Tutorials

Fitting the trousers – my best tips and tricks

When I made the cigarette trousers I decided to document the extensive fitting process to the best of my abilities. Of course these are methods that works for me, and your mileage might vary as we all have unique bodies. But hopefully you can take something useful from my process and incorporate it for your own pants fitting. My starting point I used the Burdastyle 04-2016-117 slim fitting trouser pattern. The Burda size 38 is quite close to my own body…

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Made by me, My makes

Burdastyle cigarette trousers 04-2016-117

One of my sewing goals for 2017 was a return to trouser making and even more so, trying to solve those pesky fit issues that has plagued me when it comes to pants. The Burdastyle cigarette trousers 04-2016-117 are my second attempt this year and by the end of this project my hate for trouser making came back in full force! I started to notice every tiny flaw and I really struggled with getting the finishing up to the level I aspire…

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Fabrics, Shopping, Video

Video: Fabric haul

Yes, I’ve been shopping some fabrics again! I think I’m on a one in, one out situation right now. I’ve indeed sewn a lot from my stash this year (I think 14 garments in total, but some of those were for my kids) – but I have also bought some fine fabrics. In today’s  vlog I give you the goss of  latest fabric shopping finds (though I forgot the eyelet fabric I bought in Spain, maybe I was denial of exactly…

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work in progress

Sewing a DVF inspired wrap dress – some behind the scenes photos

As I mentioned previously I’m currently working on a wrap dress that is inspired by the original Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses, especially when it comes to the assembly methods. In order to understand how they are constructed, I studied a bunch of dresses in a store. And I was very impressed by the detailing! Yes the dresses cost a pretty penny, but compared to other wrap dress brands that are available in Sweden, the construction is a step above…

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Made by me, My makes

Liberty lawn blouse from Burdastyle 05-2012-104

Another Burdastyle blouse pattern, and another winner I think. This was the first time I tried this, it’s from Burdastyle issue 2012-05-104 and I actually traced this pattern several years ago, planning to use it for this particular Liberty lawn, but I got sidetracked until this spring. But it was worth waiting for! I love the simplicity of this pattern and the fitted shape. I don’t like big boxy shirts, they don’t work well on my petite frame. This pattern is…

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Tutorials, Video

Video: My best tips for sewing buttonholes

In today’s video I take on the subject of sewing button holes, something that can cause a fair bit of anxiety for some of us. In fact I used to do all sorts of things to avoid sewing buttonholes back when I started and continued with that habit for a long time. But then I decided to master sewing buttonholes and really practise hard and get over my fears. In this video I’ll show you, step-by-step, my method for making…

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Fabrics, Made by me

When things don’t go according to plan

DIY varsity sweater

9 times out of 10 I either buy fabrics with a very vague plan. Or I don’t really have a plan at all, I just fall in love with print or something else that makes the fabric unique. Then I let the fabric speak to me until I find the right project. I made an Instagram post about this topic a while ago and asked if others also start with the fabric or rather begin with a specific project/pattern in…

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Made by me, My makes, Sewing knits

Knip Mode cardigan 07-2016-25

I’ve finally made my first Knip Mode pattern, an open collar cardigan from the July issue of 2016 and what a great pattern it is! I’ve been digging myself into a lot holes lately, trying to make quite time consuming garments with a lot of detailing. So this quick and easy pattern was a breath of fresh air.   Apart from how easy it was to sew, I also like how well drafted the pattern was. Unlike a lot of…

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Life of Johanna, Video

Video Q&A: Sewing sleeveless facings, avoiding twisted hems, skincare etc

You asked me questions and here are my answers! Hear me talk about how I do all-in-one facings on sleeveless dresses, my best tricks for sewing a flat hem that doesn’t warp or twist, my skincare routine and favorite method when doing a full bottom adjustment. And plenty more! Stuff mentioned in the video Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (Amazon affiliate link) How to sew a neat neckline finish My current skincare routine My aim is to make my skin…

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work in progress

Next up: Butterick wrap dress

It’s wrap dress time again! Last time I did a wrap dress was in 2011 and I loved that project, because I really put a lot of effort into studying the construction of the classic DVF wrap dress and then tried to do something similar using an Onion wrap dress pattern. I loved the fabric and the fit of bodice, but in hindsight I should have made the skirt flared because it sits a bit tight on the tummy. This…

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