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Jalie 3667 and Ottobre 5/2015 #9

February 18, 2018

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It’s time for another Pattern Review wardrobe contest, and I am in. I really love the wardrobe contest–I mean more than other contests–and I’m not completely sure why. I think it could be the planning and coordinating–I like that a lot. I also like the heap of new clothes that enters my closet once the contest ends.

I was thinking that I should use this contest to make some spring clothes, but the problem is that the contest ends in mid-March and spring doesn’t come to Boonetowne until April at the earliest. If I make spring clothes, I won’t be able to wear them right away, and I am not very good a delaying my gratification. So here is what I decided to do: I am making a “sprinter” wardrobe comprised of six winter garments that remind me of spring.

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First up was Jalie 3667 in a lavender wool angora knit from Mood. I’ve lost track of how many times that I have sewn this pattern this winter. It’s been a lot, but it’s just such a great top. And the lavender knit, it is so yummy. It’s super cozy and soft, and a beautiful spring-like color.

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After I made my first top, I made one of the two required bottoms. I decided I wanted to make a pair of professional-looking, wool shorts that I could wear to work. I used some wool herringbone that I had in my stash and cut my first Ottobre pattern. I used the #9 tapered pants from Autumn/Winter 2015.

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The pattern pieces for the front and back of the pant legs were drawn in two pieces that were to be joined before cutting the fabric. Since I wanted shorts, I only used the top leg pieces. I also removed the taper so that my shorts would hang straight.

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This garment psyched me out a little. I had my normal good-god-I’m-making-pants anxiety plus I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Ottobre pattern; but honestly, this wasn’t too bad. The shorts went together relatively easily, and they fit!

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I hemmed them pretty long because I want to wear them to work and I’m 50. So this is my 50 year old work hem. I’m pretty psyched that these turned out. So is Scout!

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