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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Wrap Top and Wrap Skirt Duo



I wanted to make this outfit as soon as I saw it in Ottobre's latest women's issue. It took me a while to source a decent striped knit. Navy's not my best color imo, but I like the striking effect of blue and white.



Good thing I bought 2 yards of the striped knit, because my first effort at the top was a miserable failure mainly because the back hem came down to just about, oh my waistline, way above the waistband of the skirt. I never joined the "exposed midriff" trend and half a lifetime later it still doesn't seem to be my thing.

The other problem was the stripes were going in the wrong direction on the front, even though I followed the stripe direction arrows. I saw other people had this problem, too. The pieces are a little counter-intuitive, but cutting out a longer version of the top gave me an opportunity to correct the stripes, too.


Above you can see how I slashed horizontally on both pattern pieces (back and front), and added 4 inches. Some truing of lines is necessary.

Note that most of the hems are built in so you'll want to add seam allowances just to the shoulder seams. At least that's what I did! I made none of my standard shoulder pattern alterations.

Aside from the strangely short length, I found the fit to be very good. I used a stretchy knit with good recovery, so that certainly affects the fit of the wrap, but the wrap portion is quite snug with no gaping and the vee is not too low. I liked the look of the ruched sides, too.

So, all in all, I thinks it's a great top. If your knit is not very stretchy, the midriff might be too snug. As the pattern is drawn, the tightness of the wrap appears to be what really makes it work without gaping.



And the skirt. This was very quick to make. The waist and front overlaps are faced (in red gingham in this case). There are 4 darts and three buttons. (One is decorative, with a functioning one on the inside for the underlap).

The skirt overlap is fairly wide which makes the wrap securer than most.
I referred to the line drawing for button placement, but the skirt hangs lower than I'd like. But as you can see from the back view, it's too big anyway. I've never made an Ottobre skirt before and didn't think that I usually take out hip width when I make Ottobre pants.

So, if I made the skirt again, I'd slim it slightly and add length to compensate for raising the skirt closer to the waist.


Martina Cap-Sleeve Top (Ottobre 2-2012-10)
Serena Wrap-Around Skirt (Ottobre 2-2012-11)

40 comments:

  1. I've been waiting to see what you had done with this one. They both look very nice. It is a tricky little shirt for two pattern pieces. I've made it from three fabrics and it's quite different depending on the hand. I haven't attempted to lengthen it, but it's exactly waist length on me. With a bottom that has a true waist I think it's fine for summer. I also have the skirt cut out but haven't sewn it. My impression of Ottobre skirts is they are generous in the waist perhaps because the instructions often recommend basting and adjusting the darts to fit. Thanks for the heads up on this one. I think you did well not to adjust the shoulder on the top. After my first muslin, I like the shape of the top but thought I should just trace a size larger. I couldn't believe how completely different it looked in a larger size. The shoulders were boxy and the cross over no longer shaped to the body.

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    1. You're right-it's tricky considering there are only 2 pieces! I'm glad you got it to work with a higher waisted bottom. It definitely wasn't working for me with the skirt hanging so low! With a different skirt, maybe I wouldn't have felt the need to adjust the top as much.

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  2. Some groovy details on both these garments! Thanks for sharing your alterations.

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    1. It's hard to pass up interesting details!

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  3. Ack! I love the stripes. I think there's an Anthro top right now that looks very similar to this--I'm sure I've pinned it. I'm glad to know there's a pattern to make things easier. The skirt is really cute--a different sort of wrap. I find Ottobres a little big in skirts as well. I can't speak on the pants, but I'll keep it in mind when I get to a pair of pants. This is a great outfit on you!

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    1. Thanks! I love the stripes, too. Ottobre definitely tends to fit bigger in the hips/waist than Burda does. Given that Otto's style is different from Burda's, some of that extra may be intentional wearing ease.

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  4. It is nice to see this top made up as I did wonder how well it would work out when I saw it in the magazine.I have just bought my first issue of Ottobre and have been busy tracing patterns.Looks a really nice little ensemble on you and well done for giving the top another go!

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    1. Good luck with your first Otto. I think this newest (women's) issue is the best one yet.

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  5. Both pieces are really nice. You've created a really interesting effect with the stripes. I really like the design features on the skirt.

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    1. Thanks! I'm loving the stripes, too.

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  6. Nice job on your skirt/ tee combo. I love seeing Ottobre pattens in action - they have such a mystery element to them - you really don't know quite how they'll look until you make them.

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    1. I always enjoy seeing Otto's patterns made up (on other people) too, maybe because they are a little unique.

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  7. Your outfit is very smart. I am so pleased to see this Ottobre top made up, it has been whispering to me whilst I buy fabric,but I've not come across the right stripes yet.

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    1. I found it hard to find a decent quality knit with stripes in a color I wanted. Even this knit has some poly in it, but it's not too bad.

      Now, I look forward to seeing your version of this top!

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  8. The top looks amazing on you! I didn't like it so much in the mag, but I love how it looks on you. (Not that we're the same shape, but I might try it!!!)
    The skirt is really nice, certainly worth making again.
    Thanks for sharing all you modifications...very useful!

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    1. You should try the top! It'd probably look better on you and would be a great summer top. And the skirt is a great basic.

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  9. Great outfit! I love navy and white stripes.

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    1. Thanks! I love navy and white stripes, too. I suppose that's why it's an enduring classic.

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  10. oh, that's a lovely top! i think the stripes look pretty awesome here!

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    1. Thanks! I suppose you would like nautical stripes (:

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  11. You look fab in this! I think Navy is a great colour for blonds, the contrast of the dark and the light is so pretty.

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    1. Thanks! I usually think navy is too dark and overwhelming, but the white tones it down a bit.

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  12. I think navy is your color! I love the top. Of course, I rarely meet a stripe that I don't like. I've been itching to make a denim skirt for summer. I really like the wrap style on this one.

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    1. Thanks! I usually avoid navy, but it's hard to resist a navy/white stripe. And it's hard to go wrong with a denim skirt.

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  13. I like the top a lot. I think its a cute outfit. Its hard to go wrong with a denim skirt.

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure the skirt will be very versatile.

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  14. I haven't seen the top made up yet; it's very cute! I need a denim skirt, too, I have to keep this pattern in mind. The top would look great with white pants, too, for a nautical look!

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    1. Now maybe I need to make white pants, hehe! It's definitely a great skirt - easy to make up and can be easily adjustable with changing the button placement if you don't fit it before finishing it - like me (:

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  15. This looks great - just like the magazine. The skirt looks great too.
    I've had the top cut out since the Ottobre arrived (I never do that - it stays in the cupboard for months or years even) but I really loved this style. When I had time I couldn't get my head around how to pin it/sew it together and since I did (I"ve forgotten now) I haven't had time. I finish uni semester in two weeks so I am keen to finish it.

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    1. Good luck with the end of the semester! Maybe when your brain is refreshed, you can tackle the top again (:

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  16. Another great outfit! Good to know about the top, just in case I attempt it. I really love the shape of the skirt..somehow I don't remember seeing it in the mag. I need to go back for another look!

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    1. Thanks! In the magazine think the skirt could get lost in the shadow of the interesting top.

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  17. Ah! You know, I didn't even notice the stripes on mine weren't correct until you pointed it out (I like them how they are, though). If I make another one, I'll certainly come back here to look at how you lenghened it. Mine's super short, too, and I can only wear it with a high waisted skirt.
    Your outfit looks lovely, I am tempted to make the skirt now.

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    1. I really like your red/white striped version! It does look neat to have the stripes going the other way, too.

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  18. What a great outfit! That top is so interesting, almost Japanese in style. And I'm wanting to get around to a wrap skirt.

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  19. Very cute outfit. I love the look of both pieces.

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  20. Simply gorgeous work. It's really hard to get the right stripe but you've struck it with this top.

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  21. The top especially looks very cool! I like the crossover stripe bit. I'm glad you were able to make it work.

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  22. Love the outfit and I actually think blue looks good on you. The top is great and it's nice to know what alterations you made. Well done really!

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  23. I love the wrap skirt in particular, it's really cute and looks great with the top.

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