I’ve been eyeing up Ottobre magazines for almost 2 years now. My lovely mother, and blogging partner, gifted me a subscription for my birthday this past December. The first magazine to arrive was the womens’ Autumn/Winter 5/2013. I would like to get a collection of basic well fitting patterns for me, so this was a great starting point. I chose the Autumn Mood shirt.
I knew that the pattern sheets in these could be intimidating before my first copy arrived, but I was still having trouble getting started. So I did what every blogger does when they get stuck. I proclaimed my intent via social media. How about some Instagram to keep me accountable?
I started off intentionally easy. A pattern I knew I could put together without directions if I had to. And one that I could easily identify all the pieces of. I even included the pocket- which I have habit of omitting.
Overall I’m pretty happy with the top. For some reason my stripes match up with the underside of the armhole and back of the shirt, but not right at the front shoulder…can’t win ’em all. The side seams and sleeve seams match up nicely so I will take it!
I even like the pocket! Even though I eyeballed it on, and probably would actually mark where it goes next time.
I did make one adjustment. The sleeve on this shirt is somewhere around a 3/4. Once I had it sewn up I decided that would really limit how often I wore the top, at least until March or April. So I added the “cuff” of gray to the bottom. It worked out nicely. The gray is a heavier fabric so it helps the sleeve sit nicer around my wrist.
Now the part I never do- adjustments. The top is totally wearable as is. However to make it really ideal for me I think I could pull a little out of the shoulder width and bring it in near the waist a little. I think I will also draft an extended sleeve so I can easily choose full or 3/4. I’m going to aim to make an adjusted top next month. Doable right?
Have you sewn from Ottobre before? What are your thoughts?
PS Have you read the great post from Pattern Revolution on eliminating the term Selfish sewing for Self Care sewing. It’s good stuff. Find it HERE.
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