Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ottobre Dress 06/2012 #30 and Jalie 2920 Leggings

Sewing for kids is so much easier than sewing for adults. Less fitting is involved and the process seems faster.  Plus, my kids need to be presentable every day for school, whereas I don't leave the house much.  So my things got put on the back burner again and K got a few new things.

First up is this Ottobre knit dress.  K saw a similar one in an ad and came running to me "Mom, I want this, can you make it?" Luckily I could ;-)

(K is under the weather so these are the best pics I could get)

Issue 06/2012 #30 "Sulka" jersey dress. The sizes range from 128-170cm.  I made K a size 140 but added a 1/2" to the waist of the bodice tapering to nothing at the underarm. I also added a tad to the sleeves at bicep and elbow tapering to nothing at wrists.  I stared for a long time at the armhole thinking it would be too tight, and in the end left it. Well, the armhole is tight. I used only the inner bodice lining for this dress because I didn't want the outside piece with the bows.

K likes the fullness of the skirt and the swirly-twirly factor.  It turned out as she wanted it so she's pleased, and thus I'm pleased.  Long sleeve weather pounced upon us and it looks like it is here to stay.  We went from 80°F to 55°F overnight (the Midwest temps can be so fickle).

Fabric: Blue Cheetah Jersey Knit, A rayon/poly blend.  I purchased it in August from when K picked out the dress and fabric.  It was only $7.43 for the 1.75 yards I used.  I'll pay $8 any day to make this girl happy :)

K also needed some leggings so I decided to try Jalie 2920.  I had it sitting in my stash for a bit and it seemed the right time to try it.  I went with a size "O" which is 150cm or size 11 US.  K has  a larger rear and I wanted to ensure they fit.  The pattern is only one piece, which makes these fast and that is nice.  They looked tiny and I was scared they wouldn't fit but they did!

These leggings are more like tights without bottoms.  They are snug, no bagging and sagging on them.  In the future I might do a large rear adjustment for K because I'm worried she will outgrow these super fast.  If I was making these for my self, I would definitely be doing a large rear adjustment!

The Purple are a stretch nylon/lycra rib knit.  It is super soft but I'm afraid she will snag them the first wear.  This fabric has been in my stash so I'm ok with it.  1 yard purchased in Feb 2012 from for $2.99
The Light Blue are a cotton/lycra jersey I picked it up in August 2013 from Mill End Textiles before they went out of business.  It is sooooo soft and yummy but I only had 1/2 yard so I made them shorts/capris :) $1.75
The Pink are a 100% cotton jersey with less stretch. I picked it up from Hobby Lobby May of 2014, 1 yard for $4.89

This month has been rough as I'm still under the weather.  I hope to pull out of it soon because I'm starting to get patterns piled up in the "to sew" bin.

I was able to sell 23 yards of fabric and haven't bought anything yet so that helped my totals out a bit. It blows my mind how much fabric has come in so far this year and I haven't sewn as much as I think I can.  I need to remember that there will always be fabric I want and I don't need to buy more until I use what I have.

September Totals:
(stash is anything purchased before Jan 2014)
Stash used: 1.5 yards
Fabric Out: 27 yards
Fabric In: 0 yards

Totals for the year to date:
Stash sew this year: 42 yards
Fabric out in 2014: 168.75 yards
Fabric in 2014: 154.5 yards

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~


  1. SUPER cute!!!! I love the animal print!

    1. Thanks Nakisha! K is much more fashion sensible than I am.

  2. Love the dress and the leggings look cute! Now that school is back in, the sniffles are upon us. Two of my three have already had a little cold.

    1. Thanks Shirley! Those darn back to school illnesses. I dread them every year as much as I dread sending them back :)

  3. Haha yes, I am sure we all need to remember that when buying fabric! The new dress is lovely. I hope K is feeling better soon x

    1. It's so hard Philppa! I want to keep it all, lol. Thanks! and K is doing great now, back to her normal sassy self. And she requests this dress whenever it's clean!

  4. These are so cute and trendy!

    I am forever in jealous awe of your top-stitching, too. Would love to hear a coverstitch update! :)

    1. Thanks Aleksandra! K has the ideas herself. I just try to please her, lol. And I'll remember to do an update soon. I'm still loving, loving, loving that cover-stitch machine! Makes things so nice, goes fast, and knits wear much better.

  5. Very cute - you can't beat a cozy knit dress. I need to whip up a couple myself.

    And the legging pattern one Jalie pattern I don't have, hehe. Ottobre patterns seem a little on the pear-shaped side (at last their women's patterns), but Jalie is definitely not drafted that way.

    1. I wish I had a cute knit dress pattern I liked :) I'm still searching. The skater just didn't do it for me.
      Ha Ha I seem to collect those Jalie patterns too. You can't beat the sizing! They are very slim fit though. I try to keep that in mind when I use them. K's ottobre leggings are definitely the best fit for her.
      Thanks Joy!

  6. Mega Extreme Adorable to the Max! I loved sewing for my daughter when she was little. She needed modest clothes which could not be found for love nor money. A dress like that animal print was going for $50, and that was 17 years ago. Got me a serger and awaaaaaay we went. I wanted to make a polo collar with a placket, so I did one for her first. I tried out all the tricky stuff on her clothes first. Now she goes to the Armani outlet and I sew for myself.

    1. Thanks tinthimble :) They do grow up so fast, don't they :(


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