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First projects from Ottobre Woman Fall 2015

 I've had my fall issue of Ottobre Woman in hand for a little over a week, and have just gotten my feet wet with the first two designs, so I had to share them with you!  The first is design 1, the Twig Jersey Dress.  

I had this very interesting fabric that I bought last year- it is a knit with an ombre tie dye design that goes from selvage to selvage.  It has the most beautiful texture, like a crinkled gauze but not thin at all- in fact it is a double knit.

 I shortened the sleeves, and added 4 inches to the hem, as their original version would be 33-1/2" long, and I knew that would be obscenely short on me.  The fit in the neck and shoulders was perfect, as usual, but I did find the sleeves to be a little snug.  On my next version, I'll add a little extra there.  Here's a close-up of the neckline:

I left out the pockets on this one, because the fabric really is pretty thick, and I didn't really want to break up the design.  But, I do plan on making another with the pockets next time.

For my next project, I decided to go to design #2, the Classic or Modern Short Sleeve Sweater.

 I chose to do the modern version which leaves a raw edge on the neck and sleeve bands.  The instructions tell you to do some decorative stitching around the neckline, but I opted out of that.  Here is my first version:

and here is version #2.  Both fabrics are very lightweight sweater knits in 1 yard cuts that I found at Hancock's flat fold apparel fabric table.  I think that I paid around $3.50/yd for each of them, so this is a quick and cheap project!  I plan on wearing them either with black or charcoal grey bottoms for work.

Here's a closeup of the raw edge on the striped knit:

 and also on the sleeves:

I'm predicting that these edges will curl a little more after they've been washed the first time.

I'm working on putting together a plum/grey/pink wardrobe for fall, so I've got lots more planned to go with these pieces.

Have any of you made anything yet from this issue?  If you would like a copy, we still have a few left at SewBaby here. It is a fun one!  I can't wait to get some more designs sewn up.

Happy Sewing!



  1. Nice work- enviable wardrobe additions!

  2. I LOVE both of your tops! I was not sold at all on the version in the magazine but I want to try the pattern now after seeing yours.

    1. Thanks, Levone. The ones in the magazine were both solid, and didn't do too much for me either, but I liked the line drawings.

  3. I just got mine today but as it has been 28 degrees already here at the end of winter, I don't think I'll be needing too many long things.

    1. Oh, that must be frustrating to have to wait for another 6 months!

  4. I'm glad to see these made up Ann! I've had this issue for about the same amount of time as you and can't wait to dig in!

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


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