Video: Sewing wardrobe staples using organic fabrics

January 15, 2017 8 Comments

Video: Sewing wardrobe staples using organic fabrics

January 15, 2017 8 Comments


Basic clothes doesn’t entice me when I’m looking for new patterns to make as I’m always looking for a challenge! But I do like to wear timeless, classic garments, especially if they are made with quality materials. So there is a gap in my wardrobe that I’ll try to mend with my latest project – sewing a capsule wardrobe using some nice (and organic) materials. In this video I give you the low down of those plans and the inspirations behind them. Also you’ll learn why it is so hard for a Swedish person to tell the difference between a polo shirt and a turtleneck sweater, plus some funny bloopers that I decided to keep to give you some insights into the reality of trying to speak cohesive English in front of the camera!

Also last weekend I participated in a 3-day sewing retreat with a bunch of other sewists. that was amazing on so many levels and I also got started on some of the garments that I talk about in the video. Check my Instagram for some sneak peeks of the progress.

Fabric sources for the planned garments in the video

Stoff & Stil’s organic collection (the polo short, turtle neck and trouser fabrics, though the fabrics I bought seems to only be available in the stores)

Andersson & Hjalmarson organic wool knits (the cardigan, only available in Sweden I think)

Books mentioned in the video

Fit for real people by Patti Palmer and Maria Alto (Amazon affiliate link)

This books covers pretty much everything and also shows several different versions on how to make similar alterations, depending on your body type. They suggest working with pattern tissue fitting to save time, but this book works just as well with muslin fittings which I think will yield the best results (but I did use tissue fitting method on my Red Dress and it turned out great!) .

Pants for real people Patti Palmer and Maria Alto (Amazon affiliate link)

Covers both pant fitting and sewing techniques. I have yet to try this book, but it looks promising with an interesting step by step guide to follow when fitting pants. Perhaps not as through on the fitting side as the original Fit for real people but the sewing techniques looks really good, and adds value.


Also: I’m thinking about adding the Pattern Fitting With Confidence by Nancy Zieman (Amazon affiliate link) to my library. Do any of you guys own it, and would you recommend it? Also if you have both Zieman’s and Palmer’s book is it worth owning both?


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  • Kim January 16, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I have and use both for different things. I have a small frame but large bust and Nancy’s method works great for that. I refer to the other book for a variety of other alterations.

    • Johanna January 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Interesting, thank you for the comparison. I too find that I need several books on similar subjects, because each book has something that the other one lacks. I really like Nancy also, so I might definitely consider buy her book too!

  • Andrea January 17, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I really understand your issue with the polo neck/turtleneck. In Portuguese, “french seams” is translated by “english seams”, so I’m talking about that in portuguese, I trouble with which term to use 🙂

    I dont recall if it is in this video that you say something about the sustainability of sewing as a hobby. Of course, we know that textile industry is highly hazardous to the environment but as home sewists I think we do our part to counteracter that – we aim to sew higher quality and longer lasting clothes. From what I read online, I gather mostly home sewists go for quality, not quantity, at least after the very begining stage of learning to sew.

    Ok, stepping out of my soap box now 🙂

    • Johanna January 18, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Interesting, I had never heard that technique being credited to the English before but it just goes to show how fluid language is! I agree with your perspective about how we sewists tends to have a deeper understanding of quality and substantially, if not initially we do learn it over time. Plus I think we have a deeper understanding of the time and work that goes into making clothes and why fairly produced and long lasting clothes should cost more.

      • Andrea January 18, 2017 at 5:43 pm

        Forgot to say (and you problably already know about this) – Sandra Betzina has a online course on pant fitting techiques at Craftsy. I have that one and its valuable information (and you get a Vogue pattern for pants).

        • Johanna January 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm

          I’ve heard good things about that one and I like her books too. Thank you for the tip!

  • Heather January 21, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I have found the Silhouette Patterns webcasts, which are free, very helpful with fitting issues. I have
    had quite a bit of success with taking a dart out for the flat seat adjustment.
    There are many to choose from. Some of them are on YouTube also.

    • Johanna January 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Awesome! Thank you so much for the tip! I plan to make a muslin too and this will be valuable!

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