A very 70s outfit – Named Paola Turtleneck Tee and Ottobre 5/2016 #6 tweed skirt

I mentioned in my post about my Ottobre 5/2016 tee that I liked the turtleneck style so much, I quickly moved on to the Named Paola Turtleneck Tee. When I started this project, I realised this was the ideal opportunity to use up some neglected fabrics in my stash, and make the perfect (or perfectly daggy) 70s outfit.

Woman stands in garden archway. She wears a brown turtleneck long sleeve tee and an orange pleated skirt.

Let’s start with the Named Paola Turtleneck Tee. It sewed up without a hitch, and the fit was spot-on. All I changed was to add a few cm’s length to the body when cutting, which was the right decision – this top is quite short when you consider it’s drafted for a 172cm tall body. The hems are twin needled down and the shoulders stabilised with clear elastic from Aliexpress, which is the only elastic my overlocker will tolerate sewing (perhaps because it is so thin).

Woman stands in garden archway. She wears a brown turtleneck long sleeve tee and an orange pleated skirt.

The fabric is cotton/spandex knit from The Remnant Warehouse, which is as lovely as the fabrics I used to sew the Ottobre and Mandy tees were crummy. It is hefty and warm (for a tee fabric), with a lot of stretch and recovery. The surface is completely smooth and pill-free, and remained so after a wash.

It’s the perfect match for the fabric from which I made the skirt. This is an interesting coated cotton/spandex in a lovely rust colour which I intended for stretch pants, but it ended up being far too lightweight for that purpose. I had no idea what to do with it until I was planning the Paola and realised it would make a fantastic matching skirt.

Woman stands in garden archway. She wears a brown turtleneck long sleeve tee and an orange pleated skirt.

The skirt pattern I used, Ottobre Autumn/Winter 5/2016 #6 math teacher – tweed skirt, is as well-drafted and uninteresting to review as the Named Paola. It’s nice to sew patterns which have no problems, but there isn’t much to talk about in the review!

As my fabric had a considerable amount of stretch, I had to take in the waistband 6.6cm, and deepen the pleats to match (I didn’t stitch these down as my stomach really needed the room!). This is no reflection on the pattern, which was drafted for a non-stretch woven and would have been the perfect fit had I used an appropriate fabric. I also extended the invisible zip up through the waistband, rather than sewing an overlap as the pattern instructed. An overlap finish makes sense in a lofty wool fabric like that used in the sample, as the thickness of the fabric in the waistband would impede the zip mechanism, but in a lightweight cotton that wasn’t a concern.

As I commented on Instagram, my outfit turned out a bit Velma from Scooby Doo – and I like it! I enjoyed sewing it up and would recommend Ottobre and Named patterns to anyone who wants a well drafted pattern that is easy to sew.

Woman stands in garden archway. She wears a brown turtleneck long sleeve tee and an orange pleated skirt.


The deets:
Pattern: Named Paola Turtleneck Tee
Pattern details: Classic, semi-fitted turtleneck tee with full-length sleeves and a turtleneck collar. Available as a PDF download (A4 or copyshop) or a printed pattern, sizes 32-50.
Fabric: 2m x 145cm 2way Stretch Cotton Jersey- Burnt Brown #694, cotton/elastane from The Remnant Warehouse.
Other materials: Clear elastic to stabilise shoulders, from Aliexpress.
Mods: Size 42 bust and shoulders, 44 hip
– Added 2cm length to the hem and sewed shorter hem allowance for more length
– Pressed shoulder seam allowances back (personal preference, pattern says towards front)

Pattern: Ottobre Autumn/Winter 5/2016 #6 math teacher – tweed skirt
Pattern details: Pleated skirt in the very trendy just-below-the-knee length. It has slanted hip pockets on the front and an invisible zipper in the centre-back seam. Available as a traced magazine pattern, sizes 34-52.
Fabric: 2.5m x 115cm Stretch Coated Cotton- Terracotta from The Remnant Warehouse. Cotton / Spandex.
Other materials: Tessuti lightweight interfacing, for waistband and fusetaping zip and pocket areas. 35cm Birch invisible zip in nectar.
Mods: Size 42
– Used slightly longer zip than called for to extend all the way up waistband, rather than sewing a zip with overlapped waistband closure
– Took in waistband 6.6cm due to stretch of fabric, widened pleats to 5cm each to match
– Did not stitch pleats down
– Sewed slightly smaller hem for more length

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic disability advocate.

15 thoughts on “A very 70s outfit – Named Paola Turtleneck Tee and Ottobre 5/2016 #6 tweed skirt”

  1. Glad my namesake pattern worked well for you! I’ve made one Named pattern and the draft was great. Really like the rust/brown combo.


    1. Ottobre do have funny names for their patterns – I suspect something is lost in translation. “Daggy” is one of my favourite words, and describes me perfectly (if you mean lame, and not the literal meaning of a sheep’s poo covered bum!).

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  2. Love both parts of the outfit. That top looks so warm and cozy without looks like it weighs you down, and the skirt is lovely and flowy without looking like it’ll pick up in the wind and show off your knickers.
    Nothing wrong with Velma either – she was a smart girl.


  3. I was flicking through my Ottobre magazines on the weekend and put a bookmark in the pages for this skirt and the Vintage lines top! So good to see them sewn up.

    All of the stuff I really like in Ottobre is always called something ‘teacher’ or ‘librarian’… I’m not sure if that says more about me or them!

    I love your outfit. Secret cosplay? Or just 70s daggy chic? I’m very into it either way 🙂


    1. Can’t wait to see what you make from Ottobre – there aren’t enough reviews out there! Love the idea of secret cosplay. Maybe I should make more!


      1. There’s definitely not many of them out there, plus they’re much harder to search for than patterns with a number! I don’t use my magazines as much as I should, there’s some wonderful stuff in them.


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