Thursday, May 03, 2007

A new book!

I was really torn between buying this book and one of Amy Butler´s books - I decided on this one because of the title, Simple Sewing and because I am an admirer of Lotta Jansdotter and Scandinavian style. The book seemed a little too simple at first glance but the more I look through it, the more I realise that the simplicity of it leaves room for my own imagination. It´s a little like Ikea furniture, the structure is there but you can make so much more out of it. The book has a lot of practical hints and instructions for sewing in general aswell as lovely photos and useful patterns in their own hard pocket so they can´t be lost. I started with some things that I needed, the sun hat (I had to adapt this pattern as it was much too big so I recommend that you make a test hat with a cheap fabric first) and a pot holder and I`m working on the all-day tote which will be used as a picnic bag and filled with a napkins and place-mats with cutlery pockets. We have booked our summer holiday to Italy in August and I can´t wait to have a picnic overlooking beautiful Lake Garda, wearing my sun hat with a lovely place-mat on my lap!

8 comments:

Mirre said...

That book looks so good! I love the projects you made already!

Eren said...

I totally agree with you that her simplicity leaves so much more to be done with little tweaks here and there to make her patterns your own. I love your hat!!!! It think it is next on my list of projects.

erin said...

I did test that hat pattern and it was super small on me! Go figure...I really love how yours looks.

liz elayne said...

i recently bought this book too! it is full of so many wonderful pictures, but i haven't tried to make anything yet. i want to make that fun backpack i think...but i love the hat! maybe i should try it first. :)

Gypsy Purple said...

How lovely!!!

African Kelli said...

You made both of those? They are wonderful!!

Denise said...

very lovely and they will look great in Italy

Colorsonmymind said...

You are so inspiring. I love the sunhat!