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What I wore Monday to Friday: July

Last week was my second week of my summer vacation and the first one that felt like a proper summer holiday, since we had a lot of fun social things going on and people visiting us, plus the weather was really nice. And of course I wore summer clothes each day, so let’s take a look at what my hand made outfits looked like last week!


Burdastyle silk blouse and straight leg trousers.

Had lunch with my oldest daughter at one of these vegan healthy food places that has been popping up lately. I had a thempeh ceaser salad and for desert we ate a raw food tiramisu. Both things were really yummy! Back in the 90’s I was actually vegan for several years, but now I eat mostly a vegetarian diet but with some fish and sea food here and there. After lunch my daughter took this outfit photo before we went to Lush for some shopping. A very eco-friendly day I guess, plus the trouser fabric is made of organic cotton twill. I try to buy eco friendler fabrics whenever I can find them,


My new wrap dress!

My husband took this photo after we had dinner with his siblings and their families. This dress is so comfortable you forget you are wearing a dress, plus so nice to be able to eat a big diner without feeling like you can’t breath because the waist is so tight. I’m very happy with my new DVF inspired wrap dress.


Liberty lawn dress

This dress is over 10 years old and is a copy of an H&M dress. My friend had bought this really stylish dress from H&M, so I went and tried it on too, but it fitted so badly on me that I couldn’t convince myself to buy it. Instead I studied my friend’s dress and made a copy using Liberty fabric that I had bought in New York. So yes I copy both Diane Von Furstenberg and H&M, hehe!


Seersucker dress

Again this dress is over 10 years old and a pattern I drafted myself using vintage seersucker fabric. This dress is perfect for warm summer days. On Thursday my dad stopped by during a road trip, so we went to a neighbourhood café for a fika. I drank ginger beer and and ate a coconut pastry. Normally I’m all for coffee, but I’ve found that three cups are maximum what I can tolerate during one day, and I had already filled that quota!


Workout t-shirt and Sloan leggings made with Spoonflower fabric

Woke up and felt kinda meh, tired and not really on the go. Plus it rained outside. But I did get dressed up for an upper body strength workout at the gym. I do try to get some kind of movement in my life daily even on days when I don’t really feel like it, because if I don’t I feel even more sluggish.

So these were five hand made outfits from last week. I’m currently on a little vacation, living with the family in a tiny cottage in the country. I’m horrible at taking breaks when I’m home and everything is similar to regular days, so getting away is the best way for me to decompress and it has been very relaxing so far!


  • Susan A.
    July 27, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    You Scandinavians are so funny. I’m in the South in the US, and in our summers, you try to figure out the minimum you can wear and still go out in public. There is no way you could wear long pants or long sleeves here.

    I bet you all have the most wonderful, cool summer evenings!

    • Johanna
      July 29, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Yes it’s eye opening how different a summer day can be depending on where you live in the world! And I can totally see your plight, heat waves are challenging. And we do have many cool summer nights and while I wish they were a little warmer, it’s at least easy to fall asleep when it’s colder 🙂

  • Janine
    July 27, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I love all your outfits and that you are still loving and wearing your older dresses. My favourite summer skirt I sewed in 2001. Have a relaxing break – they go too quickly.

    • Johanna
      July 29, 2017 at 11:53 am

      That’s wonderful to have a garment with such longevity as your skirt and it speaks volumes of how our makes can last a very long time with the right fabric and execution. Plus I usually feel much more attached to the clothes I made myself so it’s often hard to let go of them

  • Esther
    July 28, 2017 at 2:05 am

    My favorites of your outfits are the Burda silk blouse and the wrap dress, but they all look good! I also love your blue nail polish! Happy sewing!

    • Johanna
      July 29, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thank you! I’m addicted to that polish, I first got in Barcelona and now blue is the only colour I want to wear, plus it matches so much of my clothes since I love blue fabrics

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    July 28, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    You’ve completed one of the exercises in the “Curated Closet” book (probably without intending to!) – I follow and take classes with Alexandra Morgan here in Victoria (she has online classes, youtube videos as well) and she’s just completed this exercise too. I haven’t done this but it does show what you typically wear in a week giving you a sense of what you reach for in your closet the most. Helps with planning your wardrobe for the future – what you want to sew and what makes the most sense for you to sew 🙂 Love all your outfits Johanna but those workout leggings are the BEST 🙂

    • Johanna
      July 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      I’ve heard many Swedish sewing folks rave about this book and it sounds like a very good approach. I’m one of those people that could benefit from it I think, because I do love sewing dresses a little more than basics – but I wear way more basics!


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