November sewing bits

- Life of Johanna

So the first snow came in late October, just minutes after this photo was taken. But it still feels like autumn in Sweden, even though the days are getting really dark (which I never get used to). October was a little rough, but as I write this I feel a pep in my step again. Nothing too bad happened, just that challenging stuff seems to form squadrons, which can make them somewhat overwhelming to handle. And I’m grateful that I’ve developed a lot of self-care habits over the years, it really makes a difference in how well I deal with things.

 

I’m sewing activewear again

I’m currently working on the designs for a cold-weather workout collection, I will talk more about that project in Sunday’s vlog. Actually, I’ve been in a bit of a workout funk lately, due to stress and the taxing events mentioned above. I still exercise, but mostly it’s me going through the motions. But this weekend I went to a trampoline park with my daughters, and it was even more exhausting than running a half-marathon. But I also had so much fun, I couldn’t stop jumping, even though it felt like I would faint at times. This is how I want my workouts to be, and hopefully, I can find that feeling again. And making some new workout clothes can definitely help!

 

 

Thank you to everyone who has bought my sewing patterns!

I’ve gotten a great response on my first ever sewing pattern collection, and it feels good to offer something that is a little different and also works so well for refashioning projects, as I want to encourage sustainable sewing when I can.
If you haven’t already, check out the pattern sew-alongs that I’ve posted lately, that shows different ways to adapt the patterns!

 

I opened an Etsy shop

And speaking of my sewing pattern collection, last Saturday, on a whim, I opened an Etsy shop for my sewing patterns + the e-book version of Sewing Activewear. I used to have an Etsy shop when I sold clothes I made, and being on Etsy is not a “set it and forget it” type of deal. You have to work hard to market your shop, and I don’t have the bandwidth for that at the moment. But I thought that if someone stumbles upon me on Etsy, they can at least buy my products within that ecosystem as well. Plus I got really inspired to create a nice Etsy shop with more sewing things, but that is a project for another time!

 

Coverstitch book update

Despite some setbacks, which culminated in my computer dying on me, I’m still on schedule. Almost 2/3 of the book pages are designed now, which I can’t even believe. But as I’ve said earlier, the book will most likely not be out until March next year since I want to have plenty of time to make sure everything is done in a slow and thorough manner. Luckily, I have almost two weeks off from work in December, so I will hopefully get a lot of book stuff done then. If you are a Couturier or Modiste Patreon supporter, you’ll get monthly coverstitch tutorials from my book, and in November the topic of the tutorials is sewing elastic with a coverstitch machine.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Faye Lewis
    November 9, 2018 at 1:47 am

    You are so productive!

    • Reply
      Johanna
      November 13, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      It does come in fits and starts, but I do like to keep my plate quite full I think!

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