Cucito su di te - dressmaking lab is a special area where you can find the most expert creatives in the DIY sewing and fashion sector to demonstrate, and spread their knowledge. Here you can learn all the tricks of creative sewing, buy handmade garments and take courses to improve your needle and thread skills!
In collaboration with: Gaia Segattini
I am Beatrice, and Calico is my tailoring shop, a workshop and small sewing school based in Verona. I create garments on request, driven by both necessity and ethics. They are unique and inspirational pieces. The pursuit of attention to detail and impeccable finishing is my daily bread. From intimate wear to swimwear, from tailored jumpsuits to evening gowns, from fleece clothing to denim, from children to men: I enjoy exploring every corner of tailoring and combining the antique flavor of embroidery with modern techniques. And I love sharing all of this with my students. In the courses I organize, I teach my personal cutting method and share the passion, excitement, and secrets of this magnificent world!
My name is Serenella, and I teach you how to (re)sew your clothes using the techniques of refashioning and tailoring repairs. Originally from the province of Monza, I now live for love in a small village in Southern Italy, in Campania.
How did I end up here? My story starts behind the scenes of a village in Egypt... and the Sistina Theater in Rome. I worked as a costume designer and theater seamstress. In 2019, I found love and moved to the South. When I moved here, I wanted to combine my passion for tailoring with my vision for a more sustainable future, so I created my own line of sustainable clothing: Avantirecyclefashion.
Becoming a mother made me realize that my goal needed to shift: I didn't need to create clothes with recycled materials; I needed to teach people how to recycle their own clothes.
I started playing with needle and thread at the age of 5 and, as I grew up, fashion became my profession. I have dressed thousands of people in the most luxurious brands, providing advice based on body shapes and color harmony until destiny decided to take away the role of Store Manager and dress me up as a Seamstress.
In my workshop - Vita Sartoriale - facing the Venetian lagoon, I teach the art of cutting, sewing, and crafting truly magical garments. Through them, I convey my philosophy connected to silk threads and their colors: they can absorb and release energies, and secretly, I hand-stitch them to transform your garment into a little talisman.
You've already seen my determination and enthusiasm on "Tailor Made - Chi ha la stoffa?" Are you ready to meet me in person now?
is my parallel dimension: in a fast-paced and multitasking world, it allows me to slow down, immerse myself in colors, and unleash my instinctive creativity.
I love blending different types of yarns together and experimenting without following patterns, in order to achieve different results every time. In fact, each piece of work is a surprise because I never know how it might end.
This year, I launched my first upcycling project by embroidering on straw and paper hats that someone might have left in a corner or thrown away, giving them a second chance.
I firmly believe that learning to look at things from a different perspective can yield remarkable results.
We are Michela and Gloria, and we breathe in "filotrama," a workshop of artisanal garments crafted with Italian seasonless surplus fabrics and a masculine touch.
The project was born from the need to find a place for our way of dressing in free volumes, comfort, and essentials. We thought that maybe we weren't the only ones feeling this need, and here we are!
At the core of our work is time; we have chosen to sew memories, capturing them in timeless and continuous pieces that are not bound by fleeting trends of the moment.
These are free models that adapt to the changing colors and seasons, following the natural evolution of your needs. Each design is carefully crafted to embrace and accommodate different forms and can be worn as individual pieces or combined into ensembles, creating a magical play of proportions and volumes that you will create yourselves.
We will be at Abilmente on Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15.
Embroidery came into my life without me asking for it, perhaps at a time when I needed to speak, to make my voice heard, as paper and pen were no longer enough for me.
I had the desire to etch my jumbled memories forever, and nothing was better than the deliberate and slow stitches of embroidery. I wanted to give weight to words, a specific weight and color: red. Red like the blood in our veins; we are made of red, we live because of it. It's the color that speaks of me, of all of us, so how could I not choose it?
I am red.
I am Marcella, and with my brand, Makylu, I aim to amaze with machine embroidery creations entirely made by me. I don't settle for wearing anonymous garments; I love making them wondelful by first working on them with my hands and then applying unique embroidery. This way, even old clothes can have a new life. For me, the embroidery machine is merely the executor of an artwork already created by a creative mind. Anything is possible; it just starts with a simple thread to bring forth a beautiful story made of unique details.
I am Sara Mezzaluna, a creative architect and the inventor of Mimmi Colletti. I enjoy designing and conceiving new solutions, but I also like getting my hands dirty and experimenting.
My love for design, architecture, and fashion led me to think, in 2021, about a way to wear beloved architectural works studied in university books. That's where the idea of "designing" collars that can represent, through colors or shapes, some recognizable works of art, came to me.
Nene (he/they - "lui" in Italian) has always been a creative and art-loving individual. Through various passions such as cinema, comics, tabletop and role-playing games, and cosplay, he learns tailoring and pattern-making, and soon develop a fascination for textile arts: knitting, crocheting, weaving, and modern embroidery. In the latter, he discovers a powerful means of communication, a way to relax and detach from everyday life, and an engaging and connected community. In December 2020, he gives a name to this project, "neneedle," combining "nene" and "needle," as needle in English.
His favorite subjects to depict are connected to the natural world: animals, leaves, fruits, and vegetables, which share values and themes that reflect the core principles of neneedle: environmental awareness, recycling, sustainability; queerness, bodily expression, and free expression of art, the LGBTQ+ community, pride in being oneself; and creativity, art and passion for beauty.
Hi, I'm Laura from PatriceLaurianne, and with my mantra "Tailor-Made for You," I present to you my brand: 100% handmade with a sartorial touch.
My mission? To create unique, made-to-measure, and personalized garments. You'll be able to choose the style and fabric you love, vibrant palette of colors, wonderful textures, and exquisite tailoring finishes!
At Abilmente, I'll take you into my world and teach you how to sew some of my must-have pieces. The only thing I ask is an intense desire to sew and create; I'll take care of everything else!
I am Vittoria Valzania, and Reejeansiamo is the audacious and sustainable project that transforms worn-out jeans into unique works of art.
It was born in 2022 with one goal: to change the fashion industry by adopting a circular and sustainable approach that puts the environment and artisanal craftsmanship at its core.
Thanks to the extraordinary skill of the artisans in my tailoring workshop, MademeFLO, old pairs of jeans are reused and transformed into custom-made, inimitable pieces that reflect the style and taste of the wearer. You can proudly showcase a high-quality garment while actively contributing to waste reduction.
We are Elena Marella and Francesca Temponi, and we share the same overwhelming passion for sewing since we were children. After our studies and years of hard work, in 2015, we founded République Fabrique in Brescia, our brand of artisanal clothing and independent tailoring school. With this project, we aim to share our alternative and accessible sewing vision, starting from in-person classes to promoting our online sewing courses through Club Fabrique.
Our brand is built on two fundamental pillars: sustainability and sharing. We personally create our collections, carefully selecting vintage materials or Made in Italy surplus fabrics. Our goal is to optimize the reduction of textile waste and spread the sense of awareness and craftsmanship typical of the artisanal world, always putting people at the center and promoting a fun and accessible learning experience.
After publishing our first sewing book titled "Sewing is Power" in October 2022, we are now focused on the future, with the aim of combating school dropout rates and increasing textile knowledge even among the younger generations.
We will be at Abilmente on Thursday, October 12, and Friday, October 13.
Tailoring and design are the words that describe my brand Robedalez.
Tailoring represents the love for details and finishing touches, the careful selection and combination of fabrics and colors.
Design because every garment, before being made, is designed and sketched based on the desires and measurements of the person who will wear it (after all, I was an engineer...).
Studio Komòdo is my clothing brand featuring oversized volumes, inspired by Eastern lines and genderless designs. In addition to the constant exploration of shapes, the search for colors is also continuous, drawn from specific palettes, similar to the search through fabric warehouses and surplus materials or from companies that are closing down. At Abilmente, you will find a presentation of all my designs, available in three sizes for trying on and ordering, while browsing through the fabric catalog.
At my booth, there will be three different workshops: Creating a collar, an obi belt, and a headband.
I select shirts, but not only, used, sample or vintage; I transform them to make them more contemporary and embroidery by hand.
The subjects of embroidery often come from the past, especially medieval and Renaissance. Medieval bestiaries, ancient botany, books on heraldry and Renaissance allegories and the inevitable travel companion, Dante’s Commedia.