Back in September someone in the group pointed out that we might have another chance to put together the tour as Ottobre was celebrating its 15th birthday this month. No excuses now and here we go!
For me Ottobre is all about knits! Though the magazine always has a couple of really nice patterns for woven fabrics, I think their knit patterns are the ones that catch my eye. So today I have a couple of knit dresses to share with you.
Let’s start with Ines:
PATTERN: Olive Star from Ottobre 3/2014 (summer edition). I must say I am in love with this pattern! Easy to sew, easy to wear,… What more can I ask for? The pattern is actually almost the same as the one I have used for this tee but the bodice is slightly more a-line shaped and, of course, it has a gathered skirt attached. I love the way the neckline is finished! The snaps give an extra touch to the overall design and are super convenient. Actually, this pattern is perfect for not so stretchy fabrics. Because I have made the skirt in a contrasting woven fabric, I have changed slightly the way the skirt is sewn to the bodice. The bodice has a fake hem and it looks like the skirt is behind it. This is such a simple detail! But I think it looks quite nice. Hope you like it too! (Actually, hope you can spot it on my pictures…)
FABRIC: Octoberama Fall interlock knit by Charlie Harper for Birch Fabrics (for the bodice) and grey, slightly stretchy woven cotton (for the skirt). It was my first time sewing with Birch interlock knits and I loved it! Super soft fabrics, with a nice drape and gorgeous designs. I have a couple more in my stash and I think I might need to put them on top of my “to sew” list right away. The grey woven is also from my stash – don’t you love when you can make an outfit with stuff from your stash? – and, though I can’t remember where I bought it, I wish I did as I would love to get more…
What about Teresa’s tunic? Well, I have cut Teresa’s dress about one year ago when we first talked about the Ottobre tour so I am glad I was finally pushed to finish it. Off course, I am also glad it still fitted her…
PATTERN: Flycatcher from Ottobre 3/2014 (summer edition). I’ve been willing to sew this dress/tunic from the moment I saw in on the mag. It is such a nice and special design! I was a bit afraid that it might be too difficult to sew but it was actually quite easy and fast. My only issue was finishing the neckline properly… As you can see my neckline is a little bit wavy but that’s totally my fault as the pattern asked for rib knit neckband and I have used the main fabric to make it instead.
FABRIC: I think this fabric is an interlock double knit pique but I am not sure… I got it at my local store – Feira dos Tecidos – and I think it was the first piece of knit I have ever bough! It has an interesting texture and I love the color. This interlock was nice to sew - except for that neckband of course… - and I it has the perfect drape for this pattern.Sorry for the lack of photos on this post but, as you can see on the photos bellow, Teresa and Ines were more interested in playing in the playground than in posing for photos for their mother's blog...
Now for the fun part: the giveaway! Yeah!
Ottobre was incredible nice to sponsor a huge giveaway to delight our readers. Use the rafflecopter below for a chance to win five one year subscriptions for kid+women’s issues and one 50 euros fabric gift card at Ottobre etsy shop. But that’s not all! You can also win one 30 euros fabric gift card at Maças d’Amor, a wonderful Portuguese online fabric shop, curtesy of all tour participants.
By the way, don't forget to check out the other participants’ creations as they are all super talented ladies. Here they are:
Diana . Miss Castelinhos
Carla . Rita Pirolita
Andreia . In a Manner of Sewing
Rita . Conversas de Hermanas
Maria João . Fairies, Bubbles & Co.
Paula . Maçãs d'Amor
Sara . Made by Sara
Constança . Saidos da Concha
Marta . Pico Pico
Patrícia . Pequeno Mundo a 3 + 1
Ana Sofia . S is for Sewing
Soraia . Sew Happy
Inês . La Folie Sewing Booth
Magda . House of Estrela
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