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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Three Piece Outfit


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.

13 comments:

  1. That's a shame about the top and the pants (they do look nice on you!), but at least the jacket worked out fine.:)

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    1. I suppose not *everything* I make can work out perfectly!

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  2. I had to giggle about the pants. Sorry for the unfortunate events. I agree with Cindy, the top and pants look cute.

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    1. Yeah, luckily I was home during the waistband mishap, so I can laugh about it, hehe.

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  3. Oh no!!!! How horrible that the waistband ripped off. Glad the jacket worked.

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    1. Luckily, the jacket is neutral enough I can probably find some *other* outfits to wear it with!

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  4. The colour of that jacket looks like it would work with many other colours...a fine thing seeing as the rest of your outfit did not work for you.

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    1. You're right - brown works with a lot. It's the overlooked neutral, I think!

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  5. I just made my daughter a pair of cropped pants from an Ottobre pattern and the pants kept slipping down in the back with the waistband...never making it to my blog! LOL I did make them in a stretch twill and wasn't too happy with the fabric even though the pattern said "stretch twill." I'll do them again in a different fabric type. Ottobre is always worth a second chance. The outfit looks great on you!

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    1. The stretch fabrics are so unpredictable. Well, fabric in general is, and that's where experience pays off so much. My second try at the pants looks like it will be very wearable.

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  6. I take a special interest in all things Ottobre having just discovered the magazines myself. For what it's worth, the trousers do look really good on you. They are have just the right amount of slimness to my mind. I can only imagine the horror of torn fabric. I have a big difference between waist and hip and get this gaping frequently (although you do say your figure is quite straight), belts are my best friend! Maybe adding belt loops would help. As for the jacket, I have a very similar envelope pattern, I like the shape very much. Nice to have something a bit different to cover up with and a very versatile colour, too.

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    1. I made the pants again with a higher and smaller waistband - it seems like the fit is a lot better, but I still need to try wearing them for a day, to see what I really think!

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  7. Looks like you're in a roll Joy.

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