Patterns, Tutorials, Video

Video: Tracing Burdastyle patterns – How to master it

Feel intimidatd by Burdastyle’s pattern sheets and wonder how us pattern magazines fans do it without losing our minds? Then then this video tutorial about tracing Burdastyle patterns is for you! In it I explain all the nuts and bolts of how it works. Plus give you tips on paper, pens and show you some hacks that will make adding  seam allowance both easier and quicker. In my Burdastyle pattern tracing tutorial I talk about A really good and cheap tracing…

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Made by me

Retro looking striped polo shirt

Polo shirts for the win! This one is definitely a new favorite in my wardrobe and hopefully I can do a few more in the future as well. This ones feels so me, casual, but with a retro flair. I used an organic cotton rib knit from Stoff & Stil that was actually easier to work with than I had anticipated – I suspect the 5% lycra content makes all the difference. The bodice is drafted from fitted knit top…

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Life of Johanna

Sewing bits and pieces March

I’m building a cutting table using Ikea shelves I’m expanding my sewing area! All my sewing happens in a crowded corner in the living room. Such are the conditions when you are a four person family living in a two bedroom apartment. However, our oldest daughter has now moved out and we came up with some nifty solutions that will give all three of us remaining some extra space. In my case this means I can get a corner for…

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Made by me, Sewing activewear, Video

Video: My finished Spoonflower workout set

In this sewing vlog I talk all about my workout set that I made from Spoonflower’s custom print sports lycra knit using my blog logo. How the fabric holds up in the gym, the colour fastness and also you can see how the white cast from the fabric looks like up close and decide if that is something you can dig or not. Also more chat about all the alterations I did on the Burdastyle workout tank top and why…

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Sewing activewear, work in progress

Next up: Knock-off leggings for Anja

With me and my children it’s a bit of cobbler’s children situation going on. Once in a while ask they me to make something for them, which makes me excited because I like making stuff for them and am also flattered that they appreciate my craft, even though they are teenagers with very specific tastes. However those projects have a tendency to be postponed for what seems like an infinity as I tend to put myself first when it comes to sewing. But a…

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Made by me, Sewing activewear

My Spoonflower print Sloan leggings

Remember when I purchased sports lycra from Spoonflower with my blog logo printed on it? Well the other half of that fabric (I only bought 1 meter) has now been turned into a pair of leggings! The pattern I used was Sloan leggings from Hey June. It is a super simple pattern that can be done with just an inseam, but there is also an optional waist pocket and a colour block version as well. The reason I tried the Sloan…

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Life of Johanna

Catch my interview on That Sewing Blab on Tuesday

That sewing blab

As I mentioned yesterday I will be interviewed live on That Sewing Blab tomorrow, i.e. on Tuesday at 7:30 EST time. That Sewing Blab is a live video interview broadcast where Dawn from Duelling Design and Althea from Sew Much Talent talks to guests about all things sewing. They have been doing this for over a year now and have built up an impressive library of interviews where you’ll find many familiar faces from the sewing community being featured. Watch past episodes…

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Sewing activewear, Tutorials, Video

Video: Q&A about sewing activewear pt 2

Here is my second installment of my Q&A about sewing activewear. In this video I answer your questions about best leggings fabric, difference between power mesh and net, where I get my fabrics, if a coverstitch machine is a must buy and more! Thank you to everyone who contributed! Also if you want to hear me talk even more about sewing. This coming Tuesday March 14 at 7:30 pm US EST time, I will be interviewed live by the lovely hosts of That…

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My new favourite trouser pattern from Burdastyle

So let’s take a look at my new Burdastyle trousers.  The pattern is from issue 1/2010 and has the sort of classic shape that I’m very fond of. Picture of the original Burdastyle pattern. The pants are fitted around the hips and upper tights and from the knee down they are straight legged. I have tried sewing so many different trouser shapes over the years and I’ve found that this is the shape that fits me the best. My legs…

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Tutorials

Tutorial: Sewing a faced trouser pocket

How to sew a faced trouser pocket a tutorial

For my Burdastyle trousers I used contrasting fabric for the pocket lining and waistband facing. The cotton twill was too heavy and bulky to work as pocket fabric, but I don’t like it when the lining fabric shows, even when it’s decorative as in this case. So I decided to face my pockets using a pair of dressier RTW trousers as a guide. And here is a tutorial on how I sewed the faced pockets on my trousers. To sew a…

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