Tutorials

Bias tape neckline facing – a sewing tutorial

How to sew bias tape neckline facing

Getting a neat cover of the neckline seam is a constant holy grail for me when making tops and blouses. I’ve tried so many methods and seldom have I been satisfied with the result. But with 2017 being the year of learning loads on new sewing tricks I decided to make another stab at this when I made my Burdastyle blouse and share the results. Of course I picked a horrible fabric (wrinkly silk/cotton sateen) just to make matters even…

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Patterns, Video, work in progress

Video: Sewing designer dresses!

Let’s take a look at what I’m planning to sew once I done with my final garment in my spring stash busting wardrobe. I have finally settled on the patterns for the gorgeous Italian designer knits I bought last fall. I’m very excited to get back to making dresses after a well needed dress making break, where I focused more on making basics and separates, i.e. stuff that I actually wear on a daily basis. But I love making dresses,…

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Patterns, work in progress

Next up: Liberty lawn Burdastyle blouse

It’s time for a new installment in my Spring Stash Busting Wardrobe. I’m making a second blouse, again from Burdastyle. I love their blouse patterns apart from one pesky thing, which is that they often add too much sleeve ease that is nearly impossible to ease in a flawless way. So I need to check this before I start sewing this blouse and do the necessary alterations. The pattern I’m using is from the Burdastyle May 2012 issue – I…

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Fabrics, Shopping

Sewing shopping in Helsinki

Last weekend we took a 48 hour cruise to Helsinki to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday. Helsinki is a really nice city to visit for a short trip, as the city center is not all that huge which makes it accessible by foot. We walked mostly in the city center and in the hipster neighbourhood Rödbergen, where a lot of local designers sell their goods. I also asked for fabric shop suggestions on Instagram and got two that was located…

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Home, Video

Video: My Ikea hack cutting room corner

my-sewing cutting fabric table space

Want to see a tour of my new cutting room corner complete with a Ikea cutting table and also the space where I also store all my fabrics, patterns and me-made dresses?  Well this video is all about that. Fun fact is that my corner is actually part of my 15-year old daughter’s room, so the fabric covered wall is there to separate the two areas. I’ve talked about it before, but we live fairly small so having two (!)…

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Life of Johanna

Sewing bits May

Spring is in the air in Sweden and I finally feel that coveted burst of energy that comes with the sun and (sometimes) warmer weather. Lots of things are going on currently, and here comes a little round-up of the current state here at Last Stitch.   I’ve done a gallery page where you can see all my makes in an easy manner. This was a suggestion from a co-worker and luckily it was a pretty easy thing to make…

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Book reviews

Book review: Fit for real people by Palmer and Alto

This is a review of the book Fit for Real People, but first a little back story:  I spent my first 15 sewing years being absolutely clueless about fit – and fitting my sewing patterns in particular. I didn’t even realize that I needed to adjust my patterns for being petite. So on fitted garments the waist always ended up on my widest part of my upper body, i.e. my tummy. And I couldn’t figure out why! So I just…

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Life of Johanna, Video

Vlog: Buttonhole anxiety, pattern purging and #mmmay17

A new sewing vlog, recorded this very Monday when we had a national holiday in Sweden (honoring International workers day). Follow me to the gym, hear why I meditate before sewing buttonholes, what a mess my pattern collection is – and a lot more! Also in the video, I apparently can’t tell the difference between a Samsung and an Iphone, I blame that on the fact that I have both! (Iphone for work and a cheap android for personal use). Or perhaps…

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Made by me, My makes, Sewing activewear

Workout leggings for Stella

These are the leggings I made for Stella, my eldest daughter. She wanted a pair in cotton/lycra instead of poly sports fabrics and luckily I had some great fabric that was perfect for this project. I am obsessed with this print and this is the second colourway I have bought with the same print, I made yoga leggings with the other colour version. These are the second version, I originally used the Greenstyle Stride Leggings pattern, but there were some fit…

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Sewing cardigans, work in progress

Next up: Knip Mode open cardigan and Me-Made-May 2017

My Spring Stash Busting project is tagging along and I’m about to make garment number two (the silk/cotton blouse is now finished). I sometimes lament on the blog that I always gravitate to elaborate garments, especially when it comes to knits. But for once I think I have picked an easy project. An open cardigan pattern from Knip Mode/Fashion Style issue 7 2016. I don’t think a pattern can be much easier really, just a shawl type of collar. Though…

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