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.
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)