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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Made by me, Sewing activewear

Clothes I sewed in 2016: October to December

So here is my last installment of my makes from 2016. In October I was apparently still suffering from a sewing burn-out, so the only finished pieces was this set of wool thermal underwear. I’ve dreamed about making a vintage inspired set like this for years, and it turned out pretty much exactly as I hoped. Love this set and I have more fabric left so I’ll try to make another set in 2017. Sewing tutorials related to this project…

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Made by me

Next up: Gabardine trousers by Burdastyle

Burdastyle 1/2010 pattern 120

So I’m about to tackle the most challenging garment in my Back to basics capsule wardrobe – a pair of straight leg trousers in an organic dark blue cotton gabardine using a pattern from Burdastyle magazine issue 1/201o. I began working on this project this weekend, but it has been a slow start. I had initially planned to another Burdastyle trouser pattern but after tracing the pattern and pinning the pieces together I realized that the legs were too baggy for…

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Coverstitch, Tutorials, Video

Video: Sewing with a coverstitch machine – a step-by-step guide

In this video I show a step-by-step guide to ensure that your seams on the coverstitch machine will be successful. I cover everything from choosing and inserting needles to the best threading practice and how to secure the seams.  Because sometimes sewing with a coverstitch machine can be tricky. And if your machine is a little troublesome or not of the best quality – it can be even more frustrating. I know, because for the first 12 year of my coverstitching…

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