Late this summer, I'd planned out a little wardrobe to participate in Pattern Review's wardrobe contest in October. Well, I started sewing the last few days of the month. I could probably sew a full pajama wardrobe in a week, but not a wardrobe meant for public viewing.
Now I have sewn most of the pieces and will get to wear them even if they didn't get to debut in a contest.
I liked quite a few items from the newest Ottobre Woman magazine (issue 5-2012). In fact, I think it's their best issue yet, with this summer's issue a close second.
The details on this dress appealed to me - I like the simplicity with the subtle details. Above, you can see the hand stitches at the neckline and empire waist, and the pleated sleeve trim.
I think there's an interesting juxtaposition of casual fit with formal styling here. The sleeve caps are high and narrow, but the dress itself is loose. I was able to leave off the side zipper, which is good, because I wasn't enjoying trying to put it in between the side seam pocket and the armhole.
Restricted arm movement is the drawback to the high, narrow sleeve caps, and when I raise my arms the bodice fit looks fairly awful, despite the normal fit adjustments I make for shoulders. If I made it again, I'd swap this sleeve for one with a wider, flatter sleeve cap.
And some replacement pants were in order for the boy, don't you think? He loved these pants with all the details - the fun back pockets and front patch pockets, as well as the darted knee segments.
Even if the knees weren't hole-y, nearly 2 inches growth since May (yahoo!) necessitated a new pair. After more than a year of growth hormone therapy, we're finally seeing results. It's not good to go 4 years without having to trace a new pattern size.
Stitch Details Linen Dress (Ottobre Woman 5-2012-1).
Linen blend from Mill End Textiles
Frogs Pants (Ottobre 1-2008-25)
Stretch khaki denim from who knows where