Have you gotten your hands on a copy of Lotta Jansdotter's recently released book, Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style?
I've long been a fan of Lotta's style - not just her fabric and surface design, but her seemingly effortless personal style. Naturally, I was excited to dig into this book - an apparel sewing book with patterns for key pieces to build a versatile wardrobe (and fun accessories as well). It's the type of book that you really should sit down with and look through from front to back to get the whole picture. (Stop by the shop to check out our copy if you haven't already - sale copies should be arriving later this month.)
My first project? The short version of the Pilvi Coat. We had this lovely hemp/wool blend woven in the shop that was perfect for what I wanted to make.
I ended up lengthening everything just a bit, but otherwise made no alterations to the pattern.
I am really happy with the fit of this jacket! Not constricting at all, yet fits well in the shoulders. I opted not to add any closures, although I'm still considering adding a single large snap at the top, as there is plenty of ease in this that it would remain comfy even if buttoned up. I did tack down my lapels, as my fabric was not about to hold a crease.
I chose to spend some extra time (admittedly, a lot of extra time) doing a Hong Kong finish on the inside seams using some Essex linen. I'm a sucker for neat finishes, so I think it was totally worth it.
We love the style and versatility of Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style so much that we decided it's the perfect title for our first sew-the-book apparel course. The course is currently on the schedule for Thursday nights and we hope to add another time slot to meet additional interest (email us!).