Posted 25 July, 09on:
It seemed Ottobre was everywhere I looked at the mall today. That $150 skirt… so easy to make with Ottobre. Shop keepers were not thrilled with me snapping photos, but I managed to sneak in a few.
This Ann Taylor skirt reminded me of the little girl’s skirt with the ruffles on the back, 01/07 #15. This is a much more grown up version. The “ruffles” are not gathered at all, just flat across the front, but the skirt still had movement. The fabric was a very thin, microfiber. I think the sweater they paired with it was too long and baggy. 02/07 #12 would be a great base on which to put the “ruffles.”
When I saw this shirt, I immediately thought of the Vine top, #3, in the 02/09 women’s issue. The Ann Taylor version is $40 and the fabric is unimpressive. Hmm, suddenly that Ottobre subscription seems like a bargain.
I could not get a photo of this sweater because it was black, the lighting was bad, and the sales clerk’s attitude was even worse. As soon as I left the store, I quickly made a sketch. Please forgive my less than stellar sketching skills. It was a simple, fine knit cardigan. The ruffles were not gathered, but still had a little fullness. It looked like the top, attached edge of the ruffle was sewn with a one-to-one ratio, but the bottom, loose edge was almost “lettuced.” The strips used for the ruffles were obviously custom knitted with that effect. I bet the same effect could be achieved with either slight lettucing of the loose edge or easing the top edge a smidge. It was not boxy on the sides, but more fitted. I would start with one of the tee patterns and split it down the middle to add the button placket. The cardigan was very, very chic.
At another store, there was a gorgeous, bright yellow short trench paired with a pair of navy trousers. Stunning, yet simple. Overall, I saw quite a bit of navy. I did not buy anything, but I did come home with lots of ideas. I also came home and hugged my sewing machines. Goodness gracious, how do people afford to buy clothes at the mall. Yikes!
After the jaunt to the mall, with renewed enthusiasm, I finished up a minor hack of an Ottobre pattern. No photos yet because it needs a good pressing first, but it will be worth the wait.