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The Shirts That Caused Silly Talk

A couple of days ago I was talking to The Preacher and telling him that I had a lot of things to sew (M and S have both asked for more for their shops and the art sale is the beginning of November). Then I said, "But first, I need to make the little man a couple more long-sleeved T-shirts." To which The Preacher said, "Maybe you should just go buy the T-shirts. You've got a lot to do."

Um, hello? Are you new around here? We don't really "just go buy" clothes. Especially T-shirts. Please.

Ottobre  T-shirt

I wanted to use a pattern from the Spring 2010 Ottobre issue that I purchased. Since I'm not so familiar with Ottobre, I took more than the usual number of measurements of my son. He did not enjoy this.

Ottobre  T-shirt

After I got the shoulder seams sewn and the neckband on, I asked him to try it on to see if it was going to fit. He came over reluctantly and said, "Why do you need to measure me AND have me try it on? I thought you did all the measuring so that it would fit."

Yeah. You have no idea how I wish it was just that simple.

Ottobre  T-shirt

When my daughter got home from school, my son was excited to show her his new shirts. When he showed her the one pictured immediately above, she said to me, "Is this one just a practice one? You know, when you try out a pattern and see if it fits?" (She was referring to my habit of using leftover or ugly fabric in strange combinations for muslins, example here). I said that no, it was a real shirt that would actually be worn. She said, "But I don't think all these colors look very good together."

Well, thank you for your feedback. I'll take that under advisement.

Ottobre T-shirt

These shirts mean I've accomplished another goal for this year and I've used two Ottobre patterns. Yay for me!

Ottobre T-shirt

Now I've got to get busy. I've got a lot to do, you know.


  1. What a great boy's pattern. I think the colorful shirt is fun! I have one Ottobre for women that I keep contemplating over. There is a pair of cropped pants I want to make from it. They sure do make cute kids patterns.

  2. The tee-shirts are very cute! I like the color combination!

  3. Very cute shirts and I like the fabric combinations. You daughter's comment is funny, just like the old saying, out of the mouths of babes!

  4. Ba ha ha ha! I love it when the preachers try to solve our problems. ;)

    And I like that color combination....nice work.

  5. Your post made me smile! My husband is the one who is always telling me we should just buy T-shirts! Then again, if we don't, he knows I will slave away at the sewing machine until I get each and every one done. It's worth it in the end, right?

    I love the shirts you made, and will have to put Ottobre on my list of magazines to buy for this season.

  6. lol fun pictures :)
    I like all these t-shirts and the fabric combinations all work for me. Nice work as always.

  7. Renee, your post cracked me up. I like the t shirts.
    :)Deb M.

  8. Those colours are fun together! Great shirts.

  9. I love the one with all the different fabrics, very creative.


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