Friday, 31 March 2017

Cycle Top for a small child aka adapted Ottobre 01/2016/11

The red and black top is the toile, I should have adjusted the back hem curve more!

I adapted Ottobre 01/2016/11 to make a T-shirt with a long back hem and extra long sleeve for my youngest to cycle in. (Just on gentle bike rides ...but it makes him happy!)

 I took a bit out of the overall length (probably too much, and I should have made the back curve /dipped hem wider)
 However he LOVES it, so horray!
Love Ottobre patterns for being well drafted and easy to adapt.

Fabrics from Funkifabrics (in the UK)

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Jeans - Desert Denim Ottobre 01/2014/37

Desert Denim Jeans - size 146.

These are really much more form fitting than I expected - could have gone up a size as my son wanted a more relaxed fit. Might have to try a different pattern entirely maybe a Burda or Jalie one in order to get the fit that he wants.

The pattern is well drafted, I particularly like the decorative tucks on the back pockets.  I did not like the tabs on back - well I thought my son would not.

To follow the Ottobre instructions you need the instructions for pattern 37 & pattern 34. Pattern 34 is for a girl and 37 for a boy, so the fly front instructions need reversing. I have put in lots of fly zips, but instead of using my standard method I decided to try out the Ottobre method - I gave up as there were no visuals.. and I just could not get my head around it! By that point it was too late to use my usual method so I downloaded the instructions for Jalie No 2107 and followed their diagrams and instructions for putting in a fly front - that worked well and I actually liked that method - I am pleased I tried something different rather than sticking in my comfort zone.

I added adjustable elastic to the back waistband to prevent gaping - I would adjust the waistband piece to be shaped if I were to make this again.

I might make this again for the younger boys - but this was really a toile for the eldest and I don't think he was blown away... so a baggier/relaxed fit pattern

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Emergency Birthday present - because shops are rubbish!

A birthday party to go to at the weekend .. and the little girl is horse mad.... shopping did not find a thing! So trusty Ottobre to the rescue....

Ottobre 01-2014-28 a pattern I have used before - and the same size in fact - bonus.

Only two pieces so I was able to cut it and start construction one night, and then finish it in the morning. I applied the neck and armhole bind as per the instructions - using a twin needle to finish it.

Pretty pleased with the result - just hope that it fits AND she likes it!!

Obviously again I did NOT cut the front on the bias as this has a directional print...

I've been working on some jeans for my eldest - so it felt good to have a break and whip out a quick garment!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Ottobre 06-2015-30


Supposed to be for the oldest but he did not like the skinny fit - so took in the back seam, added adjustable elastic to the waistband and chopped 5" off the length turn them into jeans for the middle boy!

I love that the curve of the back yoke meets the curve of the front pocket
 As usual with Ottobre patterns - 4 different pages needed to be looked at to follow the instructions!
Off to trace off a more relaxed fit pattern now!

By Hand London Anna

 I made another Anna Dress but this time with the boat neckline. I think I would like to try it with a scoop neckline.

I put in a big split and Hong Kong Seamed the sides of the split.

This is my 4th Anna - I love this pattern!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017


I used two different issues of Ottobre to make this PJ set.

Ottobre 06-2015-35 for the bottoms

Ottobre 01-2009-37 for the top - I added length (size 134 - length 140) then gave it a 2" hem

Monday, 2 January 2017

Burda Mag - T-shirt for boys

Used the size 140 but took some length out (possibly too much length - whoops)

Started on 31st DEc - finished on 1st Jan - these really don't take long!