How to sew a neckline on a twist top

- Sewing knits, Tutorials

This is my favourite method to sew necklines on knit tops that have a seam mid-front, such as twist tops and those with gathers in the seam. I’ve adapted this method from Burda’s instructions for these kinds of designs and since Burdastyle magazine instructions usually lack illustrations I thought it would be helpful to do a tutorial to show you how it’s done. The principle of how it works: The back neckline has a folded strip of fabric attached that is turned…

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Watch and listen to me today!

- Life of Johanna

Yes, I am kinda all over the place today! Firstly I’m interviewed on the Love to Sew podcast, in which I share tips about sewing activewear, my book Sewing Activewear, the realities of being a sewing content creator, what it’s like to sew in Sweden, and plenty more. I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, I hope sound okay! When the hosts asked me about Swedish pattern designers I got a bit stumped, as we don’t have any internationally known…

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My winter makes: A Burdastyle sewing bonanza!

- Made by me, Video

So let’s take a look at my latest makes – a winter wardrobe using four different Burdastyle patterns. I worked off and on on this wardrobe for about two months and it’s always a such a sense of relief and to put it all together and see that I actually managed to make it all happen! Also in this video, I go all in when it comes to knowledge nuggets, such as how to interface eyelet fabrics, how to not…

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The inside scoop of my Patreon

- Tutorials

Patreon has become one of the most popular way to support independent creators and for creators to deliver special bonus stuff to the supporters. I support creators on Patreon myself and I also have my own sewing Patreon page that I set up last year. And I have been overwhelmed with the support – words can’t tell you how much it means to me to have this support from you guys <3. Since I refer here and there to my…

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How to sew a narrow hem

- Tutorials

This is hands down the best method for sewing narrow hems on thin fabrics. The trick is to stitch a row of straight stitches close to the edge and then use that row of stitches as a guide when folding the fabric. Plus as a bonus, I will show you how to avoid twisted seams when hemming, which can be a problem when hemming thin fabrics, especially if the hem is curved. You’ll need A sewing machine An iron An…

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Video: Not everything about sewing is fun!

- Life of Johanna, Video

 Sewing is fun…for the most part. But there is some stuff that fills me with low-key dread every time I have to do them. So, in this video, I talk about four things that really puts me off, to the point that they sometimes stall me in my sewing because I can’t muster the energy to tackle them. And some are not even that hard, it’s just a mental block that I have to overcome each time.  Can you relate…

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