Life of Johanna

September Sewing Bits

After a warm late August, fall is kinda in the air here in Sweden, with colder mornings and more rain! But it’s also a very nice season and often the start of new exciting things. So let’s take a look at what’s currently going on in my sewing life:

Book progress

Thank you for everyone’s support and well wishes on my Sewing Activewear book project! It really encourages me to get this book finished in a timely manner. Writing a book on the side, when having a day job and all the rest, means looking for a lot of time pockets in the day. Currently, I rise one hour earlier each weekday morning to get my daily writing and editing done. And then do a photos session every other Saturday. Slow and steady wins the race when we don’t have the bandwidth go all in on a project. Plus I’ve learned to streamline the rest of my life and remove some time sucks, which I think will be beneficial when the project is over too.

And while this is my first self-published book, I do have several published books under my belt because when the World Wide Web was a cool new thing (those were the days, heh!), I wrote Internet guide books for a big publishing company. Plus the fact that I’ve spent almost 20 years in the media and communication field has helped me to hone my workflow skills. Still, it’s a lot of work for sure, especially as I’m doing it all myself this time.  But also very rewarding.

I’m also really happy that I’ve been sharing this project with you from the start. First of all, you guys have given me some great topic suggestions that are now part of the book. And secondly being open about a project also adds a layer of accountability, which in my case helps a lot when it comes to the motivation. So yes, I think it can be beneficial to be open about one’s process, even though there might not be any tangible results to show at first.

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The August issue of Burdastyle

Can we talk about how amazing the August Burdastyle issue is? Page upon page is filled with stylish designs, that is classic, well drafted and with subtle detailings that make them stand out, i.e. the sort of clothes that I gravitate to the most. After dressing like a slob for a week due to me not having the time to neither iron my makes or do my laundry, I realised that I currently prefer a more dressed up look and I could see myself pretty much make every piece from this Burdastyle issue.

Look at all the interesting darts on this dress! Perfection.

This jacket is like my dream jacket – I love it so much and can’t wait to make it in the future!

Making leggings and trying out a new presser foot

Here are close-ups on my latest leggings, using my custom print Spoonflower fabric. The curved seams are stitched down using my Janome Coverpro coverstitch machine. It took me like five tries before I was happy with the result! Coverstitching curvy seams on tricky fabrics is not an easy feat, but I recently bought the center guide foot and that made the task a little easier.

The Janome Coverpro center guide foot. You can adjust the blade a bit, but I wish I could adjust it more. I haven’t tried for stitching over a center seam yet though, which I suppose it’s the main purpose. But a great purchase nevertheless.

So this was a little run-down of what’s going on in my sewing life. Though not much actual sewing going on this week, due to all my other outputs. But hopefully, I will get started on my workout top this weekend!

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8 Comment

  1. Reply
    debbie
    September 12, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Just binged read/watched sewing blogs as was on holiday with patchy internet, so I’ve had a relaxing day full of sewing related stuff. Your e book sounds really interesting, good luck with it. And thanks for the heads up re the Burda mag. Its really tricky to come by where I live but I feel motivated to track it down.

    1. Reply
      Johanna
      September 13, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Yes, pity Burda doesn’t get better distribution in some countries. In Spain, for instance, I see Burda magazines everywhere among the sellers. In Sweden, it used to be sold everywhere too, but now only the bigger magazine stores sell them. But at least I can buy them locally still. Hope you can track down the issue, it will be worth the hunt!

  2. Reply
    Esther Lara
    September 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Best wishes with your book! I’d love to hear about the time sucks you’ve managed to remove. You seem to be very efficient with your time and manage to get so much done!

    Kram

    1. Reply
      Johanna
      September 13, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Hej Esther!
      Tack! I will try to compile a blog post about that in future, to give a behind-the-scenes look at my process of writing a book. But in short, planning has been huge. For instance, on Sundays, I do all the grocery shopping for the week, do all my dinner planning and prep foods for my work lunch (i.e. do a big couscous salad 🙂 ) so I don’t have to do any last minute shopping or planning. I’ve also cut down a lot on checking social media, which saves time, but it’s not all good as I connect to a lot of people that way usually. Just a few examples!

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    Anthonia
    September 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I love the mustard jacket too and received notification of it in my mailbox from BurdaStyle online. I also like the red coat. Is the magazine available in English?

    I finally bit the bullet and bought the Bernina B380 a couple of weeks, thanks for your input.

    Looking forward to your ebook.

    1. Reply
      Johanna
      September 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Yes the magazine is available English, but I know that in some English speaking countries it can be hard to track down. Which is so odd, especially considering the current dress making trend.

  4. Reply
    PsychicSewerKathleen
    September 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t know how you manage all your do and parent, partner and work too! You must be in constant motion! :0 I look forward to your book 🙂 I was surprised to see this foot for your Coverstitch machine! Babylock doesn’t have extra feet (other than the clear plastic one) for the Coverstitch – shame on Babylock!

    1. Reply
      Johanna
      September 13, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Agree, Babylock usually have great extra presser foots and the special ones that were included with my serger have been pretty fantastic. Janome has a pretty big range of extra feets, one for elastic too I think. And they do make a difference for sure

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