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About a pattern, running, fabric and a new bra

There’s a lot to write about, I did quite a few sewing related things this week and/or shared them with sewing friends.

First of all I would like to thank Barbara, one of my readers that I met when she visited The Netherlands last autumn. We had a very nice evening at the time and have been in contact since. She sent me this wonderful Montana pattern. I was a great admirer of Claude Montana in the 80’s and had a few of his patterns, but not this one.  This pattern will be in my to sew list for next winter.


Last Sunday I did my first official 5K run, together with sewing friends Hilde and Joana. The photo is from before the run ;). For all of us it was a feeling of great achievement, to be able to do this when we only started running a few months ago. I wrote about this here. Let’s do it again ladies! Marta came to cheer us on, it was a lovely afternoon.


Then I spent a few days with my friend Valerie in Zeeland, where we enjoyed sewing, chatting and going to the fabric market together.

This is my haul, can you see the black/white/grey preference?


DSC_0594 DSC_0593 

And what did I sew? I finished a bra for my daughter that I started months ago and made myself a new one. It’s made from non-stretch lace. The narrow elastic that is normally used to stitch behind the scalloped edge of the bra I now used as accent. At the top of the cups it’s a bit shorter so that it will still have its purpose of keeping the lace to your body.

I’ve played a bit with the pattern pieces and redrafted my tnt pattern to have one long straight edge at the side cup. The shape on the dressform looks a bit strange, but it’s a good fit on me.

That’s all for now, I’m hoping to do a bit of sewing later today, now it’s usual Saturday routine.


  1. Fabulous bra, Sigrid, and congratulations again on the running - it looks as though you all thoroughly enjoyed it.

  2. Running 5 ks is quite an achievement! ALso a very nice bra!

  3. Congratulations on the run! That bra is beautiful. I really admire those that sew bras!

  4. Congrats on your first 5k! That is quite something to celebrate, and your purchases are a great reward! :)

  5. Wow, you have been busy!
    Congrats on the 5K, what an accomplishment.

    That fabric is beautiful, I love the gray with a flash of color.

  6. Your new fabrics look beautiful - what a great addition to the stash, and the bra is especially pretty with the red trim.
    I am completely impressed with your new running habit, and finally - your Ziggi looks absolutely splendid! Really nice work Sigrid!!

  7. Gorgeous bra, as usual. Love your fabric choices. You know how much I love gray.

  8. Wow, looks like you have been busy. Love your sewing. :)

  9. Ladies, I am very proud of you!!!

  10. Wow a 5K and beautiful new bra, what terrific accomplishments.


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