Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ottobre 03/2008-29 & 03/2011-6

Well, after a slow start, I'm getting some things done for KCWC. I started with the tee shirts for the boys, mostly because Logan has been really excited about the Mater fabric I found for him.
Here are my cuties in their coordinating shirts! The fabric is a cotton interlock from Print Knit Studio. It's a nice sturdy knit, but still soft. Perfect for kid's clothes. The ribbing is cotton rib knit from Fabric.com. I debated what color to use for the ribbing and binding. None of the blues I had seemed quite right, so I let Logan choose. He surprised me with the red! I really like it. So much so that I coverstitched all the hems with red as well.
Logan's shirt is from the 03/2008 issue of Ottobre. This was my first issue ever and I have sewn a ton from it. This is the first time for this particular shirt though. It is a basic tee with slightly forward shoulder seams, a rib knit neck band and stitched hems. The neckline is a little larger on this one, which is actually good for Logan, as he has a pretty large head and small necklines freak him out. It has a relaxed fit, which Logan also prefers. I did add 3/4 inch to the length of the sleeve. They looked a little short to me, and I think they were. The finished length here is just about right.
For Duncan, I used #6 from the 03/2011 issue of Ottobre. It is photographed in pink on a baby girl, but it looked like a good boy shirt to me. It is a sleeveless tee with an envelope style neckline. It is a great fit on Duncan without alterations. Since all of the neckline and sleeve edges are finished with binding, this was a super fast sew on the serger and coverstitch machine. It only has the two side seams to sew! Everything else is bound. I'm definitely going to make Duncan a few more of these.
Silly boys!
I did want to add just a little note about sizing in general. I've noticed that the newer issues of Ottobre (after about 2009) have a much closer fit, while the older issues are much more generously sized. You can really see that in play in these two tees. Both boys fall between sizes based on their chest and waist measurements. For both boys I used the larger size. Logan's tee (from a 2008 issue) is quite loose fitting with a slightly dropped shoulder line. Duncan's top (from 2011) has a very snug fit and the shoulder is right at his shoulder point. So, for those who sew with Ottobre, just be aware that the older back issues do tend to have a bit more ease built in to them. If you are looking for a closer fit, go with a style from a newer issue or size down

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15 comments:

  1. I think the red was a perfect choice!

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  2. Red is a great choice!
    I can't believe you put that sweet baby Duncan in a redneck muscle shirt!! tsk. tsk..

    The solo pic of Logan is wonderful!!! He looks so mature, and thoughtful.

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  3. Both your boys are adorable, and I love that you made them shirts in matching fabrics but different styles. I also think it's great how you sew so much for your guys--you are inspiring!

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  4. So cute! And very helpful. I have a baby on my "pay it forward" list and some dinosaur fabric and blue binding. I never would have considered the top Logan is wearing, but it's adorable! And I have both of these issues. Yes!

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  5. I just used that exact fabric for jammies for my 18 mth twin grandsons, i bound mine with a yellow that match the radiator springs logo but i toyed with red, i got my mater fabric at nature's fabric online, they have some cute boy prints. Shirts are super cute!

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    1. Yellow is an awesome idea! I bet that makes the logo really pop. I'll have to check out Nature's Fabrics. I always love a new place to shop. :)

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  6. Duncan's a climber! Cute shirts for both of them.

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  7. Thanks for your helpful info about the sizing - I have started sewing from a collection of Ottos that are pre and post 2009 and have been perplexed why I'm having a hard time with fit... good to know! Cute shirts too!

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    1. I puzzled over it for a while before I figured it out. My first issues were all pre-2009, then I started subscribing and nothing seemed to fit, even though they were the same size! I finally figured it out, but not before Logan got a few tee shirts that he wore only once.

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  8. Both shirts are nice! My son would love that Mater fabric!

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  9. You always do such a great job!

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  10. Beautiful boys, amazing how fast they're growing. The outfits are adorable.

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  11. Those are cute--the tshirts and the boys. Every little boy wants a Mater shirt! Before long, they will be all about Spiderman.

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  12. Great, as usual but what really amazes me is how big they are! And so, so cute =)

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