I hate to complain, but it's the first week of June, and the weather's still telling me I should be making winter clothes. But I'm resisting and making summer clothes. If summer does show up this year, I want to be prepared.
All three pieces you see here are from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ottobre Woman. They are:
Pearl Jersey Jacket (2-2012-9)
Ramona Jersey Top (2-2012-16)
Jay Cropped Pants (2-2012-18)
Above, you see the the scoop neck t-shirt. The sleeves are gathered vertically with clear elastic. My gathering was hardly noticeable, making my effort pointless. I like the look of the top in the photo, but don't like wearing it. The shoulders are fairly tight and the neckline is loose so, whenever I move, it gapes terribly. It would probably work on someone with different dimensions, but I plan to recast the fabric into a little girls' shirt.
The pants: I did plan the rest of the outfit around the color of these pants! The pants are very slim-fitting, in a negative-ease sort of way. The pattern does call for stretch fabric. Good thing I just happened to use stretch twill, since I tend to read instructions only after the fact!
I like the color and the cropped length of the pants and the fit seemed good. However, when wearing them out and about, the combination of the heavy, stretchy twill, the low-slung waistline, the slightly gape-y waistband and my relative straightness, meant the pants sank lower with every step. In one unfortunate moment, I tried to hike them up again and the waistband ripped right off (in the spot where I was gripping it). Frayed fabric!!!
I don't know if I have the heart to fix them, or if I trust the fabric anymore. BUT I made a new pair with an improved waistband, which I'll show you later.
Now, the jacket. You'll be relieved to hear there's nothing wrong with it. I don't think the magazine photo of it in a pale gray would have appealed to me at all if I hadn't seen a jacket just like it on someone in real life before the pattern was ever published.
It's slimmish across the back and arms, so keep that in mind if you're between sizes or using a less stretchy knit.
I've had a pretty good run with this issue, since I've made 7 things from it and have an 8th cut out.