Ottobre Love

We just got the new women's Ottobre issue in stock, and I think it is one of their best ever! Their designs are so wearable, and I love how they show them on real people of all ages and sizes.  Ottobre magazine is designed and printed in Finland, but is written in English.  We also have the new children's issue which is amazing as well.

Here are the line drawings for all of the patterns in this issue. 

I'm planning on starting with the Mildred wrap- it looks so stylish, yet will be so easy to sew.  I like how they've used two of them together in this outfit.  I love the simple dress on this page too.  The black dress underneath it is an adaptation of the Creative Workshop t-shirt pattern for women too.  They use this base pattern in just about every new issue.

I've been starting to run lately, and as soon as the weather turns cooler, I'm going to need some new workout wear. All of the outfits from their workout wear page look fabulous:

I picked up some Dry-flex fabric a couple of months ago that will be perfect for these. 

Then this Pea Coat is really jumping out at me!  It has all of the features that I would want in a jacket.  I have some magenta wool tweed that I can see making this up in.  But, that will have to wait.

What pieces do you like in this issue?



  1. haha, I just posted this too! I LOVE this issue, I totally agree. One of their best ever.

  2. Ann,
    I love Ottobre too but I am completely flummoxed by their print-every-single-pattern-piece-on-one-giant-sheet-of-paper-but-don't-worry-we-made-them-different-colors-so-you-can-figure-it-out. Help! Any suggestions? I want to make this cute outfit for my son from the April issue, and I think he's already grown like 3 sizes while I've been trying to figure out the pattern sheet.

  3. Hi Jennifer,
    Try this- you can get a plastic sheeting in the painters department of home improvement stores- it is cheap and completely see through. Lay that over the master pattern, and then trace the size that you need with a permanent marker. The magazine instructions will tell you which pieces to cut for the item that you want to make. After you trace, use your scissors to cut around the lines, but cut 5/8 inch outside of the lines to add the seam allowance, and 1-1/2 inch at the hems. Hope that helps! Please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.

  4. Thanks, Ann. What a terrific suggestion! I'm going to try that this weekend. There are the cutest pants I've been dying to make. I'll let you know how it works out!

  5. Ann, what sewing level are the patterns in this magazine? I love it, but am a little nervous to tackle something out of my league. I am more than beginner, but would not classify myself as intermediate at all. Are they explained well enough for someone my skill level to follow?
    Thanks for any input!

  6. Hi Joanna,
    That is a good question. I think that some of the patterns would be appropriate for a beginner, but not all. So, you would need to start with the patterns in the issue that are more basic, and then work your way up. Check back next week, as we will have a guest blogger who describes using Ottobre for the first time.


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