Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ottobre 2-2013-07 Dress

Ottobre Women's 2-2013-07
Fancy Flower's Dress

Size 38
Alterations:  Swayback Adj, Shortened by 2.5 inches



Details:  Front and back are gathered to the double-layer shoulder yoke
Button placket with a small inverted pleat at the bottom
Back is gathered at the waistline with narrow elastic


I love this dress!  Only regret I have is not making this sooner.  I have pulled out this Ottobre issue every summer and thought to myself, "I want to make this dress."  I finally did and I am so happy.


Narrow hem. 


No adjustment to the depth of the armhole.  Don't you love it when that happens?  


Back yoke is slightly curved, but it's hard to see with my arm pulling it up.

I haven't made a button placket in such a long time, so I quickly made one up on some scrap fabric first.  The only part that gave me pause was the finishing at the bottom of the placket.  The two button bands (right on top of left) lay underneath the dress and the triangle created at the bottom by your slashes is folded underneath (thereby making that "triangle" with it's right side against the right side of the button band).  I hope this note makes since to me in the event I make this again and forget. ha ha


My white buttons really blend in to the fabric.  At first I thought 5 buttons would not be enough, but it was.

Challis fabric purchased at Joann's.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Simplicity Sewing (1616 & 1716)

I was in the mood for some quick and simple sewing.  With these hot summer temperatures, a new skirt with a sleeveless top seemed like a good idea.


I have sewn from both of these patterns before, but now I'm sewing them up in a larger size.  Time will do that I guess...ha ha.  


Simplicity 1717:  This is my first go at the top.  I loved the dress here.  What appealed to me with this top is the drape of the neckline, which was relatively easy to accomplish.  There are pleats at the shoulder, as well as a one pleat at the armscye.  Overall I am very happy with the fit except for the armhole.  It's a little long on me, which I have now adjusted the pattern for, taking it in about 1/2 inch.


I really like the gathered seam, accomplished by sewing elastic to the front of the seam allowance for a few inches.


One addition I made to the pattern was to include a 1/4 inch piece of elastic underneath the back neck edge facing.  Without it, I found the neckline to gap outward.  This was covered by my hair, but it still bothered me just knowing it was there.  This helped to keep that pulled in a little.  I just made sure to pull the elastic only slightly so it didn't gather that area, but just stabilize it.


This skirt is great if you are looking for something very easy.  If you don't like basting and gathering, you should pass on it. LOL  The pattern makes this easier than most though because of the included pattern piece guide so you know exactly how much to gather.

The waistband is cut on the bias and has elastic inserted.  Other versions of this skirt are here and here.



I can't remember where I bought my shirt fabric.  It is a jersey knit with a 2-way stretch.  It was very cheap...one of those "you get what you pay for fabrics."  I'll be lucky if I get 5 washes and what is left will probably end up in the lint trap of the dryer!  LOL  My skirt fabric is Challis and purchased at Joann's.

On a personal note, I'm trying to transition my hair to gray.  It's kind of a crazy blondish gray right now.  I hope I can hold out.  I'm already past the "it's driving me crazy, I'm going to color it" feelings.  I'm feeling tired of coloring it.  It takes a couple of weeks after color before I like it and then gray creeps in.  It feels like a never-ending battle, so time will tell if I'm going to like it.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley