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.
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!