Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ottobre 05-2016 #8 Knit Tunic

Phew, I kow it’s been a while. I’ve actually been sewing up a storm, I just haven’t had a chance to sit and photograph it all, edit the pictures, and blog them.

I got the Women’s Ottobre the other day and there are several things I like in it. The one calling me the loudest was this slouchy, cowl-neck tunic. I love this thing. I generally find that Ottobre’s size 34 is a little wide one on me but that is their smallest size. For this, I added my inch between neck and bust (leaving armholes alone) and then pinched out an inch in each panel. Now I can tell that was a little excessive in the bust. I realized after I made this that that would be four inches total in girth!  (Hello, sewing while drinking wine)What’s funny is that it’s about right for the girth. I could use a bit more in the bust, but overall, it’s exactly how I would want a slouchy shirt like this to fit. What really drew me to this pattern was the exposed seam in the front. They have you use a narrow rolled hem as the CF and CB seam. I really like how it turned out. I’ve never thought of doing something like that before. I wasn’t sure it would be strong enough to really hold the shirt together but it works great.


I used a yellow-orange (yorange? or-ello?) thread for the rolled seam. I used the same stitch on the hem and cowl edge. It came out more lettuce-y because of the stretch of the fabric.


It still seems a bit wide in the shoulders.


Here’s a close-up of the CF seam. Kind of cool, eh?


This is the wrong side of the CF for reference.

I’m really happy with this top and I’ll probably make another one. There are also several other patterns in this magazine I want to try.




Who can resist a wrap dress?


I just love simple knit dresses.


This skirt is cute and I love the diagonal seam.


This one I kind of adore. I have it on my cutting table right now. I love the giant pockets and the cut-on sleeves.



And I’m always looking for the perfect casual tights. Believe it, or not, but I don’t own the Jalie version of these! What? I know! And speaking of Jalie, when are they releasing patterns?


I have a few more things to show you guys, but be patient. My job just started again and coaching starts next week. And I have a big race this weekend. Phew!

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