A striped Odette

I really like The Sewing Workshop Odette, which I previously made here, and desperately wanted a striped one.


the fabric is a beautiful striped viscose from Knitwit, with lovely weight and drape, and I made Mark a pair of boxers from some of the leftovers, so we rather cheesily match. I hope the kids don’t find out!

Of course one of the issues with stripes is the pattern matching and I thought I might avoid this with this pattern as some of the pieces are off grain, but it didn’t work out for me. I found that shoulders were needing to be matched, but they were impossible and I abandoned all pretence at pattern matching after an hour or so.

I even recut one of the side pieces so that I wouldn’t have to match the stripes. I reverse coverstitched the hems, of course!


Underneath the top is another one of my ruched collar and cuff tops, using the Deer & Doe Plantain as the base pattern.


This one is made from a very fine wool that I bought at Potter’s. I felted it in the washing machine to thicken it up a bit, and it worked a treat.  I made the collar and cuffs a bit shorter and much prefer this. The ruching is done in the same way as in my mini-tutorialDSC08207

this top will only be worn as a layering piece, and as I’ve laundered it, it has become even more felted and shrunk a little bit more, but it’s also becoming warmer. It’s going to form an integral part of my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe: Destination challenge on Facebook.  DSC08205

the Odette is fast becoming one of my most worn tops, particularly as the weather warms up, and I am now planning a colour blocked version.


It looks a bit shapeless here, but when I’m moving about it’s actually quite flattering. I am looking forward to using up some of my many, many scraps in the next one!


24 thoughts on “A striped Odette

  1. I must try this – love that look – thanks for sharing! Here in Wisconsin, I am thinking Fall/Winter so timing is perfect!

  2. I like the different ways the stripes go. I’m sure your Odette will be much worn! I have a similar Easy Vogue pattern and must get round to making that in stripes. It looks fun.

    1. Oh, I haven’t made Ivy, the number and size of the pattern pieces wears me out!! I wondered if it was even more shapeless? I shall check your blog to see if you have posted Ivy!

      1. I made it before I started blogging, so it’s not online. It’s a single-color version in a rather dull taupe, but the fabric is a wonderful cotton-bamboo stretch terry, and it’s great with black or gray leggings. It was indeed a nightmare to cut out, and I doubt I’ll make it again.

  3. Love your use of the stripes. A wool allergy makes me envious of those who are able to make such beautiful lightweight pieces. I imagine you have easy access to wool yardages in many different weights. This piece is lovely.

  4. That’s a very interesting design, I like how the striped version shows off the seaming lines though I think I’m attracted to the grey one more; it looks so chic and cosy. Both are very nice pieces 🙂

  5. Both pieces are lovely. I appreciatethe details the stripes provide: especially in the collar and the the back. And the ruched sleeves in the under top are very cool!

  6. The Odette is striking in stripes and both tops look great paired together. Also a fan of the Plantain, I really like the way you added a turtleneck and ruched cuffs. That was my go-to-top pattern last winter.

  7. Both are excellent. This is just the way I like to dress in winter. You look particularly proud and happy on the last picture and you have all the reasons to be. These broken stripes are so flattering!

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