Saturday, July 4, 2015

The gray elephants in my life - Ottobre 3/2015

ottobre 3/2015
Like I said before I was exited to try the 2 men pattern from this summer issue of Ottobre Design Magazine.I already tested the tees - here - and they were great so I sewed 2 more in organic cotton knit from etsy for the front panel and french terry from Cameleon Textil in the back.
As you can see from their sketch the front is lower then the back. But what you cannot see is that the front is really lower then the back. Once i was ready to attach the waistband and looked at the pants I was like WTF. I admit I know  nothing about men pants but the front piece is 2/3 of the back one length at the crotch. I thought it was an error on my side cutting or tracing the pattern but no. Is this really normal?
  I had no idea what sizes to use so I went to using the tables and did the same as for the tees 52 for my father and 56 for my husband. I ended up with really really large pants. I manage to salvage a bit on my father and he can wear them with a belt. But they still are to large. For my husband I just added elastic waistband from the beginning and they are can be used as sweat pants since the woven fabric is lightweight and stretchy but the back looks all wrong.
 But both my father and husband been very supportive and said they can still use them even if they have been quite a failure in my opinion. At least now they can match with Andrei since the pants are from the same fabric as his knickerbocker bermudas. And of course I needed to do a new tee with elephants for him as well. Unfortunately I didn't have enought from the same fabric for him but I found similar ones and used another Ottobre 3/2015 design - the #20 Hello Shark sleeveless hoodie. Now this a a totally different story. I was unsure in the beginning but working with Ottobre and having so many items to love  I got courage to try new things.
The moment I seen my son dressed all the doubts vanished. This is a cute and fun tee. I did it a just a bit larger to have it next year as well maybe...
ottobre 03 2015 20
hello shark sleeveless hoodiehello shark sleeveless hoodie

All 3 T-shirts were a great success. Good fabric, good design and good fit. And even with the failed pants everyone seems to be able to enjoy playing in this new outfits:


  1. Ce mini serie interesanta ai produs! Imi place materialul folosit pentru baieti, cel cu elefanti. E foarte greu sa gasesti materiale pentru baieti si tipare. Spor la lucru!

    1. Merci! Si pe mine ma exaspereaza sa gasesc materiale pentru baieti. Astea sunt comandate din State si cred ca au ajuns la pret cat o stofa buna la noi dar macar e ceva mai interesant. Sunt mai plinute si mi-a placut cum s-au comportat la spalat. Ca sa nu mai zic ca au fost si fain de cusut. Si oricum nici un tricou care sa nu se faca praf dupa 2-3 spalari nu e ieftin.