I am happy to say that I finished my first Ottobre magazine project! I really wanted to do the Pinafore dress I mentioned here, but I didn't even look at the sizing for the children's clothing. I merely assumed it must be similar to the sizing here, only given in cm. Well, I was wrong, of course! It turns out that I will have to sew from the baby sizing for my 18 month old, and the smallest of the toddler sizing for my 4 year old! Odd, but I'll go with it.
That brings me back to the topic at hand--my first Ottobre project. I made the Pikkumies boxer and briefs from the Ottobre Winter issue.
|FABRIC: Lil' Zoo cotton interlock knit from Joanns|
Now usually, my son is not a boxer and brief kind of boy. He's very particular about having his clothing fit a certain way (a very analytical personality type) so I was shocked when he looked at the picture in Ottobre, pointed to the Pikkumies, and said he would like "that one."
I was a little skeptical sewing them up too because the pattern pieces did not seem to fit together the way they should. So, needless to say, I had to keep looking at the directions, and looking back at my pieces. I even went back to the pattern map to double-check for mistakes, but everything was right. It turns out, that as I serged these pieces together, they fit, but more like when you are sewing sleeves into sleeve caps, and not a perfect alignment.
The rest of this project went well, and I was surprised that I did not miss the step by step diagram directions. Keep in mind that this project is rated one out of three circles for difficulty level, and I did not find it hard to sew at all. In fact, when I finished, and the boxer briefs fit my son like a dream (yes, a dream) I found myself loving Ottobre! These boxer briefs are a definite keeper, and I plan to make more of them in the future.
In the meantime, I took advantage of some online shopping deals and am waiting on an order from fabric.com, which I love! I need some more fabric to finish the PJs for my son, and I am thinking of what I will be up to after that.
I'll continue to let you know about my experience sewing Ottobre patterns for those of you who are interested! So far, I am really enjoying it. So much so, that I am heavily considering subscribing to Ottobre and forgetting about the BIG 4 pattern companies. We shall see...
By the way, I want to send a big thank-you to Janimal for telling me about the Ottobre sewing group at Yahoo! I decided to join the group, and it has been an excellent resource!