This week I’m bringing you a conversation with Lotta Jansdotter, the Brooklyn-based Swedish designer of items ranging from home goods to textiles.
On this episode we discuss her new book “Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style.” The book contains her first collection of five clothing designs and includes patterns for a skirt, dress, blouse, pants/shorts and a jacket/coat. This book, which also includes tutorials for fun accessories including fabric necklaces, totes and scarves, is unique in that Lotta tells the story of each project and includes photos of her sketchbooks and studio for a bit of a behind the look at her life as an artist and designer.
One of the best parts is that woven into the fabric of this book of clothing designs is the story of Lotta and the important people in her life as each garment is modeled by Lotta and the women close to her. The models range in age from teen to senior, underscoring the fact that these designs can be worn by all ages without inspiring a citation from the fashion police – not that any of us DIYers actually care about bending the so-called “rules” of fashion. : )
This episode also features my earnest attempt to learn to pronounce Lotta’s name correctly (with only marginal success I’m afraid) and an after show that I hope will inspire those of you who are in the process of rebooting your creative, professional and/or fitness lives. I’ve in the process of jumpstarting all three and will be sharing little bits about that along the way.
Lotta’s Blog Tour – This is coming up quick and I’ll be participating. Stop back here on Dec. 15 and check out the dress I’m going to make from the pattern in Lotta’s book. (Did I mention that the pattern pieces come in the back? Well, they do, so no downloading and printing required. Yay! However, you do need a careful eye to make sure you’re tracing the correct size from the master copies at the back of the book.) Wish me luck, folks. : )
Here’s the full blog tour line-up:
Dec 1 – Lotta
Dec 2 – STC Craft
Dec 3 – Windham
Dec 4 – Noodlehead
Dec 5, 12 and 19 – Lotta’s studio will be open for signed books
Dec 7 – Modern Handcraft
Dec 8 – Sew Scatterbrained
Dec 9 – Crimson Tate
Dec 10 – Purl Soho appearance – Lotta will demo a project from the book and sign
Dec 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama
Dec 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes
Dec 15 – CraftSanity (That’s me!)
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
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