Video Q&A: Sewing sleeveless facings, avoiding twisted hems, skincare etc

- Life of Johanna, Video

You asked me questions and here are my answers! Hear me talk about how I do all-in-one facings on sleeveless dresses, my best tricks for sewing a flat hem that doesn’t warp or twist, my skincare routine and favorite method when doing a full bottom adjustment. And plenty more!

Stuff mentioned in the video

Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (Amazon affiliate link)

How to sew a neat neckline finish

My current skincare routine

My aim is to make my skin tone even, prevent the wrinkles (somewhat) and keep the acne at bay. I got oily skin that is sensitive to fragrance but can stand strong stuff like AHA, BHA and retinol. I want to buy more ethical, sustainable skincare products, but it’s hard to find non-oily, fragrance free, highly effective products that fits that criteria (but several products on my list do). The list below contains Amazon affiliate links.


The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash
CAMDEN COSMETICS Vitamin C Serum for Face + Hyaluronic Acid
Face D 3-Luronics Anti Dark Circles Eye Cream
Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel
ACO Mattifyng Sun Face Fluid SPF 50 (Swedish Pharmacy brand)


Glycolic acid serum (I make my own)

MIZON Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule

Radha Beauty Retinol Moisturizer Cream for Face and Eye Area (a bit too greasy, so I only use it on the cheeks and under eye area)

To be honest I feel a bit torn about my skincare interest. These companies make a lot of money off our insecurities  and we live in a society that constantly tells what is acceptable and not, especially for women. But it is so hard to resist all these pressures. For instance I’ve suffered from an large amount of bacne ever since I was teen and that often kept from wearing clothes that were open in the back. Since 2011 I’ve kept it under control with a homemade lotion mixing BHA and AHA acids. But the bacne definitely limited me for many years, mostly due to society pressures, and that sucks. You can read a bit more about my bacne struggles and how it affected my clothes choices here and here. And here is a before pic if you are curious.

Also if you have more questions you want to ask me, just do so and I’ll do another Q&A video in the future!

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  • Reply
    July 2, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for answering my question Johanna! I am going to try scooping out the crotch in combination with lengthening the rise. In the past, I have only done one or the other ending in poor results. Now thanks to you I have a game plan!!

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      July 2, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Yes, I’ve found I really need to both, plus some tweaking here and there, as altering in one place can throw off things at another spot. I’m working on a blog post on how I fitted my latest trousers and hopefully that post can also share more light on what sort of alterations one can do. Though we all have our own little quirks 🙂

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    July 3, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Thank you for answering my question on the video too Johanna 🙂 I will bookmark your tutorial on a narrow band facing sewn to the inside of the garment for next time. I was so discouraged with the results I got with my all in one facing I must say 🙂

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      July 4, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Yup those big floppy facings that many sewing patterns has us do is not the best thing in the world, and sometimes even screams homemade in a bad way, so to speak. The narrow band version will make the inside much more polished and less flimsy

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