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band with scallop

First of all: Anne (from Denmark) thank you so much for the Ikea fabric idea for muslin fabric. There's an Ikea not far away from my home, so I will stop by this week and buy a couple of meters. Never thought of this. And Debbie: no wrinkles in this linen pants because they were straith from the ironing board to taking pictures. They won't stay without wrinkles wearing them. The green jacket had a little setback yesterday evening. When I had inserted the interfacing for the back and pressed the part again on the front, I saw a very clear colour difference at the fold. The fabric is the same on both sides, so I made the interfacing wet immediately and washed the pattern piece( I had marked it too with wax paper!). Then it was left to dry and hoping it would not be too visible. It's fine, so I'll work on it a bit tomorrow. Often I work on a few projects at a time and at the moment I'm working on a set of lin gerie besides the green jacket.

In a private e-mail I recei…

Next step

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The tie in the back seems to have the prefence of most of you, though a few have expressed to prefer darts. I agree that if I use a tie, it should be a bit higher in my back.
And let me stress this is only a stiff muslin fabric. I must try to find some cheap muslin fabric, this was all I had available. But muslin fabric is difficult to find here, and fabrics in general are pretty expensive.

I'm still thinking about what to do. And as my opinion with a lot of you is that it depends a lot on the drape of the final fabric, I will cut the jacket, and try both options before lining the jacket. Be sure I'll be back with you with pictures then.

And Kate, thank you for your comment on the sleeve, very much appreciated. I did see it, thought it might be the combination of yet another fabric. But you made me think and I put in the other sleeve (which I did cut, but not sew) with more care. I think I can manage this sleeve in the final fabric. It's not very wide, but…

Sewing again

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Finally I got something done again. My linen pants only need hemming and pressing, then I can take pictures. And I sewed the muslin for my green jacket. Unfortunately the fabric is quite stiff, and I didn't get the sleeve in as I wanted because of that. But it's promising enough to cut it from the real fabric.
The only thing I'm doubting is the back. I'm inclined to make darts instead of the tie, but on the other hand it's something different. What do you think of this muslin and especially of the back. Your input is very much appreciated.

Eindelijk weer wat naaiwerk gedaan. M'n linnen broek moet nog gezoomd worden en dan gestreken. Dan kan ik er foto's van maken.
En ik heb het proefmodel van het Burda-jasje gemaakt. Helaas is de stof weinig soepel, waardoor ik de mouw er ook niet goed in kreeg. Maar ik denk dat het goed genoeg zit om uit de definitieve stof te knippen.

Alleen twijfel ik over de rug. Ik neig naar coupenaden in plaats van ee…


A few of you wanted the Knippie idee. Teddylyn is the lucky "winner". Please send me an email with your name and addres (you'll find my address in the sidebar) and I'll send it to you.
For those not lucky: I plan to do this for a Knip Mode also, better luck next time.

There's another give-away that you might be interested in. Mary-Beth from the blog The Stitchery is giving away a set of the fitting dvd-series from Taunton/Threads. See this post.

I've nominated Vicky, as she was the first I thought about, with her recent blog posts about creating a fitting sloper and all the trouble she had with that.

Perhaps you want to vote for or nominate someone at Mary-Beth's blog, and you can nominate yourself.

I promiss that next time I'll post something about a real sewing project.

Knip mode vs BWOF

No sewing around here at all for days now. I've traced and cut the muslin for the green jacket, but I haven't touched my sewing machine for days. And it will be a few days before I'm back to it.

Laura asked about posting a link to the Dutch sewing words list on the Knip mode English group. Didn't know this existed! And no, I don't mind links to my files. I write them for general use, I kind of like to make them and am very much honored if you think they're worth linking to.

NancyK asked whether I made a lot out of Knip mode magazine as she thinks I sew more from BWOF. Nancy: you are right. I don't sew a lot out of Knip mode for myself.

My very personal opinion is that when I sew a jacket or blouse, I want to make something special, that is not to be found in a store in the next shopping mall. BWOF patterns often are that special, just look at the jacket pattern that I'm using for my green jacket (which is from the June issue last year, that was a questio…

Dutch sewing vocabulary / give away

For those who (would like to) make use of a Dutch sewing magazine like Knip mode, Knippie idee (children) or Knippie baby (for babies and toddlers) I made a list with the translation of Dutch sewing words.
Some time ago I found a list of Dutch sewing words translated to English on the internet. As this list was made by someone else, I never felt free to publish that one online, though I've sent it to some in a private mail.

Today I have merged that list with another one and made my own file. You can find the file in this folder with my tutorials. On the last page there are some special lin gerie words.

If you want to know more what's in the Knip magazines, here is their site.

When my children were younger, I had a subscription to both Knippie idee and Knippie baby, but in the meantime I gave most of them away. I have a few old, much used magazines left. But today I found that I have an unused copy of the Winter 2003 issue of Knippie idee.
I have no use for it any more. Anyone inte…

I can't stick to a plan

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Many, many thanks for all congratulations. Nice to know some of you voted for my entry, but when you didn't that's no problem to me at all. There were really so many very good entries that I agree with all who said it was a difficult choice. And probably not all of you have voted.

The wardrobe plan: As you can see in the picture on the right in the sidebar, in which I posted a picture with all finished items, there are still three bottoms missing, plus the extra dress or jacket. The tops are not all special, as I initially intended. If there is time left, I might change something.

I'm almost finished with a tan linen pants.
No detailed posts on that, it's just a basic pants and if it's a good pattern, I'll make another one with the black fabric with thin white stripes from the picture on the left. That's a beautiful fabric, you should feel it, it's very soft, but a good quality for pants.
The fabric on top is a gorgeous knit, and I'l…

I got a prize!!

You remember that I entered this jacket for the knock-off contest at Pattern Review?

There were two first prizes, won by two beautiful knock-offs by MsDish and HawkMorningstar(sorry, it's late, I'll make links later). But it was announced that TextileStudio decided to give away two extra prizes and I won the second prize. I'm so thrilled.
Thanks you so much Deepika for starting this competition, Marsha from TextileStudio for the prizes, special thanks to the judges and for all those Pattern Review readers who took time to vote.

Origami blouse - second version

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Based on the comments on my first version I made this blouse again.

This time I used a size 38, took out a little bit of the height from the back shoulder and did a FBA. Further I made it 4 cm longer in the waist. It's not perfect, but better. The length did a lot to improve the overall image, especially in the back. As Marji mentioned it was too wide at the hem, but this was mainly because the width was not in the right place, but I took out a bit of the width all the same.
As my waist is narrow I have to make sure that the width for the hips is at the right place.(remark from my daughter this weekend when I asked her opinion about a couple of patterns for my next jacket: "Mum, why do you always wear boxy jackets? You have a good waist, show it!"). Should take her advice.

Conclusion: I like this blouse because of the origami detail. I'm not completely satisfied with the sleeves, but will stop fussing with them on this blouse. Perhaps I should make a…


A short post to thank you for your kind comments. And I'm seeing quite a few new names in the comments lately: nice to "see" you. Thanks for visiting and your comments are much appreciated.
As I commented myself this week on another blog: it feels like I'm talking to people who understand sewing.
Thank you too for the consideration of spelling the subject in the comments also. I don't know if it prevents anything, but you never know.

As to the difficulty of making lin gerie. There really is no need to be impressed. I've said that before but it really is all about sewing precise. You need a lot of notions, but if you can find them, it's not so very difficult at all.

For NancyK's question of where I buy my lace and lycra I refer to my post from november last year, you can find it here.

And Paula: Belgium lace is another type of lace, much more elaborate and hand made, it's not what you use in linge rie.

Next post: the new and better version of the origami…

Something white

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After my wash-disaster beginning of February in which I lost a couple of lin gerie sets I made some new sets. (to minimize unwanted visitors I add spaces in words so that the subject is not found easily, on Stitchers guild there were unwanted personal messages sometime ago when a certain subject was mentioned in the forum, luckily I was not the recipient of those, and don't want to be either).

As it looks like a lot of work, it's actually something that you can sew bit by bit. This one I sewed in a span of two weeks, but actually sewed in periods of 15 minutes at a time.

How about this detail?

Na mijn was-ongeluk begin februari waarin ik een aantal lin gerie setjes kwijt raakte, heb ik wat nieuws gemaakt. (Om ongenode bezoekers van mijn weblog en reacties zoveel mogelijk te vermijden voeg ik af en toe een spatie toe in een woord, zodat het onderwerp niet te makkelijk buiten het zelfmaak wereldje gevonden wordt).

Het lijkt veel werk om een b h zelf te maken, maar…

I've been busy

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I've been busy, the jeans are finished and I made two of the popular Ottobre tops to go with them. When I wrote my last post the pair of jeans was almost finished and the tops only take an hour or so each. A few pictures to show the different possibilities. The jacket is RTW and one of those long lasting wardrobe items.
NancyK asked for the fabric: it's a medium weight denim with a tiny bit of stretch.

When I made my muslin (no pictures, I would have liked to share those with you, but my camera was away with one of my children that day) the back wrinkles disappeard after a minor change, and in the first picture of the back they're back. But as you can see in the second picture, where I stand a bit different, it's not so bad.
All in all I'm very happy with this pattern,

If you like the wardrobe concept take a look at the blog of Krustallos, who in a post on Friday showed all possible combinations of what she made.

Ik ben lekker druk geweest, de jeans i…