Life of Johanna

October sewing bits

I feel that this fall will fly by and it will be the end of the year pretty soon. Always so much stuff going on during fall, it can feel overwhelming sometimes, plus we have no public holiday breaks during fall in Sweden, which means no days off from August until X-mas. But yesterday I actually applied for two days off later this fall as a preventive measure!


✂️ Love to Sew: New podcast added to my sewing podcast list

Several people have told me to check out the new(ish) podcast Love to Sew and now I have finally listened to enough episodes to give you a rundown and add it to my Big List of Sewing PodcastsThe hosts are Canadian sewing entrepreneurs Helen Wilkinson from Helen’s Closet and Caroline Somos of Black Bird Fabrics. They do both interviews with various sewing profiles and make episodes around different sewing topics.

I especially enjoyed the episode about perfection – it offered a lot of food for thought and I liked how they integrated voices from the listeners into the discussion. Great sound quality and a professional delivery right from the get-go, I really like this podcast and the hosts. There are in fact a lot Canadians doing sewing podcasts and what I will say now might sound a bit odd, but as a Swede, I can really resonate and connect with the tonality of those Canadian hosts. Perhaps it’s because we are both surrounded by cold weather and conifer. Plus I love how Canadians pronounce about. That is how I can tell that the person is from Canada and not from the USA. 🙂


✂️I’m taking a BabyLock serger class

Tomorrow I’m finally taking a class for my BabyLock Imagine that I bought earlier this year. Hadn’t planned to wait this long, but time does indeed fly. A good thing about waiting is that I can now ask for the more advanced stuff since I’ve already learned the basics myself.


✂️ Sewing meet-up!

On Sunday I and three other local sewists meet up for a coffee and sewing chat. We have gotten to know each other through a Facebook group and it was so nice to meet up in person. We talked about our upcoming sewing plans, shared tips, lamented a bit about taping together multiple pdf:s (one had just taped 100 pages for a coat pattern!) and talked about how we sometimes feel torn between all the musts in life (day job and all that jazz) and finding time and energy for our sewing passion. Such an uplifting meeting! 


✂️ Book update

The book is moving ahead at a slow but steady state. This week I’m about to start working on the chapters about adding crotch gussets and sewing waistbands. Working on the book and making all the samples has helped me to be more focused and systematic in my own sewing. I just finished all four pieces of my latest workout collection and I could tell that my skills have improved.

Anyhow, my goal is to have the book finished in its first ebook iteration in mid-December.  You can sign up for email updates to get notified on the progress and get some inside scoops too (plus a quick guide for sewing machine stitches for knits).

Also, if you want to get monthly tutorials from my upcoming book you can become a Patreon and pick some of my book preview tiers. I uploaded the October tutorials yesterday so they are available now.

So this is what’s going on in my (sewing) life currently. Do you feel excited or stressed about fall? Or perhaps a bit of both? 



  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    October 3, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I am excited about fall 🙂 It’s always been my favourite time of year. Not being a big fan of the heat I can hardly wait for summer to be over which I know as a Canadian is truly ODD 🙂 I’m thrilled with the Love to Sew podcast – my husband came running into my office to find out what all the giggling was about and was astonished to see me with my headset on laughing with a couple of women talking about sewing!

    I had been on such a steady sewing kick run for almost 10 months making shirts/blouses (it can be addictive) that I thought I’d better get to my knit fabric stash which had grown alarmingly (having been ignored for too long). I’m now sewing up the Ebony (Closet Case Files – another Canadian 🙂 ) and can’t recommend this pattern enough. It’s the perfect knit top – easy make, well drafted. I’m making up my final versions in navy bamboo/cotton blend and a shortie version in deep purple to wear with slim pants. 2 I AM patterns arrived yesterday that I’m excited about too – a cape and a light jacket. I’ve discovered a deep love for capes, ponchos and wraps. They are just the perfect covering for our fall weather – warm without being TOO warm because as the sun reaches it’s zenith during the day the temp can rise considerably and I’d rather have on a wrap than have to carry a jacket around 🙂

    • Johanna
      October 5, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Yes! It’s so much fun to be “eavesdropping” on other peoples sewing conversations, it almost feels like being a part of it. Nice to hear you are on a sewing roll, and there are so many great patterns out there these days, that I don’t feel we will ever run out of inspiration 🙂

  • Adrianne
    October 4, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Johanna. Thanks for sending the link to your last video! Your workout is intense! I live in Central Florida where we have three seasons, hot hotter and hottest. Thankfully we are almost to hot and leaving hottest behind. I find this is the time I am the most productive (it helps that you can do things without sweating through your clothes multiple times a day!), so hopefully I will making lots of things right along side of you and the sewing community!

    • Johanna
      October 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Oh, those seasons sounds intense! In Sweden, it’s more like cold, colder and coldest – not even our summer is particularly warm on most days. But yeah heat really dulls the energy, so the colder weather must come as a nice relief for you! So lets keep the sewing mojo going together 🙂


Leave a Reply