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MagnoliaHoney
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Date: 7/25/11 11:41 PM

I have been wanting Ottobre woman for a while, since I have seen such awesome stuff come out of it. But, I was reading on the Plus Size Sew Along a review of one of the blouses and I have to say it's exactly my FAVORITE maternity/nursing t-shirt that Motherhood sells. However, they NEVER sell it in plus size. I can get by with wearing their XL, but would look better especially since their clothes tend to shrink, and I've gained like 50lbs, in a 1X. It's the one that is a tee shirt with rouging on the sides. Makes my stomach look sooooo much better! And I like the detail a lot. So I just HAVE to buy this issue.

While I'm at it and ordering a back issue, is there any other issues that you use a ton and just love? I wish they would let you see a preview of what is in the mag (not the actual patterns I understand, but at least the pics of what is in it for you, kind of like the pics on pattern envelopes) would help me pick and choose which issues I want. But, I need to know which issues has good patterns that look good on plus size, and that are as cute as that tee shirt! lol haha

I must admit I usually like dressier clothing then tee shirts, but I love the tee shirt from motherhood I have like that, that came with my PJ's and I was just thinking I would like to start making my own pjs but hadn't found any pj tops I like as much as that rouged seamed tee shirt. So this will be PERFECT for when I start making my own PJ's!

However, I prefer nice skirts, and nice blouse tops that don't have button holes for me to figure out! lol haha So if you can think of any issues that has a great blouse or skirt, let me know the issue.

To give you a idea of the kind of skirts and blouses I like, I like these skirts a lot from Kwik Sew-
Kwik Sew Skirts

I love this dress from Kwik Sew-
Kwik Sew Dress

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blouse from Hot Patterns-
Hot Patterns Tie Me Down Tops-Blouse
-- Edited on 7/25/11 11:47 PM --

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Date: 7/26/11 0:57 AM

G'day,

If you go to the ottobre design website there is a scroll bar with each to the magazine covers. If you click on a cover it opens a window where you can view the tech sheet (as pdf) or cycle through the magazine pages.

I've only bought back issues for the exercise-wear patterns. Just be warned that the pattern sheets are atrocious in being able to follow the lines for tracing!

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Date: 7/26/11 0:57 AM

Hi, MH, congrats on the pregnancy. If you go to the Ottobre Design website you can see a preview of each of the past issues as well as download a PDF with all of the technical drawings. Just click on any of the magazine covers to see the items included in that issue. If you click the left arrow the listing will go back to earlier issues. (The kids' issues and the women's issues are all together in the same list - for the first couple years the women's issue was the second one of the year; now it's the second and the fifth.)

I think the most popular issue was 2/2006, the first women's issue, but I'm pretty sure that that issue is entirely sold out, though you can buy the knit t-shirt pattern from that issue separately I believe. A quick look through their back issues shows that they have maternity stuff in 2/2007 and 2/2008 though a lot of their tops and dresses could be adapted.

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Date: 7/26/11 4:29 AM

Thanks that is exactly what I wanted to see! I found a few more issues I wanted. Ironically it was both of the maternity ones, but not for the maternity patterns! lol haha I really love the vintage top in the 2/2008!

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Date: 7/26/11 2:34 PM

Quote: MagnoliaHoney
And I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blouse from Hot Patterns-

Hot Patterns Tie Me Down Tops-Blouse
-- Edited on 7/25/11 11:47 PM --

If you love the HP Tie Me Down top, I'd recommend going ahead and ordering it. It's pretty easy, large-bust-friendly, and I think a beginner could get through the construction without too much trouble. (This was the first HP I ever made--I had been sewing for about a year when I made it, to give you some reference.)

To make it maternity-friendly, I'd simply either leave out the shirring in back, or move it up to more of a empire waistline position.

HotPatterns is running a 20% sale right now until the end of July, so with the discount, that pattern would only be about $12--not much more than a Kwik Sew pattern.

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Date: 7/26/11 9:52 PM

Thanks Michelle, seems like I already know you from all the posts you posted in the Plus Size Sew Along I've been reading. I LOVE all your reviews, they are really helping me as you look about the same as me as far as I can tell. I would like to ask though what is your bust size, I'm 50 inches.

That being said about the Tie Me Down top I was going wait till December when Anne sends out her coupons, last year was a 50 percent off a pattern coupon, I'm hoping for one of those! If not I will wait for March when she sends out the birthday coupons. That way either way I don't have to pay shipping either. (Anne at Needle Nook Fabrics, I live in Wichita, where it's at so I can just hop over there). I need to go to the store soon and look through the hot patterns cataloge though I do better at that then online looking-fatigues my eyes. But, I am loving that top because of your and every one else's versions were so darn cute!

I doubt I will get any more maternity things made up as I am working on nursing gowns right now and nursing clothes. I probably won't be going too many places this last few weeks of pregnancy. So mainly I'm looking for tops that will just flatter my figure. (hour glass/apple! lol I know contrary to each other! lol But, I am a hour glass in measurements-hips and bust same size, waist 10 inches smaller. However I'm so short some times if I don't dress to flatter my figure I look like a apple!) and that will be breast feeding friendly. ;o)

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Date: 7/26/11 10:02 PM

PS for Michelle, if you are my size or larger (like I said I'm 50 for bust and hips, 39 for waist) have you tried the ottobre, and if so how did you make it fit. From what I can tell it doesn't go up to my size. But, I love the patterns so much I think I will go ahead and order the three mags, I think I want. And if I have any problems, I will take them over to Anne and ask her to help me. But, just wondering what your experience has been with them.

Your style seems closest to what I always want! lol (don't always achieve due to money restraints, and just not being able to find in my size!) and your proportions looks closest to mine. Well you and I think Andrea. but, then Andrea wrote her measurements and I was surprised she was so much smaller then me. But, I may be Andrea's size by next year. Cause I have gained 40 lbs between my last two pregnancies. My first pregnancy I lost 10 lbs, then I gained like 20 to 30 lbs with my twin boys, then my last girl I gained another 10 to 15lbs! (never lost the twin weight since I got preggers three months after their birth! UHG!) Then it was less then a year after last DD's birth that I was pregnant again-which is this time! Thankfully though this pregnancy I have lost 3 lbs! Whoo hoo. I am anxious to see what I weigh after wards. My 50-39-49 measurements were at my highest weight I've been at in 8 years! (I used to weigh a lot more and don't even know what my measurements were then, but then I lost 100 lbs, and was a new size! lol But, then like I said 4 pregnancies, and one set of twins later here I am! lol) Any way this year I plan on losing at least 40 lbs. I won't get back down to what I was Post DD1, but it will be a size that is not that hard to maintain, I maintained it for years, before getting pregnant with twin boys! lol I just want that back again!

Any way I'm thinking that may bring me back down to about Andrea's measurements.

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Date: 7/26/11 10:28 PM

Definitely go to the Ottobre wesite. Personally, I prefer the fit of the tshirts in 2/2007 & the Jeans from 5/2007 compared to the 2/2006 t shirts.

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Date: 7/27/11 8:16 PM

Julia do you mind telling me your bust/waist/hip measurements, or at least if they are larger then what Ottobre lists, and if so how easy/hard was it to adjust for the larger size?

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Date: 7/27/11 10:54 PM

MagnoliaHoney, I have gained/lost using this pattern. I have made everything from a 40 (a bit too tight still) to a 48/50. I am a large rectangle-38 upper bust,35-40. Upper abd roll 37-39. I go by the upper bust measurement in cm. It is easier with these patterns to use cm than to search on the pattern sheet for inches. If you are built like Michelle, you will need to do a FBA on everything. The measurements for a 52 are bust 48, waist 40.5, hips 49.25,shoulder width 5.57,upper arm circ 14.5, back waist 16 5/8.
I normally trace the smaller size to underarm where I go to next size up at the bottom of the armhole & do the same for the sleeve. I then do a large bicep adjustment to make the sleeve large enough. Since I am also very boring, I use cotton interlock or similar cotton blend with about 30-40% stretch. I need to go up a size if using fabric with 20% or so stretch. I do not like tight clothing which clings to the rolls.
I personally do not care if all of my tops are the same pattern. Even if I buy them, I basically wear round/scooped neck tops. Over time, I have acquired 5 tops (bought) of similar style, all in dusty rose. See what I mean about being boring?!

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