Friday, January 11, 2013

Some Warm Winter Duds


It was high time I made another comfy turtleneck (of the Burda 9-2010-121 variety). I made a red version, whaddyaknow, two years ago. This was the turtleneck that made me stop hating turtlenecks, because the looser neck doesn't resemble a tourniquet.


I already knew I was going to love the turtleneck (especially since I used a nice soft jersey), but the pants were a new venture.

Ottobre calls them "Fitted Basic Pant", but I would call them "Your basic semi-wide legged pant". The pattern is #11 from the 2-2006 issue. Can you believe it's a 7-year-old pattern? Ottobre manages to put out a lot of timeless classics. Some of their kids' clothes from the early 2000's look dated because of their looser fit, but I still find plenty of good things in those old issues, too.


Anyway, back to the pants... I didn't make any changes except to tack on some random back pockets. They're "fitted" (as the pattern name suggests) through the waist and hips, but straight in the legs. I like the wider waistband.

The verdict? I love them, and have worn them numerous times. It's my first pair of pants in this color scheme which I've been wholly pleased with. I plan to make a denim pair later on (these are linen).

As a side note, I added back pockets to my khaki Lisette Portfolio Pants. They were great otherwise, but I found I wouldn't go out in public without back pockets on them. Problem solved!



 Now we transition from the warmth of my sewing room to our winter wonderland...

We love to torture our kids my making them go winter hiking. We weren't the only ones, as we saw plenty of people - young and old - out cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and photographing.





The kids forgot they were freezing when they got to climb on snow mountain (these mountains are created by snow plows piling/spraying all the snow from, say, a parking lot into one large mound).

 Sliding around on a frozen pond.

Later on, we went out onto our lake to shoot off our model rockets. We were absolutely frozen, but frozen lakes offer the perfect wide open field, albeit a field shared by snowmobilers, ice fishers, and hockey players.

21 comments:

  1. Just love the facing inside the pants - very creative! The pants are a perfect fit on you, and a great colour. And all that snow, I am soooo jealous...J

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    1. Thanks!
      I'd be happy to send some snow and ice your way!

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  2. Nice outfit! Everything looks to fit great. Cute facing on the pants!

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    1. Thanks! It's good to have a little fun with all those facing-sized scraps taking up space in my sewing room.

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  3. I love your winter. Congratulations on the turtle neck and great pants too.

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    1. Thanks!
      Come February, winter gets very, very old. I wouldn't say I love winter, but I like the drastic season changes, which always seem like a fresh start.

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  4. I ♥ your pants! They look very good on you!!! ♥
    I'm not a fan of turtlenecks, I rather wear a scarf but it does look good on you! ♥
    Oh, so much snow! Could you send some over??? We have gray and rainy days... Even the dog doesn't want to go outside... :(

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    1. Thanks! I love them.
      And sure, I can send you a truck full of snow - it wouldn't be missed!

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  5. Thats a great style of pants ( there , I said it and resisted the urge to call them trousers!!) the tab and waistband is a nice style feature. They look impeccably made as always! And who would expect such a funky lining ...that's the fun of making your own clothes;-)
    The turtleneck also looks great, really useful as well. I've really enjoyed seeing your winter pics, I'm fascinated in what it's actually like day to day in other climates...yours looks great- proper snow and blue skies.

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    1. Just so long as you meant "trousers" and not "pants"! I especially like the tab and waistband, too.

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  6. Great basics! The snow looks so fresh and white. Looks like the kids in are in for lots of fun. We might get snow this monday. Snow isn't a sure thing here in London, it's a special treat for the children.

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    1. Basics is what I do best, apparently, hehe, since that's what I always seem to be making.
      I hope you get some snow this year!

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  7. I'm a recent convert to Ottobre and was also surprised at how current even the older women's issue is. The pants look terrific on you.

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    1. Thanks, and welcome to the club (:

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  8. I was going to renew my Burda subscription after I have the baby, but maybe I should get an Ottobre subscription instead. You make the best clothes from their patterns. Love the dusky blue turtleneck.

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    1. There are no better baby clothes patterns than Ottobre's. Definitely consider subscribing, I'd almost consider having another baby just to make more. I didn't find Ottobre until my youngest was already two and now he's nine but still plenty of great patterns in the larger sizes.

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    2. I don't think you'd regret an Ottobre subscription! You can at least try a single issue first. They can be purchased singly from a couple US sites, or directly from www.ottobredesign.com.

      I have to laugh at Jen's comment, since I feel the same way about almost wanting to have another baby just to make clothes for it. Instead, I'll just hope for some more nieces and nephews, and eventually (a long, long, time from now) grandkids.

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  9. They look great. Ottobre does have a lot of good pants patterns. Which I recognize buy the fact that I made these and intended to make them again but have been side tracked by various others newer patterns over the years. Adding back pockets is good--probably one of the things that kept me moving on. Things in the first women's issue started to seem so basic but still a very useful issue.

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    1. Thanks, I really like this pair.
      Their older women's issue are definitely more basic or, I could say, "classic"! But I have noticed the newer designs are more trendy or unique. That's fine with me, as they've done some nice, interesting things. It makes sense for them as a business, since they make previous issues available for purchase. No need to include the same basics in every issue.

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  10. I am in awe, those trousers look like they could have come off the peg in some swanky store. Wow. And I love the turtleneck too. Love the snow!

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  11. Great outfit Joy. The turtleneck is practical yet stilish...and the trousers fit you very well. Love the waistband fabric too

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