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Miscellaneous post

For the record: this is post 600! Which I saw by coincidence this week. That is about a 100 posts a year, about 2 a week in average (must have blogged more in the early years). My blogversary was in April, during my two months blog-vacation. Six years sounds like a long period but to me it also seems like yesterday that I started my blog. At the same time: I’m in my 50’s now, my children have grown up in the meantime, my then 11 year old son now is a 17 year old, my then 13 year old daughter is almost 20. Both are studying now, we are proud parents. It makes you more aware of time passing though. The empty nest is around the corner… Quickly back to sewing:

I’ve finished 2 of the 3 projects I was working on. One is the Jalie 3130 blouse.

For the photo I’ve worn the blouse with the sleeves in both variations. It’s not my favorite shirt pattern. First off: it would have been better to start with a smaller size and do an fba.
The body is nicely drafted with bust darts and vertical darts both in the front and back. But the sleeve is symmetrical, which I don’t like, especially not for a woven fabric. There is an unusual wrinkle in the back of the sleeve, which I think is caused by this draft. Other opions on this?

Also the fabric is wrinkling like crazy, I’ve pressed during construction and just prior to taking the photos, and see the wrinkles in the right sleeve. Originally this fabric was intended for lining my jacket, but I was not sure about the comfort of it as a lining. It’s cotton batist. The hip area needs a bit more space, the collar is a bit too wide. Full review is here.

The other project was a bra, this time with preformed cups.

Recently I did a workshop at Kantje Boord and learned some new tips and trics. It has led to the idea of combining my lingerie posts in a separate blog. If you are interested in lingerie sewing you might like to read my posts there.  (for Dutch readers here). I will use the separate blog to add old and new tutorials or inspiration posts on lingerie. You know I’m not a professional seamstress, just like to share what I know and how I do it. If you’re not fond of lingerie sewing or not interested in the tutorials, just skip it.

Well to finish off the miscellaneous post: in February I I promised to do another give-away and the 600th post is a nice occasion to follow up on that promise. So I’ll give away this black/olive/white lace. Let me know in the comments that you’re interested in it. I’ll do a draw on Monday or Tuesday.



  1. I'm very interest in the lace. Congrats on 600th post.

  2. Gorgeous lace--I'd love to give it a new home. Congratulations!

  3. Oh, thank you so much for starting your bra-making blog. I am just on the point of starting to make my own bras and your posts are the best!

  4. Oooh, that's gorgeous. I'd definitely be interested. I'm just starting to make bras, too, and your blog is my first resource for information. Thanks for sharing so much!

  5. Thank you for offering such a pretty lace. I'd love to have it.

    I'm very glad you're posting again. I missed you.

  6. Oh my goodness, that's beautiful. Please enter me in the drawing.

  7. I'm really looking forward to following your new bra making post.Thanks so much for the effort!

    Time does fly!

  8. Congratulations on blogging so long! I will be using your bra making blog for sure. I am always in awe of the beautiful bras you make. I hope to make my first bra in the next weeks (last exam tomorrow) and I'd love the lace for when I perfect (?) my fit. Thanks.

  9. That's a lot of blogging Congratulations on your 600th post. Children grow up so quickly, don't they?

  10. Oh I'm so happy you are back posting! And I would love some of that gorgeous fabric!

  11. I love cotton batiste, but I find that all cottons wrinkle - remember the days when iron free and treated fabrics came into being? Everything wrinkled before that :)

  12. Gorgeous lace! I love reading about your bra making, I've learnt so much from your posts.

  13. That lace is divine. Please include me in your draw.

  14. Love your new blouse- great color! With this type of fabric I've learned to just enjoy the wrinkles. :)

  15. You do such a great job with everything you make!

  16. That lace is lovely. I'd like to be included for the giveaway.
    And I'll definately read your lingerie sewing blog. Now that I've finally made a couple of bras myself (successfully) I'm even more interested thans before. You have such great skill.

  17. Congratulations on your 600th post! I eagerly await your lingerie blog - your bra making tutorials are such an incredible help to beginning bra sewers everywhere. I would love to be included in the giveaway!

  18. I have not yet dared to step in to the bra sewing business...but if the lace also can be used as an embellishment in other garements, count me in for the drawing!!!

  19. I will be following your bra blog for sure. Love the lace and would love to be included. Congratulations on 600 posts. Over that time my children have grown so much too.

  20. I'm going to your new lingerie blog next. Do you say if you prefer the pre-formed cups to the cut-&-sew cups? And I'd LOVE the lace!


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