Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ottobre 06/2008-16, the "Tammy" skirt

Thanks to everyone who has weighed in so far about my crazy dress idea. If you haven't scoped out the wild vintage fabric, scroll down to the last post and let me know what you think. So far it looks like I've got some sewing to do...

And what have I been doing otherwise? Well, at my last sewing group, one of the ladies brought some tubs of fabric, patterns and notions that her daughter in law had asked her to get rid of. In among the half sewn dresses, random zippers and shoulder pads was a little green Myra-sized top and quite a lot of coordinating plisse. I adopted the poor forlorn yardage and gave it purpose.
I hemmed it long in the hopes that we'll get 2 summers out of it.
The pattern is from the 06/2008 issue of Ottobre. They call it the Tammy skirt. I call it adorable!! It features a curved front yoke with a center front box pleat and symmetrical knife pleats radiating out. I actually ordered this issue after seeing this adorable version in the Ottobre flickr group. Let me tell you, if I ever need a mojo boost, I just surf the flickr group and immediately want to sew something.
In back the waist is elasticated for a nice easy fit. I photographed it from the side to show you that I actually did take the trouble of matching the print.
It is fully lined - gotta love Ottobre. I used some grey cotton/poly broadcloth of unknown origins. I think it was given to me, which makes this outfit essentially free. Gotta love that!
The pattern construction was kind of cool. You pleated the front, attached the yoke and then facing, then stitched on the pleated front lining. Then the back was attached to the back lining and the elastic basted on. Only then were the side seams sewn, with the skirt and lining sewn as one into a long tube. Then the lining was folded into the skirt and the elastic sewn down. You did have to carefully line up the waistline front with the top of the elastic at the back. Of course, the pattern was perfectly drafted, so it all fit together effortlessly. I love Ottobre, and Myra loves her new skirt.

12 comments:

  1. Adorable--both the skirt and little girl. Love her pink crocs! You are lucky to have a "girly girl". Mine had a fit when I put her in a dress. A Fit. As for the fabric in your previous post, I love it. Have dress- will travel to Hawaii!

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  2. This is a pattern I have loved sewing (although I got lazy and gathered the front lining :D) and DD has gotten a lot or wear out of it. The fabric you used is lovely.

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  3. It's an adorable outfit! I had previously dismissed that skirt pattern but after seeing the one you referenced from the flickr pool and yours, I've changed my mind.

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  4. I love that skirt! Great execution of a cute pattern.

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  5. Cute skirt. She looks adorable in it. I like Ottobre fit.

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  6. What a perfect little skirt pattern for your daughter. And I LOVE the fabric from the previous post. You must make a dress out of it!

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  7. The skirt is too cute! Thanks for alerting me to the pattern, it passed me by somehow.

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  8. Free is the best price! I'm working on a skirt for me from free fabric, but ran out of time at the hem, and haven't gotten back to it! Myra is adorable; I hope she does get 2 years out of her skirt.

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  9. Gorgeous outfit, I love non pink clothes on little girls. I never thought of checking Flickr for inspiration on Ottobre patterns - I'm heading there now to check it out!

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  10. I had dismissed the pattern, too, because I wan't keen on all the pleats and the yoke with a thick winter fabric. But in summer fabric? It's perfect.

    And, hmmmm, I now realize the bellbottoms button is GIANT.

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  11. Love, love, LOVE it!!!
    Clearly, Myra does, too.

    How's Ottobre for patterns featuring knits??

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  12. I really love that skirt. The pleating is cute.

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