I am very proud and happy to introduce to you my 3rd sewing book, Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style. This time I am showing you how make your own stylish, cute, functional and everyday garments. The book is filled with really simple patterns and interesting clothes, which are all modeled by real people.
Most of you probably know me as a different kind of designer (for those of you not so familiar with my work, I create surface patterns and designs that are printed on all kinds of things: fabrics, rugs, cushions, paper goods and plates, to name a few), and the truth is that I do not really know how to sew that well!
The very simple and basic sewing I do know is from home economics class in elementary school! I remember so strongly how satisfying and EXCITING it was to sew a pair of my own PJ pants; it was such a wonderful feeling to make a something that I could wear. I still carry that feeling and wanted to share the excitement at making your own garments in fabrics of your own choosing in this book.
Since I don't know how to create sewing patterns, I invited pattern maker Alexia Abegg to collaborate with me. She drafted all the patterns in sizes XS to XL based on my ideas, vision, and style, which is rather non fussy - simple lines and classic cuts, cute and functional everyday clothes. Now I can start learning to sew again! Since this book is focused on easy patterns it won’t intimidate a novice sewer.
I hope you will feel as tickled as I am by these projects. I also hope you will feel inspired to add, alter, and change things to make them more YOU by picking your favorite fabrics, adding ribbon, pockets, lengths, lining, prints, and swatches for example.
I have worked with some really special models for this book. I invited some friends and relatives of all ages to take part, and I could not be happier that they are part of this project. The amazing photographer of this book is Jenny Hallengren - she is also one of my best friends, since I was 10 years old. She has worked tirelessly with me, and together we have had some rather wonderful adventures while making this book.
To celebrate the release of Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style, STC Craft have invite many talented and creative bloggers and makers on a Blog Tour that starts today! For almost every day in December we will see different versions of projects sewn out of the book. There will also be give-aways on each blog - not only of the book, but also some Lotta Jansdotter fabrics that were created together with Windham Fabrics, and temporary tattoos made together with Tattly - it is like an advent calendar of sorts, a gift everyday until Christmas!
I CANNOT WAIT! It is so super exciting for me.
Here is the blog tour:
Dec 1 – Lotta Jansdotter Dec 2 – STC Craft Dec 3 – Windham Dec 4 – Noodlehead Dec 7 – Modern Handcraft Dec 8 – Sew Scatterbrained Dec 9 – Crimson Tate Dec 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama Dec 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes Dec 15 – Craft Sanity Dec 16 – Aesthetic Nest Dec 17 – Sew Mama Sew Dec 18 – Lish Dorset Dec 19 – Fancy Tiger Crafts Dec 21 – Generation Q Dec 22 – Carolyn Friedlander Dec 23 – Crafty Planner
Wow, now lets see what YOU will make! I would of course love it if you want to share with me your process and your finished projects on Instagram: @lottajansdotter Use the tag #lottaeverydaystyle so we can find them!