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|Ottobre Woman Magazine: 02-2013-3 (buttondown blouse) - Type:Tops |
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|Pattern Description: #3 Buttondown sleeveless blouse: semi-fitted, hip length, sleeveless shirt blouse with forward shoulder seam and yoke, collar with collar band. Curved shirttail hem. It is rated as a two dots (out of three dots) pattern. |
See slide #6- blue-green top.
I made this blouse to trial Ottobre Woman fit and sizing as it was the first time I used these patterns. It is a wearable only at home or at the cottage top. To make it a cooler top for the summer I left off the collar.
photos of finished blouse
Photos early in construction and fitting:
close up of front
front view before adjustments
Pattern Sizing:34-52; I traced out a size 38 as I'm between 36 and 38 in the upper body measurements for Ottobre sizing. It would have been better to trace a 36. I didn't bother to do any flat pattern measurements.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? My blouse is much looser throughout the body than the magazine photo.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are grouped under Cutting and Sewing. Sewing subsections are construction techniques, stabilizing, joining, side seams-armholes and bottom hem, collar and finishing. I had to read the general instructions/overview a few times to be sure I didn't need to add for the buttonband facing when tracing out the pattern and adding seam allowances. The instructions are brief but much easier to follow, compared to Burdastyle magazine instructions, if you have some sewing experience. For a brand new sewer the instructions wouldn't be detailed enough.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I needed a top with smaller pieces as I recycled oxford-type weave 100% cotton from an old dress.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a SBA on the pattern as per my usual. I had to make a centre back seam on the back piece because of my small fabric pieces. The front and back are different lengths for the same reason.
I have uneven shoulders and I did my usual adjustments by changing the depths of the seam allowances on each shoulder. The neckline was gaping - some of it was the result of it being stretched out despite the stay stitching, some because it is just too big. Pulling on the stay stitching resolved some of the gaping. Shifting the front pieces out to the side and increasing the seam allowance width of the fronts at the neck by about an extra 1/4 -3/8 inch and tapering it out to 5/8 has improved the neckline fit. The front yoke seam allowance was left at 5/8 inch from neck to shoulder.
The body was and remains too wide for my liking -I recut the sides to reduce the width.
Buttons recycled from an old blouse- only used 6 on the button band because of the shorter front. I didn't bother making a buttonhole or sewing on a button for the collar band as I would never button it to the top.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think for future Ottobre top patterns, I will be better off making size 36 top and making slightly narrower seam allowances if required.
Conclusion: Meh- a poor fitting addition to my wardrobe. Only cost me the time to try to fit it and finish it.
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