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Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Ottobre Duds

I'm afraid it's indoor photography from now until spring. I must not be a genuine photographer since I'm not willing to freeze to take photos. Oh wait, I'm not even taking the photos - my 11 year old photographer is happy to stay inside, too.

I didn't get close-ups of the top, but it's a v-placket and collar. Silly me forgot to do any shoulder alterations until the fabric was cut out, so I eeked the most important one (the square shoulder) out of the seam allowances and let the rest be.

I love the shirt - it's a basic, but interesting. Next time, I'll stitch the vee up an inch higher.

I've been wearing the pants a lot; they're my favorite of all the pairs I've made so far. I love the wide waistband, the interesting pocket detail, the shape of the back pockets and the flared legs.

I found the lightweight denim at S.R. Harris, a fabric warehouse. Denim colors are so hard to decipher online and I wanted something different from the same blue color I always seem to end up with. This is a slightly lighter color with some white crosshatch look to it. The bad news is: it needs to be ironed after washing!

The pockets are not as, um, precise as they could be. I think the slit should be narrower, but I imagine it would be harder to get my hands in if it were narrower. The pocket is constructed very much like a welt opening: you stitch the pocket pieces on the outside right sides together; cut the slit; pull the pocket pieces through the slit; press; topstitch.

And there's a side zip in the side you can't see. I put in an invisible one and found it next to impossible to zip while wearing, even though the denim's lightweight. Invisible zips and denim don't mix too well, I guess. So now there's a regular zip which is completely visible. Next time I will plan ahead for a lapped zipper.

Verdict?
Both patterns are winners.

Sources:
Sea green interlock: Mill End Textiles
Denim: S.R. Harris
Elegance Pants: Ottobre 2-2009-12
Jersey Top with Collar: Ottobre 2-2006-3





20 comments:

  1. You look great and the outfit is awesome!!

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  2. Nice casual clothes! Two really useful items That I am sure you will use a lot. The curved pockets are really neat.

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  3. Such a practical, smart, well fitting outfit. The pocket detail is terrific.

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  4. Both pieces are great! I love the pocket openings. Ottobre has the best details.

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  5. They look great - I love the pockets too. I always wondered how those jeans sewed up. Might have to try them one day too. Oh, and I love the fabric.

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  6. What great pants. Both are great. The details on the pants are my favourite.

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  7. Your 11 year old photographer is pretty good! The pants look great. I like the interesting denim.

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  8. I like them both.. I can see why you are wearing the pants a lot. They fit great and are really cute!

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  9. love love love -em - both are on my "eventually" list so really nice to see them made up.

    Those pockets are so interesting, aren't they?

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  10. Joy you make clothes that I would automatically think we're impossible to attempt! Plus they always look perfect in finish and fit. These are both stunners. I particularly like the pockets- really quirky and fun.

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  11. Pants that require ironing...eek! But they are so nice looking that it would be worth it.:)

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  12. That's a great pocket detail! And aren't denim trousers great? I need to make another pair....the store-bought one I have is just too short to look good with my boots, sadly.

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  13. The pants are great with that cool top stitching detail on the pockets. I think invisible zippers are so fussy especially when they go through a faced waistband like that. great outfit!

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  14. That pants pattern never registered, although I'm sure I have that issue. The seaming detail is so neat! And the whole outfit looks fabulous, as always!

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  15. I made these trousers and loved them but I cursed that pocket. I have a review on pattern review for once. You look great in your new duds!

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  16. Seriously, best pants pocket ever. I *love* it. Great fit, love the line of the leg. But those pockets!!!! I bow down to your patience and precision.

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  17. Love the outfit! And those pants look gorgeous on you! Well done

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  18. Looks good and I LOVE the pocket detail on the pants. We're officially in indoor-photo mode, as well (except perhaps for coat-photography...)

    Finding great denim is always the trick, isn't it?

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  19. Such awesome new pieces. The jeans look like a perfect fit, and that pocket is really interesting. I love the collar and front slit on the neckline of your top. These are definitely winners!

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