A diary of all my mad projects.

I am glad that you stopped by - welcome to my world. Its a little mad and hectic as I sew, knit, embroider and generally craft my way through life. My newest resolution is to spend more time sewing - less time dreaming about it. I love to read comments so I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ottobre Tunic

Ottobre 5/2012

With nine days to devote to sewing I have been busy fitting the tunic.  My initial muslin of this tunic was a great disappointment - I started with a size 50 and found the armhole too big and the shoulders much too wide.  I cut down to a 48 arms and sleeves but still ill fitting.  Added bicep width and did a petite adjustment above the bust but to no availl.  The bodice just did not work on me.  This was a disappointment as I was very taken with the Ottobre designs and planned to make all the items in this issue.

Back to the drawing board and started anew with Burda.  I have so many issues that I was sure that I could find something similar.  I spent a few pleasureable days searching thorough back issues but nothing remotely the same came up.  Back to the drawing board... and Burda 3/2009

The Plus section has a great selection of special occasion patterns one of which is a lace overtop with a bust dart.  Overlaying the Ottobre pattern over the Burda pattern I moved the darts and recut using the Ottobre darts front and back and Burda armhole and sleeves.

This worked better than I thought it would and completely out of my comfort zone.  I have always avoided too much mucking around with patterns - it is the sewing that I enjoy in fact cutting out a pattern has always been a detested activity of sewing.  But in the last year I have been branching out of my comfort zone looking for a better fit as well as improving my sewing skills. Go me!


  1. Go you indeed! I like the idea of Ottobre, but the fit is so different to me that I find them hard to adjust, I should use your idea and lay some Burda over the top. Why didn't I think of that?

    1. Great to know that somebody else has had problems with the fit of Ottobre and following the sucess of this I am going to try the coat that I fell in love with.

  2. Definintely go you. I'm the same in that I find patterns kinda scary. Or at least I did until a year or so ago when I just decided to get the hell on with it!

    I have to say I have only one issue of Ottobre Women and haven't make anything from it yet. The kids things catch my eye more but then my two are still little so that's not really surprising.

    I'd love to hear how you get on with the tunic rejig.