When browsing through the Ottobre magazine (Autumn 2013 issue) I received from L'Oiseau, I immediately knew I had to make this adorable outfit:
L'Oiseau has an amazing selection of imported European fabrics in beautiful prints. With so many gorgeous fabrics to choose from, I finally decided on the Dutch Blooms European Jersey Knit. How could I not when I saw this posted on L'Oiseau's Facebook page?
"This is hands down the most lovely, silky, richly coloured, beautifully draping, all round gorgeous jersey knit I have ever felt...and I have felt a lot of jersey. Everything that came in this past week is...stunning. Can you imagine how comfy and lovely a Christmas dress would be?"
And I thought it was pretty neat that it's also available in corduroy, so, I ordered both. And I absolutely agree with the comments above…this fabric is GORGEOUS! The quality of these knits are unlike any I've ever seen. They are soft, have just the right amount of stretch, and are the perfect weight. And the fine wale corduroy is just is beautiful. It's so velvety smooth, and I love the authentic Dutch design.
One note about the blazer: although the pattern recommended a sweatshirt knit, I used the corduroy. Making no change to the pattern whatsoever, it fit perfectly. Since it's outerwear, the pattern allowed for the right amount of ease to make it fit great for wovens, too.
To coordinate with the florals, I went with some fun, vibrant dots.
For the second outfit, I decided to make some super easy, fun leggings (appropriately called 'Uncomplicated Leggings') and since I loved how my boy's Beagle Boy Hoodie turned out, made one for Anja as well. I also adapted the little purse seen in the photo below, but omitting the petals. You can find a free pattern for it here. After having made four garments from Ottobre magazine, I have to say I wholeheartedly recommend them. The fit is fantastic, the designs superb, and the instructions are well-written and concise. They are not for the beginner, though, in my opinion, since there are no diagrams to help guide you through the sewing process.
L'Oiseau. The are so many ways you can use these to personalize anything you make (or even buy), but I chose to make the couple little purses and hair clips.
If you value exceptional quality, unique design, and top notch customer service, make sure to head over to L'Oiseau and check out their extensive selection! They are AMAZING! And head over to their Facebook page to find their newsletter. There's some very important information about a major Black Friday deal on shipping!
*Although some of the fabrics and notions used to make the garments for this post were provided free of charge, all my enthusiastic opinions are my own.*