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29 December

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    Dec 29, 2014, 10.04 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    Happy, healthy and productive 2015

24 July

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    Jul 24, 2013, 04.59 PMby Wade Stofko

    Hey Joost52 i’m new to this site and was checkin out some projects and i liked the mens underwear you made, so i tried going to your link but there is not anything on the site, its jsut blank and grey and says something about disclaimer domain and stuff. whats up with that?

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      Dec 2, 2013, 03.00 PMby joost52

      hey man,

      I don’t visit this site very often anymore, so I didn’t see this message until now. I stopped doing that blog, but you can access the old stuff at http://sartorialdiy.tumblr.com/

      If you have any questions, email me at joost@decock.org


22 December

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    Dec 22, 2012, 02.18 PMby zsyzu

    Happy Holidays to you as well. I think everyone in the Burdastyle community will agree that you and your encouraging comments are always appreciated!

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      Jan 2, 2013, 09.42 AMby joost52

      Awww, come here you, I want to give you a big hug :)

16 September

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    Sep 16, 2012, 05.35 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    congrats to makemyownpattern! fab. website and your work has been really excellent. my full admiration for doing your own patterns now that is so great! i am really busy as well and have not been able to put up my latest work, but will do so soon. best regards from berlin!


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      Sep 16, 2012, 07.24 AMby joost52

      Hey thanks Ralf, that really makes me happy :)

      Looking forward to see your work. I haven’t been sewing much lately as I was working on the site, but I hope to get back to it now :)

      Love from Brussels,

14 July

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    Jul 14, 2012, 08.57 AMby jsanga

    Hey you! how have you been? love your work hehe

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      Aug 1, 2012, 07.41 PMby joost52

      Busy at work :( although I have one more project that I should put up someday ;)
      You doing fine?

10 July

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    Jul 10, 2012, 06.31 PMby zsyzu

    Maker Faire is awesome! We went to the one near San Francisco, CA for the last 3 years but not this year. Have fun!

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      Jul 10, 2012, 06.33 PMby joost52

      Hey thanks :) I’m really looking forward to it!

21 May

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    May 21, 2012, 05.09 AMby buddingnaturalist

    Godfather? Dear goodness were they on acid? Oh well Akki will an excuse for all kinds of madness now (Joost told me I could…)

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      May 25, 2012, 04.35 PMby joost52

      Knowing Akki’s mother, I think he’ll come to me for the ‘normal’ point of view ;)

13 May

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    May 13, 2012, 09.22 PMby JPGagnon

    Congratz on being a godfather! :)

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      May 14, 2012, 07.03 AMby joost52

      Thankz :-)

9 May

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    May 9, 2012, 02.40 PMby Gurtlamorous

    Congrats on being a godfather

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      May 13, 2012, 08.48 PMby joost52

      thanks man :)

2 May

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    May 2, 2012, 09.19 PMby martinK

    Hoi Joost,

    ik heb ook verschillende boeken van Müller&Sohn. Het witte boek “Meisterschneider – Schnitt-Technik” bevat colberts, broeken, rokkostuum en andere patronen, die de gemiddelde Mann niet nodig heeft. Het opstellen van een basisparoon is niet het probleem, maar het aanpassen aan je eigen lichaam en de kennis hoe je de overtollige wijdte op de zij en coupnaden moet verdelen is niet so makkelijk. Groot nadeel is, dat in de boeken de constructie van de kraag niet echt uitgelegt wordt en ik heb het met uitleg van mijn leraar nog steeds niet helemaal begrepen. Het vraagt veel oefening. Ik heb onlangs noch een Engels boek over patroonteken op bol.com gevonden. Groeten Martin

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      May 3, 2012, 12.01 PMby joost52

      Dankjewel Martin. Ik zal me eens moeten verdiepen in de Muller boeken tijdens de vakantie :)
      Hoe heb jij je leraar gevonden? Ik zou ook wel iemand willen om me de kneepjes van het vak te leren!

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    May 2, 2012, 01.00 PMby elguanche

    Just saw you patternmaking site…. unfortunately nothing to see!? If you need help with pattern making, just tell me! :)

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      May 2, 2012, 01.02 PMby joost52

      Let me sent you an email :)

26 April

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    Apr 26, 2012, 07.31 PMby jsanga

    haven’t been on here in a while but i do frequent your site haha Hope all is well!!

16 March

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    Mar 16, 2012, 12.30 PMby martinK

    Enjoy the amazing city of Dublin! I like it so much!

13 March

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    Mar 13, 2012, 01.05 AMby juremaramos

    Hi Jo! How are u? hugs

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      Mar 15, 2012, 11.21 AMby joost52

      I’m grand :) I’ve been too busy with other things lately to do any sewing, but apart from that life is great :)

      Also, spring is coming, so I’m super happy about that!
      Hope you’re fine too!


12 March

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    Mar 12, 2012, 09.21 PMby sigrid

    Thanks for the message about my first jeans. I just looked back at your pair and see that i favorited one photo 10 months ago on Flikr, so I am sure that seeing your first pair was inspiration.

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      Mar 15, 2012, 11.22 AMby joost52

      Oh wow that’s cool :)

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    Mar 12, 2012, 07.43 PMby asperge11

    Hey so I looked at the website, pretty cool eh! I like purple best too. Maybe I’ll make a Tshirt for my brother sometime… but I’m seriously lacking spare time at the moment. I’m also into web design, and as a project I have to make my own website. I know exactly what colours and layout I’m gonna do but I have no idea what to put on it… Good luck with the makemypattern scheme :)

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      Mar 12, 2012, 08.11 PMby joost52

      Thanks sweetie. I hope it would become a useful tool for many sewing enthousiasts, but I need to work on it a lot more :)
      Also, in Brussels, most people speak French. I speak French too, but not super good as it’s my third language, and I’m not exactly a linguist ;)
      My first language is Dutch, second English et finallement le francais comme troisieme :)

      Good luck with your website :)

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    Mar 12, 2012, 04.38 PMby LadyDanburry

    Thank you so much for the links! I really appreciate it.

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      Mar 12, 2012, 04.43 PMby joost52

      Those are all well-earned links lady. You are all sorts of inspiring!

29 February

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    Feb 29, 2012, 01.41 PMby joost52

    Hey Nicolai,

    I need a hand from my make Burdastyle friends, so here I am asking a favor :) I figured since you posted on my wall that you like my stuff, you might want to help me out a bit ;)

    I recently started working on a project that sits somewhere on the crossroads between sewing and IT, two things I happen to like. I wanted to draft my own pattern, but I didn’t like all that measuring and mucking about with paper and pens. So I sat down with the guidelines for a Tshirt pattern and programmed them into a website.

    It’s still rough around the edges, but in principle the pattern it generates should be just as good as what you would create by hand. To check that it actually works, I am looking for people who want to generate the pattern for their own measurements, and then make the Tshirt (it’s a pattern of a Tshirt). You can make it in a muslin, there’s not need to do the finish, I am just looking for feedback on how the fit is.

    I know it’s a lot to ask for some of your precious sewing time, but I hope that with more work and some valuable feedback, this will become a useful tool for us all :)

    Thanks in advance, you can try it here: http://makemypattern.com/


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24 February

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    Feb 24, 2012, 07.42 PMby NicolaiE

    Hey there!

    Saw you boxer briefs and t-shirts on your homepage and flickr. I just love your style. And it is so nicely made:-)

    Looking forward to see some more!

    Have fun, Nicolai

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      Feb 29, 2012, 01.27 PMby joost52

      Thanks man, that’s super nice of you :)

17 February

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    Feb 17, 2012, 10.46 AMby martinK

    Hello Joost, I have a suggestion for you in order not to hurt your fingertips anymore by sewing such thick lether. I am sure there will be a saddler in the area of Brussels. They have special tool/ nedels for sewing leather by hand. And they use a special stitch. Maybe there is a friendly guy who will show you. I often saw that when I was actief in horseriding. An other suggestion, the textiel museum in Tilburg offers several sorts of services like lacerprints on leather and other materials,….. Greatings from Rotterdam Martin

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      Feb 17, 2012, 10.58 AMby joost52

      Thanks for the tips, that’s good to know :)
      I am planning on visiting a leather working store, but I couldn’t wait ;)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 03.14 AMby LilleLine

    Hello! new friend:)

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      Feb 17, 2012, 09.13 AMby joost52

      Hey :)
      I stumbled on your website and I’m in love with those baby clothes you make :)
      My best friend is giving birth in a couple of months and I will be the godfather :) so I would like to make some of this stuff myself.
      So yeah, I want in on the baby sewing action ;)

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      Feb 17, 2012, 06.58 PMby LilleLine

      Thank you. My website needs some serious updating, it has been standing still since june. Congratualtions on becoming a godfather, I love sewing babyclothes. Its a nice way to practice different techniques, while making something useful and not having to spendt a furtune on fabrics. If i can recomend you patterns, I love Ottobre design for children, They have nice fit and fun and original designs.

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      Feb 20, 2012, 09.36 AMby joost52

      Thanks girl, I’m going to check out this Ottobre thing :)

12 February

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    Feb 12, 2012, 08.12 PMby juremaramos

    So sorry Joost! Friends? Hugs

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      Feb 12, 2012, 09.27 PMby joost52

      Hey, I was only joking :) We are friends!

2 February

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    Feb 2, 2012, 11.17 AMby martinK

    Hoi Joost, wat is dat voor een rot bedrijf, dat 8 maanden nodig heeft om een naaimaschine te repareren? Ik heb net een messengerbag gemaakt, ga het vanavond posten.

    Groeten Martin

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      Feb 2, 2012, 05.24 PMby joost52

      Zwijg me ervan. Ik tracht er niet te veel aan te denken want ik wordt er telkens droef van :(

      Benieuwd naar de bag! :)

2 January

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    Jan 2, 2012, 05.46 PMby sunnyelle

    Hello, I read in the discussions that you use Inkscape for patterning… I also use Inkscape and have been learning, through trial and error, to draft my patterns with it. The straight lines are easy enough, but the curves can be tricky (armscye, necklines!). Do you know of any websites or books, etc.., that you can recommend for drafting patterns using vector graphic software? I want to draft my patterns in Inkscape so I can upload them as pdf’s here on Burdastyle and on my website so others can download them. If you have any experience with this and can offer advice, I’d appreciate your comments. And sorry for the long post on your wall!

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      Jan 13, 2012, 03.46 PMby joost52

      Hi there, sorry to take some time to get back to you.

      There’s a lot of links on the inkscape homepage that’ll help you. Here’s a few:


      I am a little surprised that you find curved lines to be difficult, because they really shouldn’t be.
      You aren’t drawing them by hand are you?

      For a curved line, you have a few options. One is to turn a straight line into a curved one.
      First draw the line. Then select the node tool and just ‘grab’ the line somewhere (by clicking on it and keeping your mouse button pressed) and drag it to where you want. The line’s start and end point will remain, but the line will follow the mouse in a nice curve.

      You can tweak the line by selecting one of the nodes by clicking on it with the node tool. That will show the handles. Make them longer or shorter and change the angle to change the curve of the line.
      Alse learn about the different node types. They can make sharp, smooth or symmetrical corners.

      When you are happy about a part of a curve, add some nodes (by doubleclicking your line with the node tool) to isolate that part from the rest of the line.

      The other way is to start with a circle or ellips and than convert that to a path and use all the stuff I outlined above.

      I hope you’ll figure it out, if not, I’m sure there’s a bunch of stuff on YouTube too.


31 May

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    May 31, 2011, 06.29 AMby jsanga

    You’re My Hero :)

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      May 31, 2011, 06.32 AMby joost52

      What did I do? What did I do?? What did I do???

      Oh man, if I don’t know what I did, how can I ever do it again?!

16 May

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    May 16, 2011, 10.28 PMby janene

    You can’t have broken it already! Well I do hope not… fingers crosssed! :-)

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      May 17, 2011, 05.34 AMby joost52

      It’s a US model so I had to use a transformer thingie. Seems that wasn’t a good idea :(
      I’ll have to take it to the shop during the weekend, it just sits there dead now (and I have to sew for my niece :( )

14 May

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    May 14, 2011, 09.39 PMby jsanga

    you finished your dress form? yay! I want to see pictures soon :) you havent updated your website in a while!

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      May 15, 2011, 08.55 AMby joost52

      I know I know, this turned out to be a bit of a bigger project I anticipated. But I hope to have the pictures up before the end of the weekend (in other words, today :)

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      May 15, 2011, 11.46 AMby jsanga

      yay!! :P

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    May 14, 2011, 06.28 AMby joost52

    Hey, thanks for the repost on Tumblr :)

6 May

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    May 6, 2011, 03.05 AMby Olivia Anne

    thank you!! I will definitely post all my progress along the way!

20 April

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    Apr 20, 2011, 06.46 PMby jsanga

    Im liking the new boxer briefs you posted on your website :)