And yes, I had a giggling fan (teen) girl moment when Abram's Books and Windham Fabrics invited me to participate in this 'Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style' blog tour!
In 'Everyday Style' Lotta shows us how to make simple, stylish and functional everyday garments. Tunics, bags, jackets, skirts and trousers are all modeled by 'real people' including Lotta herself in this hardback book.
Lotta creates surface patterns and designs that are printed on numerous of goods; fabric, cushions, paper goods etc, but she's has no experience in designing sewing patterns, so she invited Alexia Abegg on board for that part - and together these two talented ladies have translated Lotta's visions and style into clothing patterns.
I was tempted to give the Wilma Tote Pattern a go. A tote with the same name as my daughter is hard to turn down, but I ended up making the Esme tunic/mini dress as my first project from the book. By the way, the patterns are presented on full-size pattern sheets. Me like.
I lengthened the pattern and lined the dress using this brillant method - no other alterations were made to this size L Esme. I love the fit of the dress. I've made a fair share of a-line shift dresses, but I can truly say that this is one of the best fitting shift dresses I've made. Probably the best. I adore the neckline, the bust darts and the fit across my shoulders. Just perfect!
I definetely need more Esmes in my life.
The fabric is of course also designed by Lotta Jansdotter. It's called Hemendu (in the Midnight Navy colourway) and is from her 'Lucky' collection.
Want to win a copy of Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style? Believe me - you do! Well, simply leave a comment below to win not only a copy of the book but also: a fat quarter of Lotta fabric, Lotta temporary tattoos and Lotta washi tape.
Random org will help me pick a winner on Dec 14
Update on Dec 17: The lucky winner is comment no 19 - Gretchen! Congrats, Gretchen - email on the way.
Be sure to stop by these great bloggers to see what pattern and fabric they've chosen for the tour:
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
Dec 23 – Crafty Planner
Lotta's workshop//Books//Fabrics//Temporary tattoos
Tusind tak fordi jeg måtte lege med, Lotta :-)
Wow, skøn kjole og fantastisk stof. Jeg er også helt vild med Lottas stof. Jeg MÅ eje den bog :-)SvarSlet
Hold da op. Jeg vil også gerne vinde, så jeg kan lege medSvarSlet
This looks amazing!! That fabric looks so awesome, well done.SvarSlet
Uhhhh.... Jeg krydser fingre. Lækker kjole du har kreeret. 👍SvarSlet
Gorgeous dress. Thanks for the giveaway.SvarSlet
Sikke en lækker kjole. Jeg krydser fingre for at det bliver mig der vinder 😄.SvarSlet
Vh Trine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It really looks like very wearable dress! I like it. Thanks for the giveaway!SvarSlet
Love your dress. Would love to win a copy of the book. Everything Lotta does is just so gorgeous!SvarSlet
Your dress is wonderful! Thanks for sharing :)SvarSlet
This dress is gorgeus in it's semplicity! Really love it!SvarSlet
I had a peek at this book in the store - it is gorgeous, much like your dress. Seems right up my alley!SvarSlet
Nøøj det vil jeg gerne vinde - tag mig !!!! :-)SvarSlet
so beautiful and fresh!SvarSlet
I never win anything but I suppose I keep hoping !!
Nice dress. I'd like to win the book, thanks.SvarSlet
Love the design and fabric/print of your dress. Nothing beats an A-line shift! I have Lotta's book and will make the Esme top and tunic in the New Year.SvarSlet
This looks fabulous and fun! I wish I had more Lotta stash.SvarSlet
The more I read about Lotta and about here new book, the more I believe I definitely need this book :-)SvarSlet
I loved this dress, thanks for the givewat!SvarSlet
Beautiful dress and fabric!SvarSlet
Uh, den er fin. Jeg vil gerne vinde :-)SvarSlet
Lovely dress - beautifully done!SvarSlet
Love your dress & the fabric you chose!SvarSlet
oh yes, totally my style too..SvarSlet
Den ville jeg elske at vinde... :o)
I'd like a chance to win this book!
That looks great! I'd love to make one for myself. :)SvarSlet
I really like how you have styled this dress pattern and would love to have a go myself. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. :)SvarSlet
your dress looks so easy-breezy! love it! ✂️ thx for the book giveaway opportunity! happy holidays & cheers! ��SvarSlet
Ja tak :-)SvarSlet
Love your tunic dress!SvarSlet
Waauw, I love it, totally my style (again…) !SvarSlet
Wow looks Wonderfull. Would love to win this!SvarSlet
Hold da op for en fin Give away:0)SvarSlet
jeg krydser alt hvad der krydses kan, for at jeg er den super heldige:0)
Inspirende bog med fine snit.SvarSlet
Stof med herlige mønstre.
Lige til at fortrylle hverdagen med ;)
I love that tunic! This book looks like it full of creative inspiration!SvarSlet
Hej. Jeg leger med, vil super gerne vinde den bog.SvarSlet
Wow! This looks like a pattern my limited Dressmaking skills could have some success with. It's a perfect combination Lotta Jansdotter fabric and Groovy mama's brilliant style. :)SvarSlet
Lovely dress and fabric. I've been following Lotta Jansdotter for years and would love to win her book.SvarSlet
Jeg vil super gerne vinde den bog - ellers bliver jeg vist nød til selv at skaffe den. Hilsen JaneSvarSlet
That dress looks great on you, so I can understand wanting to make a few more. Isnt it great to find a pattern which doesn't need too many adjustments made. Thanks for the review. Tarnia.hodges at gmail.comSvarSlet
Du laver simpelthen altid sådan nogle flotte kjoler - og denne er bestemt ingen undtagelse. Lotta-stoffet er smadder flot. Jeg har også været vild med hendes design i flere år, og det var en stor oplevelse, da jeg for et par år tilbage fik lov at besøge hende og hendes værksted i Brooklyn. Lækker giveaway! /Emilie - femogtyve (at) hotmail.comSvarSlet
I love love love your dress!!!!👍🏻😍SvarSlet
I have a fat quarter bundle of Lotta's 'Echo' fabric that i can't bear to cut into. One of these days...SvarSlet
Love your dress. This is a great hop.SvarSlet
Great dress ! Love the fabric tooSvarSlet
The dress looks great. I liked the length and the pattern very much.SvarSlet
This looks like a great book. Great job on the dress, fun print.SvarSlet
Love the spots you've chosen for the dress!SvarSlet
I'm definitely in the mood for tunics, yours looks great. Thanks for the chance to win Lottas book.SvarSlet
Oh WoW, that looks great! Thanks for the chance!SvarSlet
I love the spotted fabric as well (I'll join the chorus). Thanks for the raffle chance.SvarSlet
Håber at blive den lykkelige vinder☺️SvarSlet
I like the tunic and love that dot fabric. Thx for the giveaway.SvarSlet
I like Lotta as well. She has a very clean style. Thanks for the giveawaySvarSlet
Håber jeg stadig kan nå at deltage i konkreencen. Den ser superspændende ud den bog.SvarSlet
I really like your esme dress! Would love a copy of thus book! ( and the fabric ;) )SvarSlet
love the clean style of your dress and of Lotta's designs!SvarSlet
fantastiske designs, virkelig flot kjole lige til min facon ;-)SvarSlet
I love Lotta's fabrics - would love a copy of her book!SvarSlet
Congrats to the lucky Gretchen! So sad I didn't get in on this one in time!SvarSlet