Friday, January 30, 2009

Camo Day

This past week has been Spirit Week at my kids school. Tuesday was Camo and Pink day. My kids didn't have anything camo so on Monday evening I decided to make them something. I wanted to use my Ottobre 301 t-shirt pattern and just needed some fabric. My youngest son and I headed to JoAnns for some knit camo fabric. I really wanted some pink camo for my daughter. That would have just been so perfect. I went in hopeful to find what I needed. I searched and searched but was having trouble finding what I wanted. I thought I was going to have to settle for fleece. Of course, there was not any pink camo. As a last effort, we headed to the clearance section and my son spotted some camo fabric that was perfect. So, that evening I spent making two shirts. My kids loved them!

I used my Ottobre t-shirt pattern for the first time. It was a wonderful pattern. It fit my kids beautifully. I am amazed at the accuracy of the measurements in Ottobre patterns. I am so impressed with Ottobre I don't think that I can go back to patterns from the big 4. I would much rather spend time making something that I know will fit my children rather than hoping for the best (which is what I do with big 4 patterns). I am so bummed that I didn't start using these patterns sooner (I have had a magazine for a couple of years am just now using it). Well, now I will just move forward with these great patterns.

Here is my review:

Pattern Description: Unisex long sleeve t-shirt either straight or more fitted cut

Pattern Sizing: 92-170 I made size 110 for my son with size 128 length for his long arms. I made a size 122 width and 140 length (146 arm length) for my daughter.

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? Yes the instructions were very clear.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the instructions for putting on the binding and putting the sleeves flat and then seaming the sleeve and side seam at one time.

Fabric Used: very stable knit without a whole lot of stretch

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any alterations

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely! I am sure I will make this many, many times in the future.

Conclusion: The finished garments fit my children exactly. I love how accurate the pattern size is to the measurements given. This is one of the best t-shirt patterns I have ever tried!

I used my coverstitch machine for the ribbing and it worked wonderfully. I still have quite a bit of practicing to do to get my hems and ribbing close to perfect but even as unperfect as they are I still think they look great. I love this machine.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Until next time (hopefully soon, I have a lot to show you)...

1 comment:

  1. Great tops! That's great to hear about the fit being spot on too. I love these types of days where kids where something special. I know my kids always liked Spirit Week, but sadly our public schools are going to uniforms next year. They'll miss those days and so will I. At this point in time, they can't even wear their sports jerseys to school on game days for school sports. That's pretty sad IMO. A sign of the times I guess.


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