A striped Odette

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

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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!

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

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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.

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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!

Fadanista

24 thoughts on “A striped Odette

  1. 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.

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      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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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 🙂

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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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