I've completed my first little shirt using an Ottobre pattern. It was all new to me...the eye-crossing pattern tracing, the puzzling absence of seam allowances, the conversions from metric to standard measurement, easing in a sleeve, setting a collar. Who knew that a placket was part of the front of a shirt? I thought it was something that grew on your teeth if you neglected your dental hygiene. Oh...that's plaque. It would be accurate to say that the learning curve was great. But I will definitely do it again.
I first saw this shirt on Kate's blog, Two Little Banshees. It is the Garden blouse from the 1/2008 issue. Very sweet. You can't see it well, but there are three little pleats on either side of the placket. (See? I did learn something.) You also can't see that I used the red polka dot fabric on the underside of the collar in case the wearer wants to flip up the collar and be jaunty.
This shirt is for a little baby girl from Vietnam. Her name is Camryn. Mr. Handsome's secretary and her husband just adopted her. She is soooo cute. I want my own Camryn, but the Voice of Reason (a.k.a. Mr. Handsome) gently said no without a moment's hesitation. It's probably a good thing I have him.
I also spankied-up a pair of jeans to go with the shirt.
Here's how they look together.
Now picture them on a cute little Asian wee one. It's a good thing, isn't it?