[sewing] Back with a tee

Sewing for grown-ups / Monday, March 18th, 2013

Hi everyone,

I feel like I’ve been away for ages, which is probably true. I have an excuse: new ceilings have been installed in parts of my house, comprising the kitchen and bathroom. Can you imagine the mess it is to live without a kitchen? It was really tiring.. and it took us ages to get everything back into place. Fortunately I was going to work during the day so I didn’t have to live in plaster dust all day!

Yes, it's my kitchen..
Yes, it’s my kitchen..

During the works I received the second issue of my Ottobre subscription, one of two issues aimed at women. And I have found at least two designs that I can still wear! The first is a simple tee designed for fluid knits (with bamboo or viscose) and couldn’t be simpler: a front, a back and a length of fabric to make the neckline and armhole bands. Within a few days of receiving this issue, I had traced the pattern (according to my new and ever-growing measurements), cut the fabric and assembled the whole thing. I love this tee! It is really comfy, has plenty of room for my belly and makes me smile everytime I wear it. It surely will be great with a bamboo or linen knit when the summer comes (if summer ever comes round here).

Haven't finished cleaning up
Haven’t finished cleaning up

For this version I even managed to match the stripes at the shoulder. I’m being dishonest though, it’s totally accidental 🙂 but I’m glad they match!

Sorry for the weird angle, it's hard to photograph one's shoulder!
Sorry for the weird angle, it’s hard to photograph one’s shoulder!

It’s such a great design that I’ve cut and sewn two other versions already: one in a bright yellow and one in teal. You can see the cutting of the teal one here; told you it was easy!


The grain of the fabric was a little off..
The grain of the fabric was a little off..

The tee is #2 and my next make from this magazine will be dress #19, I think it can work with a pregnant belly. I still need to trace it though! Here’s a link to the design page pdf.


tee #2 – photo from the Ottobre website

I’m leaving you with this picture of our garden after the snow storm we had last week: so much snow is totally unknown of around here, though I must say that we’ve had snow very often in the last four years. When I was a kid, we were lucky to have a few centimetres every other year. It’s a pity because snow is much more fun when you’re a kid than when you need to go to work. Needless to say, we didn’t leave the house that day, northern France is not prepared for so much snow so roads and motorways were closed and public transport was completely out!


We did a little path for the cat who stubbornly wanted to go outside
We did a little path for the cat who stubbornly wanted to go outside

9 Replies to “[sewing] Back with a tee”

  1. Your tee is darling! I’ve never bought an Ottobre magazine, but it looks like this one has a lot of good designs. I may see if I can find it!

  2. Very nice. I do like Ottobre mag but haven’t bought one lately as I have a lot of magazine patterns that are the same/ similar enough that I can just modify a bit to get the same effect. Their basics are wonderful though-and good on ya getting the shoulders to match without even trying XD

    1. Hehe I’m sure if I tried again I wouldn’t be able to match stripes anymore 🙂 I see what you mean about similar patterns, that’s why I’ve subscribed for a year to Ottobre, I think I can build a consistent library. It will complement the Burda one with an emphasis on knits, and kids stuff too.

  3. Hey, je n’avais pas vu ce post !! 😀 on a fait quasiment le même, neige et travaux… Je vois que tu n’as pas chômé non plus !! Impressionnant ce trou dans ton plafond !! J’aime beaucoup ton Tee à rayures 😀 Hey, Jean Paul Gautieeeer !!! Bizzzzzzz

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