Thursday, June 28, 2012

A tutorial and some info on patterns/notions

While Pauline was here this weekend she started filming the steps of making a bra for her own reference (and I’ve already had the pleasure of seeing a preview of her second one). Unfortunately she had some problems with the phone she worked with after the second movie. In the first one the sound is not so good, so I like to share this one: a “tutorial” on topstitching the cup of a bra with an edgestitch foot. I wanted to make some changes but my skills were not (yet) up to that. Strange to hear myself and talking in English as well. Hope that it helps a few of you who venture or have ventured into bra-making.


Barbara asked for reference to bra patterns and regularly I have the question of where I do get my fabric and notions. So here’s an overview of stores I’ve used. Being European based and with a store like Kantje-boord at reasonable driving distance I’m not familiar with any non-European vendors. Feel free to add information in the comments.


For the German sites: if you are looking for patterns, the word in German is “Schnittmuster”.

Link to site Patterns
Kantje boord 
For non-Dutch speakers mainly eye-candy, as the site is in Dutch only.
Merckwaerdigh, ebay store
Dutch, patterns in English en German too. I’ve made a few of her patterns with good result
yes (her own)
Dutch, site in English too
I made one of her bra’s, was a good pattern
yes (her own)
Dutch, site in English too.
Patterns and elastic for men, I’ve ordered a pattern for my son, but not yet made it
yes (her own)
German, site in English as well
yes (several brands)
Wien 2002 
Austria, site in German
yes (several brands)
Sewy (German site)
I have not ordered from them directly, their patterns used to be sold by Elingeria, but they sell them no longer,. The Sewy Rebecca bra, with little changes for my own fit, is my favorite pattern)
Sewy patterns

Monday, June 25, 2012

Meeting other sewing-enthusiasts

After spending a lovely time a week ago with Valerie and Sheila in Zeeland, this weekend was another one filled with meeting other sewing enthusiastic ladies. Pauline (from P’s thrifty sewing blog) was in The Hague for work and came on Friday afternoon to stay with me. We had a lovely time chatting and sewing. Pauline wanted to make a bra and as I made a few before, I did help her a bit.

This is Pauline working at the bra.
After a few hours the bra was finished. We found out that my tnt bra pattern fitted Pauline, she only had to widen the back a bit, so we used that pattern (Sewy Rebecca). She used a kit she bought before with a few additions from my stash.
I’m sure she’ll be making more bra’s in the future. I always warn that lingerie making is addictive!

The Sunday we met with 3 of the ladies who were also in Brussels and the November meeting last year.
Marta, Joana, me, Pauline and Hilde. Of course we all wore garments we made ourselves. Take a look at the most recent creation of Joana. The link brings you to her PR review of a lady Mary dress (Downton Abbey, I loved this series). She definitely made a stunning dress. ETA: And Hilde has just written a review of a beautiful summer dress as well: see her review here.

We visited a fashion exhibit in Arnhem, which was small and not very exiting. But we had a lovely day, coffee and lunch before going to the exhibit and tea after, so a lot of time to talk sewing and making plans for (near) future sewing meetings.

Joana brought quite a few magazines and the new Marfy catalogue to browse through.
I can’t tell you how much inspiration I got this weekend from talking about each others projects, seeing the pictures either in magazines or on Pauline’s Ipad. My head is filled with ideas.
It was sooooo much fun. Thank you ladies for a wonderful time.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Red set

One of the projects I worked on last week. Started and finished in one day with time to spare in the evening. And did you know that you don’t see red when wearing a white garment? My friend Valerie hadn’t heard of this. I showed it with a white t-shirt which was not very thick and she was convinced immediately. It didn’t show through!
Detail pictures first. The inside

When worn it looks an all lace bra in the front, but it isn’t. The lace has virtually no stretch, so a band that has some stretch is needed.

The side/back panel is interfaced with powernet, to give it the stability I like and need.

The finished set. The fit is perfect, though talking with Valerie who sews lingerie too  made me change the pattern slightly for the next one, to get my straps a bit more to the center. I’m quite used to this placement, but will try to see and feel the difference.

Matching panty, I made two, excactly the same. Not a lot of lace left to play with. 

The pattern for the bra is the Sewy Rebecca, with a few changes for fit and a downward hike in the back. All fabric and notions came from a kit from Kantje Boord in Amsterdam. The panty is a much used self drafted pattern.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sewing friends

I spent most of last week in the holiday home of my friend Valerie, who was there most of the time as well. On Friday night we were joined by Sheila from Brussels. It was the most agreeable week and weekend. We went (snoop) shopping, visited a rose garden,  I went for a lovely bicycle ride to the town of Domburg. It’s been such fun. Of course some sewing was done too.

Can you imagine what a house looks like when 3 sewing ladies occupy it? It’s a mess in no time. Paper, scissors, pins, fabric, patterns…. everywhere. I confess a lot of it was mine.

An impression, with only 2 machines on the table at that time.

Sheila looking at which stitch to use? Look at the lovely pin cushion on her arm, she embroidered it herself.


I did achieve quite a bit:

  • Make a new set of lingerie, completely finished! This is exceptional, as I usually sew my panties much later and the bra doesn’t get worn in weeks or months ;).
  • Hemmed my tan linen trousers, made a buttonhole and attached the button. A ufo finished after three weeks, so silly to leave it that long with so little to do still.
  • Sewed two blue panties, to match the bra I made in February, so now I can start wearing it. You see it takes a bit of time sometimes.
  • Started a special skirt.
  • Had my measurements taken to be able to draft a pattern.
  • Got inspired by sewing together, talking about sewing and browse books and the internet (did you see this post about…, remember this jacket by…, have you seen the video of…)

    Thank you ladies for a lovely time!

I’ll show you most of the things in other posts. These are the blue panties.


The black and white will be the skirt.

And next weekend there’s another sewing related visit: Pauline is in The Netherlands for work and will stay with me from Friday. We wanted to go to Kantje Boord, but this is closed for holidays unfortunately. We will be sewing some lingerie anyhow probably.


Have a nice week all.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Patrones top

What do you do when it’s pouring with rain and the wind is blowing like it’s deep fall? Sew a summer top!

Two years ago (already that long ago??) I made this Patrones top and posted in this post.

The pattern is made for a woven fabric, cut on the bias. I bought a knit fabric this spring (Amsterdam fabric market on Monday again) for a summer dress.

Thought I might have enough fabric for a sleeveless summer dress and a top. I love cowl neck tops and remembered this pattern. Tried it with this as the result. I had to take it in on the sides and perhaps took a bit too much out the back. My fabric is thin and has a lot of stretch. The bias cut woven top was just right, but in a knit less ease was necessary. What a difference a fabric makes.

I couldn't cut the back on the fold, there is a seam there. Nothing to worry about. The dress is cut out as well, hope to make that this weekend. This top was a one-hour project. It brigthened my mind a bit (which was necessary too). The colors in the fabric are black, white, blues and greens, it doesn’t show too well on the screen.