Ottobre pants

Ottobre pants from magazine 3/2012. #36 “Street Gear”.

I love all the details on these pants – especially the knee piece. There’s also a welt pocket, lots of topstitching and a more grown up looking flat front waistband.

Lucas chose some of the sneakers fabric I used to make his school bag an age ago. It came from Crafty Mamas, of course. The denim was an Op Shop find.














I love those knee pintucks and they weren’t as hard to do as I was expecting. Now, can you see that seam that hits around mid thigh? Well that’s not supposed to be there. Unfortunately, although the 152 size fits him well width wise it seemed to come out too long so that the stylin’ knee bit didn’t hit at the knee. It was more like mid calf. It bothered Lucas and I could see where he was coming from so we did a bit of a hack. I simply pinched out a few centimetres each side and made an extra seam. I’m hoping it doesn’t look too weird.

The back I’m a bit disappointed in too. I much prefer a yoke for a little more shaping.














Here’s them on Lucas:


Pattern: Ottobre 3/2012 #36 Street Gear.
Fabric: Denim and ‘sneakers’ from Crafty Mamas.


Ottobre slim fit shirt

Lucas needed a new shirt. He’s been growing at a phenomenal rate recently. So much so he’s catching up on me fast. We keep track with pencil marks on a wall and he’s grown a centimetre in the past month… and he’s now only a centimetre behind me!

I bought the Oliver + s Sketchbook pattern. Lucas is 12 and I thought it would teach me shirt making before he outgrew the pattern. Turns out it was a complete waste of money as the shirt was laughably small when made up. I turned to my Ottobre magazines instead and chose the Neptune slim fit shirt pattern.

I picked up this cotton chambray up at Spotlight for a mere $4 a metre. It’s lovely but is going to take some ironing to keep it looking good.

The buttons are paua and I’m really hoping they don’t look too girly.

I added a box pleat to the back – an idea I stole from the Oliver + s Sketchbook shirt. I’m really pleased I did because the fit certainly is ‘slim fit’.

This is my first sleeve placket. The Ottobre instructions were quite brief but I found quite a few tutorials on line which really helped.

Here he is wearing it to his Science fair prize giving.He looked so handsome I was so proud, even if I will have to get used to looking up at him soon.

Pattern: Ottobre 6/2008 #30. ‘Neptune’ slim fit shirt.
Fabric: Spotlight cotton chambray

Ottobre Kokeshi Doll

I made this iddy biddy cute-as dress for a lady I know who is holding a baby shower for her daughter.

The dress is from Ottobre magazine 3/2012 edition, there are several very sweet dresses in this issue and I’ve been itching to try them. The baby version is called the Kokeshi Doll dress. The line drawings of the whole magazine can be found here.

I made a 6 month size (68 cm) as it will hopefully be summer by then in New Zealand. I’m sure it will fit foir quite a while due to the elastic around the sleeves and shoulders and would make a cute top as she gets older.


I used an eyelet cotton for the overdress which has tiny little mauve and yellow flowers. It also has a pretty lacy embroidery stitch over it. The underdress is a fine soft quilting cotton with co ordinating mauve roses.

I used french seams throughout so there’s no itchy bits against baby and changed the sleeve hems and shoulder to use bias binding made from the last scraps of the underdress fabric instead of just serging and turning. I think it gives a more professional finish, is less scratchy and I like the little extra peep of coordinating fabric. You can just see the shoulder ones in this next pic.

I decided to add a label so it looks a bit less handmade. I added a little button/tab feature on the front form the remaining piece of bias binding:













The back I left plain:

I hope she likes it.

Pattern: 12 Kokeshi Doll Ottobre 3/2012
Fabric: Cotton eyelet