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The very nice comments on my purse/handbag (what's the difference between those words actually?) and origami blouse were very good to read. Thank you all, and it was really my first one, honestly. It shows how easy the pattern was, and this leather was very good to work with. Of course I'm not new to sewing, so construction was not the difficult part at all.

And the problems with my origami blouse? I was not satisfied with it, certainly not when I took a good look at the back again. Thanks also for your thoughts on that, and Tany especially for sending me some information on sleeve fitting. But I also forgot to lengthen the pattern, so that the waist is too high. Perhaps you've seen that, but were so kind as not to mention that! I wouldn't have minded though. And now that I was making it difficult for myself already: the front could use a tiny bit of extra space too.
What did I do: traced a size 38 to have a smaller neckline and shoulder, did the FBA a bit different (tell you about it when it works) and cut it all again. And I will have to do the origami once more, because of making the pattern longer in the waist. Sometimes I wish I could take this easier. But I can't.

In the meantime I worked on the white/black jeans. Here's a sneak preview, I must buy rivets, make the buttonhole and hem. A muslin for these not so tight jeans (Mc Calls 5142) I already made some time ago, and was surprised how little I had to change. That's why this is now an easy project, the only nasty thing was the continuous change of white and black thread.


  1. Oh I can't wait to see these finished up!!!

  2. Perfect for spring! I tire switching thread back and forth constantly, too, but that what makes a better final product.

    I don't think there is a difference between purse and handbag in English. To me, they've always meant the same thing. Maybe at one time there was a difference.

  3. Those jeans are looking really good.

    re purse and handbag - in English english I've always referred to a purse as being what you keep your money in (like a female wallet) and a handbag a larger bag where you put your purse, keys and a hundred other things if you are anything like me. i'm English and thats how I've always described them. However I think in American english, purse and handbag are used interchangably.

  4. Those jeans look awesome! Like Summerset said, perfect for spring!

  5. Oh I like that black and white fabric for jeans, that's quite original and the result so far looks nice.

  6. Isn't it wonderful how sewists around the world are so willing to share their sewing knowledge. I know it makes me proud to be a member of this community!

  7. We Aussies are the same as the English and our purse has the money that is put in the handbag.

    When I was in the US back in the 70's I thought it strange that the Americans called the handbag a pocket book!

    Back to sewing.....shame about the blouse. I didn't notice the waist being too high. The jeans will look great with the final white shirt.

  8. These days there isn't really a difference, though maybe purse is a more old fashioned usage. I do think of it in terms of change purse ie something to keep coins in. But this isn't very common usage either.

  9. Is the fabric a striped denim? They have a dressier look than basic blue jeans; very nice.

  10. Hi Sigrid.- greetings from Barcelona (Spain). We thank you for my link to your blog. Have to excuse my English, I use an online translator to communicate with you. I hope that everything is understood. Had ever watched your blog and admire your work and above all these beautiful blouses as you do, really. Thank you for sharing this good work. A hug, Paco


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