Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pattern Review for Ottobre Women 2-2007-08

Pattern Description: The stylish trumpet skirt is made up of ten equal-shaped gores that flare widely toward the bottom hem.
Pattern Sizing: 34-52. I made a 40.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Ottobre's directions are always short and sweet - great to remind you of steps if you know what you are doing. I pulled out Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how light and airy it feels when you wear it and though I had thought myself too old for this, I find myself wanting to twirl as I walk down the hallway.
Fabric Used: This is my muslin. It was a $1 yard at Hancock's a couple of years ago.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: This pattern has you make a separate lining skirt with a straight skirt pattern from the same issue. Instead of doing this, I cut the lining from the same gored pattern pieces (except 1" shorter) and attached it to the skirt before I added the petersham ribbon for the waist.
When I tried the skirt on before putting the zipper in, I felt it was too big so sewed the side seam allowances with an extra 1/4". I then inserted the zipper and tried it on again. It gapped at the back and slightly in the front, so I basically added darts to the seam lines for the panels. The only ones I left alone were the two front seams. On the front side I made a 1/4" dart that tapered to the seam allowance about 4" down. On all 4 seams on the back, I made 1/2" darts that taper out about 5" down.
This is what I love about this skirt - with all the seams it is very adjustable to whatever your figure might be.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. As I stated before this was just my muslin and I have another floral cotton print that I bought to make this skirt.
Conclusion: A very summery skirt that is fun to wear!

1 comment:

Lorri said...

Amelia, nice job on the skirt. It looks really good on you.