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SAM #7 and other things

June 21, 2012
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Shirt #7, with no sleeves or associated cuffs and plackets, was a much quicker sew and also just right for hot summer weather. This is that Ottobre shirt from the 02-06 issue, this time in the #4 incarnation, which is sleeveless.

The fabric is a Liberty lawn. This pattern is called “Pepper”, and is probably the ittiest, bittiest  print they make. Since the fabric was so nice, I wanted to be sure to make something classic. I also took care to sew the narrowest french seams I could, and the bias binding for the armholes was also the very skinniest I could manage. I also wanted to use my old-time Singer buttonholer to make the best possible buttonholes, but could not get it to work with this lightweight fabric. When I slipped something stouter under the foot, it worked fine. I did mess with the foot pressure and tension, but to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions for the future? So the buttonholes were done on the Janome, which makes pretty darn nice ones, just not with as many variations as the  cams in the Singer attachment allow.

Made a few more tweaks with dart placement and think the tweaking of this pattern is finally finished. One thing I’ve noted with Ottobre patterns is that the bust point is much closer to the side than mine. So the vertical darts were moved toward the center; the horizontal dart was adjusted just a bit, too.

If I ever buy another dressform, I’ll get one with a cotton cover. This one has some kind of grabby velour on it that makes it so hard to take a nice photo. Everything clings everywhere.

The shirt is part of my summer 6-pack, and there are pants to go with it. These are the pants in the same Ottobre issue as the shirt, 02-06. Photographing pants is always a problem for me. Here’s a fuzzy mirror shot that at least shows the two pieces together. I modified the pants by replacing the slash pockets (don’t like the gaping) with pockets with a horizontal opening. Which doesn’t show, because I don’t tuck my tops.

When the last Ottobre Woman issue came, I really wanted to make style #10, the cute crossover top. Ordered the perfect striped knit to make it from, and got the thing nearly completed. Unfortunately, my usual Ottobre size was too small! Not only that, but it was too short! I was really put out, because the back waist length on Ottobre has always been just right in my usual size. I may still try the crossover top again.

That effort left me with some good-size scraps. The navy and chartreuse stripe was all peppy and energizing, so I really wanted to use it. There was just barely enough to squeeze out the Linnea top, from Ottobre 02-10, style #1. This is such a simple pattern, and I’ve wanted to try it for quite awhile, but didn’t have appropriate material. That lightweight rayon knit was just perfect. It went together in about 2 hours (probably faster for you if you have more facility with knits) and gave me no headaches! Changes from the pattern: bound the armholes instead of the turn and stitch finish in the instructions. For the hem, I decided to cut a band and serge it to the bottom. I wasn’t sure I could sew a twin-needle hem very well on such a light-weight knit. I love wearing this simple top with its easy neckline, and want to find some other knits that work for it.

Whether you’re sewing or not, I hope you’re having the summer you want!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2012 7:58 pm

    What excellent progress on your summer 6 pack (I say with some envy). I love the simplicity of both shirts.

  2. June 21, 2012 8:12 pm

    Your shirt and top look great. I need to make some sleeveless shirts. I especially love the stripe on the cowl neck. That is a wonderful idea. Beautiful work.

  3. Martha permalink
    June 21, 2012 9:08 pm

    Robyn, love your sleeveless version of this classic. I may have to try one of my recent shirts in a sleeveless version. I’m headed to Texas for a vacation in a week, and you know I’m going to be wanting sleeveless!

    I also love the knit top. The fabric is so cheerful. Too bad about the other one. Wonder if you can use it for something else? Trim on something?

    Martha

  4. Helen permalink
    January 24, 2014 5:57 am

    Would u mind lettin me know who you get your ottobre women mag through? I just borrowed spring 2013 from the lib. Wow!!! Also what months do they get released? Thnks for your time, helen

    • January 24, 2014 7:11 pm

      Hi, Helen. I subscribe directly from Ottobre. You can also get copies from Sewzanne’s or The Wooly Thread google them for a US source. The spring issue should be out soon. There are two issues per year.

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