Saturday, August 4, 2018

Ottobre 05-2018 - It's Heeeerrrrrrreeeeee!

Well, it's not actually here, here, but the previews have been posted online. I love a ton of the things in this magazine. I've been mostly making Ottobre and Jalie patterns in the last year because the fit is so spot on and the patterns are so consistent. Anyway, this magazine does not disappoint. Here are the line drawings from the magazine.

I think the ones circled in blue are great basics. I love the chinos and the basic t-shirt. Although I already have a fabulous Jalie t-shirt TNT. I love the slightly different sleeves on the sweatshirt. 

I absolutely LOVE all these dresses. In the winter, I mostly live in knit dresses, tights, and boots. I'm not sure if the #9 is a knit dress or not, but you could easily make it out of knit or just leave it as is. The one with the arrows is my favorite. Who doesn't love a basic, long-sleeved knit dress with some detail?

I really love those two coats and I'm very interested in these skinny-legged ponte pants. The cocoon coat is made of boiled wool with no lining. It would be easy to line too. 

And how gorgeous is this model??

 Here's the dress that I love. And that coat! (And here is that gorgeous model again too.)

I'm excited for my newest Ottobre to come in the mail. Can you tell??!?

Friday, August 3, 2018

Book Review: SEW . . . The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge

I was given a copy of this e-book in exchange for a review. I really enjoyed reading through it. While I didn't read it cover to cover, I did read enough to give an honest review.

Overall, I think it's great book for a beginner or experienced sewist. My favorite part of the book is the introduction when Barbara says,
I decided to write this book the day I realized how lucky I was. I was reading the sewing blogs of some fabulous young sewists when it hit me—my people are back. 

I love this statement! This is exactly how I feel about sewing. I feel like it fits, if that makes sense.  I love every aspect of sewing including the tracing, planning, cutting, and sewing. You can tell by reading this book that Barbara loves sewing too. It makes me excited to sew all over again. This book would make a great gift for someone just getting into sewing or someone who used to sew and who needs a little bump in the rear to remember why they loved it so much.

The book includes many "mini-lessons" that will help many sewists with common issues like matching and sewing with striped fabrics, eliminating bulky front seam bands, invisible zippers, etc. Barbara also starts out by talking about measurements, sizing, and how to make some common fitting alterations. I especially love Chapter 3 where it tells you to use your common sense instead of following the pattern directions. YASSS! Thank you!!

I really enjoyed reading through this book! If you want to check it out, you can go here.