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Topic: Ottobre Mozart Linen Vest, Beethoven Dress Shirt, Jodhpur Linen Pants  (Read 1717 times)
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« on: March 31, 2013 03:34:58 PM »

I figured I would review all three patterns at the same time since they came out of the same Ottobre magazine (3/2010) & I made them to be worn together for Easter.  This was my first time sewing from Ottobre patterns, although I am a big fan of the boys selection of patterns.  If you have sewn with Ottobre before, then you know that the instructions require a basic level of clothing construction knowledge...so I wouldn't recommend them to beginners unless you have a more experienced sewer to help you.  It also is all in metric & requires you to add seam allowances when cutting out pieces & some of the verbiage was a little weird so I figure the translation is done by a non-American.  My sewing experience is more on the advanced side.  Anyway...

The Jodhpur pants I made out of a stretch denim since I didn't care for the linen/linen chambray selection at my fabric store.  They have a zipper fly, but the back has an elastic bit in the waistband.  I found that the measurements for the elastic piece were off, so I would highly recommend fitting this to your own child.  Granted the pants were a bit big on my son anyway (I made a size too big with the hope that he could wear them next winter since it is almost shorts weather now here in the south).  However, even then, the elastic didn't have much stretch once I'd put it in - it was almost flat.  I also found the zipper fly instructions a bit confusing.  And although there were instructions for attaching the belt loops, there did not appear to be pattern pieces for them.  In terms of fit, they were about right but they look a little full in the hips.

The vest went together easily & was nothing different than any other vest pattern I've done.  I did add 2" though because my son is long waisted & it looked fairly short in the magazine.  And I've never done ties that small (I mean it is for a toddler, after all) & I had a bit of trouble manipulating pieces that small.  Smiley

The shirt was great.  I've never done a male button up shirt before just because they sell them all over the place.  The instructions were easy & I had no problems with it.  I was glad my machine has an automatic button holer - my old one didn't & the vest & shirt would have been SUCH a hassle.
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2013 05:41:02 PM »

For Ottobre patterns, usually there aren't pattern pieces for belt-loops, there should be measurements given under the cutting instructions
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2013 06:05:55 PM »

Found it - thanks! Well now I can add belt loops on for the winter. Smiley

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