Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style Blog Tour {Giveaway!}

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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 Book Wardrobe

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.

Lotta Esme Tunic Front Close Up

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.
Lotta Esme Tunic Front

Here is the sleeve adjustment:

Lotta Esme Tunic Sleeve Modification

And from the back:

Lotta Tunic 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!

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  1. The echo fabric line, the first one that Lotta designed for Windham, is still my favorite. I’m hoping to use some and make something to wear from this book!

  2. The black and white line she came out with about two years ago. Is it called “Sylvia”? I bought a precut and still have not been willing to cut them up, as I haven’t found the perfect pattern

  3. What a great post! You are such a good example of doing the work to customize and modify a pattern first in muslin before cutting into the beautiful chosen fabric. In knitting, the equivalent might be doing a gauge swatch which I reluctantly do most of the time. Thank you for sharing your success here and for the giveaway.

    On a side note, it’s great to see your podcast getting recognized lately on the list of best things of 2015. I have really enjoyed it and now am an avid follower.

  4. I loved the Echo line and bought a bunch of the designs, but the one I reached for most often was Moira in Indigo. Love your tunic!

  5. Mickel from Follie is my hands down fave!! I love all of Lotta’s fabric though!! Thanks you for the chance to win this super amazing awesomely wonderful and lovely prize. Would be a lovely Xmas gift to me me me me me! ? Your dress turned out beautifully! Nice work!! I have never been brave enough to sew without an exact pattern to trace and cut out…. Maybe one day?!

  6. Suvi from Sylvia is my favorite, both colorways, and I am down to just under a FQ of each. Your sleeve adjustment and tunic are amazing! Sleeveless plus a cardigan is always my choice, even during a Michigan winter.

  7. My favorite Lotta’s design is Scullan from Follie line. It is the same one you used for your tunic. Your tunic is beautiful!

  8. Love your dress with adjustments! Which Lotta fabric to pick – they are all fabulous! My vote is for leafy tree. Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!

  9. LOVE your take on the esme tunic!! (& your outfit, overall)! ? one of my favorite lotta patterns from her follie line! I also really adore her drake pattern. thx for the giveaway opportunity! merry christmas ? & best to you in 2016!!

  10. The Esme tunic is adorable on you. As someone who has bigger “girls”, I was glad to see how great it looks on all sizes. I would make that first, using the sky leaf print in the Mormor line.

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  13. BTW where did you learn how to enlarge sleeves and increase the arm hole? There are many instructions on line but they all seem to be about increasing 1/4 ” or so, not as much as I need.

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