Life of Johanna, Made by me, work in progress

A week of sewing in February

Sewing comes in ebbs and flows for me. But usually there is a little something going on, even though I’m far from super productive at all times. So lets take a look what a week of sewing looked like in early February. Monday I added hooks to my Burdastyle gabardine trousers. I love handsewing because I can sit in the sofa and watch TV at the same time. Much more relaxing than sitting hunched in front of a sewing machine. My…

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Made by me, Sewing activewear

The Burdastyle athletic tank top

So here it is, the workout tank top from Burdastyle’s 1/2017 issue and the first piece of clothing sewed from my Spoonflower order. I spent pretty much the entire last Sunday working on it. Not because the sewing took long, but mostly because I did quite a few alterations that is probably not visible to the eye. I omitted the waist seam and did the front and back bodice in one piece. What I don’t want in activewear are floppy…

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Sewing activewear, Tutorials, Video

Video: Q&A about sewing activewear pt 1

Here is my first installment of my Q&A about sewing activewear. In this video I answer your questions about how to avoid itchy scratchy seams, best natural fabrics for sewing workout clothes, how to make sure that the leggings pattern fit and much more! Thank you to everyone who contributed, I got so many that there will be a part two as well. And I still didn’t cover all the questions as my camera shuts down after 20 minutes and…

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Life of Johanna, Made by me, Tools

Saturday sewing bits

Here comes a little round-up post with some sewing related stuff that is happening currently. The Burdastyle workout top from issue 1/2017 is done and entered into Patternreview’s Activewear contest. You can read my review of the pattern, see more photos and vote for your favourite entries here. A proper blog post about the top is coming next week!   Also, I have added two more sewing podcasts to my Big list of sewing podcasts: Sewing out Loud A real treat…

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work in progress

Next up: Mock turtle neck sweater

This is the final installment of my Back to Basic wardrobe staples project. A tight fitting mock turtle neck sweater in an organic rib knit wool/cotton mix. Again this fabric is from Stoff & Stil’s organic collection and is a pretty nice fabric if I may say so. No itch and has a retro 60’s vibe that I’m very fond of.   And for once, I’ve picked a simple quick project without any elaborate details and other stuff that I…

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Sewing knits, Tutorials

Covering a neckline seam with decorative ribbon – a tutorial

Twill tape neckline tutorial

For this knit top ribbon neckline sewing tutorial you’ll need: A narrow decorative ribbon. It should be slightly wider then the seam allowance (I recommend a 1 cm width (3/8 inches). Twill tape, grosgrain ribbon or any type of stable woven decorative ribbon will work fine. I used a woven rustic ribbon with a pretty yarn embroidery. Needle and thread for basting Your regular sewing machine and presser foot 1. Determine the length of the band To make the sewing…

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Fabrics, Sewing activewear

Video: My first Spoonflower order

A couple of weeks ago I designed and ordered my first Spoonflower fabrics. Designing prints is something I’ve dreamed of since I was a child and I even entered a sweater fabric print to a magazine design challenge when I was in my early teens (never won anything) . Since I’m sure more of you are considering ordering fabrics from Spoonflower or some other print-on-demand service I decided to make a video before I begun cutting into the fabrics. I…

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Fabrics, Sewing activewear, work in progress

Next up: Burdastyle workout top and Sloan leggings

I’m making a workout set that was originally planned to be an entry in Pattern Review’s activewear competition. But I’m sooo late to the game and most likely won’t make the 15 February deadline. I might do just the top or leggings this weekend – we’ll see! I’m not interested in making something halfheartedly just to meet a deadline. Anyways, a few words about my first ever Spoonflower order. I ordered their lycra sport knit and was made aware by several helpful…

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Life of Johanna, work in progress

Sewing bits and pieces

It’s finally February and while it snowed today, at least the days are not as dark anymore. Hopefully this will mean more energy, I’ve been so sleepy lately that I’ve been taking naps almost every day! Anyways, here comes a summery of some sewing stuff, plus a fun life update too. I’ve almost finished my first pair of trousers in eight years! Yay for me, as it was a lot of work, both the assembly and the fitting process was…

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Tools, Video

Video: Nifty sewing tools I’ve bought recently

I used to be super frugal when it comes to buying sewing tools, relying mostly on needle and thread and rather spend money on fabrics and patterns. But lately I’ve ventured into trying out new (to me) sewing notions and tools. In this video I share four things I’ve bought recently that I didn’t think I needed – but apparently I did! Links to tools mentioned in the video Pattern weight washers  (the ones I bought) Pattern weight washers (similar option from…

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