Sunday, March 29, 2015
Ottobre Everyday Coat & a stash-buster weekend!
I just fell in love with this white jacket with the pop of yellow! Can you blame me? First of all, the fabric Ottobre used was Techno jersey (huh?) I searched high and low and found a source but I've never come across the online store so I think I will just order a swatch and see. In the mean time, since it was love, I used a pretty purple crystal ponte from my stash and this was all from my stash so here is my buster for the month!
I just love the RTW details of this jacket with the inseam pockets, princess seaming on the front and back, the hood with the drawstring and toggles and the length.
Hold on, big gust of wind! With many of the non-American based pattern companies, the only directions are written and I believe they assume that women that purchase their patterns have sewing knowledge and experience, enough so that you can't just wing it unless you've sewn something similar. Anyone else get that impression? Maybe it's just me since I am such a visual learner and sewer.
I wanted to skip the directions and just plow forward but decided against it. I skimmed the instructions but not well enough and was perplexed as to how the they wanted you to insert the pockets. And, since I am trying to turn over a new leaf and be less stubborn, I decided to reread and am glad I did! It made perfect sense afterwards!
I really didn't deviate much other than to make round button holes instead of inserting grommets for the cording in the hood. I also sewed the sleeves in flat before sewing up the side seams. The directions tell you to slightly gather, but when I test drove the fit, no easing was necessary.
I am still trying to figure out my sizing for Ottobre and Burda and I made between a 40 and 42. I think it is slightly too big but not so much to that I might just take it in under the arms and to the waistline just a touch.
I used this fun, colorful, and cherry cotton print for the contrast as I thought plain white might be a bit boring...it sure made finishing this jacket seem very high-end.
I love how long the coat is and that I only had to turn under the sleeves by 3/4" inch and topstitch.
Make sure you use a sturdy knit for this jacket otherwise the edges will get wonky with the zippers. I choose not to use the interfacing at the front edge to stabilize. My knit is pretty darn stable. I did however use staytape at the shoulder seam and at the pocket edges.
My only beef with this pattern is that the contrast zipper peeks out between the pocket edges on the inside of the coat. I am going to figure out how I can make that part look as pretty as the rest of the coat. Also, check the size of the pockets. They are just a tad on the small side. They will easily house my keys, phone, lipstick, but that's about it!
Thanks for reading and what do you think of Burda/Ottobre patterns? Personally, I have better luck with Ottobre and love the styles!