Skip to main content

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.


  1. Lovely memories of Arnhem. Looks as if you might be taking tea in THE hotel. Do you recommend the patterns and kits from sewy rebecca for american figures?

  2. sad to have missed this one but looking forward to meeting up again soon

  3. It was cool seeing you gals again and meeting Pauline. See all you soon!

  4. here's to the next meet up - so gutted I missed this one!

  5. I had a fantastic weekend and now have a new addiction lol

    Great to meet you all, Valerie, Sheila - look forward to meeting you both

  6. i would LOVE to have a decent bra pattern that has any chance of fitting a very well endowed woman. can you supply a link or website for information and patterns? i live right outside NYC, so finding fabric and notions shouldn't be a problem.

  7. I love getting together with women who are as crazy about sewing as I am. My monthly sewing guild meetings are something to look forward to.


Post a Comment

Comments are very much appreciated! I read all of them, try to answer the questions but don't always have time to react to comments.

Popular posts from this blog

How to sew a sleeveless top with facings

How lovely to read the nice comments on my jacket. Grumpy without coffee commented that the original artist for the cartoon (which apparently was for books) was Sarah Andersen. Thank you for mentioning it. Beckster asked about the way I closed the center back seam of the lining. I did it by machine. She also said “Although I have not tried it, I have been told that the lining can be made by using the pattern minus the seam allowance and facings.” Well, certainly not without seam allowances, it should be without hem and without the facings. Important is that you have about 5 cm hem in the jacket for this to work. And I would always make a center back pleat. It gives you space to move without the lining pulling on the fabric. Next time I make a jacket I will try to make photos of the process of bagging the lining (Patsijean said she would have liked to see them and probably more would be interested). Might take a while though, see the end of this post.-----------------------------I mad…

Dress Burda June 2018, construction picture

Once in a while a pattern shows up in a magazine that I want to make immediately. This Burda dress from the June issue is one of those.

It’s mainly the linedrawing that’s interesting, as the fabric they used for the magazine issue is not really showing the design lines. There would have been better accent options for the piping they uses.
If you’re like me and in general don’t look at the Burda instructions but do it by experience or your way anyhow, DON’T go on autopilot with this one.
Sleeveless dress: I close shoulder seams at the last possible moment. Not here, as you have to sew the bias band in between the center and side parts. The band has no seam (and I wouldn’t add one, too many layers of fabric), so the shoulder has to be sewn earlier than I’m used to.
Darts: I was inclined to sew all darts as first step and realised really just in time that the front dart is taking up the edge of the band. Front and back band! I was stupified why the angle of the band was not matching th…

Hilarious description

This week I bought the January Burda issue and browsing through it this top, and especially its description had my attention. Written by someone who has no understanding of modern, functional fabrics and never goes to the gym. Don’t know whether it’s the same in the English issue of the magazine, but in Dutch it says “Sport shirts often have the disadvantage to be close fitted.  This restricts your movement. Our suggestion: make this shirt with a full draped back.“I didn’t care to check their description of sports shirts they published before, but thought this one was hilarious.Off to trace a pattern from this magazine (not this one).