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1 year of blogging

No sewing here this week. I managed to buy a zipper for my dress, but that's all I did!

On April 25 last year I entered my first post on my blog. One of the reasons to start a blog was, as I stated then "Perhaps blogging about my projects will help me finish them before starting something else (which I'm in the habit of doing)". And yes, in general I can say that it helped with that.

Of course I had doubts about not being a native English speaker (and the international language is English), what could I add and of course: are my projects interesting enough. I enjoyed reading the blogs of others and in the end just gave it a try. It's been quite an experience and it's fun.

I think I have inspired a few people to sew lin gerie, or at least shown that it is quite possible to make your own.
And I feel so inspired by all of you who have blogs or write reviews on PR. It made me go out of my comfort zone: buy new books, try new techniques, knock-off a rtw garment, try to make a planned wardrobe (didn't finish in time for the PR contest).
All in all I'm so very happy to be part of this great international sewing community.

Well let me say a big thank you again to all those who commented and shared thoughts and opinions in the last year. Some of you did this by sending me a private e-mail message. Wonderful to hear from you all.

But also those who just read and not leave comments: nice that you're there and read my blog.
From the statistics I see visitors form all over the world, sometimes it's a strange feeling that while I'm looking at the world map on the sitemeter, I see that someone from the other side of the world is reading my blog.

On the inspiration side: have you seen Connie's bag? It's so gorgeous that I ordered the kit to make one too. It's like Els said in her comment on my first bag in March: I've a new hobby: sewing bags/leather.

And in my holidays I'm going to try to make a pattern for this top, it's from Roberto Rodriguez:

I'm able to take my sewing machine with me! So I might even make a muslin.


  1. Happy Blogiversary! And, it's been an absolute pleasure getting to know you Sigrid!

  2. Happy Blogiversary, I have so enjoyed your blog. Also, I have been inspired by all you do. Thanks.

  3. Happy anniversary. It sure is fun to share sewing with others from all over the world. I have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing what you have been making.

    PS, that top is gorgeous!

  4. Happy Blogiversary! I love sharing my passion for sewing with people all over the world. It's a great thing that you speak English, because we Americans certainly don't speak too many other languages!
    Checking your blog has become a regular part of my day. Your willingness to share both the good and the bad makes it both easy to relate, and wonderfully helpful in my own sewing.

  5. Oh, that top is great. I hope that you will document the process as well as the finished project.

  6. Happy anniversary! I really enjoy reading your blog and your tutorials are wonderful.

  7. Your written English is very good, many times better than native speakers. Here's looking forward to more informative blogging from you!

  8. I have learned a lot from your blog and check in daily for inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Susan in NC

  9. Happy Blogaversary! I remember your first couple of posts and can't believe that it's been a year already!

    I hope that you have even more wonderful sewing adventures and journeys during this next year!

  10. I'm so happy you decided to start blogging a year ago - you're a real asset to the sewing blog community.
    Have a wonderful holiday.
    Love that Rodriguez top too!

  11. Happy anniversary! And that's a great top - I'm looking forward to your version...

  12. Sigrid, I am so glad you started your blog - it is both informative and inspirational. Have a great vacation!

  13. Happy Blogiversary!!! Your blog is truly inspirational.

  14. Sigrid .- happy anniversary. Yes, it is very rewarding to share with other blogs the same illusion. In addition, you can see that language is not a problem when they share the same hobbies. "Long life for the couture "......... best wishes. Paco

  15. Happy Blogaversary! Thank you for all the inspiration and continued sewing success!

  16. Sigird, congratulations on your first year of blogging. I've mentioned before, your written English is excellent and would be the envy of many native speakers.

    I really enjoy your blog, especially the bits about sewing lin gerie. If you keep posting, I may eventually give it a try.

  17. inspiring? yes! but i am also glad to know that i have a blogger friend that has the same habit!....starting a project before i finish one. terrible habit. i am inextrictably drawn as if by some invisible cord to a fabric shop and am content to wander thru the aisles of fabulous fabric and then the patterns (sigh). you all know what i'm talking about.

  18. Happy birthday for your blog. I really enjoy reading it, and keep it bookmarked because of the helpful tutorials you have listed. THANKS!

  19. Happy 1 year! I think you're doing a fantastic job and you've certainly inspired me. Keep it up!

  20. Happy blogaversary! I just sewed my first leather bag and agree about Connie's review. She has motivated me to look into that kit. I just can't wait to get back to NYC to purchase more leather.

  21. I congratulate you for your first year in blogland!!! I also thank you for taking the effort of maintaining this blog, which is one of my favorites! Big hugs and cheers to you!

  22. A belated happy blogiversary! (from the other side of the world) ;)

  23. Dag Sigrid,
    Ik heb je blog pas nu ontdekt, in elk geval gefeliciteerd dat je al een jaar bezig bent!
    Ik heb eens rondgekeken, buiten je projectjes valt me nog iets op: je blogt in twee talen!
    Hoe doe je dat om die checkboxjes daar te krijgen en dat de taal dan afwisselt naargelang wat aangeklikt is?
    Ik ben benieuwd :)

  24. Happy Belated Blog Birthday! You are very inspiring especially when it comes to sewing lingerie. Can't wait to see your bag finished. I really enjoy your tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing with the rest of us!

  25. I just found your blog and love it!
    And you tutorials are just excellent.

  26. Happy 1 year blogging anniversary!!! I am a few days late! I am looking forward to your drafting the top pattern and seeing the results.

    I too love Connie's bag!

  27. Happy anniversary, Sigrid, it's certainly great to have you in the virtual sewing room. You're an inspiration, you're supportive, you're warm... I love your blog! Hugs, Laura
    P. S. I'm catching up with Bloglines and only found out now that you're having some health problems. Take good care of you!!!

  28. Sigrid- Belated Happy Blogiversary! I adore your blog, you are truly inspirational. Thanks too for the mention!


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