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A change

It’’s very personal, but I don’t like home decoration sewing. When we moved into our house six years ago I said I wouldn’t sew curtains, and I never did, where we wanted them I had them made. But now we are changing our sitting room, there were two chairs that really didn’t match any more. They were never a lucky buy and didn’t fit in very well in the old setting, but I didn’t want to buy other chairs now. So this time I did some home decoration sewing: I made cushion covers. The first chair was last done last weekend, and yesterday the other was finished. I’m glad I did it, the look is so different now and very much as I like them to be. And a great addition to the black couch (can you imagine the original together with black?)Another layer of paint is necessary, that’s more clear in the pictures than in real life.No other sewing done at all.


Thank you all for your congratulations on my 400 post. I wish I could give you all a pattern, but I had to draw: the winners of the bag patterns are:Weekender bag: HildeSophia bag: RoseIf you let me know your mailing address (my e-mail address is in the sidebar) I’ll send you the patterns this week.

400 posts

In a little over 3 years I have posted 400 times. Time flies, as it certainly doesn’t feel like 3 years, and 400 posts sounds a lot too. I still like to blog about my projects and have comments and ideas from the international sewing community. My sewing has evolved a bit during that time too. When I look back at my first posts (or the reviews in my first year on PR) I see garments that are no longer in my closet, either for fit reasons or for style/fabric. When I first found Pattern review and blogs, I certainly got carried away with projects I liked, and bought and made patterns that really were not my style. Gradually I have been sewing more things that I really like and actually wear. Of course it still happens, buying a fabric or pattern on an impulse and regretting it later, but not very much any more.Give away! (not possible to enter any more)One of the things I tried during these 3 years is making bags, but I found out this is really not for me. I still have a beautiful piece …

Fitting pants

My last pair of pants were a bit high waisted, and in general felt a bit too wide. Could be the linen, as that fabric tends to get bigger, but I was not completely satisfied and convinced that I had the right pattern. I had spent a lot of time and muslins (didn’t blog about those this time) and still the end result was not quite what I wanted. Then I realized I have one pair of linen pants that I continue to wear in summer, it’s wearing/washing/wearing and I just feel very comfortable in them. It’s a pair I copied from RTW a few years ago. I put it on and evaluated it more critical: fit was good, fabric still in good shape, so not to be taken apart, only the back was perhaps a bit too high in the waist (which does not keep me from wearing it). The back in general seemed allright, with no strange wrinkles.Conclusion: time to make a copy again. Unfortunately I had thrown the pattern away in a cleaning frenzy, so I had to make a pattern of the pants itself.I started this before my little…

Random prize

Such nice news on returning home: I won the random prize in the formal wear contest on pattern review.  I did not expect to win the contest, there were far more beautiful entries, but it’s nice to win the random prize.You will remember the dress:

A room with a view

It’s very quiet at my blog, nothing to tell sewing-wise: I’m not sewing, but enjoying a few wonderful days in the UK. After quite a stressful year DD thought it a good idea that DH and I would go away together for a few days. My mother is “taking care” of our children. Not much to take care of at their age, but just a bit too young to be on their own. Now DH is enjoying one of the games at the football (soccer) World Cup tournament, a good time for me to write a post and share a few pictures (I’ll resume the usual sewing topics next time).Our bedroom in the little cottage we have has this view, I would like to have it at my place.We’re enjoying walks and gardens (there will be a few more plants in my garden next week). A few impressions, and back to sewing next time.New walking shoes were bought today, after a lot of kilometers and many years this is was happened yesterday, the last half of the walk wasn’t very comfortable, but a bit of the sole was left.I simply love to walk here and…

Burda, this is what I’m looking for

Ann-Marie posted a comment with a link this morning, that I want to share with you. Thank you so much Ann-Marie, I didn’t know this one.
Someone called “Peacock couture” has made a Flickr photoalbum with just what I would like to see (and probably many more of you) on the Burda website as shown in my last post on this subject. Peacock couture has already done something similar. It does not contain all issues, but this is a wonderful link: flickr album is no longer available, just before I went on holiday, I understood from Ann-Marie that Burda sent a legal notice to remove the pictures! I am so sorry to hear that, it was such a wonderful resource. Though I somehow can see Burda’s point not wanting this, I would suggest them to make an accessible, user friendly site themselves. Then they wouldn’t have to bother so much about this (my personal opinion of course) and get more positive attention for their own site.
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Well, I’m pretty pleased with all I achieved in a little over a week. This didn’t happen for a very long time. No spectacular things, but 5 garments is a lot, even if 3 of them were just plain simple t-shirts. (just realizing that plain has another meaning, these t-shirts are not plain fabrics!) I like them as nice additions to my wardrobe, but don’t really like sewing them. I used an Ottobre pattern I’ve used before for these.

The last t-shirt belongs to the plans I showed earlier.
And I also finished a pair of linen pants and a blouse from the plan. The pants are ok, but the pattern still needs some tweaking. I think the waist is very high now, it could be a little lower. The blouse I love.

Instead of just pressing the pleats in the sleeves, this time I used topstitching (edgestitching?) for the pleats both on the outside and the inside. It gives a bit more defined pleat and hopefully it will be easier with pressing.

Burda WOF/Style

As long as I can remember in the Netherlands Burda World of Fashion (the magazine), was always just called “Burda”. It’s the same with Knip Mode, if someone would ask you where you found the pattern, you would answer “the Burda” or “the Knip”. In the past year the magazine has changed the name to BurdayStyle and on the internet the old links from the English site are now redirected to I love the archives and tried to find them, using a link someone gave on a discussion thread on PatternReview. The English version of the archives is (still) here: can be found on the German site in the new style here: Not all issues work with proper links to pictures, apparently it’s a work in progress.The magazines from 2006 till July 2009 are in the tab Burda Modemagazin (the former German name), from August 2009 till now in the tab BurdaStyle. And I’m still hoping (…