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 ....to 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!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Passport Dress - Simplicity K2209

Cheap synthetic taffeta type material - horrible to work with a frays like crazy.

Made a toile which worked well and I did all the pleats the right way, needed taking in at the sides - under the arms.. which I did. I did not bother to toile the bodice again as I was running out of time.. so the final dress was too tight under the arms.... so after wearing it I took it apart and resewed the seams with a smaller seam allowance... unfortunately destroying my lovely zip insertion - now it looks terrible!

I like the side zip - the unbroken back bodice looks good!