It has been a busy month and I have just come back from camping for a few days with my family. It was lovely but it does mean I won't complete my entry in time for the Mini-Wardrobe Contest on Pattern Review. However I will still show you my pieces as I get them done.
My first piece is the Ottobre Buttondown blouse 02-2013-3.
I made this with a beautiful piece of pedestal fabric that I have not been able to cut into in the 3 years I have owned it. Finally my sewing confidence is at the level to use this piece. It is a woven bamboo with a beautiful texture woven in. It frayed easily so I did do french seams on the side seams but otherwise it was beautiful to work with.
As my fabric was so precious I did muslin this top first and the only pattern change I made was to shorten it at the waist about 2 inches. Design-wise the changes I made was to sew it with a double yoke following the instructions in the Readers Digest Guide to Sewing (page 410) and to not sew a button or buttonhole onto the collar stand. I would never do this button up and I think with all the thicknesses of fabric there I may be setting myself up for heartache to sew a buttonhole in that position.
The pattern is drafted beautifully and I think this resulted in the best collar and stand I have ever sewn. I even managed to do it all by machine - no hand sewing! I am sorry I have not got a close-up photo but the top is in the wash now.
Conclusion - love this blouse - the review is here.
Ciao! back with the cardigan soon!