats how wonderful!

AnnaVallance said...

Have just checked out your shop and everything is lovely.
Some things look so familiar - my mother still has her Italian hopechest filled with treasures that came with her across the ocean.
Growing up one of my favourite things was going to the Italian seamstress that made my Mom's dresses - her scrap bag was so much fun to play in.