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Ottobre 01/08 #12

Posted on: 28 January, 08

***Disclaimer:  Please forgive the fuzzy photos.  I had to use my old camera because the battery ran out on the new one.  The sewing is not up to my usual standards.  I did this sample quickly and with no concern for neatness.  The scale is also very small. 

The directions for this top has vexed many on the Ottobre-English group.  Honestly, I did not read the directions too carefully.  This is one way to achieve this style.  I hope the directions are helpful!  All of the photos are “clickable,” however, the quality is not great.  Sorry! 

 

Add seam allowances to the lower edge of pieces 1A & 1C, but not the upper edge of 1B.  Don’t forget to add seam allowances for the side seams, shoulder seams and armholes.  No seam allowances are needed for the neck edge because it will be bound.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My binding was 1 3/8 inches wide.  Place the right side of the binding to the wrong side of 1B, on the side where 1A will be attached.  Stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Press the binding up, towards the seam allowance.  Place 1A behind 1B with the binding between the two.  Stitch in place with a narrow zig zag within the seam allowance. I found it easiest to sew from the wrong side so I could keep 1A lined up with the seam line of binding. 

    

From the right side, fold the raw edge of the binding over and topstitch in place.  Sew the shoulder seams.  Place the right side of the neckline binding to the wrong side of the neckline.  Stitch in place with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Press binding up towards seam allowance. 

At the center front edge of 1C, fold the binding over as though you were going to sew it into place. Pin or baste about an inch of the binding in place. 

Place 1C behind 1B with the binding between the two.  Stitch in place with a narrow zig zag within the seam allowance.

From the right side, fold the raw edge of the binding over and topstitch in place.  The very center can be a bit lumpy.  I recommend trimming away some of the bulk.  This particular application method is best suited for a thin binding fabric. 

Insert the sleeves, sew the side seams, add hems, and you are done!  It took far less time to cut and sew this sample than it did to write out the instructions.  If you try it, let me know how yours turns out.

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2 Responses to "Ottobre 01/08 #12"

Thanks SO much for posting this Teri!

I am going to do mine a bit differently…but as usual your take on this one is spot-on!

This top reminds me of the “A-Hah” moment that I had with those popular “twist” tops, LOL! Deceptively easy…accent on the “deceptive” !

Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge. If that sewing is not up to your usual standards, I don’t want you to see my sewing. 🙂

Carly

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