Showing posts with label Ottobre Design Woman 05/2016. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ottobre Design Woman 05/2016. Show all posts

3.28.2018

Matchy-Matchy | Ottobre Design Woman 05/2016 no. 9 Classic Leggings

How could this lycra/spandex fabric be resisted when it held the colors of my shoes, top and favorite hoodie?!  And just like that, a new pair of leggings was made.
I've made the Ottobre Design Woman 05/2016 no. 9 Classic Leggings so many times now, it's nice to sort of sew on 'automatic'.  One pattern piece for both legs that wraps around with only one inner leg seam.   Sometimes I want to cut this pattern in two, for an outer as well as inner leg seam.... but so far I've not gone to the trouble.   You can see some of the others I've made here and here.  Btw, want to add, that right now I am not purchasing anymore Ottobre Design Woman pattern magazines.   Every.single.time I placed an order, either through her Etsy shop or through her Website, even using PayPal, for some reason my credit card company classified it as a fraudulent charge and froze my account.  It was one great big pain to unfreeze the card and I do not want to go through all that hassle again and I cannot purchase these magazines locally or even within my country, to my knowledge.  It's also interesting that a few folks on PatternReview.com have also spoken of their credit card companies doing the same to them.  So I'm sewing from the older issues I have and enjoying these.
Anyway another lycra/spandex picked up at the local textile outlet warehouse All About Fabrics that is only open once a month.  These sort of knits make the best leggings with their 4-way stretch, luxurious feel and great recovery.
Of course sweet Suzi always coordinates well in her classic black.  :)
Happy Sewing All!   :)

Top:  Simplicity 4192












Hoodie:  Burda 01/2017 #103




2.15.2018

Geometric Leggings | Ottobre Design Woman 05/2016 no. 9 Classic Leggings

Floral print leggings are so popular right now, but not having any appropriate floral print knit in the stash, and wanting a new pair yesterday (isn't that always the case!) am loving my new blue and white geometric version!
Have no clue what this fabric content might be as it was recently purchased at the only-open-once-a-month-to-the-public sale at All About Fabrics Warehouse textile outlet and their fabrics are on unidentified, large round bolts located in the area of general fabric content.  For instance..... this one was in the section of Stretch Fabrics where there are all sorts of differing 'stretches' of fabrics and clearly different fabric content(s).  This is a 4-way stretch and feels like heaven on.
After seeing beautiful Paula's floral one-piece legging on Instagram recently, it encouraged me to re-look at my own one-piece legging pattern I've made many times before, here and here, from Ottobre Design Woman 05/2016 issue.  Paula was my inspiration to make this version.
This issue of Ottobre Design Woman was full of great pieces.  I've already made 4 of them, some in multiples, and have begun no. 18 shirt, with a collar and buttons, down there at the bottom, out of fluid powder-blue microsuede that, hopefully!, will be able to show you soon.
Back to the leggings..... such an easy pattern..... one piece, cut two, and after a couple of hours max, boom, you've got a new pair of leggings.  I've worn the others I've made to pieces, particularly the black ones, but it kind of bugged me there were no side seams and sometimes felt they had more of a 'tights' look, than a 'leggings' look and came real close to cutting my pattern in two.  Until I saw Paula's gorgeous pair and realized that a side seam would cut a print up and maybe no side seams would showcase a print well.
So I left my pattern piece intact and am so glad as I LOVE this pair of leggings so much.  Wearing the boxy Burda Sweatshirt with it today.
It was an early Spring, gorgeous mild South Carolina day when I took these photos.  One couldn't help but feel joyful in the warm, sun-filled air.
Soooooo I thought it'd be fun to copy my lovely, sweet, dear friend Carolyn's outfit of the day photo she posted on Tumblr this morning.......and....
..... graceful me landed butt first on the ground.  For this set of photos I wasn't using the remote, instead I'd set the camera for automatic, to shoot in sets of 10 shots, so it captured all the gracefulness of the plunge.  I'll spare you the other shots......
..... instead leaving you with a more refined stance.  :)
Happy Sewing Everyone!  :)

2.09.2018

Black knit miniskirt | Ottobre Design Woman 05/2016 no. 7 miniskirt

Do you ever want to have something to go with your newly made something and you wanted it made yesterday?!  That's how I felt after I made the red/black plaid quilted vest recently and this little black knit miniskirt fit the bill perfectly!
Such a simple, easy skirt to make... it rounds out the wardrobe well.  There's a faux wrap feature in the front there.
 And the back is super cute!
I've made this skirt before out of a patterned knit and have always wanted a black knit version.  Shown in the photo below with the accompanying Ottobre top.  More about both pieces here.
Ottobre Design Woman 05/2016 issue shows how she styled both pieces together..... but this post is about the skirt, so let's look a little closer at the skirt.
Having always felt like the 'gap' of the faux wrap of the previously made skirt was a little too much for me, I widened the 'wraps' of both front pieces by 1" and feel this new 'gap' is much more modest, yet still has a cool vibe going.
Black is so hard to photograph so these construction images are lightened considerably.  This cute skirt takes minimal yardage so was able to use black pontiroma knit scraps from WalMart that was hanging around the stash leftover from earlier made black leggings.  So guess this skirt was sort of 'free'!  Nice!!  Twin-needled top-stitched the front wrap panel side 'hem' seams, and front and back yokes.  Decided to leave the side seams serged together..... no top-stitching.  Thought this was enough plus I didn't want the side seams to feel 'stiff'.
Isn't the back cute!  The 1 1/4" elastic is quartered, then serged on and turned down and zig-zagged stitched closed.  For the bottom hem I thought this was coming close to being a little on the short side so only sewed a 3/4" hem top-stitched with a single seam.
Love this back yoke!  Has a sort of 'jeans' vibe going on in the back.  Not worried about the elastic waist as there will never be a top tucked in.
 One more look of the set.  A perfect skirt for this vest.  It's super comfortable to wear too.
That's it for this week.  This little skirt took maybe a couple of afternoons..... deciding how to alter the pattern for the extra width and top-stitching took more time than the actual construction.
Happy Sewing Everyone!

1.17.2017

Ottobre 05/2016 no. 8 Drape Front Top in Champagne Ultrasuede

When you find a favorite, do you make it over and over again?  I certainly do and right now Ottobre 05/2016 no. 8 Drape Front Top is a favored favorite. 
Quickest top I've ever made.  Bought the stretch ultrasuede from my small town's local Wal-Mart on Saturday and by Sunday evening the top was finished and worn to evening Bible Study.
Worn today with a rtw cardi and the hardworking Ottobre 05/2016 no. 9 classic black leggings.  And boots.  Boots always seem like a good thing.  ;)
You can get the links to Ottobre's Etsy shop from the earlier post on my first version of this cute top here.  Sometimes she has back issues you can order there.  But since a lot of this is redundant information, I'll just summarize today.  For some strange reason I only purchased 1 1/2 yards of the ultrasuede, so this top was shortened by 5" and the sleeves were shortened by 2".  Whyever I did that, I do not know.... but was able to squeeze this top out of that mere yardage purchased for $5.42/yard so a total of $8.13 for a gorgeous, drapey, comfy ultrasuede top.  That's a win all 'round in my book!
Again, center front and center back have exposed serged rolled hem seams and with this drapey, slippery ultrasuede, it almost has a ruched effect.   This time 'round I lengthened my serged rolled hem stitch length and instead of a satin stitch rolled hem finish.....
.... it was more rope-like.  I really, really like this.  I also used contrasting threads in my serger to get this detail.
Shoulder seams also have exposed, serged rolled hem seams. 
And a couple of folks had questions about the cute miniskirt I wrote about in my last post....  asking if I thought it might be too much to wear without tights and to answer you guys.... I'm not sure.  Probably for me, but at my age feel I have to think about those things a little more.  In the same breath I LOVE this skirt so will probably fool around with the pattern in the future and see how it finishes with the front overlap panels overlapped a little more.  It would be so easy to do that and I can see that might make it more appropriate from a modesty standpoint.  As for the shortness.... it'd be fine.  Will let you know.
It is such an overcast, misty moisty day.  Mid 60's F so mild for our South Carolina mountain average winter day.  Love it!
Happy Sewing Everyone!  :)

1.13.2017

Ottobre 05/2016 no. 8 Drape Front Top and
Ottobre 05/2016 no. 7 miniskirt

2017 is starting off well as 2 items were completed this week... both from Ottobre 05/2/016 issue.... and I am super pleased with both.
The Ottobre Design Woman magazines are published twice a year and can be purchased from her Etsy store or directly from her website
This particular issue is definitely my favorite as I've now made 4 items to-date with more planned.  No. 15 Like a Warm Hug and no. 9 Classic Black Leggings were made in 2016.  Today we'll be talking about no. 8 Drape Front Top and no. 7 miniskirt.
No. 8 Drape Front Top is a cowl turtleneck with basically 2 pattern pieces as the #1 front piece is simply a modification of the back piece.  So cool how that extra little bit at the top neck drapes and makes this lovely cowl.  Center front, shoulder and center back seams are all serged rolled hem.  Sleeves are inserted the flat method and sleeve hems and bottom hems are left raw.  Super easy top to make and doesn't take much time at all.  I made a size 38 with no modifications.
Soft, drapey berry knit fabric purchased at Hobby Lobby.  This top has already turned into a favorite. 
Trying to show you the drapey cowl turtleneck here.  It just sort of flops drapes into shape.  :)
Pretty much everything was done on my serger.   I've also worn this top with a collared jacket and the cowl sort of draped over the collar almost in a scarf-like way.
A little late, but this concludes my Make a Garment a Month 2016 October Challenge for 'Sew One'.....
.....because no. 8 Drape Front Top and no. 15 Like a Warm Hug top both use the exact same sleeve pattern.  How cool is that!
Two tops that couldn't be more different in design both using the same sleeve.  No. 15 Like a Warm Hug was finished back in October 2016.  And if you might be interested in joining the Make a Garment a Month Challenger, Sarah Liz, our lovely administrator, will be happy to help you there.
Okay, let's look at this oh-so-cute miniskirt.  Though in my humble opinion, I'm thinking it's not quite so 'mini', so I may go back in a raise mine a bit.
Anyway, no. 7 miniskirt pattern sheet from Ottobre 05/2016 shows a simple A-line elastic-waist skirt with front and back yokes.  This does not use much yardage at all and am already planning another.  It is also another quick make..... maybe an afternoon. 
Ottobre shows these 2 items together so that's what I wanted to do too.   Super comfortable even over the black leggings.
Took pains to match the fabric's pattern in the front and was successful, even though it photographs a little off here below.  Twin-needled stitched the 1" hems with no channeling!  About fell out of my chair with that one as that usually NEVER happens!
This knit fabric has been in the stash since the mid-1990s.  Might even be older than my daughter.  ;)  Used a different lens on my camera today and not sure why parts of my photos are blurry.  *sigh* 
Part of my concern with this pattern was that the knit might hug my backside and look awkward.  So, after tracing the size 38 and adding 3/8" recommended seam allowances..... I added another 1/4" to all the side seams.  No problems in the rear.  And yes, there is a center back seam there!  Took a lot of pains to match my fabric's patterns at all the seams and succeeded well.  Side seams too.
And what you can't see is the most excellent bias-cut pattern matching on the back yoke!  Kind of pleased with this even though no one but me will know.  The front yoke was cut on the bias too.
Thought it's be fun to show you Ottobre's photo (bottom left) of the exact same outfit I have on.  Leggings, top and skirt.  Am planning a black cardi to sort of pull mine together for those colder days.
This also meets Make a Garment a Month January 2017 'Sew New Start' Challenge for me. 
And hard to believe that this time last week we were preparing for a terrible snow storm.  We received 4 1/2" in my area and were home-bound for 2-3 days as temps lingered below freezing during the day and @12 degrees F at night.  Today it's in the mid 70s.  It is hot as these photos were taken.  I am NOT complaining!!! 
Happy Sewing Everyone!  :)