A week in the life of a sewist

June 20, 2016 5 Comments

A week in the life of a sewist

June 20, 2016 5 Comments
Today I will take you along during a week of sewing in seven photos. I use the term “sewing” loosely here since I don’t really sew every day, but most days I tend to do something sewing related. So here is what went on last week:

A week in sewing

Monday: Editing photos for an upcoming blog post about using Prym double sided wonder tape for keeping the fabric in place when topstitching waistbands. I normally blog at my desk but I tried to multitask and watch some of the men’s European football championship at the same time.

A week in sewing

Tuesday: Went to Tygaffären and bought a piece of fabric that I had checked out three days earlier. I also did the interview with the store owner Yvonne for my mammoth blog post on coverlocking.

A week in sewing

Wednesday: Lunch hour visit to a magazine store that has a huge selection of sewing magazines. It was an exercise in self restraint for sure. I was actually looking for the June issue of Burdastyle, but it hadn’t arrived yet. So I bought another pattern magazine instead. Oh well.

A week in sewing

Thursday: I’m tweaking my leggings pattern and I find it really helpful if I’m jotting down all my desired measurements on a template before I start drafting the pattern. Making my own patterns definitively means more work, but on the other hand being able to draft everything according to my preferred measurements really pays dividends when it comes to the end result.

A week in sewing

Friday: New leggings pattern drafted and printed. I’m adding a crotch gusset for the first time so was feeling excited/nervous to see how that would work out.

A week in sewing

Saturday: Finally some sewing! Doing a muslin to test the fit of the new leggings pattern and the gusset. The fit of the muslin turned out 90% good, but I made the gusset smaller, took in the legs a bit and scooped out the crotch slightly, plus did a few more tweaks.

A week in sewing

Sunday: Remember the fabric that I bought on Tuesday? Well on Sunday I turned it into a pair of yoga shorts using the leggings patten that I drafted this week. I actually managed to finish the shorts on Sunday too, and they turned out nicely. But the seams are a little wonky so I definitely need to get my serger serviced ASAP. I always drag this out because I hate going on a forced sewing hiatus.

So that was my week of sewing. Hope you had a satisfying sewing week too!

Johanna Lundström

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  • Anonymous June 20, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Var hittar man den tidningskiosken? Jag vill dit!

    • Johanna June 21, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Press stop/Pressbyrån i Göteborg på Drottninggatan 58. Nära Sheraton. Även stora Pressbyrån på centralstationen i Göteborg har ett stort utbud sytidningar!

    • Johanna June 21, 2016 at 5:58 am

      Sheraton heter numera Radisson Blu när jag tänker efter 🙂

  • Kyle June 21, 2016 at 10:45 am

    That is so cool that you can draft your own patterns! My hat is off to you!!

    Neat "week in sewing" review.

    • Johanna June 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Yes I'm happy to have that skill and it helps a heap to know the sewing bit too, because it's not just about lines and numbers, it also has to be something that can be easily sewn together and will work with the fabric. It's not that tricky though and I recommend giving it a try!

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