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Sew along

Wow, there are 30 ladies now who wanting to join the sew along. For Jos, who asked what I would like to do in the sew along: a sew along is not a class, but a couple of ladies (usually) working on the same pattern or type of patterns. Joining the sew along does not mean that we all make the same, but that we all are sewing lingerie, and share the process, difficulties that we encounter in construction or fit (or possibly translation of instructions), and very important to me: help each other by sharing our knowledge. To set it up in a private blog gives everyone the opportunity to write posts and add picturres in that blog and give access only to the participants.

In this particular sew along I'll be the "administrator" of the blog and will try to help participants where I can, that's one of the reasons that I think a limited number of participants is good. Some of the participants will be fairly new to this type of sewing, others with more experience, will be able to help with fitting or technical questions and join more for fun but will learn from others too. I probably will add a few tutorials to the blog and write instructions to make a pattern for a panty to your own measurements and show different options using lace.

And where you are in the world is not important (Kelley wondered about that), that's the great fun of it, that we can share this with people all over the world as long as you have internet access, pattern and fabric and notions.

Let me say that I certainly don't know everything there is to know about lingerie making, which gave me a great excuse to finally buy the book "The bra makers manual" by Beverly Johnson. I ordered it today, it's been on my wishlist for a very, very long time.


  1. Thanks for your explanation. I am new to this kind of sew along but I like it already!!

  2. That is soooo kewl that you are starting the sew along. Since you are so skilled at making lingerie, it will be a wonderful experience for all who want to learn!

  3. I agree Carolyn. And it excites me also that people from all over the world can participate.
    Now, I'm not participating, but I wish I was!

  4. Sigrid,
    If you do the sew along on pattern review, do you have to be a pattern review member to be included?

  5. Hi Sigrid,
    Is there still room in your sew along? I would love to join. If you have filled up would it be possible for me to audit the sew along.... read your sew along blog comments and just work on my own? I do not have a blog site.

    Really enjoy your work!

  6. Lisa: this will be a sew along independent of sew alongs on Pattern review.
    For sew alongs at PR you must be a member to read the threads (I think). But basic, free membership is enough.

  7. Hi Sigrid, That's great news. I'm so looking forward to this :) Thanks!

  8. This will be fun. Let us know what the book is like and whether you recommend we get it too.

  9. Sigrid I would like to join the sew a long too if you still have places. I bought the Australian book "booby traps" on bra making about 6 years ago but have not managed to use it yet!

  10. Sigrid, great news that the sew-along will go ahead, and that you will do the administration re:the blog.
    Thankyou for offering your time and expertise. I'm really looking forward to this

  11. Oh, are you full now? Well, if someone drops out, can you let me know? I would like to sew along, too!

  12. Please say that you have room for one more person in the Sew Along. I have my pattern for the bra and the panties.
    Joyce in NC

  13. I can highly recommend Beverley's book. It is a pricey purchase but an invaluable resource for bra making. I have been fortunate to take a 5 day course offered at her school and it was fabulous!

  14. I'm another candidate who would like to join in. Hope it's still possible? And if not, would it be possible at least lurking?

  15. Hi Sigrid!

    I open your blog everyday, hoping that you have a new post. I hope that you have place for me in your sew along.


  16. I am looking forward to hear your opinion about Beverly Johnson's book. I also plan to use the sew-along as an excuse to buy another lingerie book, though I already have a fine little Danish book on bras.

  17. I just started reading your blog, Sigrid, and you've inspired my sewing projects! Because of that, I've nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award.

    You can pick it up at:

    Thank you for sharing your sewing adventures with us!

  18. Ohhhhhh lingerie. Love it. Am I too late to join? I hope not. :):):):)


  19. Did you have time to read the Bra Makers Manual? If so, what do you think of it, is it worth the price? I have only sewed one bra pattern, the free one on Burda Style, I really liked the experience and would like to learn more about sewing bras, especially since I always have a hard time finding good bras for my shape. Does the book talk about full busts (D or DD cups ), or is mostly about smaller sizes? Thanks for your help... I read your recent entry about stopping to blog...I just want to say thank you for taking the time to blog, and for inspiring me to sew bras...

  20. Chantal, I hope you come back to your question, as I can't find an e-mail address for you. Sorry for responding so late. I do think the bra makers manual is a very helpful book, and mostly written for the larger cup sizes. But as it's an expensive book, perhaps you'd better try a few bra's first, before deciding to buy.

  21. Hola soy silvia,entendi mal o vas a abrir el curso de cosa o lo largo,porque si abris el curso me gustaria que me dieras la oportunidad de participar,yo estoy terminando un curso de lenceria el cual enseño todos los moldes (bombacha,camisolin, camiseta,corpiño)ppero no enseño a coserlos todo lo enseño en forma oral,nunca se sento en la maquina.Por eso necesitaria que me ayudes por favor.Si es posible puedo ingresar al grupo.Gracias Silvia.


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