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Ottobre 01-2010-20 - Paisley Cotton Skirt and Kwik Sew 2918 - Aqua Jersey Top

One of my goals this year was to try patterns from Ottobre since they seem to offer interesting and well-fitting designs for children.  When I was starting to think about spring/summer clothes for my kids, I bought the spring issue. I enjoyed looking through it when it arrived, but I was a bit disappointed as it included mostly designs with long sleeves and long pants.  I think I should have gotten the summer issue (I still might). There are definitely more things in the issue that I will sew (someday), but I started with design #20 - an A-line skirt with a yoke for my older daughter.

Ottobre 1-2010-20

This is a very simple design and I had no problems putting it together.  Like all patterns I sew for my daughter, I added a lot of length to a relatively small size.  She's 118 cm tall, but according to the size chart, her waist and hip measurements corresponded most closely to the 92 cm size.

Ottobre 1-2010-20

I think this is the first thing I've made for her (other than dresses) that doesn't have elastic in the waist (even partially). I'm happy with how it fits.

Ottobre 1-2010-20

I added piping at the top and in the yoke seam.  My daughter insisted on wearing her shirt tucked in because the "pink lines" were her favorite part and she wanted them to be visible.

Kwik Sew 2918 (modified)

I used Kwik Sew 2918, modified similar to how I describe here, for the top. I slashed and spread the neck to make the gathers.

I also made a pair of shorts from Burda 9615 for her to wear under the skirt.

Strange that I chose one of the simplest designs from a magazine that I purchased for it's interesting designs.  Actually, some of the ones that I liked the best were for boys and I'll plan to sew up some of those in the fall.


  1. I like the pink lines, too!! I find that I definitely get the most use out of the summer issue of Ottobre. I guess it doesn't get warm enough in Finland to wear short sleeves for very long! The Autumn issue is always back to the cold weather gear as well.

  2. Very pretty outfit, the piping on the skirt is such a nice touch.

  3. Such a pretty outfit. I love the colors and the paisley print, I also like the gathers, they are a very nice detail.

  4. Very classy skirt! Ottobre's a great resource. I also trace 2 sizes smaller for width than for height for my kids - their patterns are consistent so I can do that automatically.

  5. That's an adorable outfit, and the girl is cute, too! She's a keeper!

  6. A beautiful skirt for your daughter. I like the added piping. Cute outfit.


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