Meet the Maker: Sara Johansen

Sara Johansen is a wife, mom to two little ones, BERNINA Ambassador, and creative innovator in-between. Basically, fashion forward sewing is her thing. Learn more about Sara at TheSaraProject.com or @thesaraproject_.

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All images courtesy of Sara Johansen and the Sara Project


1. Describe what your perfect day would be?
A perfect (and totally unrealistic) day would be to start off working with my sewing machine for a few hours, and then end it spending time with my family. Also, not having to make anyone any meals! All my meals would be made for me.

2. What’s the last hobby you picked up?
Sewing (9 years ago)! I spend any of my free time sewing to the point that I haven’t had time to pick up a new hobby, and I’m okay with that!

3. What’s your spirit animal?
A cat. I’ve always had cats and I’ve always been a cat lover. I feel like they get me!

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4. What’s your best way to decompress?
Garment sewing! Especially after a long day spent with my two toddlers. It helps me unwind and focus only on what’s in front of me. The best part is a finished garment as a result!
5. Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I knew how to knit. I also wish I knew how to make a cake worth showing off. It’s never too late to learn, right?

6. What is your greatest extravagance?
Getting all dressed up to take photos of myself! It’s fun to dress up in my handmade garments editorial-style and share the results with my followers. In some cases, it’s not how I always dress, although I wish I had more reasons and places to visit all dressed up in my handmades. Mom life!
IMG 5210 Meet the Maker: Sara Johansen7. What is your most treasured possession?
My wedding ring. There is nothing I value more than my husband and children, and nothing I dreamed of more while growing up.

8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My two children (with one more on the way), of course! Aside from that, I’m really proud of how far I’ve come in the sewing blogging community and all of the amazing people I’ve come in contact with.

9. Who is your dream client and what would you want to create for them?
I really don’t enjoy sewing for other people, unless it’s for my daughter! I am my dream client. I love trying out new styles and designs for myself.

10. What is your must-have tool in your studio?
My BERNINA 560 sewing machine is my must-have tool. I couldn’t do anything without it! It’s such an amazing and reliable machine.

11. What is your favorite fabric to work with?
This is a hard one! I love working with all types of fabrics. I love the drape of rayon fabrics, and crepe is always beautiful too. I really like alternating between a woven project and a knit project. If I had to choose one, it would be wovens.
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I find inspiration all over the place: Instagram, magazines, people passing by, ready-to-wear shops and current trends.

13. When did you learn to sew?
I learned to sew at a young age from my mother, but really pursued clothing construction while in college about 9 years ago. About two years ago, I began focusing on building my handmade wardrobe, and I can’t believe how many pieces I’ve made since!

14. What is your motto?
Ever since high school, my motto has been “go with the flow,” and that’s totally my personality.

Make sure to check out Sara’s website at TheSaraProject.com and to follow her on Instagram @TheSaraProject_.

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2 Responses to Meet the Maker: Sara Johansen

  1. Debi Anderson says:

    Loved your article in Sew news. Just a new subscriber. could I by chance get the pattern brand and number for your green skirt that buttons down the front. I really would like to make one for me. Thanks Debi Anderson quiltwoman1@comcast.net