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2012 projects

It’s that time of the year again, looking back and looking forward, making plans. Considering that I haven’t touched my sewing machines for more than 2 weeks now and have been sewing irregularly in the past year, I have completed more items than I thought: 31 projects finished. Not a lot, and quite a few of those projects were easy tops, but still a number.The tops: most of them are liked and worn, with the exception of the blouse with the flowers and the white wrap top. The flowers are not “me”, and I should learn to buy fabric not too impulsively. I can’t pin down what is wrong with the wrap top, perhaps I should take it out again when spring comes and I will like it better? The bra’s, mostly tnt patterns that I can make up in an evening. The exception is the MakeBra pattern I recently tried. That I will try again and make a few little changes for my comfort.Only 2 jackets. The first one I’ve worn very, very much. The second I finished  in fall, while I think the colors suit a diffe…

On friendship and blogging

I would like to thank Pauline and L for giving met the ‘one lovely blog award’. I’m honored and thankful for this. I have been blogging for almost 6 years now (can’t believe it is that long) and I have been fortunate to meet so many new sewing friends through this. I had the pleasure of meeting both Pauline and L in real life and enjoyed meeting with others as well, but feel that I have a lot of sewing friends too that I have never met in person. It is such a pleasure to know you are there and occassionally commenting.

Now I am to tell you 7 things about me that you don’t know and pass the nomination. I’ll do it a bit different: I had already written a post in draft to thank all my readers and sewing friends for being there, supporting me  in what has been a very difficult year (to most of you unknown, so that’s one thing you didn’t know).
My sewing, blogging about it and reading your comments has helped me enormously, though sometimes a few weeks passed without much activity or comme…

MakeBra wearing experience

I want to give an update on the MakeBra bra I made recently. When I showed it on my blog, I hadn’t worn it except for trying it on. I have worn it now and I will make it again, the cups are very comfortable. BUT: I made the straps too short, which resulted in irritated shoulders because of the tape I used. My skin is irritated very easily and next time I will either make the straps shorter and use a longer length of regular shoulder straps, or I will sew the tape in between the foam and the lycra. The tape made for no stretch at all, my own mistake in not realizing that. It’s not a pattern fault, my mistake but something to be aware of if you make this bra and compare the length of the shoulder strap to the length of an existing bra, which I did.

New patterns

I’m not usually posting when a new series of patterns is launched by the “big 4”, I only use Vogue patterns occassionally. I do receive the emails when new patterns are added. Just now I received an email announcing McCalls spring patterns. Spring! Winter only just started here. Being in need of a break doing end-of-year billing and organizing I clicked on the link for the new McCall patterns.
The patterns: I’m not a McCalls girl, I find them pretty boring (I’ll leave it to others to find the gems I’m missing), but the photos with bicycles are …. not always the clothes for this type of activity:
If you really want to get in trouble on a bike: this type of bicycle and that dress!

The same problem.


Two on a bike with no carrier part at the back?? Clothes more appropriate to the activity though. May I say boring?

Quickly back to my administrative tasks, then perhaps tomorrow evening there is time for sewing. Makes for more interesting posts hopefully.

Another easy top

I’m a bit on a roll with easy tops. Partly because I want to try patterns, partly because I’m into easy sewing at the moment. This time I made the StyleArc Robin top. An easy top with square neckline, bust and waist darts, cap sleeves and an invisible zipper at the back as it’s designed for a woven fabric. I made it straight out the envelope, no alterations at first. After finishing I took in the waist darts a bit more, otherwise the fit is good. The invisible zipper is sewn in the middle of the center back seam, so there is a seam above and below the zipper. I found this a bit more hassle stitching the zipper in the correct postion, but the end result is very good. The back facing is one piece in this way and makes for easy sewing. No hassle with the top of the zipper, facing that has to be turned etc. I’ll remember that for any other top or dress with a center back zipper. If the neckline is wide enough to get your head in and out without the opening of the zipper this is a very nea…

Quick and easy

The kind of project everyone needs once in a while. I’ve traced and cut this top yesterday evening and was at my sewing machine at 8 in the morning finishing it. Can’t remember the last time I did sew so early in the morning. I’ve given myself a day off. Have spent my morning sewing, chatting to my mother on the phone, baking bread rolls. A quiet morning on my own. Children will be home later in the afternoon, but for now, feels good to do everything at my own pace.


The top is from the Vogue 1141 (OOP) pattern. On PatternReview there are a few reviews from others who bought the pattern for the top only. Which I can understand, as the rest of the garments don’t speak to my imagination. This top is (almost?) the same pattern as the top from another OOP pattern which I had been searching for a long time (V2925). I learned from reviews that the top in Vogue 1141 was the same. I saw this pattern for sale on a Dutch site and placed a bid on it. To my surprise (and probably the sellers too,…

MakeBra DL01–finished

As mentioned in my previous post: a quite different style, no lace, no frills. I’m not sure about the fit. It is so different from the bra’s I’m used to wear that I must wear it for a day before I can have a final verdict on that. When I first put it on after finishing I was disappointed, the fit looked quite off, which surprised me too, as I made a muslin. Then I realised that the shoulderstraps have almost no stretch (result of the extra tape (red in my version, I had no black) to stabilise it, as per the instructions. Worked like it should do, but the remaining stretch is only in the 4-5 centimeters at the back where the shoulderstrap is. That should have been a bit more. My fault probably, I didn’t even look at the instructions for length but used the same length as on my other bra’s. Which have a longer shoulderstrap with stretch. After giving the strap the longest length possible, the fit was a lot better. What is very good about this pattern is the coverage at the under arm. De…