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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Life of Johanna

Sewing bits June

✂️ Me-Made-May came and went and it was very inspiring to see all the sewing creativity going on in the world. People have mad skills for sure, I was blown away every day! As for myself I made a pledge to finish three garments in May (which I almost kept). Last year I realized that my handmade wardrobe lacks basics, so I have made a real effort sewing more of those. My Back to Basics wardrobe was fun, and I think…

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Life of Johanna

Hello from Barcelona!

Yes, we are spending this week in Barcelona for a much awaited vacation! It’s the fourth time I visit the city and I love the mix of a grand big city atmosphere with nice quiet small shadowy streets. But when I wrote this blog post this morning I was actually sitting in the hotel room waiting for the rain to stop! Hopefully this will change during the day, as I’m one of those people who gets antsy if I’m sitting…

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Life of Johanna, Video

Ask me questions!

Do you have any questions you want to ask me? If you want to know more about me, my sewing or perhaps about behind the scene stuff like making videos, taking photos and blogging, even Swedish stuff if you are curious – just ask away in the comment section. I’ve been on steady weekly video publishing schedule for seven months now and I figured it was time to a general Q&A video where I answer your questions about me and my…

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Patterns, work in progress

Next up: Burdastyle cigarette pants

It’s time for the last garment in my Spring Stash Buster Wardrobe! Once I’m done I will share all the garments of course, so stay tuned for that. Hopefully I won’t trip on the finishing line, now that I’m tackling my second trouser project of 2017. Yes I’m on a roll! Hopefully, I will sort out my last few pants fitting kinks with this pair. When I was pregnant with my second child (almost 16 years ago) I bought a pair…

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Tutorials

Bias tape neckline facing – a sewing tutorial

How to sew bias tape neckline facing

Getting a neat cover of the neckline seam is a constant holy grail for me when making tops and blouses. I’ve tried so many methods and seldom have I been satisfied with the result. But with 2017 being the year of learning loads on new sewing tricks I decided to make another stab at this when I made my Burdastyle blouse and share the results. Of course I picked a horrible fabric (wrinkly silk/cotton sateen) just to make matters even…

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Patterns, Video, work in progress

Video: Sewing designer dresses!

Let’s take a look at what I’m planning to sew once I done with my final garment in my spring stash busting wardrobe. I have finally settled on the patterns for the gorgeous Italian designer knits I bought last fall. I’m very excited to get back to making dresses after a well needed dress making break, where I focused more on making basics and separates, i.e. stuff that I actually wear on a daily basis. But I love making dresses,…

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Patterns, work in progress

Next up: Liberty lawn Burdastyle blouse

It’s time for a new installment in my Spring Stash Busting Wardrobe. I’m making a second blouse, again from Burdastyle. I love their blouse patterns apart from one pesky thing, which is that they often add too much sleeve ease that is nearly impossible to ease in a flawless way. So I need to check this before I start sewing this blouse and do the necessary alterations. The pattern I’m using is from the Burdastyle May 2012 issue – I…

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Fabrics, Shopping

Sewing shopping in Helsinki

Last weekend we took a 48 hour cruise to Helsinki to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday. Helsinki is a really nice city to visit for a short trip, as the city center is not all that huge which makes it accessible by foot. We walked mostly in the city center and in the hipster neighbourhood Rödbergen, where a lot of local designers sell their goods. I also asked for fabric shop suggestions on Instagram and got two that was located…

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Home, Video

Video: My Ikea hack cutting room corner

my-sewing cutting fabric table space

Want to see a tour of my new cutting room corner complete with a Ikea cutting table and also the space where I also store all my fabrics, patterns and me-made dresses?  Well this video is all about that. Fun fact is that my corner is actually part of my 15-year old daughter’s room, so the fabric covered wall is there to separate the two areas. I’ve talked about it before, but we live fairly small so having two (!)…

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