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Sewing friend, designer studio, lace shop and a dress

I had a wonderful weekend. Pauline was in The Netherlands again for work and stayed with me and my family this weekend. On Saturday we went to visit the design studio of Viktor and Rolf in Amsterdam which was possible through a business relation from Pauline. It’s located in a wonderful building on one of canals of Amsterdam, always a nice place. It was special to have a look “behind the scenes”. See Pauline’s blog for some more photo’s.


After this we went to a buttonshop and to the famous Kantje Boord shop. Always a treat, at home I was greeted with “was this all you bought, that’s not a lot???”  so I behaved well. (I’ve started reorganizing and tidying my sewing room, when I post some photos of my lingerie collection/stash you will know that I certainly have no lack of material ;))



Thanks again Pauline for a lovely weekend.

As I said I started reorganizing and tidying my sewing room this afternoon. Very, very necessary. There are also a few ufo’s that call for finishing and a little backlog of reviews. I have promised myself that before starting on sewing something new, I MUST finish 3 items first. As there is a new bra pattern that my hands are itching to make, I’ll have to do the 3 items very soon. I made a quick muslin for the bra yesterday evening while Pauline was tracing a pattern and it looks promising.

In my previous post I showed you the finishing of the neckline of a dress I was making. At least that is finished. It’s an easy pattern from the October issue from BurdaStyle. I’ve seen a few versions already, but am a bit too lazy now to look for the links. I used a stable knit fabric with a velvet feel to it. Because of the knit I thought it might be possible to omit the back zipper. Before serging the seams I have sewn the center back and side seams with large straight stitches and tried to get in and out of the dress. This worked and no zipper was used. This makes it to quite an easy dress which I quite like.

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It looks like this week I can get some more sewing done, hope it works out that way. Stay tuned.


  1. I love how happy Pauline looks in that fabric store!! I'm glad you guys had some fun together. Your dress is gorgeous.

  2. Oooh, what a great weekend! Love the dress, it's on my list as well. But I haven't sewn at all the last few months. I did start something today though :-). Looking forward to your three projects and then the bra!

  3. Looks like so much fun! *jealous*
    love the dress, it looks much better on you than in the magazine. That is beautiful fabric, can't believe its a knit.

  4. Kantje Boord looks amazing!! The fabric for your dress looks interesting. I would not have thought to use such a geometric pattern for a cowl neck, but it turned out great!

  5. So happy to have found your blog, especially the pattern reviews and pictures. I am especially thrilled to have stumbled upon it when you have posted about Kantje Boord! I am in the midst of designing and making toiles for lingerie patterns, but having trouble finding the lace I need locally :( So a new source is always welcome. Great dress by the way.

  6. Such a pretty dress! I always look forward to your lingerie posts. I'm happy you and Pauline had such a fun weekend!

  7. Sounds like a great weekend. I love the dress. It's a great fit and you a wonderful piece of fabric.

  8. Your dress is so lovely and sits nicely on you.
    Glad you had a fun weekend.

  9. The store looks heavenly, and Pauline looks tickled to be there. Your dress is really pretty, such an excellent fit.

  10. Your dress is gorgeous and very flattering. What a pretty color!

    The lingerie fabric store is the stuff dreams are made of, oh my! What a fun visit you both had.!

  11. Kantje Boord is a treat to visit even if you don't sew bras :))
    The dress makes your figure look fabulous!

  12. I had a great weekend and saw the dress in person and it looks great. I can't wait to see the new bra as it may inspire me to try a different method.

    Hope your sewing room is all organised now and thanks again for looking after me

  13. Your dress is fabulous,and better than in Burda.I hope to go to Orsay next Saturday an visit the temporary collection.
    Good sewing!

  14. Great dress and what a treat to have a look behind the scenes at Viktor & Rolf. And yes, KB is like a candy store!

  15. beautiful dress - it's amazing that you could do without the zipper!

  16. Sigrid, the dress is just gorgeous! If I see the October Burda when I am at the fabric store, I will buy it just for that pattern.

  17. Wat een pracht van een jurk!!! En weer bij KB geweest met de buitenlandse dames :)is denk ik een vaste uitstap als ze hier in Nederland zijn...kan het wel begrijpen ;)

  18. What a beautiful dress. I love that neckline; it drapes so wonderfully on you. I would have a hard time not going crazy at Kanje Boord, too. It looks like my dream shop!

  19. Sounds like such a great visit!

    Anyway, I LOVE the dress!! So cute!

  20. Looks like you both had a fabulous time, really jealous.

  21. What fun to have a sewing friend visit!
    Your dress is pretty, and flattering. I think the fit through the hips is very good.

  22. Oh, Sigrid, this is such a beautiful dress! You completely nailed the fit through the waist and hips. Wow. And so wonderful that you were able to get a "behind the scenes" look at an atelier. Wonderful!

  23. Viktor and Rolf, thats awesome! Love the look of the lace in these photos too, very pretty.

    Your dress turned out lovely, great print and from your description lovely to the touch.

  24. How cool to visit Viktor and Rolf's studio! I bet it was highly educational. Love the dress!

  25. Oh this dress keeps popping up everywhere. I love it and your version is perfect for winter.

  26. Such a smart dress. I just made this one too! It is lovely to see it in a knit, what a good idea.
    Pauline looks very happy in that wonderful shop.

  27. Great dress! I actually purchased it and downloaded it from BurdaStyle.

  28. The dress is so pretty. Love your fabric choice!

  29. I love everything about your dress. It looks fantastic on you.


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