It’s a brown thread marathon!
Curved raglans are a favorite of mine. I have used this issue for the curved raglan in smaller sizes, and was relieved when I went back to it this year and found they had continued the shirt up to a size 170 in this style in pattern #35.
Since this is an early edition of Ottobre, the contents are all in Finnish, so I have no idea what the directions really say. However, I can figure out that it wants me to use a 3.5cm wide piece of ribbing for the neck binding, and that I should construct it in the same manner as pattern #19, which is the version of the pattern in sizes up to 140. This pattern also has a flower applique that I omitted.
Fortunately, it’s just a t-shirt, and I have made lots of t-shirts, so I don’t really need the instructions for putting it together. (This is good since the instructions for #19 are also in Finnish!) I have heard, though, if you have one of these early magazines and are trying to make an item where the instructions really would help, you can contact the folks at Ottobre and they will provide an English translation for you.
I always go back and forth about whether I should topstitch the seam between the body and sleeves. It seemed like it would be more distracting with the horse print. If I do this shirt with solid colors, contrasting topstitching might be a good way to add interest.
After making Jack this top last week, I realized I should have continued while I had my machines threaded with brown thread.
This is the same pattern as before, the #26 Mahpee raglan long sleeve t-shirt from Ottobre 1/2012 in size 134. I didn’t bind the neckline on this one, I just used 2″x15.5″ of the same fabric I used on the sleeves and back, stitched the short ends right sides together and made the neckline from that. I think it works a little better.
My not always cooperative model:
Why yes, we do still have Halloween candy! Do you have children with blue tongues at your house as well?
This could have an alternate title of “Things that seemed like a good idea at the time (but really weren’t)”.
Let me start by saying that there are no problems with the pattern itself. In fact, I’m planning to use the pattern again soon.
Actually, in that picture, it mostly looks okay. But, when Jack has it on, you can see the problem. Try not to notice the mess I’m making playing in Photoshop this morning…
The color block stripe is HUGE! It’s like “HELLO! I have a GINORMOUS green stripe on today!” Doh. Usually when I color block, I start it at about the armpit. This one started about an inch too high.
Oh, well. Now he has a shirt that he can wear on the weekends. And spill stuff all over. :)
Here are some of the other pics from this morning:
I think I’ll do this pattern again in a solid. Maybe with stripes down the sleeves? That could work…
This is the Mahpee raglan t-shirt pattern from the Spring 2012 Ottobre.
Both fabrics are nice soft cotton interlocks, very comfortable materials. This is size 134. Ottobre kind of leaves you on your own for the neck binding. I used one of my double fold bias binder attachments on my coverstitcher, starting with a piece that was 1.75″x20″ and then clipping the excess.
This is my 7 year old, he is 132cm tall and the 134 size fits him pretty well. The sleeves are a touch long, but in a month they’ll be perfect and in two months they’ll probably be barely okay.
This is what I got when I asked him to smile for real. Crazy boy. This fabric print is one of those I feel like we are just barely getting away with at his age. Second grade seems to be the end of cute, but these moose and bears were deemed okay.
As I’ve come to expect from Ottobre, all the pieces fit together nicely and it was a quick project.
Jack grew a lot over the summer and needs long sleeve shirts now that fall is officially sticking around, so expect more boy stuff here soon.
This is a size 152, made for my daughter who will be 10 in a couple months. She’s tall and has her mom’s gorilla arms. Poor kid.
I added length to the sleeves and body. The arms seem a bit snug, though they don’t look it in the Ottobre photo, so I’m not sure what that’s about.
If you’re playing the stash game, this one was worth 3/4 yd fabric + one notion point (size tag), so 7pts. And that brings my total for the month to a whopping 12.33 for the month. Look out stash gamers!
It’s always fun to flip through the latest Ottobre pattern magazine when it arrives. This issue is no exception.
This coat is done up in wool, but I’d like to give it a try in a heavy Polartec fleece.
There are a couple tops that are also extended as dresses. I like this raglan. The fabric choice in the dress gives it a different look, too.
There are a couple blouse patterns and some dressy office clothes that I don’t see myself wearing, but they are nice looking if I were in need of such a thing. This wrap dress as cute and not too dressy. I just don’t know where I would wear it!
Did you get this issue? What are you planning to sew?
This tutorial was created for Sewing Mamas by sewingmel, who can be found blogging here.
-your favorite girl’s t-shirt pattern
-knit fabric for bodice
-woven or knit fabric for skirt
-foe or binding for neckline
Adjust your favorite t-shirt pattern. Mine is Ottobre 4/04 #36. If you don’t have this issue, please buy it today! It is so worth it!
A: Draw a line from the underarm seam to the center of your shirt. I drew it slightly sloping down, but you can go straight across if you like. This is the dotted line in the picture below step B.
B: Draw a solid cutting/folding line as far away from the dotted line as you like. I just did a 1" line this time, but I do 2-3" for bigger sizes.
Cut out front, back, and sleeves. This can be done with long sleeves, short sleeves, or no sleeves (you would need foe for the armholes).
Sew up shoulders, and attach sleeves. Pretend that you are sewing up a regular t-shirt for now.
Finish sleeve hems any way you like. I just folded under and used a zig-zag stitch. You could also coverstitch, use a rolled hem, use trim, or use foe. The choice is yours! Be creative!
Pin each arm and underarm together. Sew last seam in shirt.
Decide how long you want to make your skirt. I made mine 16 inches for a 2T/86.
Cut a long rectangle the width of your fabric (if woven) or about double the width of your waist by your desired length.
If you are making a much larger dress, you may need 2 lengths of fabric for the skirt.
Finish your hem any way you like. See step 4. I turned mine under 1/4" and again at 1".
Step 8: Please remember this step! I always forget it!
Mark your four equal parts (front, sides, and back). Your back seam is not finished at this point. I kept in mind that I would use 1/2" seam to take care of the selvage I did not cut off.
Sew 2 gathering lines about 1/4" apart along top edge of fabric. (Pay no attention to the presser foot. The stitches are on the far right.) Gather up skirt.
Match up midpoints of skirt and shirt and pin fabric right sides together. Sew back seam shut.
Sew bodice to skirt.
Finish neckline with foe, binding, or ribbing. I chose foe.
You are finished!
Looks great, thanks Mel!
I’ve warned you about my love of organizing things, right?
I haven’t been sewing much since I went to quilt class, but I did a bit of organizing.
At some point, we were discussing organizing magazines and Bobolots (her forum name) said these were great for magazines. I checked them out and they are great! More on that in a moment. Check these out!
When they first arrive, six of them are stuck together:
So you pull them apart:
Then you take out the middle piece – this is where the magazine pages will slide through.
And then you need to poke out the little holes for the binder rings to go through. You can stack a couple of these together and push them out.
I put mine over a couple of my pattern weights because it’s easy to push through the holes that way and the little plastic pieces don’t go flying all over.
For the children’s issues, I use two binder holders because it just seemed like it needed the extra strength. I’m not sure it was necessary, but I had enough, so I just went with it. :)
You can just slide them over one corner a bit…
And then all the way to the middle of the magazine:
Hopefully you slid it through with the holes on the outside:
And then the holes just go in the binder rings!
Stick them all in binders and you’re set. So pretty….
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You didn’t notice that my Ottobre changed to three different issues along the way, did you? No, you’re too nice to mention it, thank you! ;)
A quick pattern review for you today. :)
When I went to cut this pattern out, I realized it needs 2 cuts of the front piece for the crossover. However, there wasn’t enough of the fabric I wanted to use to cut two. Instead of making a mock crossover and attaching the binding of the top layer to the mock bottom layer, I opted to eliminate the neck binding and just use the extended front shoulder on both the left and right.
The fabric is a Fresh Produce french terry knit that I dyed bubblegum pink last summer. It came as a white-on-white print and dyed wonderfully.
I normally make a size 146 for my daughter and did that in this top. It seems this pattern runs a little small. The sleeves are just barely long enough. I omitted the elastic gathering at the sides because I didn’t want it to be any shorter in the body. With the current sizing, this top will only get a handful of wearings before it is retired. Good thing Spring is supposed to come in a couple months!
All the pieces lined up easily, and making the change to use one piece in the front was simple enough. It’s a pattern worth making again, just in a bigger size. I’m leaning towards making the front so it only looks like two layers. My daughter’s school is pretty warm and she really doesn’t need the extra layer.
Size – It seems to run a little small.
Design – Good, everything matched up where it was supposed to.
Make it again? – Yes, but size up.
When the previews for the Spring 2013 issue of Ottobre first popped up, I heard some complaints of the lack of patterns in the bigger sizes. Ottobre patterns have a huge range, from 50 to 170 cm, which is approximately equivalent to sizing for a newborn through a 15 year old. Since each issue typically includes 40 patterns, this means attempting to provide a variety of patterns for 21 sizes with 40 patterns. Quite a task!
Due to the way patterns are typically made, it’s common to see the largest number of choices in the middle sizes. This issue is no exception, with the most options being in size 116. However, I was surprised to discover that there were almost as many patterns in sizes 134, 140 and 146. Check the bottom of this post for a quick size summary!
Let’s start at the beginning with cute clothing for wee ones.
In the smaller sizes, there is a cute voile blouse and pants for girls. There’s a bodysuit, romper and cute hooded bunting that will work for boys or girls. The bodysuit pattern includes a ruffle that can be omitted for boys. The tiger sweatshirt and sweatpants is designed for boys, but leaving off the tiger embellishments lets it work for girls as well. There’s also a dinosaur bunting and girl’s jacket.
For toddlers and preschoolers, there’s a long sleeve t-shirt, overalls, and lined jacket that are suitable for boys or girls. There’s a cute dress done in gingham with a jumper made using many of the pattern pieces from the dress.
For school-aged children, there are several patterns that span from size 92 to 146cm. These include a tank top, boxer briefs, leggings, tunic top and a pair of casual pants. At the lower end of the sizing, from 92cm to 128 cm, there’s a long sleeve t-shirt, leggings, and a Batman style sweatshirt. Sizes 104-146 include a long sleeve t-shirt with a mock v-neck, a girl’s tank top and bloomers and shirt dress. For fun play, there’s a chef’s jacket and hat and apron in sizes 104-146 cm.
For girls in sizes 110-146 cm there’s a girl’s blouse, a button closure trenchcoat and a pair of casual pants. For boys in sizes 134 to 170 cm, there’s a hoodie, long sleeve t-shirt, baseball style jacket and corduroy pants. The hoodie could easily work for girls as well.
The leggings pattern that’s made for sizes 92 through 170 is shown for both boys and girls, though, at least here in the Midwestern US, it’s not something boys would typically wear. There are also patterns for a tunic top, hooded jacket and pants with cargo side pockets, all for girls in sizes 134 – 170cm.
I see some good possibilities for both my first grade son and my third grade daughter in this issue. You can see the whole issue (and buy it if you’re not already a subscriber!) on the Ottobre website.
Ottobre Spring 2013 by the numbers
Patterns in this issue: 40
Patterns for boys: 24
Patterns for girls: 33
Some patterns will work for both boys and girls, either as is or with some modification, usually by leaving out an embellishment.
If you are sewing for little girls in size 116, you have 19 options in this issue. There are 18 options for girls in sizes 110, 134, 140, and 146.
You’ll find 13 patterns for little boys in size 116, and twelve patterns for boys in sizes 92, 104, 110, 134, 140 and 146.