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Video: My me made workout wardrobe

My four piece workout wardrobe is finally done! And this video I show them all and give you the inside info of the process. As always there were some struggles and mishaps (like accidentally cutting a hole in the mesh and only noticing it once the garment was almost finished) but I’m glad I plowed through and finished all four pieces. Plus I got to try out several cool techniques in the process, some of those I plan to share in my future e-book on sewing active wear (which I’m slowly working on in my spare time, but I have no idea when it will be finished!).

All patterns are designed and drafted by me and I did both the illustrations and the patterns in Adobe Illustrator. The fabrics are from the Stoff & Stil sports collection , except the purple supplex and the power mesh insert in the bra. Now I’m off the celebrate with some ginger bread (pepparkakor) and non-alcoholic mulled wine (glögg)!

My design briefs for the this project

Zipped hoodie with stripes 

Running t-shirt with zipped pocket

Leggings with pockets

Tank top with built-in bra

My cuffs with thumbholes tutorial


  • Donna DeCourcy
    December 4, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Johanna! What an accomplishment. Your 4 workout pieces look great and you have learned a lot. Thanks for sharing all your learning. I love the tips. I too can go to that ‘dark place’ when things wrong, and it takes some patience and discipline to know when to walk away, and when to come back to the problem and wrk through the solution. At least I’m retired, so it must be difficult when your time is limited. I like your new format and YouTube videos.

    • Johanna
      December 5, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Thank you! It has been a long process, I made my first active wear over 10 years ago and I feel now that it’s all coming together (but there is always room to improve for sure). I so agree with your assessment of the sewing process, it is hard to know when to keep going and when to quit. I’ve had to learn to walk away more too, because some projects really are doomed (for me it’s usually due to poor fabric choices or some unsolvable fitting issue) and I shouldn’t be wasting my valuable time on them.


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