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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Wardrobe Sewing with Ottobre Woman 2/2015

Have you started sewing for warmer weather yet?  I've been really enjoying sewing with the new Ottobre Woman issue.   There are twenty designs, and I've made up six of them so far, and I've only had it two weeks!  That probably sounds like a lot, but believe me- these are extremely simple designs!  Most of them have just two or three pieces, so I've been able to trace, cut and sew them in an evening. People talk about a running high- I'm on a sewing high- I'm in the zone and the endorphins are flowing.  Here are my pieces all laid out with some shoes and accessories:

I decided on a Spring color palette of white, dark blue, light green and taupe, with the fabrics heavy on natural fibers so that this will transition into hot summer easily.  I've got several pieces already that will blend with these, and my goal is to have something similar to a Project 333 closet.

My first project from this issue was #14- the Loose Fit pants. (All Ottobre designs have a number and name!)  These have pockets and an elastic waistband with multiple rows of stitching. I made them from a white stretch linen that is just luscious.  Great fit, super comfortable.  Can't wait to make more of this one.





Next up was #13- the Melange Knit cardigan.  The fabric was an acrylic navy blue/ white stripe sweater knit from Hancock fabrics.  This one is definitely a warm weather cardigan that is more open than a cool weather cardigan.  The center fronts do not meet or overlap, so there is less fabric used.  Mine turned out quite long, but I think that's because the fabric grew lengthwise.  My plan is that this cardigan will go with everything else, so I'll probably keep it in my purse to throw on when the air conditioning is too cold for bare arms.


This issue has several dresses, but I wanted to start with #16- the Optic Flowers Jersey Dress with pockets.  It has a dropped waist, banded pockets, and 3/4 sleeves.  I used a cotton/poly blend interlock from SewBaby- found here.  This washed up beautifully- very soft and substantial.  It's trimmed it with navy ribbing.  This is like a sweatshirt dress- very casual.  If you don't like to wear dresses because they are too dressy, try this one.  You won't feel like you are dressed up!





 I added 3 inches to the length, so it would hit just above the knee.   This is a dress that I can wear anywhere- very casual, comfy, and has just a little retro vibe to it I think.  Here it is with the cardigan.


I made two tops.  The first was #1- Grain Field.  This is a sleeveless swing crop top that is fitted at the bust and swings out at the waist.  It has a wide boat neckline, which I lowered 1-1/2" at the center front.  I like more open necklines.  I used a honeycomb floral navy voile, and lengthened it one inch.  Here it is with the #7 Swing and Flippy Skirt.



The second top was #10- Sculpture.  This one took two tries to get it right.  I first cut it out of a navy silk charmeuse because I thought it needed something with great drape.  Major fail.  The charmeuse didn't hold the pleats well at all, and the neckline stretched way out of shape.  The directions tell you to narrow hem it, and by the time my neckline was narrow hemmed, it just was a big squiggly mess.
Not to worry, I had another fabric with a little more body to try out.  This one was taupe linen, and the pleats held nicely.  I felt like the neckline was too curvy for the narrow hem though, so I finished it with a bias binding this time.  Good call, as this time the neckband lays nicely.  I'm in love with this one now.  The earthy color, the softness of the washed linen- ahhhhh- just makes you feel relaxed.   Each top took only one yard of fabric.
And lastly, the panel skirt is made from Swing and Flippy  #7.  The fabric is a sculptured floral stretch denim that I got from Hancock fabrics.    It is brushed too and feels really nice.  It has a high enough stretch factor, that I omitted the zipper and just went with an elastic waist.  My version has 3-1/2" extra length. I'm lucky that my fabric had stretch, as this baby is TIGHT in the tummy!  If I make it again from a non-stretch fabric, I'm sizing up.



I'm on Spring Break next week, and hope to get a few more designs sewn then.  If you are interested in this issue, you can order a copy at SewBaby!  We've sold out of our original shipment, but have more on the way, and you can reserve a copy.  I highly recommend it if you like simple easy to sew project like these!

Have you ever been on a sewing high where you could just sew on and on and on?

Ann

27 comments:

  1. What a great wardrobe for easy, comfortable Spring living! Your Spring wardrobe is coming together nicely. Hope you have more copies of this issue of Ottobre Woman left.

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    1. Thanks, Rose! Yes we do still have it in stock.

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  2. What an inspiration you are - amazing wardrobe, kudos to you for being so quick too!

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  3. This is amazing set of clothes. I love the cardigan but really I love all the garments. I might have to buy this issue.

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    1. Thank you, Lori. I think you'd love this issue.

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  4. Wow! You've got a real head start on spring /summer wardrobe ! I especially love the dropped waist dress. Very cool looking. That's how I like to dress ,in a not dressed up dress and I have a Burda pattern that is very similar so I'm going to play copy cat and make me one! Your natural fiber fabrics all look so luscious!

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I look forward to seeing yours!

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    2. Genius Ann!

      I love everything but the dress is perfect casual wear and I really love the sculpture top. I am enjoying seeing everyone's wardrobe capsule ideas!

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    3. Thanks, Nakisha. Me too. Coming up with mix and match ideas is one of my favorite aspects of being able to sew.

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  5. You have super inspiration. Also, I'm going to renew my spring wardrobe and begins to dress in ottobre

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    1. Thank you, Romikka! I hope that you enjoy sewing with Ottobre as much as I do.

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  6. WOW....your garments are lovely! You really bring Ottobre sewing forward! Love your wardrobe! :)

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  7. LOVE these!!! I got a subscription and am so glad to see your versions all made up. Really well chosen fabrics and colors.

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    1. Thank you Kathy. I look forward to seeing what you make from this issue!

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  8. Gosh, I love all of these pieces! Simple patterns, but with the right beautiful fabrics. You'll get lots of wear out of all of these this season.

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    1. Thank you, Sewellen! I am so excited to start wearing these!

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  9. Nice.., I have some catching up to do. So far, I have sewn one Spring dress for myself.

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    1. Thanks, Cennetta! The weather hasn't exactly been encouraging for Spring sewing, has it? Still 30 degrees out today!

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  10. Your versions of these pieces are fantastic! I don't subscribe, but I ordered the current issue because I love just about everything in it! Can't wait for it to get here -- maybe I'll catch your sewing high.☺

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    1. Thank you, Rose. This is a great issue, so I bet you will have a blast with it.

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  11. I love your pieces Ann, they are great and mixing and matching wardrobe planning is something I really need to do!

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    1. Thanks, Sue. It's a great way to think of how to use some of the more basic fabrics in a stash. Sometimes fabrics that look boring to me on their own can really be appreciated as part of a mix and match capsule.

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  12. I've recently picked up this Ottobre magazine and wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed seeing your versions and reading your tips about making these. I've never sewn with Ottobre before, and this is the first time I've even seen the magazine in my area of South Carolina.... but love almost all the pieces in this collection too. I've got the #10 Sculpture traced, cut out and on neckline attempt #2! I like your linen version and bias binding idea and if this crepe doesn't work, then I've got some linen at the ready in the stash. Thank you again.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm glad to have been of help! I hope your Sculpture turns out well!

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  13. I LOVE seeing the items on. Either you do amazing sewing to fit yourself or you have a great build, as every piece looks far better on you than the mannequin. ;) I loved the linen pants!

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