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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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Lotta Jansdotter is a self-taught designer. She works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811865487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811865487
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scandinavian-born Lotta Jansdotter is a self-taught designer who markets her products and designs online and to hundreds of stores worldwide. Lotta's contemporary organic designs reflect her deep appreciation for nature's limitless beauty juxtaposed with a love for modern urban style. She is the author of five books, and her innovative designs adorn stationery, cards, and journals published by Chronicle Books. Lotta's creations have appeared in such magazines as Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appétit, 7x7, Elle, Real Simple, Lucky, and Domino, and have been shown at Museums of Modern Art in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She has created custom designs for Herman Miller, San Francisco's de Young Museum, and Barney's of Tokyo among others. Her designs have featured in lifestyle books, how-to-books, and tour guides published in Japan.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By peanut on May 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover-spiral
This book has some very cute ideas for baby items. I have been using it to make presents for others and little things for my kids as well. In general, the projects are very simple and can be made by the most novice sewer/crafter. BUT, most aren't so simple that they aren't appealing to the more experienced.


The good:
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 "eeeehhh:"
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.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By morr0226 on June 11, 2009
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This is a great book with a few flaws that some people will be able to handle and others won't. There are about 24 basic projects that are cute, fun, and simple.

My complaints:
- 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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By AmandaB on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover-spiral
This is a great book for very simple projects and I actually believe I can make some of these while I am on maternity leave this summer. I am excited to try and make the snuggler, changing pad, hats and soft letters especially. I was disappointed, however, that the clothing patterns do not have size indicators at all or instructions for making them in different sizes. Luckily I have a newborn so if I make these early enough she can still wear them, but I think this could be frustrating.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Velasquez on February 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I think this book delivers "simple sewing" projects. It has some cute ideas but I can't help but feel that the instructions were rushed and not tested appropriately. I was disappointed with lack of sizing and measurements. Also, I noticed some editorial mistakes in the instructions section of the dress AND pattern markings. This wasn't a huge issue, since I'm fairly knowledgeable about sewing techniques. Please note that when you make the dress, the patttern does not indicate where you should stop sewing the back peices together. You will have to mark this on your own so that your baby's head can fit through the hole! Yeah, it's that important.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MarchMama on February 15, 2011
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My sweet husband bought this book for me in my fifth month of pregnancy because I love to sew and craft. I found the book's format very approachable, and the projects seemed doable. The author is straightforward about how much time a particular project will take. So far I have made about a dozen pairs of the bloomers (love them!), two snugglers, the dress with pocket friend, a diaper bag, two changing pads, and a nursing pillow. I have plans to make the tag blankie, several rattles, and two more snugglers as gifts and eventually I want to make an alphabet's worth of soft letters and a bunch of "buddies" in various sizes. The sex of our child is a surprise, so once s/he arrives I'm sure I'll be making a bunch of little dresses or pants.

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.
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