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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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About the Author
Lotta Jansdotter is a self-taught designer. She works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York.
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- 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.
Yes, more pictures might be nice. But, the written directions are very clear if you take the time to read them closely. And, the pictures that are included are very good.
My favorite projects were the bloomers and the simple pants. So adorable!!!
I'm not much of a sewing savvy person (I had to ask someone what it meant when I first read 'bias strip'). So, this book would probably be boring for someone with any sewing skill. But, that's why it is called "Simple Sewing". And, I think it also has value simply in that it gives you ideas you can use as springboards for more complicated projects down the road.