July DIY and Business Book Club 2016

July DIY and business book club from Dear Handmade Life

I dream of having a stylist come to my house, pull every single item of clothing I own out of my small closet, and be brutally honest about whether I should keep the stuff, or pack it all up and send it on its way.  I dream about having that same stylist (who is very nice, by the way, and doesn’t make me cry, or feel ashamed of my aging body that bore 4 children) then take me to a store with just enough choices to let me feel like I have options, but not too many choices to overwhelm me, and gently teaches me how to pick the right clothes that look good, are comfortable and will survive my daily life of sticky hands, spilled coffee, splashed dish detergent and that inevitable acrylic paint that somehow always ends up on my pants.  I’d like to blame my kids for my clothing not lasting longer then a day, but let’s be honest, I’m a hot mess.

So, back to my dream world.  My stylist, would also have the ability to custom make me a few items of clothing that no one else had.  This would be my favorite part.  It would be like my 8th grade graduation dress scenario all over again..except that my mother wouldn’t be picking out the fabric, and the pattern, and making me wear nylons….come to think of it…it would *actually* be a whole lot better.

So while I’m waiting for my stylist/seamstress miracle worker to show up, I’ll just keep flipping through Lotta Jansdotter’s book Everyday Style, and keep dreaming. I’d love to give you a chance to do the same! This month we have picked 4 amazing books to read for book club:

  1. Playing with Surface Design by Courtney Cerruti
  2. The Making of a Rag Doll by Jess Brown
  3. Everyday Style by Lotta Jansdotter
  4. The 4 hour Work Week by Tim Ferris 

We are giving away The Making of a Rag Doll, Playing with Surface Design, and Everyday Style to a lucky reader this month! Leave a comment below telling about your favorite item of everyday clothing by July 30th, and we will pick one winner and ship you these dreamy books to check out!


The contest is now closed. Congrats to the winner Jen!

July DIY and business book club from Dear Handmade Life


  1. My favorite item this summer are my new black cotton shorts I got from Uniqlo recently. They have an embroidered pattern so they’re a little interesting but in a solid black color so they go with anything and everything! I also love that they’re cotton and very breathable – a must in this humid and super *hot* NYC summer. 🙂

  2. I love Lotta!

    As for the question, I’ve been living in my black Birkenstocks for a few summers now. I have been a fan since college and am ever so grateful to whoever decided that they are stylish again!

  3. My favorite clothing item this summer is my super soft wrap cardigan. It has been perfect for throwing over a dress in the evening or lounging around the house. Such a good buy!

  4. I’ve picked up a number of summer pieces I’m in love with this year, but I think my favorite is the Anthropologie Aqua sweater my mom gifted me for my birthday. Soft and floaty and drapey, easy to throw on over anything and light enough to throw into my bag when I don’t need it.

  5. My green embroidered jacket from Peru that I got at a clothing exchange years ago just found it again and I keep on finding reasons to wear it

  6. At the moment, my favorite item of clothing are hand stitched Alabama Chanin A-line tunics. My go to for gardening to sleepwear was constructed–as a wearable muslin–from an extra large freebie Camaro tshirt. So comfy!

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