Video: Sewing machine fundamentals everyone needs to know

- Tools, Video

 Often knowing the basics is what will make or break a sewing project. But when we are in a hurry, or perhaps want to save a few $$ it’s easy to forget those best practices. And while sewing on a regular machine is pretty straightforward, skipping a few seemingly unimportant things can really impact the result in a bad way. So I did this video with five tips that I really think is important to remember when you are…

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Open back workout top

- Made by me, My makes, Sewing activewear

Sometimes I get very specific design ideas in my head, and then just dive right in without doing a test garment! This workout top was an example of this approach, and in hindsight, I should have tried it before I cut into my precious Meryl activewear fabric.   Open backs is a huge trend in activewear right now, and I wanted to put my own spin on that design idea. It was however not an easy top to construct since…

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July sewing bits

- Life of Johanna, Made by me

This is the big vacation month in Sweden, where many of us are off from work. I’m no exception, and while I’m off my regular job, I will not sit on my laurels! In fact, I will spend a chunk of July taking photos for my upcoming book about coverstitching and hopefully also work on the book design. So yes I’m working, but it is stuff I enjoy (apart from the long photo sessions, those are exhausting). Ready for the…

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Video: Fabric haul, designer denim and kimono plans

- Shopping, Video

While I try to very mindful of my fabric spending and mostly sew from my stash, sometimes I let loose and get some me some new fabrics! In this fabric haul video I share both my latest designer denim finds from my trip to Copenhagen last month, plus very unique knits that were just too good to resist.  Basically a mix of needs (new jeans) and fun (statement knits). Plus some pretty rayon fabric that I can’t decide if I should…

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Sewing yoga capri leggings

- Made by me, My makes, Sewing activewear

So let’s take a look at one of my latest and favorite activewear make, a pair of bold print yoga capri leggings. I just love this fabric, and this was my last piece, and I just barley managed to squeeze all the pieces in (good thing I’m short!).   The waistband and crotch. I used a combination of power net and clear elastic to give the waistband a body shaping effect. And for the crotch seams I used reverse coverstitching…

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What I wore Wednesday to Sunday + a sensitive topic

- Life of Johanna, outfit

Last week was a wonderfully warm week, so lots of chances to wear all the summer clothes I’ve made over the years. So let’s take a look at what me-made outfits I wore this past week.   Wednesday For a regular day at the office, I wore my shirt dress from Burdastyle. I’m lucky to work at a place where the dress code is pretty lax, so when it is summer, I can actually wear summer clothes! I’m very fond…

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