My Makes 2017: January to March

- Made by me

With 2017 soon over I thought I would be fun to revisit the makes I’ve done this year.    The beginning of 2017 was super productive, which was helped by the fact that I went to a weekend sewing retreat and pretty much sewed around the clock! My first make was this striped workout top that is a version of a pattern that I’ve designed myself. This was also my second failed attempt with the coverstitch binder attachment and what prompted me to learn…

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My book Sewing Activewear is out!

- This post contains advertising for my book Sewing Activewear

  Yay, my book Sewing Activewear: How to make your own professional-looking athletic wear is officially out! 184 pages, all colour, with fully illustrated step-by-step tutorials and a lot of meaty information on how to make great looking activewear on any home sewing machine. I wanted to make the ultimate sewing guide for creating your own workout clothes that are both functional and stylish, covering everything from beginner techniques to professional fashion industry methods. Plus a lot of interviews with sporty…

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Next up: Tory Burch-inspired track pants

- Sewing activewear, work in progress

Note; no video today since I’ve moved my video schedule to Tuesday’s in December to accommodate for the holidays and my book release.   After a very labour intensive fall, I’m in dire need of an easy sewing project, so I’m really looking forward to this project: A pair of colour block track pants inspired by the track pants from Tory Burch Sport. I’m making them a little extra luxe by using a nice ponte di roma fabric in two colourways—…

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Book update!

- Sewing activewear

This morning I submitted the finished print file to Amazon and now I’m impatiently waiting for their approval (should come within 24 hours). If the file passes their print specifications it means that next week I will be able to release both the digital version and the print book! It feels surreal right now, I’ve been working so hard this last week, way past bedtime, in order to finish the print version of this book. Since I do some print…

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Video: Why I began sewing my own clothes

- Life of Johanna, Video

It’s video time! The format is a little different from my usual videos, as it’s me telling the story of why I began sewing and what it was like sewing in the 80’s and early 90’s. I’m sure some of you old timers can relate, it was very different before the sewing internet happened. In the video I talk about my first makes, how I used visit fabric stores after school and drool over the glamours Vogue designer patterns and…

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FehrTrade Surf to Summit top

- Made by me, My makes, Sewing activewear

So this is the finished Surf to Summit top by FehrTrade. I was drawn to this pattern because I like long sleeve activewear tops with a zipper front. In fact, FehrTrade might be the only one making those kinds of sewing patterns (correct me if I’m wrong). But before I can start talking about the top, I need to get something off my chest. Because when I only had the hemming left this happened… Yes, I managed to serge through both…

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