Lotta Jansdotter’s book Everyday Style has been one of our most popular books here at the shop. The Swedish-born style icon, fabric designer, and pattern maker appeals to women of all ages with her chic and seemingly effortless wardrobe. We finally busted out one of the patterns in the book to see for ourselves if it lived up to the hype. Spoiler alert: it did!
The Pattern & Fabric
Bonnie’s first make out of the Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style was the Esme Tunic, a garment Lotta describes as one she can “lift, bend, sit, and skip” in. When you combine that with the many design variations, you can see why this tunic has an everyday appeal! The pattern itself is for a top, tunic, or caftan, with your choice of cap sleeves or 3/4-length sleeves, and optional pockets. Bonnie chose to go with the tunic, with 3/4-length sleeves and pockets (because we all love pockets, right?).
The fabric Bonnie chose for the Esme Tunic is a super-soft 100% cotton flannel from Robert Kaufman. (She actually made this version in Mammoth Flannel in Surf with Brown and Tea, but liked it so much she made another in the Lagoon Plaid Mammoth Flannel!) It has some heft to it, which makes it perfect for cold weather, and gives some structure to the A-line shape of the garment. The hardest part about using this fabric is matching the plaids, but of course Bonnie can do that in her sleep, pro that she is!
Alterations & Changes
Bonnie made the Esme Tunic in a size large, according to her body measurements, and can report that the fit was perfect without any alterations. She chose the neckline with the V neckline, but found that it was too deep for her taste. Instead, she shortened the V to just a simple notch, which suits her style better but still adds some interest. She also added small notches at the side seams, simply as an aesthetic choice. To set the pockets off some, she cut them on the bias.
The tunic turned out exactly as it appeared in the book, and Bonnie was impressed with the ease of construction, the clear instructions, and the accuracy of the pattern sizing. She was able to whip this up in just a couple of hours, and can definitely recommend it to relative beginners.
The most cumbersome part of the entire project was actually tracing the pattern. The book comes with 2 large sheets of full-size patterns, but they are overlapping, requiring you to trace them out first using the helpful pattern sheet guide. It can be confusing and time consuming. But once you have it traced (try using this Perfect Pattern Paper), you’ll be able to use it use forever. Plus, the book contains 9 full-size patterns and many other small projects ideas and instructions, making it a bargain at just $30!
Bonnie is already planning to make the Pilvi Jacket and a caftan-length Kiomi, also from the book, in addition to a tote bag or two. And now we know what the fuss is all about!