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Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers Hardcover-spiral – May 13, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Patterns and fairly detailed written instructions are included. Many of the projects are so simple, that you might not even need to use the pattern or follow the instructions.
The photography and styling of the book are very accessible and comfortable, like talking to a friend. It has a nice approach.
I really liked the soft toys, the cozy winter hat, the "boppy" pillow, and the burp cloth/ washcloth/ diaper pad (all different projects but similar).
Lotta inspired the reader to be creative and to riff off of her basic ideas and designs. It was a great start.
The ideas really are very simple. I don't know if most people would feel that they are getting their money's worth out of this book.
Some of the projects are a little too wonky/ unfinished looking to be made as gifts. But, then again, this is "SIMPLE sewing for baby," not "detailed, painstaking, make-you-want-to-gauge-your-eyes-out sewing for baby."
The clothing in this book isn't a strong point, so if you're looking for cute dress or outfit ideas, look elsewhere.
I would have liked to see a few more projects.
Overall, I would recommend this book as a gift for a newly pregnant crafty chick. I would highly recommend that if you're buying it for yourself, you get it from the library first to see if you would actually make use of the patterns and instructions. I definitely recommend taking a look, though, because the ideas are great and the fabrics she uses are inspiring.
- I have a lot of friends with babies or having babies, but have no kids myself. Like many other sewing for children books, this book does not give you an idea of general sizes for kids if you're making a gift. It is usually not possible for me to measure the child I'll be making the gift for. What fun /surprise is a gift if I have to go over to a friend's house and ask to measure her baby?
- Related to the above point, Some of the projects do not even have age ranges. For example, it does not help me to know that the finished size for the dress is 17 inches long. Will it fit a newborn? A toddler? something in between? I have no idea. Same with the hat - what age baby has a 17 inch head? The bloomers seem to be the only pattern that gives two options - one for a newborn-6 month, another for 6-12 months. It's not clear why the other projects do not have this helpful information.
- Like Lotta's other book, it is LIGHT on illustrations. For some, this is no problem. For someone like me who has a hard time sewing from written instructions that do not include some sort of illustration/diagram, this is an issue. And I have a fair amount of experience sewing. It is often not clear what the instructions are asking you to do, and it is time-consuming to figure it out. This is frustrating since there is ample white space on several of the instruction pages where it would have been so easy to toss in a diagram or two.
If you're able to work with the above issues, then this is a great book. As always, there are fun pictures and the book is very aesthetically pleasing.
I agree with other reviewers that sizes would be helpful. However, I'm not that worried about it, as every child grows at their own pace. I have size 6mo onesies that are smaller than size 3mo onesies, and I know 8-month olds that weigh 25 lbs compared to 12-month olds that weigh 20 lbs. Infant sizing just seems kind of arbitrary to me.
The only reason I won't give this book 5 stars is that there are some flaws in the sewing instructions. For example, in the snuggler pattern, after you sew the darts, you are told to leave the lining piece wrong side out and turn the outer piece right side out, and then pin them together so that the right sides are facing each other. Well, if you follow the instructions exactly, you end up with the wrong sides facing each other, not the right. In the dress pattern, you are never told to sew down the neck bias strip, even though the picture of the finished project shows it done. And I sometimes feel that she requires a bit too much fabric - the dress calls for one yard but I made it out of 3/4 yard with plenty leftover, and the bloomers call for 3/4 yard but I can get two pairs out of 3/4 yard with plently left for bias strips.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These projects are quick enough to do once your baby begins to nap. Definitely quick enough to do pre-baby or for other's babies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Bennett
This book is wonderful! The directions are very clear and the patterns are printed on large paper so you don't have to piece stuff together. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elena D'aiutolo
This is a very easy to follow book! And it was shipped very quickly to mePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have a lot of books with "sewing for baby" ideas but this one has more ideas that I will actually make for my grandsons! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nancy Barbata
Absolutely wonderful. Everything for babies & toddlers at a fraction of the price of department store designer wear. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jeannie
Cute book. Good starting point for some great, simple projects.Published 11 months ago by knitbunnie