10 sewing things about me

- Life of Johanna
10 things about me

1. I often sigh, curse and mutters when I’m sewing, even when things are going fairly well. Also I tend to talk to myself, often commenting on my progress “okay, so that was that” or “what to do next?” Every time I do this, my husband (who has his desk across mine) thinks I’m talking to him.

2. I never clip threads or do any hand sewing at my sewing desk. For those things I always move to the sofa and watch tv or a movie. I love how cosy and “non-workish” that makes sewing feel. However our sofa is covered with velvet fabric, so you can imagine how much thread that needs to be removed afterwards!

How to make back pockets on jeans like a pro

3. Topstitching is my favorite thing do with a sewing machine. Coverstitching is my least, because my Pfaff serger/coverstitch combo machine would do a really poor job, so 3 times out 4 there was some kind of snafu that forced me to redo the entire thing. And two weeks ago the coverstitch function went bust and the repair shop told me there are no longer any spare parts available. So this week I went ahead and bought a Janome Coverpro 2000, which was recommended to me by an expert.

4. The only thing on my sewing bucket list is making a tailored jacket. I’ve done a couple of feeble attempts in the past, but I especially lack the skills when it comes to the collar and the lapel. So one day I plan to take a sewing class on how to make a tailored jacket, since that must be the best way to learn this intricate craft.

5. I began sewing my own garments when I was 11. The first ever clothing I made was a pair of trouser with elastic waist, using vintage bed sheets as fabric. I mostly sewed at home, but also had home economics in school where I made my first trousers with zippers and waistband.

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A blouse that I drafted and made back when I was 18.

6. I’ve been drafting my own patterns since I was 16. I bought a book and learnt by doing. My biggest struggles were understanding the proper amount of ease and the right fabric choice for each projects. As a result I often ended up with things like sleeves so tight I could hardly lift my arm.

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Pattern making class I participated in back in 2009

7. I’ve never taken a sewing class. But I’ve taken a few courses in pattern making, which definitely has improved my skills. That said, the biggest progress has been made at home, experimenting and being systematic with my methods.

8. I think my major strength as a sewist is my tenacity. I’m not naturally technically gifted, but I can be incredibly stubborn which has helped me make slow but steady progress over time.

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9. Despite my early struggles with choosing the right fabrics, over time I think I’ve developed a good eye for picking good fabrics and prints and using the sort of sewing patterns that elevates those fabrics.

10. Sewing is the only hobby that I’ve been 100 percent consistent with over the years. I think it’s because it encompasses several passions of mine: fashion, glamour, making things myself and being creative.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    LinB
    June 30, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Oh, what lovely confessions! I talk to the pins and the machines as I sew. My husband long ago learned to ignore me when I blurt out a stern "Come here!" to the pins that won't come out when I first tug on them. I don't mind sewing over pins, but when it is avoidable I try to snatch them out before they travel under the presser feet.

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      Johanna
      July 1, 2016 at 5:54 am

      Haha, you know talking to pins make totally sense to me. I think I need to try that too 🙂

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    Faye Lewis
    July 1, 2016 at 12:18 am

    I used to read here before you took a blog break and learned a lot from you. I was really glad when you started posting again. When I noticed that you included a picture of that fabulous wrap dress, it reminded me of when you blogged about all the research you did prior to making the dress. Although I have yet to make my ideal wrap dress I think you've inspired me to try again. Thanks for your wonderful posts.

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      Johanna
      July 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

      Yes that wrap dress project was fun! I'm glad to hear that I might have inspired you to give the wrap dress another shot. There are so many wrap dress patterns out there that I think there must be one for everyone 🙂 I too feel inspired to make one again.

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    Anonymous
    July 2, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Very interesting post, it's lovely to read about you as sewist and relate it to things I do. I'm quite new to sewing I have learnt everything from blogs.

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      Johanna
      July 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      The sewing internet is the best, isn't it? I too have learned so much from what others have shared. Sewing is such a journey, there are so many things to learn and understand, it just never ends. Happy to hear that you have embarked on this journey too!

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    Kyle
    July 2, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I also talk to myself when I sew. And I also have tenacity and just keep pushing-pushing-pushing with the sewing, sometimes totally wearing myself out on the weekends and then it's time to go back to work on Monday, ha ha. Like Faye, I am happy that you are posting again. 🙂

    Great post!

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      Johanna
      July 2, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      You describe the pushing-pushing so well, I'm the same way. It's insane and wonderful at the same time! Still it's such a blessing to have a hobby like this, I think it really enriches our lives and our minds

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