Friday, November 5, 2010

Ottobre 03/2010-23 "Beethoven" shirt

Since Logan has been busily outgrowing his dress shirts, it was time for a new one.  I let him choose the fabric, so naturally it features soccer balls.
Not exactly traditional dress shirt material, but at least he'll wear it.  I love the way that it fits.  I know you can't really tell from this picture, but it has a very slim, modern fit, both in the body and sleeves.
The pattern is from the 03/2010 issue of Ottobre.  Ottobre calls it the "Beethoven" shirt and it comes in a short and long sleeved version.  This is the second long sleeved shirt I have made with an Ottobre pattern, and they have both had features that I like.  Here is last year's, from the 04/2004 issue.  It had a two piece collar and traditional menswear sleeve placket, as well as a cool yoke with curved shoulder seams.
Here you can see some of the features that I like about this design.  The yoke is lined (obviously that is an easy fix, but still...).  I like the shape of the pocket on this one as well.  One thing I didn't like (that I thought I would!) was the collar.  It is a one piece collar, but shaped like a collar with stand.  I thought it would be easier than a traditional collar with stand, but it wasn't really, and it doesn't have the structure that the separate stand gives it.
The sleeve placket is bound, which is generally a detail I associate with women's blouses.  While I prefer a traditional topstitched menswear sleeve placket generally, it would get totally lost in this busy print, so I think this was fine for this shirt.  I also like the double buttoned cuff.

Overall, the two different styles each had elements that I really liked, so for Logan's next shirt, I'm just going to pick and choose the features I want and frankenpattern.
Mom, quit takin' pictures of me.  I'm playing with my trains!

11 comments:

  1. You've made a lovely job of that shirt. I have shirt patterns sitting waiting in my to do pile must get round to it sometime. Here's a quote form my little one when he saw your shirt 'I want that in my house and then put it on me'.

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  2. Very nice!! I'm glad to hear of the slimmer fit. Need that for my skinny boy!

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  3. I have a very similar piece of stashed fabric (green background and soccer ball print) ... I wonder if I should attempt a shirt? I am pretty sure that if either of my boys saw your photos they would really want a cool shirt like this.

    It looks great!

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  4. Love it! They do tend to grow so fast!

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  5. Cute shirt, and very cute fabric, but.... Beethoven?..... the connection escapes me. Soccer as piano, maybe? Just curious....

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  6. Thanks all!
    Digs - No connection at all, although I tried to think of something clever for you... Ottobre names all of their designs, and this one is the Beethoven. Who knows why?

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  7. Even at a young age, kids know what they like to wear! Glad you're getting in some quality sewing time before the new arrival.

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  8. I really must subscribe to Ottobre. This shirt is perfect for a four year old boy. And as usually is a beautiful job.

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  9. I love that you made a dress shirt from such a fun fabric. I am sure that he will wear it happily, knowing that it is HIS shirt, made to his specifications!

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  10. That turned out great! I really love the juxtapostion of a formal shirt with fun fabric. I will have to keep this pattern in mind - I wouldn't be surprised if my friend's little boy winds up just like his dad, super tall and thin.

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