I know, another short sleeved top. I’m nothing if not consistent! This top is made from one of my Ottobre back issues, Summer/Spring 2/2016 #2, printed canvas t-shirt. It was drafted for knits, but as Ottobre tees tend to have a generous fit, I chanced sewing it with a stretch woven. The fabric substitution worked better than I anticipated, and now I have another versatile short sleeved top to add to my wardrobe.
The fabric itself is yet another acquisition from the Spotlight $2/m sale – a stretch cotton/spandex sateen in a print called “glass”. Spotlight have outdone themselves with on-trend prints lately, but the quality is still not there – this print was terribly off-grain, and I had to match to the pattern rather than the grainline. I’d be more inclined to pay full price for their fabrics if I was assured of the quality.
This has been a surprise hit – I seem to wear it every few days. The pattern is nothing special, but the slightly flared silhouette is quite flattering. It reminds me a little of Tessuti’s Frankie top, but less exaggerated. My only wish is that I hadn’t messed with the sleeves – I shortened them and curved the hem for a more modern look, but I think the longer sleeves would have been a better choice (and provide more coverage from the sun!).
After the success of this make, I’m tempted to dive back into my Ottobre collection more frequently. As it is, they tend to sit neglected on my bookshelf in favour of my neatly catalogued digital PDF library, but I have downloaded the pattern sheets of the editions I own in an attempt to “flick” through them more often.
Pattern: Ottobre Spring/Summer 2/2016, #2 – painted canvas t-shirt
Pattern details: paper pattern, in Ottobre pattern magazine. Traced from pattern sheet, sizes 34-52.
Fabric: 1.2m x 127cm printed cotton sateen in glass, $2.40 from Spotlight on sale
Other materials: 12mm bias tape, Aliexpress. Strip lightweight fusible interfacing, to stabilise shoulders and neck.
– 12mm forward head adjustment, same to sleeve
– added 2cm length at hem
– omitted pocket
– cut back in 2 pieces due to fabric shortage
– shortened sleeve and curved hem slightly
– added a tiny bit of width to sleeve side seam (for more ease) and garment side seam at hip