My handmade wardrobe: What I wore Mon – Fri

October 25, 2016 6 Comments

My handmade wardrobe: What I wore Mon – Fri

October 25, 2016 6 Comments

As sewing bloggers we often take photos of our makes either against a wall at home or, if so inclined, in a more fashion directed photo shoot setting. But how does my makes look in a more everyday setting, out in the real world? Well, that’s what this post is all about. So here are five handmade outfits that I wore last week.




A regular day at the office. I’m wearing a corduroy cardigan from when I had an Etsy shop. The checkered puff blouse is from Burdastyle magazine and the corduroy skirt is a pattern from Built By Wendy’s Sew-U book. A very typical style for me I think, cardigan, blouse and a practical skirt.




I’m getting a rope climbing license with two mates as this will allow me to secure people, thus making it possible to climb with friends. We learn safety checks, how to do knots and other stuff related to safe climbing. Tonight we are having our exams, so which us luck! Workout top by Burdastyle and the shorts are from a pattern that I drafted myself



Every spring and fall my job has a two-day conference. It’s not fancy at all, but since I have so many dresses, I always dress up for dinner, even though my workplace is very informal. I did this dress 10 years ago (it’s from Burda) and it’s still going strong, which is due to a fantastic fabric from NY vendor Jasco fabrics.



Day two of the conference. I asked a co-worker who’s into photography to take some outfit photos with his iphone and I really like how they turned out! Liberty lawn blouse made from a Burdastyle pattern and the kilt inspired skirt is made from real Scottish tartan fabric that I bought in Edinburgh. The skirt is also an old Burdastyle pattern



Not my best day. I had been nursing a cold all week that suddenly got worse on Thursday and when I woke up on Friday I had a fever and spent the day lying in the sofa and so this was Friday’s outfit. Sweater cardigan designed by me (also from when I had my Etsy shop). Mesh and silk knit top from Burdastyle magazine and the velour track pants are also from a pattern that I drafted myself.


All posts


  • PsychicSewerKathleen October 25, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    You’re always an inspiration Johanna! I love the navy skirt and cardigan and that dress is gorgeous! Lovely tartan skirt too. People must be asking you all the time if you made what you’re wearing 🙂

    • Johanna October 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      🙂 Funny thing is that most people know that I make my own clothes, so I always feel a bit apologetic when they compliment something I bought in a store thinking that I did it myself!

  • Dana Moore October 26, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Johanna, you’re an amazing young lady. You look good in everything you make. I wish we lived in the same town – we could sew together. I live in the state of North Carolina in the USA. That’s a little far for a sewing day. I enjoy your blog and love the you tube channel.

    • Johanna October 26, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Yeah that would be fantastic! I seldom have the opportunity to sew socially, I did participate in a sewing circle many years ago and that was both fun and a great way to learn from others! So sewing together is great!

  • ANDREA October 26, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I must say you rock the skirt/cardigan look 🙂 It may silly to ask this but skirts don’t get in the way when you cycle to work?

    • Johanna October 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

      I don’t wear long flowing ones when I bike, because they can get stuck in the back wheel (but you can buy a protection cover for that) However the short ones does in fact cause some trouble, because the back hem gets stuck under the saddle so when I stand up or try to get off the bike I’m stuck and get pulled down. So I try to remember to check this before I move up from the saddle!

    Leave a Reply

    The Last Stitch TV

    Coverstitch guice


    Learn how to solve common coverstitch problems using this visual step-by-step guide with clear and consise instructions: