Monday, March 23, 2009
Orvokki = Pansy
Finally! Pictures of Emily wearing her new top! From the 1/2009 issue of Ottobre, this pattern is called the "Orvokki" jersey blouse. After searching online I found that "orvokki" is Finnish for pansy or violet. :)
The pattern in the magazine calls for double sleeves--long sleeves under the short sleeves--but I chose to leave off the long sleeves. After all, warmer weather is right around the corner, right?
As I mentioned in my previous post, this was the first time I used elastic thread for shirring. This will definitely not be the last time; I love the finished effect of the shirring.
Fabric: The shirt is made of cotton knit jersey from Hobby Lobby. I've had the striped fabric for about 6 months (remnant clearance), but I just recently bought the polka-dot fabric, not realizing when I bought it that the two fabrics would coordinate so well.
Size: I made a size 104 with the length cut to size 116. The longer length is great, but the tunic is too big through the shoulders. Emily will not stop growing, so it's fine that the top is too big.
The instructions were typical Ottobre, a bit short. I did not have any problems constructing the garment, but I'll point out a few ommissions in the instructions for any beginners.
**The instructions called for shirring the front panel, but no instructions were given for the back panel other than to "stitch yokes to front and back panels." The instructions did not specify whether to shirr the back panel or not, and I chose to just gather the back before attaching it to the yoke.
EDIT: The instructions did not specify, but just now I read the pattern description which states that "there is elasticized shirring on the front and back panels." Guess I should have read better the first time around. :)
**The bottom edges of the short puff sleeves need to be gathered before attaching the binding. The instructions do not specify this.
Conclusions: Even without in-depth instructions, Ottobre patterns are the best in my opinion. They are well-drafted and go together easily. I will be making more summer shirts for my children in the next few months, and Ottobre will be my #1 choice for the patterns.