Fabrics, Life of Johanna, Video

Video: A fabric Q&A | #thefabrictag

What would sewing be without exciting fabrics? Not much fun if you ask me! In my latest sewing vlog I hop on the #thefabrictag train that fellow sewing vloggers Lisa Emerita and Renata from runningnstyle has initiated. Basically it is a fabric questionnaire and in the video I talk about which fabrics I love to sew, which ones I hate working with, what my ultimate fabric sewing project would and lots more! The original questionnaire had 12 questions and that would take…

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Sewing knits, Tutorials

Tutorial: How to sew a cardigan in an easy way

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to turn a knit top pattern into a classic crew neck cardigan. This is how I made my Grace Kelly inspired cardigan and as you will see from the directions and inner workings, it is actually quite easy. To draft and sew a cardigan you’ll need A stable knit that has some stretch but not crazy amounts (I would advice against a thin rayon/lycra for instance). A double knit, sweater knit or a…

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Made by me, Sewing knits

Classic crew neck wool cardigan

So here it is, my Grace Kelly inspired crew neck cardigan. Sewn out of double knit organic wool and based on a cardigan from People Tree.  I wanted to have a simple classic cardigan that I can wear for years and wool is great for this purpose as it keeps it shape and is very durable. When I saw this locally knitted fabric on a sewing fair last fall, I knew I had to buy it. Not just because of…

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Made by me, Video

Video: My finished basics capsule wardrobe

Time for a new garment reveal! I’ve been working steadily on my Back to Basics project since January and yesterday I finally had the time to film the finished clothes. As always there were some mishaps, a few meltdowns and I also spill the beans on my never ending quest of making a pair of well fitting trousers. The brief for this project was making a capsule collection of wardrobe staples that are basic, but hopefully not boring. The pieces…

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Life of Johanna, work in progress

A week of sewing in February

Sewing comes in ebbs and flows for me. But usually there is a little something going on, even though I’m far from super productive at all times. So lets take a look what a week of sewing looked like in early February. Monday I added hooks to my Burdastyle gabardine trousers. I love handsewing because I can sit in the sofa and watch TV at the same time. Much more relaxing than sitting hunched in front of a sewing machine. My…

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Made by me, Sewing activewear

The Burdastyle athletic tank top

So here it is, the workout tank top from Burdastyle’s 1/2017 issue and the first piece of clothing sewed from my Spoonflower order. I spent pretty much the entire last Sunday working on it. Not because the sewing took long, but mostly because I did quite a few alterations that is probably not visible to the eye. I omitted the waist seam and did the front and back bodice in one piece. What I don’t want in activewear are floppy…

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Sewing activewear, Sewing knits, Tutorials, Video

Video: Q&A about sewing activewear pt 1

Here is my first installment of my Q&A about sewing activewear. In this video I answer your questions about how to avoid itchy scratchy seams, best natural fabrics for sewing workout clothes, how to make sure that the leggings pattern fit and much more! Thank you to everyone who contributed, I got so many that there will be a part two as well. And I still didn’t cover all the questions as my camera shuts down after 20 minutes and…

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Life of Johanna, 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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