This issue begins with cute things for little girls. Comfortable jersey capris are paired with a tank and sweater. The capris are also cute under the light cotton skirt, creating a fun spring look while the days are still cool.
If you need something snazzy for your little boy, this pair of dress pants and buttoned shirt should fit the bill. He’ll be the most dapper young man at any Spring event.
There are plenty of details in the overalls in this issue. We do not wear a lot of long pants here most summers, but these could easily be made as shorts. Sew them up in a pink or purple twill rather than dark denim or swap the white topstitching thread with a variegated pink swirl and this pattern will work for the most girly girl as well.
Sized from 92-140, these sporty shorts are sure to be a popular choice for kids on the go this summer. The raglan sleeve hoodie in this issue is a great layering option to take the kids from spring days through cool summer camping at the beach.
In the lower size ranges, there is a cute tank style tunic with little cap sleeves, pants, two rompers, a tank style body suit, two t-shirts and adorable overalls.
For older girls, the issue includes a polo style knit dress and tank top with a gathered neckline. The shorts are shown in a fun polka dot cotton stretch satin. I do not remember noticing such a fabric on past visits to the fabric store, so I am curious to find it. Of course this warrants a trip to the fabric store, right? :)
Girls also get a knit tank with tied shoulder straps and a sweet woven top with a gathered neckline. There is also a woven dress with a sweet simplicity that makes it look good without being too fussy.
Older boys get a sleeveless hoodie with a zipper and cropped pants with plenty of pockets. There is also a comfortable knit top with collar. The short sleeve button down shirt can pass for dressy or casual, so it looks like all the kids will be ready for the season’s special events, from graduations to weddings and more!
Here is the distribution of sizes in the Summer 2014 issue of Ottobre.
First, there are 40 designs in this issue. They are available in the following sizes.
Notes about these numbers:
1) If there is a range of sizes, the corresponding number of designs is for each size. So, for 50-56, there are four designs for girls in size 50 and 4 in size 56. In that size, there happen to also be four designs for boys in both sizes. There are also 4 total designs in each size, which means all 4 are gender neutral.
2) There are always more designs for girls than boys, simply because it is easier to take a design shown for boys and use it for girls by adding more typically feminine features or using fabrics that appeal to girls. It is pretty difficult to take a girl’s dress and make it work for a boy!
3) Three of the forty designs in this issue are hats, either brimmed or beanie style and suitable for either boys or girls. Since the hats are sized by head circumference, they have been excluded from the chart.
After yesterday’s post about the Spring 2014 issue of Ottobre, I was wondering how the sizes were distributed in this issue. So, I decided to count them up!
If you are sewing for a girl:
If you are sewing for a boy:
A quick note about these numbers. First, I’ve excluded the items in design #3, which are accessories, a headband and slippers for infants. Second, the number of designs for girls is typically higher than those for boys simply because a lot of items for boys work just as well for girls when made in girly fabric. However, a dress is a dress no matter what the materials.
This season has been such that I’m getting this posted as the Women’s issue is enroute to many. Germs and lousy weather have made things challenging around here, but the spring issue of Ottobre is always a nice pick me up.
Jumping in, I love the owl shirt on design 19. It has a good size range, running from 86-128. It would even fit my 8 year old second grader, though I would have to leave off the owl. The cargo pants in design 18 would work for him. There are two versions of these pants, one for boys and one for girls. The design elements of each are different enough that I did not realize they were the same pattern until I was looking through the instruction set. Both designs 18 and 19 are sure to please both boys and girls depending on fabric choices.
The folks at Ottobre have done something similar with design 20, a pair of comfortable pants described as “Relaxed Fit sweatpants.” I am not sold on these pants. Ottobre wants to convince me they are a “fresh” design with the lowered crotch, but I think that makes them look saggy and ill-fitting. Of course, Minnesota is not the epicenter of fashion, so perhaps this is a coming trend we just have not seen here yet. Either way, I think I will pass on that one. The hooded sweatshirt and knit top with a flared bottom is a cute look.
Moving into the 110-146 range, the sets shown in designs 28-30 would work well for my fourth grade girl who can sometimes still wear a 146. She really liked the yoga pants (29) and those will work with some additional length.
The 128-170 size range offer a comfortable v-neck top and jeans for boys. For plus size boys in this range, there is a long sleeve t-shirt, jacket and jeans. For girls, there is a blouse, a dolman sleeve top, a short sleeve top, jeans and a fleece jacket. I really like the look of the fleece jacket. It looks simple enough to tackle with only 7 pieces. The blouse is so sweet with its pintucks but it might be too cute for my fourth grader. It is hard to know these days.
Of course, there are some adorable baby things in this issue. There’s a fancy boy’s outfit with overalls, a vest and cap, and a simple but lovely christening gown. For those looking for something more fancy, there is a beautiful silk christening gown as well. Baby girls get a party dress and there are a couple cute pieces made with soft knits for boys and girls.
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.