rating: 5 of 5 stars
Once you pick up this book, you'll recognize the simple, Sandinavian-inspired prints and stitcheries right away as Lotta Jansdotter's. Inside the front cover lies a packet of patterns to help you along with the projects. There is also a pattern sheet for appliques and embroidery. The graphics are simple and beautiful, just as you would expect from Lotta.
This book is entitled Simple Sewing as the projects promise to be free of complications like zippers and buttonholes - it's a beginning sewers dream come true!
The patterns and figure drawings seem easy enough to follow. The projects are simple and useful, like the placemat with chopstick pocket, fabric napkins, a fabric door stop, and magazine holder to name a few. The cafe apron with pocket is brilliant - the pocket is shaped like an oven mitt. Speaking of which, there's a great pattern for oven mitts as well!
She seems to touch on some more advanced techniques like quilting and pleating, which is a nice addition for the more experienced seamstress. Most of the products seem to center around the home.
The book itself is artfully laid out with matte pages. Lotta's prints are used as watermarks and the fonts and photos were carefully chosen to match her signature style.
If you are looking for high-fashion clothing or how to reconstruct a t, then look elsewhere. But if you are looking to prettify your home then this is the book for you!