Valentine’s Day Top Ottobre 2/2013

I love the simplicity of this pattern from Ottobre magazine, spring/summer issue 2013. I made the version #16 with the color blocking, using pink and white. I thought it would look great running around doing my mom thing today. I loved how it went together and here are some thoughts about it.

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First you need to sew the blocking together–to make you bodice front and bodice back pieces complete.

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Then sew up those shoulders.

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Make the binding and attach it in the round, unlike the Ottobre way–sorry, it’s just the thing I do.

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Sew up the sides.

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Add binding to the arm holes and hem bottom.

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It’s done. It fits true to size.

The arm holes are snug. If you have concerns there, then be sure to measure your upper arms and compare to the pattern. I tried the shirt on before adding the binding and it wasn’t too tight. I added the binding so that it would be fitted. It would have looked nice if I had just done a simple hem with a twin needle.

Measure your hips and make sure the lower edge is going to fit snug enough to stay there when you wear it. In other words, make sure you have a negative ease at the hip, so it’s fitted at the hips. This will allow the top to drape and balloon at the waist, as it is designed to do.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

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