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Sewaholic and/or blogaholic

For sure I'm a sewaholic. And writing 3 posts in 2 days, and reading a lot of blogs makes me a bit of a blogaholic too I'm afraid.  I saw that I reached my 200th post this weekend. Do I "talk" too much? Well, you don't have to listen if you don't want to, that's easy.This week I want to make the BWOF jacket I wrote about earlier. I plan to post the steps I'm making with it.First I made a muslin, no pictures of the first stage. And I made only made minor changes: added a center back seam to make a curve possible (the original was straight, cut on the fold) and took a bit out of the back waist and added a bit to the hip. On the pattern I added a bit of space to the bust area, which is just a little snug, which you can see on the muslin. Not surprising, I cut a size 40, while by bust measurement I'm a 42 in BWOF sizes. I don't want a lot of space, this is a jacket to be worn on its own, or open with a cami underneath.The sleeve area in the back i…

The serger behaved

Thank you for "listening" to my frustration a few hours ago. At 8 pm I tried again, and to my surprise my serger behaved again after re-threading for the 10th time or so (the other 9 times were this afternoon). It behaved weird before, so I do think I will have to buy a new one in the coming 12 months. But this at least gives me more time to think about what I want, probably a Bernina again. Anyone of you experience with the Bernina that has a coverstitch in the same machine? I do have a coverstitch, but might sell it in favour of 1 machine with two functions.The result tonight: Jalie 2806 with gathered neckline. I made quite a few Jalie patterns before, and I've never been disappointed. Good fit, good instructions (this is a very easy one to sew). Exactly what I expected it to be: an instant gratification project, though my serger made it not that instant.For the gathers I used Belinda's instructions for a gathered neckline, if you want to make this top, do it her w…

I'm frustrated

It's Saturday afternoon, after a tough week I have the house to myself. DD has a birthday party, DS has a hockey-sleepover party and DH is away running for a last training before Wednesday when he wants to do a 15 km run. This morning my two Jalie patterns arrived in the mail. I could do with an instant gratification project, and traced a Jalie tee, cut it and wanted to sew it with my serger. No way... my serger is on the point of breaking down I think. 16 years old, already a repair job last year. I did everything I can do: cleaning, oil, other thread (started with Seralon, a high quality serger thread) and other, new, needles. Re-threading numerous times. Nothing helped. My tee could easily have been finished by now, and all I have after over an hour of trying are these accumulated scraps. Time to make dinner for the two of us. After that I'll try again.Thank you all for your comments on my last post: I agree about the points made about finding out that the pattern you wan…

BWOF -is there nothing to dislike?

BWOF receives a lot of praise these days, and as you know, I love BWOF patterns. When I started browsing the internet and found Pattern Review and the first sewing blogs, BWOF was not mentioned a lot, as I remember it.
On Dawn's blog I left a comment, saying that when I started sewing again for myself, I was a bit envious of all US ladies who could get their "big 4" patterns so cheap. The envy has faded away after a few disappointing results.  Mind you, I'm not saying I'll never use a big 4 pattern again (I've got a few in my stash that I want to try), but am more critical of whether the extra money I have to pay for these is worth it.I'm happy I learned to sew tracing patterns, adding my own, in general smaller, seam allowances and using their short instructions (or just doing it my own way). BWOF and similar magazines like Knip Mode were the only patterns you could get here in the Netherlands when I learned to sew in the early 70's.Is there noth…

Tracing and making muslins

That's mostly what I'm doing at the moment when I have a spare moment. As said last week I'm making long working hours at the moment, and there is little time for actual sewing besides the normal work in house, children with exams etc. I managed to sew the muslin for the coat sew along, as shown in my post last weekend. I do agree with those of you who commented here or on the sew along blog that the collar is the main problem. As the Butterick pattern also has another view with a conventional collar, I will take the collar off and sew the other collar on.Still, I'm not completely convinced that it is the right pattern, so I traced a BWOF coat too, to compare style and fit. Tonight I cut the muslin, and hope to sew it before or in the weekend.

It's pattern no. 120 from the December 2006 issue. No reviews to be found, but I am more sure with the fit of BWOF patterns.
Dawn of the blog Two on, two off wrote a post today on why she likes BWOF patters…

Coat sew along - 2

Last month I posted two patterns from which I wanted to choose the coat for this sew along. The decision is/was on the Butterick pattern for a couple of reasonsIts style will last longer than the Vogue coat The sew along is a great way for me to try to sew a good fitting coat with some advanced details (with help from the experts here) After this experience, I'm confident that I can sew the Vogue coat on my own. So, I decided to make Butterick 4665, with the following alterations:2-piece sleeve welt pocket (with or without flap, depending on a test later in the process) bound buttonholes FabricThis is my fabric, a silk tweed from EmmaOneSock. In real life even more beautiful than in the picture. DH told me it was one of the most beautiful fabrics he'd ever seen.
It needs an interlining for a bit of warmth and stability, as it is a bit thin (correct word?) partially and you can see the light shining through. Fabric for that I still have to find. Any suggestions on wh…

Purse Nicole Mallalieu

This is the last post for the moment. I won't be blogging the next week or two. Though I like sewing and blogging (you didn't know, did you?) but I have a lot of work at the moment, and want to study a new programming language, so I need my time for that. Not much time for sewing, so no blogging too. Though I will follow what others are making. There will be some time in between (I'm at the computer anyway most of the time) to read the new posts on sewing blogs and pattern reviews. One has to feed the addiction a bit. The purseBy lack of inspiration for a new text, here the almost identical text as the review I'll post on Pattern Review. It gives you the possibility to see the pictures direct with the review.The moment I read Connie’s review of this purse I was totally smitten (can you say that of a pattern?). Impressed by the design and the way Connie’s bag turned out I immediately went to Nicole Mallalieu’s website and after some e-mails ordered the kit (and another…

I wear what I sew (2)

Past week I took more pictures of the clothes I wear. For the complete idea I start with the outfit that was already described last week.Jalie 2449RTW blouseOrigami blouseBWOF 03-2007-113BWOF 02-2007-109linen pants, copy of rtwVogue pants 2896rtw jeansJalie 2788RTW topBWOF 05-2008-121Vogue 7856skirt made by me, few years ago, pattern unknownOf 6 bottoms and 6 tops and 1 dress, 3 are RTW, that make 77%  clothes that are sewn by me. I do think this give a good impression of what I wear. More skirts/dress than I thought, but that's mostly summer season. Generally I think of myself as always wearing pants.
Apart from the jeans all bottoms are made by me, as those are so incredible difficult to buy with the big size difference I have.Some clothes I wore to business appointments (no. 3, 6 and 7) one set (no. 5) I will not wear in this combination again. This was just a weekend/at home combination, but not good. As I mostly work from home, most of my clothes are rather casual, and eve…

BWOF 06-2008-107

The blouse was finished on Monday evening. At the moment the European football (soccer) championship is being held, and on Monday evening the Dutch team played. To be honest: I couldn't care less, but DH and children are following along closely. By the time the match was finished and the endless talk on television came to an end ("we" won from leading world champion Italy), my  blouse was finished and the review on PR written. My idea of a good time.This is a well drafted pattern, I changed the length in the waist and did a small FBA. Certainly will make it again. Here are a few extra pictures of the sleeve. For turning the collar I used a collar clamp, which I ordered with Sew Exciting, together with samples of interfacing (great quality, as mentioned by some on the internet before). After some practise on scraps I used the following method for the clamp, which is a bit different than described on the Sew Exciting website. I find that there is too much of the collar to …