Friday, June 5, 2009

two are better then one.

a week of non-stop cutting and sewing has created an explosion of bags unlike any the workshop has seen...

after months of staring at folds of gorgeous canvases on the workshop shelves that i never seem to get to, i decided to dive into the stacks... armed with a simple idea that just made sense... classic and perfectly practical totes with an added feature - make them reversible for double duty.

sometimes i have such trouble picking fabric to line a bag - never sure if i really want to relegate it to a hidden life inside, or save it for a life of glory on the "outside". these totes give the fabric a little of both, and the fun of two options to compliment your mood or outfit ;)

reversible totes available at

happy weekend!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

three days knee-deep in bags.

come see cipolla at the toronto clothing show this weekend.

we've got a booth full of new bags at awesome prices!
great options for a unique mother's day gift too.

this friday, saturday, and sunday (may 1-3rd)
at the better living centre, exhibition grounds.
- more info here -

it's a massive show you're sure to get lost in,
known for fabulous pieces and good deals.

happy weekend!

Monday, April 6, 2009

a new namesake.

i'm so excited to introduce one of my new 09 bag designs for cipolla, it is my favourite bag right now! the generous round body of this new bag gathers at the opening to create a beautiful bulb-like shape... which is why i've dubbed it the onion.

i've been wearing mine for months now and i adore it. it's super roomy without feeling cumbersome and hugs your shoulder feeling so comfy... like a pillow under your arm ;)

i've been sewing up a storm all new year to prepare a fabulous spread for the shop, including these and more:

back to the machines...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

vote cipolla!

★ i got news today that a cipolla item has been
selected as one of etsy's top fall fashion items ★

our super soft cotton plaid hipster scarf is competing against other lovely handmade goods in an online poll that asks etsians to reccommend one item that our comrads in the southern hemisphere shouldn't live without this fall!

come vote for cipolla's comfy hipster scarf here


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

it can't be march already!

okay, so cipolla has been a little neglectful on the blog front this new year, but we're back! we've waded through a post-holiday mess in the workshop, caught up in custom orders, created a pile of spring designs, and finally now sat-down to tell you about it all.

we had a most fabulous year in 2008 thanks to all our lovely cipolline. a big huge resounding thank-you to you all! we can't wait to show you our new creations in the coming weeks.

right now though, take advantage of mad sales in our shop -
cipolla is moving in a couple months and we hate carrying boxes!

which means that you can find amazing bargains in the shop... many items are marked down 20-70% off the regular price, as well as a free shipping offer for orders over $100.>

quick link to the special sale section of the shop here.

scarves for $18.50, cowls for $21, bags at half price, & more!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

strike a pose.

cipolla's first photo shoot!

yes, one where i'm not snapping the shots
and the camera is larger then a pack of gum!
why talk when there's pictures waiting! ...

cipolla reversible cowls

cipolla plaid scarves

cipolla flannel forest scarves


Monday, October 20, 2008

softest!, coziest!, snuggliest! [that's a word, right?]

i've finally taken photos of my new line of brushed cotton scarves. these were so popular at the puces pop market in montreal earlier this month that i returned home out of stock and had to busy myself in the workshop to get a collection ready for the shop.

they are finally here! photographed, listed, and available in a variety of colours. these really are the softest comfiest material you could want to have snuggled around your neck.

this scarf will become your new favourite item of clothing,
and your best friend on a chilly day waiting for the bus ;)

they are a large square shape - so that they can be folded, draped, twisted and slung in various trendy ways. a great unisex piece, and the perfect combination of style and warmth.

vic and i are already addicted to ours... running to the corner for a coffee is a happy excuse to wear it.

anyhow... back to the machines...

Saturday, October 4, 2008

puces pop 08!

we're in montreal this weekend for the puces pop marketplace!
saturday & sunday, 11am to 7pm
St Michel Church Hall, 105 St Viateur Ouest

i've been busy sewing up some fresh goods,
especially new fall & winter scarves...
come find our table and mention this post,
we'll be happy to hand you a free sewn fresh daily pin ;)

happy weekend.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

drumroll please...

cipolla's newsletter draw has come to an end!
four lucky subscribers have been pulled from the hat and will soon be hearing of their fate...

of course, thank-you to all our lovely subscribers!
you'll be seeing the new issue of sewn fresh daily within a week or so, announcing the winners as well as loads of other fun info.

ciao for now!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

only three more sleeps...

a bonanza of cipolla goodies is on the way!

in just three days i'll be pulling a few lucky names out of the proverbial hat... four sewn fresh daily subscribers will win some fab cipolla loot! [including scarves, bags, hankies... and more!] there will be one grand prize worth over $100 retail, as well as three smaller prizes.

if you aren't already on cipolla's mailing list, what's the delay?!
i'll be drawing names on September 29th at noon... so if you're keen to compete, get your subscribe email sent before then ;)

to join the mailing list and receive cipolla's newsletter
(sent out every few months)
simply email

all will be announced in the fall issue,
good luck to all you lovely cipolline!

♥ m.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

the first bunch.

i'm pretty sure that there's nothing better then crunching into a carrot freshly picked from your own garden. once washed, they didn't last twenty minutes on the kitchen table.

now i'm staring with lust at the onions... willing them to grow wide enough to justify finally picking one. they must be the slowest growing veggies. seriously, i think they like it - smirking to themselves when i walk by.

okay... enough embarassing garden babble... back to the machine ;)

happy labour day!
♥ m.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


i am beyond smitten. past obsessed. i'd call it a complete consumption. i've never been happier to be sewing until 2am. for the first three days i went to bed still smiling and hearing the hum. i woke-up dreaming we were streaming through long lines of thick stitches through layers of stiff canvas...
[insert heavenly choral sound here]
so it's been over one week since i brought home my baby. my frustration level has never been this low. i'm kicking and cursing only occasionally. it's true! needless to say, the workshop is both a happier and more productive place. i can't wait to dig into my pile of winter scarves. i'm hoping this year will be much less stress crazy. but then, that wouldn't really be cipolla... ah well.

fresh off the new machine, a batch of pencil/gadget cases just in time for back-to-schoolers. listed in the shop today.

happy weekend.
♥ m.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

cipolla's got a new look!

after months of countless doodles and doubts, i'm finally happy with a new look for cipolla.

we've got a new logo, new packaging and tags, a new shop addy []... and of course, new items!

... now if only i could find the time to get our website up and running.
- but for now, we of course love and adore our fabulous Etsy shop ;)

let me know what you think of our new onion!


Thursday, July 24, 2008

the comfiest hobo

for months i've been staring longingly at the stacks of beautiful japanese fabrics on my workshop shelves, waiting for a break in the pile of to-be-sewns beside the machines...
this week the moment finally arrived. i was at last able to let my hands, scissors & needles go crazy on some beautiful cotton damask prints. and what fun i had!... making a flurry of gorgeous soft and comfy hobo bags in a delicious assortment of colours...

this is a new cipolla design [one i've been carrying around with me for six months to test out - and i love it!]. it's the ultimate hobo bag... large and cushy... convenient and stylish bubble shape... complete with zipper closure, two roomy pockets and a key clip.

these bags, and more, listed in the shop this week.

back to the machine for me...
there's always more fab fabrics waiting on the shelves...
♥ m.