Ever heard of Ottobre?! I quickly became a big fan after I saw all the awesome things you can sew up with their patterns. I dropped BIG hints to my man, sending him links, telling him how awesome our kids’ clothes will be, and basically saying I didn’t want anything else for Christmas. Well, it worked! He bought me a subscription for a whole year! And I loved it. Every quarter I would squeal with excitement when Ottobre came in the mail and drool over the magazine (and perhaps Instagram them every. single. time.). And this past Christmas he surprised me by including the women’s magazine to my subscription (yea, my hubby is the best). I’m getting somewhere with all this, don’t worry.
So, I drool over them, Instagram them (is Instagram a verb now?), and glance through them time and time again, but hardly ever sew up their patterns! This month, that’s going to change. Big time.
I’m challenging myself to only sew Ottobre patterns for the whole month of October. Today I’ll start with one for myself (and this may be the only I get to sew for myself…)
After birthing 3 kids and nursing all of them, my body just ain’t the same. And all my shirts are way too short. I’ve played with the idea of adding a band to all of them, but that just won’t look right. So, instead, I’m slowly making myself a shirt here and there. This one is my first Ottobre pattern for me! And I’m pretty satisfied with it.
I love the cap sleeves, although the white fabric doesn’t stretch much, so they are a bit tight. But I’m happy with the overall look and length. I also love this navy/green stripe fabric, but again, there’s not much stretch. When I’m done nursing I know I’ll truly be in love with this top, but it’s a bit hard to feed my baby in it right now.
After reflecting on all this, I just might make myself something else this month. Perhaps something a bit more nursing-friendly and stretchy. We’ll see…
Ottobre 2/2015, #17 Jersey Top
Navy/Mint strip from Girl Charlee
White is selvage scraps from a Girl Charlee chevron fabric
If you’re up for a challenge, join me! You don’t have to only sew Ottobre patterns all month, but if you do sew one, let me know! I’ll be over on Instagram with #OttobreOctober and #OttobreOctubre. Or email me with your looks at sew.thrifty.blog[at]gmail.com or link up in the comments.
I look forward to see what you make!