10 years of makes

- Made by me

I’ve been documenting my makes online since around 2005 and on this blog since 2008. Some of the oldest pics are sadly gone, but as I’m celebrating my 10 years blogging anniversary this year I figured I could at least do a retrospective with one make a year from 2008 to today. So here goes! 2008 For as long as I can remember I’ve liked sailor inspired outfits. Heck, I even remember saying that if I ever have children I…

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How to sew facing and lining on a sleeveless dress

- Tutorials

When sewing sleeveless dresses I prefer combining a one-piece facing with lining, to make sure that the lining doesn’t peek through the neck and sleeve opening. Not all patterns include this solution so I figured it could be useful to do a tutorial on how I do that. I used this method on my daughter’s graduation dress, as the Simplicity pattern I used didn’t have any facing pieces and I think that visible lining cheapens the look on a formal…

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Video: Expensive sewing tools worth investing in

- Tools, Video

 Sometimes we do get what we pay for, and that goes for pricey sewing tools to. In this video, I share four investment pieces that I’ve found to be worth the money (and effort in some cases) Products mentioned BabyLock Imagine Kai Sewing Scissors (I got the 7230, 9 inches, great for smaller hands) Tefal Steam Pro Express GV8460 (similar model to the one I have) How I made my Ikea hack sewing table So these are four of my…

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Stellas graduation dress

- Made by me

Here is as promised pictures of my eldest daughter’s graduation dress. She is graduating tomorrow, very exciting!   The pattern is Simplicity 4070, which my favourite formal dress pattern, I used it for two wedding dresses before and it always delivers, plus it is very easy to alter, which is so important when doing custom work.   The monogrammed hat is part of the graduation outfit, it has been a Swedish tradition for over 100 years, and I love the stylish…

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Spending time in Barcelona

- Life of Johanna, Travels

So I’m on a vacation this week, in Barcelona to be precise. We are basically doing the same trip that we did last year, which is combining a few days in the city with a day at the big music festival Primavera. I’ve just come back from a walk up the Montjuïc mountain for a fantastic view of the city. And now I’m writing this blog post sitting in a very nice café eating a spinach and goat cheese sandwich and…

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Video: How to sew a sports bra

- Sewing activewear, Tutorials, Video

Remember that I decided to try sewing a highly supportive sports bra, inspired by Beverly Johnson’s stellar advice in my book Sewing Activewear? Well, I’m happy to report that I came out on the other side of that adventure! And if you want to know exactly how I went about that, I vlogged the process so that you can follow along with the steps required to make a sports bra that offers both compression and encapsulation (hint, it was a…

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