Earlier this week I mentioned that I had received the Autumn/Winter 2009 issue of Ottobre Woman in the mail. Now that I’ve spent some time with it, I have to say I am utterly charmed by it.
I don’t know what it is exactly. The past issues have been mostly ok, but they haven’t blown me away like this one. It may have something to do with my recent Ottobre sewing successes or it may be that I think the girl on the cover is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time. All the models seem a bit more polished than they have in the past. Perhaps it’s because all the models look happy in this issue. Sometimes the models look like they’re thinking “See all these kids I’ve got to look after, and another one on the way? After I go to class lugging this backpack, I work at the library. You’d look miserable, too, if you were me.”
Clearly I’m not the demographic they’re going for.
But I digress. I love almost everything in the magazine this go-round. In fact, I began selecting a few styles to show you, and there were so many that I had to stop myself posting every design.
Not that I’ll sew every design–many don’t suit my body type–but there are some that I’ll sew.
And to start that list, I’ll show you the Greta shiny satin pants. Some might say they don’t suit my body type–what with my scrawny ankles and all, but they are my number 1 favorite of all the styles. The cropped pants (about 32 inches from the waist, if my math is right) are simply darted in back with no waistband. The front is pleated from a yoke. I won’t be making these in shiny satin (maybe), but I will be making these as soon as I figure out what fabric from my stash they’d play nice with. The magazine says “stretchy satin suitable for pants or similar lightweight pants fabric.”
Another one that I’ll be sewing is the Cozy Pinnie pinafore dress. This jumper is about 37.5 inches, which puts it just above my knee. That ain’t hapnin’, so I’ll have to work out where to lengthen it a few inches. The line drawing makes it look pretty shapely, and there is already a back neck dart. Can’t you just see this in red corduroy??
And the list goes on. I’ll leave most of them for later, but there is one pair of cropped pants that is used twice in this issue that was actually in last Fall/Winter’s issue: Every-woman’s plaid pants.
I’ve already got those partially traced. Just waitin’ for a day off. Now that I’m able to compare my last Ottobre capris (size 40) with these (size 40), I can see that they did not use less ease for the pants that wanted stretch fabric.
Just so you know.