Pattern Description: "The skirt is pepped up with images of the pet cat on the pockets. The skirt has a separate elastic and drawstring casing at the waist. The contrast-color bottom-hem facing forms a piping-like trim that gives body to the skirt."
Fabric: grey gabardine from Hancock's with blue contrast cotton for the hem and waistband
Size: European size 128 (US child size 8)
Changes I made: I cut a wider hem band than called for so that I could have more blue contrast showing at the hem. I modified the face of the cat, substituting buttons for the eyes and using a blanket stitch to attach the pockets to the skirt.
Likes: Ottobre patterns are so simple, but so extraordinary (in my opinion) because of all the little details that are included: the contrast waistband and hem, the topstitching, the ribbon threaded through the elastic casing, the buttonhole where the ribbon comes out at the waistband, and of course the cute kitty face pockets.
Dislikes: The skirt is very full! It's not really a dislike, but I would have preferred less fullness. The fit of the skirt is determined by the elastic waistband, so a smaller size may have been more suitable for my slender daughter.
Overall, I like the finished skirt very much, and so does Emily. It will be a great addition to her winter wardrobe.
The ribbon drawstring casing is added to the elastic waistband for a pretty effect.
The cat looks adoringly at the girl who feeds him and loves on him.
Three of her many cats. I'm glad they all live outside.
Ottobre Winter 6/2013, Design #15, Meoow Skirt