- Spiral-bound: 144 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 8, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811852571
- ISBN-13: 978-0811852579
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects Spiral-bound – March 8, 2007
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Scandinavian-born Lotta Jansdotter is a self-taught designer. She works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York, where she sells her products and designs online and to hundreds of stores worldwide.
Meiko Arquillos is a photographer based in San Francisco who grew up in Tokyo.
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I also have made several projects in this book where I did not run into issues, so I should mention those as well. The doorstop, apron, all-day tote, and the very simple bag all turned out pretty well for me, and I am a relatively new sewer; however, I can definitely see how the lack of images and the unclear instructions about how to place multiple pieces of fabric together would definitely cause confusion and lots of wasted time trying to figure out something that should be very simple. The title of this book is, after all, simple sewing! I probably will be buying more of Lotta Jansdotter's books, and I really hope they are more tested and illustrated than this one.
You'll find lots of pattern staples for new sewers here- apron, tote bag, pillowcase, etc but the catch is that you actually get patterns and, in addition to the usual suspects, there are lots of patterns you wouldn't expect. The placemat with a chopstick holder? A placemat isn't necessarily unique, but the chopstick holder is interesting and it gives you a chance to try something more than just a simple rectangle shape. The picnic placemat is really fun too and again, it's something that seems like it's easy to think up but not quite. I also get a kick out of the doorstop pattern; just recently I saw a picture of one almost exactly like that and thought I'd try it and when the book came in, I realized I wouldn't have to search for a pattern.
I'm an intermediate sewer at best but I think I can tackle every project in here, though some might take a little more effort than others. The fabric guide at the beginning was pretty helpful, too. I often pick fabrics based on patterns, not based on the makeup of the fabric itself, and that's lead to problems. Knowing the right fabric to pick for a project is helpful and care instructions are even better. Again, like much of the book, it's something that seems like a no-brainer but is actually really important for people who are just getting into sewing.
Another project was a, at first glance, very simple bag - it did work out in the end but after realizing that many details were missing in the directions.
Overall, not enough great projects to warrant the struggle involved in figuring out how to put them together!