Made by me, Video

Video: My finished 4-piece wardrobe

Back in April I boldly announced that I would make a 4-piece wardrobe using only fabrics from my stash. I labelled the project “spring wardrobe” but, that didn’t happen, since I’m well into summer now. To be honest this project left me exhausted and that is something I talk about quite a bit in this video. Plus I show you all four makes of course and give the inside scoop on all of them. And talk quite a bit about…

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Tutorials

How to add elastic shirring to a garment

Want to add elastic shirring to a garment and looking for the best method? In this sewing tutorial I’ll show my favorite way to add elastic smocking, and it requires no special tools, just a sewing machine and elastic thread. How this elastic shirring method works What you do is sewing zigzag stitches over a thin elastic thread. Then you pull the thread to create a shirring/smock effect. The advantage of this method is that you have full control over…

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Made by me

Burda cropped peasant top

In the nick of time I finished the Burda peasant top for Anja’s end of school celebration. So let’s take a look at the end result. The fabric is a soft rayon (viscose) with a blue Inca inspired print and is from Stoff & Stil (you’ll find it here). It was a perfect choice for this top since it is supple with a nice drape and goes very well with gathers. The pattern I used is an out of print…

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Sewing activewear, Video

Video: My workout wear collection

I’ve been sewing quite a few activewear garments the last year or so and in this video I show some of my faves, including my custom print Spoonflower workout fabric set, a collection of leggings that I drafted myself and versions my signature workout tank top pattern with a built in bra. Info about the all the projects in the video are found in my blog category Sewing activewear . I’m planning to make another batch soon so it was fun…

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Tutorials

My top 5 sewing tutorials on Pinterest

Pinterest has become a huge collection board for sewing tutorials and these days I try to add a Pinterest-friendly image to my sewing tutorials and upload it to my Sewing tutorial board.  So far I’ve pinned around 30 of my own tutorials and some have been re-pinned quite a bit. So let’s take a look at my most popular sewing tutorials on Pinterest. How to sew a neat neckline finish I’ve become kinda obsessed with pretty neckline finishes lately and…

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Life of Johanna

A week of sewing: June

When I arrived on home turf after the trip to Spain, I was sad to trade the sun and ocean swimming in Barcelona for a rainy and cold Sweden. But at least I can sew when I’m home! So lets take a look at what went on sewing wise last week. MONDAY I was still off from work and I finally got hold of the Burdastyle issue that had the pattern for the cigarette pants. So Monday evening was spent…

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Made by me, Video

Video: Sewing basics or buying them?

What are your take on sewing basics, like t-shirts and other simple garments? Those ones that you can pick up for a song in a store, and might not be all that rewarding to sew compared to more creatively challenging clothes? In this video I share a conversation I had with a women in a fabric store recently on this topic and also show some of my really simple me-made knit tops. I think this is an interesting subject and would love…

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Patterns, work in progress

Next up: Burda peasant top for my kid

Two days ago, my youngest daughter asked me how long it would take me to sew a  top. “It depends” was my answer and so I went on to prod her for more details. It turned out she had found a cropped peasant top in a store, but it was too short and the wrong colour. The request was time sensitive since she wanted to wear it for her end-of-the-school-year-day, which is usually a celebratory event in Sweden. She showed…

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Life of Johanna, Shopping, Travels

Sewing meetup and shopping in Barcelona

When I announced that I was going to spend a week in Barcelona, the wonderful fellow sewing blogger Esther offered to meet up and show me some fabric stores. And luckily we managed to set a date up. We began our excursion with a long lunch talking about all things sewing, it’s the best conversation topic, right? It is so nice to meet like minded people and get to chat about our special interest. We talked about everything from pattern magazines…

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Life of Johanna, Video

Video: A new tool, button shopping and Burdastyle

Will my new buttonhole cutter perform as intended? Can I locate a Burdastyle issue from last year in the library and what is it like to record a podcast? All that and more today’s sewing vlog where I take you along an adventurous day that also involves a trip to the prettiest notions store in my hometown of Gothenburg, and me being absent minded as usual! Stuff mentioned in the video Clover buttonhole cutter (Amazon affiliate link) My Patreon page…

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