Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ottobre Jeans FInally hemmed and Photographed

Remember these? Well, I finally had time to take some pictures. They have been finished and waiting for me!

Pattern Review

Pattern: Ottobre 5/2007 #10 5-Pocket Jeans

Description: The straight cut 5-pocket jeans are sewn from denim with contrast-color topstitching. The waistline of the jeans lieas only a few centimeters below the narrowest part of the waist. The pattern is designed for a slightly stretchy or non-stretch fabric. Design A has flapped back pockets and bootleg cut. Design B has a patch pocket and straight legs. I made design A.

Sizing: 34 to 44, I made a 38.

Instructions: The instructions are very good. I did reference Sandra Betzina’s fly instructions. I thought the instructions were in a nice order and had good details. The flap pockets were easy to figure out and the instructions were helpful. Note on page 24 of this issue is detailed instructions for the zipper placket and on page 25 a picture sequence to aid with the front hip pockets.

Likes/Dislikes: I love the style and the fit, once I helped the fit along! The only dislike is as noted the waistline lies only a few centimeters below the narrowest part of the waist. Think ½” under your navel. This is pretty high compared to RTW jeans and what I am use to wearing. The RTW jeans are coming up toward the waist more and this will be fine. I really love the look of my jeans and the fit.

Changes: I added 2-3/4” to the length. At 5’9”, I wanted to be safe. I did cut off the ¾” and hemmed up about ¾” and still can wear these with my high heel boots. The hips seem wider in proportion to the rest of the sizing. I felt like I was in a pair of jodhpurs (riding pants). I took them it approximately ½” from the waistline to the end of the front pocket. I also took in the CB at the waist another ½”. Next time, I will trace the hip area at a 36.

Fabric: Stretch denim at Joann’s in the clearance section, cost $2 a yard.

Conclusion: These are FANTASTIC pants, I love them, love them. I couldn’t be happier with the fit and construction. I am probably going to make more – let’s see a brown denim needs to be ordered. I might try making the rise not so tall, I will have to read up on how to do this.

Okay, here is the back:

Front - My top is Simplicity 4076 and it is from a remant at Joann's, 3/4 of a yard and I just barely got the top cut out. The remnant was 75% off, so this is my 67 cent top!


I wanted a slightly different wrap top and saw a review of Vogue 8379 on Pattern Review. Well, instead of buying another pattern I used

Butterick 4976 My fabric is from Fashionista Fabric and I really like my top. I didn't attach the black tie belt, my reasoning, I could put on a different belt or use my tie belt on another garment.

Anyone interested in a book? Leave a comment and tell me which one you might like and I will draw over the weekend. One book per person.

One more question - Bonnie, are we sewing some of the same items!!??!


  1. Fantastic jeans, Lori! Great job on the back pockets and topstitching. I really like the fit. I've been waiting to see your version as these are on my short list. Love the tops too!

  2. They look great!

  3. Anonymous6:07 AM

    Hi! I can not remember how I came to find our blog, but your such an inspiration! Fantastic jeans, they are really cool! You did a great job, love the blouse, and your Easter dress ROCKS!

  4. Those jeans and the top look great on you! I am interested in that serger book. I'd like to use mine more.

  5. Great blouse and some seriously good looking jeans!

  6. Great jeans! And after yet another sighting of what you've made from fabrics from FF, I finally couldn't stop myself. I was pleased to see a sale so it was like getting a yard for free. Right? ;-)

  7. Anonymous7:49 AM

    Your jeans look fantastic! I love the topstitching on the back of the pockets - very RTW! I can't wait to make these int the (sometime in the non-pregnant) future for myself.

  8. Your jeans look great! I was looking at a similar pair on Old Navy's site just yesterday! DARN!!! Now I think that I am gonna have to see about trying an Ottobre! Great looking tops too!

  9. Lori...as my niece Willow might say...those jeans are EXTREME!
    Wonderful job! I shall try not to envy your height and long legs too much!

    As long as you are drawing for books, if my name is picked out of the hat, I could use the Creative Serging book...

    Pam from ~Off The Cuff Style~

  10. Wow! You did such a great job!!

  11. The jeans look great and great on you! You did such a good job on them, I'm impressed. The tops are really cute, too. I love having clothes that didn't cost a bunch, too. :)

    If I could enter myself for the serger book that would be great. That is going to be my Christmas present from the hubby. I can't wait!

  12. Anonymous12:30 PM

    All three items look great - the wrap top is nice with the contrasting tie belt, and the jeans...lovely. If you figure out that shortening the rise thing, make sure to let me know (I'm glad I'm not the only tall person with that issue ;) )

    I'd love to be entered to win the bags book.

  13. Anonymous1:13 PM

    Great looking jeans and red top. I really like the wrap top too. I'm interested in the book on bags.

  14. Lori, you did a great job on these jeans. They truly fit you well.

  15. Love your new outfit! The top is really cute, nice color...
    your jeans look amazing!
    BTW, I found your blog off PR and I've enjoyed it!!

  16. Awesome jeans. Really like it and should give Ottobre pants a try for myself. And your tops are wonderful. The fabric of the wrap top looks the same as the fabric I used in one of my tunics and my wrap dress, only different color. This red is great on you.

  17. Those jeans are fantastic Lori - you're inspiring me!!! I love your tops too (what a bargain on the one!). Beautiful work - you'll definitely get lots of wear out of everything.

  18. Just fabulous! I love the topstitching details!! Wow! You look stunning!

  19. Beautiful work. Love those jeans, they fit great. The tops are wonderful - both look great with your new jeans.

  20. Anonymous2:40 PM

    Great jeans! And I love the 67 cent top.

    That Hold It! Book has always intrigued me...

  21. Your jeans turned out very nicely!!! And I loved your tops. They went nicely with them.