- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (November 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617691747
- ISBN-13: 978-1617691744
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style: Key Pieces to Sew + Accessories, Styling, and Inspiration Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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1. There is a cohesive theme to the whole book--in other words, the projects contribute to a unified style. If you like that style, you will like all the projects. In many sewing books the projects are grouped into chapters for clothes and accessories, for bags, for the home, for babies, and for children. Often a third of the book is of no interest to me because I don't have kids and only occasionally make something as a gift for a new mom or a child. It seems to me that many books are padded with silly useless projects just to balance the size of each chapter.
2. Lotta writes about how the various pieces will work in different fabrics and with different styling details. She features her friends and colleagues wearing the clothes so you get to see how they have interpreted the designs. It makes the book fun to read and inspiring, and she includes interesting details about her friends--I felt like I could relate to them and share their creative outlook.
3. The projects are simple but unique--like the patchwork scarf, which I've already made, and the fabric bracelets. Those are particularly nice because every sewist has bits and pieces of lovely fabric they don't know what to do with. Sure, you could probably figure out how to make those yourself, but you might not think of them and Lotta provides useful details and directions.
I can see myself making most of the projects in this book. I made the pants this afternoon and I love them. The patterns are printed on both sides and on top of one another, so you have to trace them out, which is a bit challenging. But most books with patterns do it this way now.
In sum I'd say that if you like Lotta's effortless euro-global chic, you will love this book.
In conclusion, if you want a colorful, vapid book for inspiration and already know how to whip up any of the pictured garments without a pattern, this is a good book for you. But there is no shortage of inspirational material for basic, straight-seam cotton tunics out there. Just google "sewing blogs", or go to Grainline Studio's website or something. If, on the other hand, you are a beginner looking for sewing instruction, look elsewhere. And if you are a relatively experienced sewist looking for quality minimalist patterns, buy the Merchant and Mills Workbook. It won't be as colorful, but you'll be able to make sense of the instructions, and the patterns will fit and look better than the pictures in the actual book.