06/2012 issue of Ottobre, but I was particularly excited about this shirt. It's style #4. It's nice and dressy, with a collar and button front, but it is made of knit fabric, so it is super comfortable.
The fabric I used was a knit remnant from the stash (yay for stashbusting and using teeny bits of fabric!!). The collar, collar binding and pocket are cut from the cotton twill I used for the matching pants.
I just love how Ottobre patterns are relatively simple designs and easy to make, but with great details that make them special. In this shirt, the contrast pocket and collar are super fun, and make it easy to personalize. Seriously, how cute is that little pocket?!?
I'm pretty thrilled with my stripe matching across the front and the seams. I'm kind of neurotic about stripes, and when I see mismatched stripes on the street, it makes me cringe. These make me smile. It was a little tricky getting the stripes across the front just right, since I used ring snaps as the closure. They really had to align just perfectly. And they do! Yay!
Of course, he also desperately needed pants. These are from the same issue of Ottobre. They are style #5.
They are an elastic waist pant, but with a few fun details. In front, patch pockets and knee darts, which make bending and crawling more comfortable. Duncan is a walker, but he does a lot of climbing, so I thought he'd like these. They also have a faux fly and jeans style topstitching.
In back, we have patch pockets and a yoke, again styled like jeans. Since these are for church, I didn't do any decorative stitching on the pockets, but if I were making these as a casual pant, it would be a fun addition.
The fabric for the pants is a very densely woven cotton twill that was given to me by a cousin of mine. She had used some of the yardage, but gave the rest to me. It's really lovely stuff, with a nice sheen, and just perfect for durable boy pants.
Seriously, the cuteness... A note on sizing - Duncan measures to an 86 in Ottobre right now, but they are a PERFECT fit, which means they are exactly one growth spurt away from too small. I made these in a size 92, and while they are a little big, as you can see, he can still wear them, and I won't have to make another set next week when he outgrows them. I think this is one of the trickiest things about sewing for young children. You just never know! I tend to go a bit larger, since they will always grow, but I have yet to meet a kid who shrunk.