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Where are you from and/or where do you live now? What do you do other than sewing?
I’m from a small village near the city of Bergamo, North of Italy. I studied History of Art at Milan University and “Tailoring for Showbiz” at Teatro alla Scala Academy. I’ve also worked in Rome for a few weeks at a costume house that are preparing costumes for a Turandot opera. My plan, though, is to open my own handmade shop. That’s my dream!

How did you start sewing?
Both my parents are artists. I grew up surrounded by crafters of all sorts.

A young Arianna!

Apparel has [always] been my obsession. I remember perfectly my preferred childhood clothes: a red coat and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt! A chest full of all kind of costumes (carnival costumes, old clothes, etc.) was one of my favorite things to play [in]!

Little Arianna in her favorite red coat.

I started to sew clothes 3 years ago, and since then I’ve been a sewaholic. I work at all hours and everywhere: on the train, watching TV, and on my lunch break!

What’s your favorite project in your BurdaStyle studio?
My favorite project at my Burdastyle studio is “Grafico." I fell in love with the fabric.

Describe your personal style in 5 words or less!
Romantic…comfortable and “clean”.

Do you have a style icon who inspires your sewing projects? Where do you go to get inspired?
“When you have eyes to see…” – it’s an Italian idiom. Inspiration is all around us!

Nature, old family photos, flea markets, movies, paintings, illustrations, music icons, museums, people,…Japanese tourists in Milan (ok, I admit, I love the Japanese aesthetic!).

The best place to find new ideas is my absolute favorite fabrics shop. I also love these sites:

- http://www.japanesestreets.com/
- http://collections.vam.ac.uk/

What time of year do you find yourself most creative? Why?
I don’t have a favorite season to sew, though maybe at summer I sew just a little bit less. Summer is so short!

Tell us about your sewing experience.
I love rock and hard-rock music, but when I sew I listen to Italian music from the Sixties (preferably melodramatic)

I work at home. Luckily, I have a big room only for my sewing things (I’m a very [disorganized] seamstress)! I plan to organize [my workshop] and my next purchase will be a professional sewing machine.

What is your dream sewing project?
I love children’s clothes. My sewing-dream is to create the wardrobe of my future children.

How long have you been a member of BurdaStyle?
I’ve been a member of BurdaStyle since December 2009. When I have enough time, I visit the site daily. It is is fantastic that I can be connected with such a passionate and international sewing community, especially when you live in a small country. My only regret is not speaking [enough] English!

What is the most frustrating thing about sewing for you?
The most frustrating sewing thing is making a mistake with an overlock!

Check out Arianna Mazzoleni’s top ten favorite member projects!


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    Nov 18, 2011, 06.11 AMby mikica563

    Oooo I like it, bravo!!!

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    Nov 11, 2011, 05.58 PMby fashionfreek

    Interesting feature. I enjoyed reading about how you came about sewing. I like your projects..they do look clean and sweet. All the best to you.:-)

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    Nov 11, 2011, 07.19 AMby ttnora

    It’s a good story, thanks. I’m in sympathy with you.

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    Nov 10, 2011, 10.06 PMby Morena Fiore

    Ciao! piacere, mi chiamo Morena, non so assolutamente cucire e vivo a Londra! Al momento il mio scopo e’ quello di creare un semplice vestito anni 60 come questo qui http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/hannahs-madeline-shift ma non so quale sia la giusta pattern! Ti sarei grata se mi potessi aiutare!


    p.s. il tuo inglese va benissimo! Il mio italiano se ne sta andando…

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    Nov 10, 2011, 09.59 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Well done! Your work is so pretty, love it all!

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    Nov 9, 2011, 01.07 PMby indil

    Great to see an Italian memberd feature!!! Congrats! Your project gallery is absolutely fantastic, yozu have a stunning taste in fabric choices. Great work! Complimentissimi!

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    Nov 9, 2011, 12.45 PMby scgeraci

    I love your designs. I also love that painted backdrop you photo in front of. Thank you for including your favorite websites. They are now my favorite too. Your inspirations have been inspiring for me today. Thank you. Also, all this talk of Europe is getting me excited. I will be moving there soon. Stay Warm. Sarah Geraci

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    Nov 9, 2011, 08.19 AMby mariabonita007

    Congratulation Arianna!!…..i live in europa too in Holland, in a small town, the winter is really cold in europa, i like to do self many many thing, when i have son idea i do all, i do dress for my dogther, for my dog too, in my county (Peru) i no have time, but hier alone i do all and im very happy…..i love Burda style!!!…see you soon…..Maria

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    Nov 8, 2011, 03.06 PMby Redsonia

    Bravissima Arianna, complimenti e tanti auguri!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.03 AMby Michela Ciprini

    Wow! An italian featured member! Sei bravissima Arianna! Un abbraccio!!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 01.42 AMby sallieOh

    so beautiful! congratulations! i love the paintings as a backdrop to your creations.

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