Monday, October 31, 2011

Ottobre Shirt and Skirt

A little while ago I had a big clear out of clothes from my wardrobe. I had several things in it that were never worn because every time I put them on, (outside of the shop where I bought them with a shop assistant telling me they looked great!) I never felt I just put them in a black bag and donated them to a charity shop. It felt good to think that I wouldn't feel guilty for buying them in the first place.
I also got rid of several skirts bought cheaply in chain stores, that were too long or a bit big in the hips. However they were good basic colours, like black and brown, so getting rid of them left me short of skirts.

My husband's older brother was 40 a little while ago, and yesterday was his party. It was combined with an early Hallowe'en party for all of the children.
I decided to make a blouse/shirt to wear out of some retro yellow floral lawn fabric that I've had for a long time. I have had mixed luck with this pattern, but I decided to chance it..the pattern is #44 from Ottobre 4/2004. I am very pleased with how it turned out. I did end up taking the sides in a couple of inches, but I left this until I had the whole thing made. I tried in the past to do it while making it, and failed miserably!

Blouse front

I then decided that I "needed" to wear a skirt with the I made this skirt from some stretch denim that I had in my stash. It is #9 from Ottobre 5/2007. The denim is a tan/black cross-weave (also from my stash), so I thought it would need to be worn with black boots, but brown boots are good with it too. Win-win!

Denim Skirt Front

There are several skirts in this Ottobre issue, and they use the same basic pieces. I made one for my mother a while ago, and had to take it in lots. I forgot that until I was making this one...I had to take it in about 4 inches in the waist!

Ottobre skirt and shirt modelled.

The skirt is so comfortable...I wore the whole outfit to the party yesterday, and felt pretty OK!
I will of course wear them separately most of the time.

Last but not least...the children dressed up for Hallowe'en...well 3 of them did. They decide to all dress as pirates, and the eldest two rooted out some stripey tops from my box of clothes to be re-cycled into new clothes. Good job I'm not so good at getting around to that!

Going to a party

She's not picking her nose btw!


justmejay said...

Millie, your outfit really is fabulous - I love both the shirt and the skirt and they work so well together!

All your sewing always makes me want to rush off and buy the patterns (- and I often do - lol!)

(Cute pirates too!)

Ana said...

Hi Millie. I really like that skirt, I imagine it would look great in a fine corduroy too.

Mise said...

Both lovely, and the skirt especially so - the perfect length and very neat and chic.

Jane said...

That shirt and skirt are fantastic! I never would have thought of putting that floral fabric and that shirt pattern together. Such a great result and the pieces balance each other nicely.

sarah said...

Everyone looks fantastic!

Cindy said...

It's a fabulous outfit, Millie!

Medr1e said...

Millie, you look SO BEAUTIFUL in that outfit.

Happy Hallowe'en to your pirate crew!!

katherine h said...

Cute outfit! i especially love the pocket detail on the skirt. Nice to be able to have a choice of boot colour.

motherof5 said...

I love a good party AND a new outfit!

Millie said...

Thank you Justine! LOL!

Thanks Ana...the one in Ottobre is made from corduroy, and it is lovely.

Go raibh maith agat Mise!

Thanks Jane...I am pleased with the results.

Thank you Sarah!

Thanks Cindy!

Medrie...that is so kind of you to say. Thank you, and Happy Hallowe'en to you too, especially your little man!

Thank you Katherine h...the pockets are great, my kids always need to me carry something for them!

Thanks so much Nicole.


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