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Finished garments

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my dress. I wore it this week and it’s so comfortable, and plan to wear it tomorrow again when going to a birthday party. As I already said, there were a few things almost finished before starting the dress and I did finish them all last weekend, but there was absolutely no time this week for taking pictures (or sewing for that matter). I did “sew” through reading blogs in between, always a nice break when you’re stuck at your computer whole day. Didn’t leave too many comments though, but I really love to read about sewing and the projects other bloggers share.
If you like vintage patterns: visit Denise’s blog for a chance to win a beautiful vintage pattern. In between her lovely patterns, she shows the sewing rooms of so other bloggers and professionals. Always nice to see those and get inspiration from. I haven’t sewn vintage patterns yet, still think I should try one at some time.
Enough said, some pictures of the blouses and pants I made. I might or might not do reviews, perhaps I rather do some sewing this weekend.
First one is the same patterns as the blouse with the special cuffs I made recently from the BurdaStyle February 2010 issue. Only this time with smaller collar and normal cuffs. DD had not too much patience with taking pictures and didn’t notice the strange fold before she took the first picture. It normally isn’t like this, I wore the blouse this week and it’s a pleasure to wear. 100% cotton in a good quality.

Next is the Patrones blouse. The only pattern I liked from the fiesta issue, and I traced it before I sent the issue to Elizabeth. It has some nice details, like the little piece at the shoulder and the pleats at the sleeve. The line drawing suggests pleats at the shoulder too, but that’s not the case. It’s a well drafted pattern, it went together smoothly. The cuffis are a bit too wide for my liking, and all the fabric of the pleats in the lower part of the sleeve might be a bit much. Time will tell, I didn’t wear this blouse yet, too early to tell.
Som detail pictures:
The a-symmetrical stripe could only be matched in the wider stripes.
Collar with stand was on both blouses done by Pam’s method.

To conclude: a pair of black wool pants. I’ve worn these for two days, so a little wearing-wrinkles. I’ve been trying to make a tnt pants pattern in the past few weeks, and I’m still not there. Apart from the wearing wrinkles there are still a few in the back that shouldn’t be there. I will be working on that issue again. I would like to thank my friend Nancy K for her help during my fitting experiments. I’ve sent her pictures of quite a few versions, and her opions and ideas have helped a lot. It seems that pants fitting is a continuous struggle. I’ve been working on this a few times before, and sometimes wonder if I ever will get it right.


  1. You've reached perfection with your blouses.

  2. Sigrid, It would be startling to show a picture of the fabrics on my 'to do' pile - to see how similar my projects are to your projects! Sometimes I feel like we are sewing twins. And furthermore, I came across a lovely coating in a black & white houndstooth that is remarkably similar to the fabric you used for your recent coat. Well, they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I love the things you sew!
    Beautiful craftsmanship, and perfectly flattering. I don't see any imperfections in those pants. They seem perfect to me.

  3. You have some lovely garments that are sewn so well. I bet that they will be worn often. As for pants fitting, I believe that it is such a challenge. I had a TNT pattern, but my body did a change. I'm still working to get it right again. *sigh*

  4. I love both your blouses. The fabric is beautiful and the details of the Patrones blouse are so nice. From the picture the fit of your pants appear to be perfect.

  5. Beautiful, beautiful shirts! I particularly like the detail of the squared off collar stand. Seems that I always manage to have a problem keeping the 2 sides identical when the ends are rounded off. May-be this would make it easier. Thank-you for the idea!

  6. Great blouses - very professional! Yep - Pants fitting is a quest for us all - it seems the biggest trouble comes from having a defined waist along with hips - that's my issue!

  7. Your shirts are amazing and the fit is great. I'm with Faye - these might be perfect. Then what?

  8. The blouses are fabulous, especially the Patrones with great fabric.
    The fit is terrific.
    I think that these pants are the best you've done. I think that in the next pair you should play around with where you sew the wb on, especially at your right hip. I found that I really have to be careful not to pull the side up too high or I get the same wrinkle appearing that wasn't there before I attached the wb. Small stuff though as the pants are flattering. It's a good cut for you.

  9. Smart shirts, great fabrics, beautiful sewing.

  10. I am amazed how you can so easily whip up striped shirts! The second one has great stipe matching - that large stripe seems to match everywhere.

  11. Great blouses. I'm still looking for a TNT button down blouse pattern and haven't even started on trousers yet.

  12. Nice blouses. They fit great and look so well done!

  13. Such nice blouses! They look so well made and can be worn many ways!

  14. Both blouses look great, and your pants look like they fit quite well, IMO...


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