Being a fan of Lotta Jansdotter’s work, I’m thrilled to participate in the blog tour for her new book, Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style.
The book itself is a kind of style journal divided by season and taking place not only around Lotta’s life in New York, but also along her travels over the course of a year to Nashville, India and her homeland of Sweden. A very personal feel is gained through the glimpses shared of the people in her life, her sketch-book layouts and the use of her own handwriting and drawings throughout.
The patterns are mostly garment-related, but there are also a few bags and some cute accessories. To bring these ideas to light, Lotta enlisted the help of the massively capable and very talented Alexia Abegg.
What I really like about the patterns is that they are basic–in the classic sense, massively versatile, fast(!) and quite inspiring after seeing them represented in so many ways and on so many different people in the book. It’s also nice to see quilting cotton being used often and working well for many them.
A treat for me was when Lotta invited me to make a project–the patchwork scarf–to be used in the book. (That’s me below, second from the left!)
The scarf project is one of those projects that makes you look at fabric (and your stash) differently. Because of the construction, it works best with two-sided fabrics, meaning I perused my stash in a way that I hadn’t before. Usually, I’m just thinking about one side of the fabric, but this project encouraged me to think about how both sides could be used and viewed. I used many wovens, some lawn, and a little piece of hand-dyed architextures that I’d been holding on to.
Now that I’ve had the book in hand for a couple of weeks, I’ve already made a couple of things from it. First up, are my new Lotta pants (or Owyn, officially) in Lotta fabric. (Paired with my silk Mercer and new Wembley cardigan in this knit.)
I’d originally planned to make a top with the Lotta fabric, but while tracing the pattern pieces, I became enamored and curious with the pants and decided to give them a try. I didn’t make too many alterations other than shortening them a few inches (a very typical alteration for me being a shorty), as well as pulling in the leg width just a smidge.
Here they are again but styled with one of my favorite Lindens and a button-up…
And because I [got distracted by Owyn and] neglected my initial plans to make the Kiomi Top, I gave it a shot with a print from carkai. I LOVE this top. And the fact that I haven’t made more (yet) is reaffirming that I still have some willpower, because I’ve wanted to…and have been thinking about it…but just need to finish up some other things (holiday gifts) first…
(Yes, it’s still warm in Florida.)
It was a no brainer to pair Kiomi with my new Lucky Strike shorts (pattern is Simplicity 3850) and Wembley cardigan (again. I really am wearing this cardigan with everything…). I didn’t make any alterations to the top, except for using the more narrow width that’s supposed to be for the maxi-dress version. I figured the slightly slimmer silhouette would suit me a little better, and it ended up being perfect.
I enjoyed thinking about and making these projects, and I know they’ll both get a lot of wear. Lotta’s Everyday Style is a fun book that I don’t plan to put down anytime soon. In addition to more Kiomi tops, I’d like to try one of the jackets next.
Thank you for stopping by on the tour! Make sure to check out the other participants.
Dec 1 – Lotta
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 (me!)
Dec 23 – Crafty Planner
+ AND now, the giveaway–One lucky person will win a copy of the book, some Lotta fabric from Windham, Lotta temporary tattoos and Lotta washi tape. To enter, simply leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about whatever project/fabric/book you’ve been excited about. A winner will be chosen Thursday, Dec 24 at 9am EST.