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Pattern Reviews> Ottobre Design Magazine> 06-2013-14 (Pretty Basic Jersey Shirt)

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Posted on:4/1/14 3:36 PM
Project Photo:Ottobre Design Magazine: 06-2013-14 by michellep74

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Fabric:Cotton-Lycra Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:

Raglan-sleeved top with four rows of ruffles across the chest. Sleeve hem is gathered and bound with self (or contrast) fabric.

Pattern Sizing:

Ottobre kids' sizes 92-128 cm.

I sewed a size 92 for my daughter, based on the size chart, but I think she's grown a little since we last measured her. The size 92 fits EXACTLY, but probably won't fit her two months from now. I'll size up one size the next time that I sew from Ottobre for her.

Note on my daughter's size, she's 21 months old, slim and slightly below average height for her age. I would equate the size 92 in Ottobre to a typical 18M in RTW.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, it looks very similar to the photo/drawing with the exception of a slight goof I made in applying the ruffles.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes! IMO, Ottobre set the bar for pattern magazine instructions (in spite of my user-error goof). This was my first time sewing from Ottobre, and I was really impressed with their precision of language, which eliminates confusion and helps keep things concise. I love that they suggest using a rolled hem, coverstitch, and other tools/stitches that often seem to be ignored in instructions for the home sewist.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Likes: The ruffles are a really cute and fun detail to add to a raglan sleeve top. If you know how to make/apply a ruffle, you could really transfer this detail to just about any raglan sleeved top.

Dislikes: None.

Fabric Used: A cotton-lycra jersey purchased from Mill End on our trip to Portland last fall. The top took ~1/2 yard of 60" wide jersey to construct.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

My goof, er, "design change" was that I somehow got the idea that the ruffles were supposed to be folded in half (I did this between the rows of gathering stitches) and then applied to the front of the top. This change made for fuller ruffles, but they take up less real estate on the front of the top when applied this way. It took way longer to apply the ruffles this way than if I had just sewed them on the way that they're supposed to go. (It's hard to see the ruffle detail in the garment photo, so I blame my error on that.)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I'd absolutely sew this again, but I'll go up one size if I make this again for Eva any time soon.

I would definitely recommend this to others. This was a good intro to Ottobre for me. Get current measurements for the child that you're sewing for, though, first, as it fits very true to the size chart.


This was just a flat-out fun and cute top to make for my daughter. I sew for 30 minutes every morning before work, and I found myself eagerly anticipating each morning's session while I worked on this. With this top, I got to learn how to do a lettuce edged rolled hem on my serger and how to apply ruffles. Because the ruffles are time-consuming, it does take a little longer to whip this together than an unadorned raglan tee.

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supizoo said...
Pretty! I love your tip on 30 minutes sewing before work; great start to the day!
4/1/14 6:49 PM
canei said...
Too cute!
4/2/14 8:46 AM
Pj3g said...
Cute baby! And cute shirt too! Love ruffles!
4/4/14 4:44 PM
madhatter said...
That's a lovely little shirt (and model!)! The ruffle makes me want to sew for a little girl, too :) Oh, and it's pink. Can it be better than pink with ruffles?!
4/6/14 1:43 PM
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