Ottobre 5/2013 No. 3 Leo Bohemian blouseI used to wear peasant style tops in my younger days and when I saw this one it immediately went on my want list. I have been subscribing to Ottobre for over a year now, and though each issue has designs that seem very "me" I haven't yet summoned up the courage to trace a pattern off and test the Ottobre fit.
|Picture from the magazine|
I chose a sheer polyester print from Darn Cheap Fabrics for my test garment. The pattern recommends poplin. This poly was tricky to cut out - very slippery.
The sleeve cuffs are buttoned. The buttonholes were a disaster! There is plenty of room in the cuffs for my hands, so I just sewed the buttons on through the cuffs. The print covers it all up so it's not even a "Design Feature".
The instructions called for a narrow hem, but when I finished it, parts of the hem were flared out, so I decided to overlock a rolled hem. Thread choice was tricky as the print is large areas of different colours, and I settled on a tan colour in the upper looper, a grey in the lower looper and the steel blue thread I had been using in the sewing maching for the needle. It turned out very nicely.
I was so happy with this top that I wore it on Christmas Day (with my new denim skirt from my Sure-Fit Designs dress kit). In the photos I'm wearing a navy cami under it. I'm looking forward to experimenting with other colours underneath.
I'm thinking of making another one. I have some bone coloured viscose in mind, which will look totally different. I might also see how it looks loosely belted.