A dear friend once asked me what fabric I would stock if I had a fabric store and my immediate response was Lotta Jansdotter. My love for her modern designs has stretched back to the beginning of my sewing journey. When I was asked to be a part of the blog tour for Everyday Style, I was flattered and excited.
Let’s get right to it! As the last spot on the blog tour, much has already been said about the book. For me, there are a few key book components that make it worthwhile for me. First of all, the book cover is sturdy and simply gorgeous. The same simple yet stunning design elements can be said for the book’s photography. Anyone interested in textiles, Sweden and modern design would easily love this for a coffee table book. If you have followed her fabric designs, you will recognize them as accents used throughout the book.
Lotta’s projects are organized by season so you can make a year’s worth of outfits using the patterns. I love how she uses the same pattern in different seasons to show a garment’s versatility and how she designs her outfits for the season. She also includes patterns for fun accessories like fabric bracelets, necklaces and bags. Visions of many, many fabric bracelets dance in my head!
After glancing at the book, I quickly decided I wanted to make the Esme Tunic. Designed by Alexia Abegg, the style and shape look timeless. Since I have made Alexia’s Boxcar Tote pattern before, I knew she would have great instructions. The instructions proved to be easy for me to understand. The full size pattern pieces were a blessing after cutting out many pages of pdf patterns. My only problem came when I was tracing the cap sleeve option of the Tunic. It is drafted with a slight overlap, which made it hard to trace both pieces at the same time. Otherwise, I recommend tracing the patterns after highlighting them to make sure you cut out the right pieces.
Because my measurements were outside of the size range, I made two muslins. For the first one, I added width based on the stated pattern measurements but it was too big. I also opted for the cap sleeves but they felt too large for my shoulders. Since I live in Southern California where (normally) there is sun eleven months out of the year, I choose to adjust the pattern for a sleeveless design. For my second muslin, I deepened the neckline and added 1.5″ to each of the shoulders. Perfection! I cut into my gorgeous Lotta print to make my final version.
Here is the sleeve adjustment:
And from the back:
(Ironically, my picture day was the first raining day in San Diego in a month!)
Do you want to see more projects from the book? Check out the other blog hop participants:
December 1 – Lotta
December 2 – STC Craft
December 3 – Windham
December 4 – Noodlehead
December 7 – Modern Handcraft
December 8 – Sew Scatterbrained
December 9 – Crimson Tate
December 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama
December 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes
December 15 – Craft Sanity
December 16 – Aesthetic Nest
December 17 – Sew Mama Sew
December 18 – Lish Dorset
December 19 – Fancy Tiger Crafts
December 21 – Generation Q
December 22 – Carolyn Friedlander
December 23 – Crafty Planner (you are here!)
Last but not least:
*GIVEAWAY CLOSED* One lucky person will win a copy of the book, Lotta fabric from Windham, Lotta temporary tattoos from Tattly and Lotta washi tape. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below with your favorite Lotta design. (Mine is probably the trees from Glimma!) A winner will be chosen on Monday, December 28th at 9am. Congratulations, Jenny Roo!