Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Funky OTTO-frog applique tutorial

How to make a funky frog applique on a T-shirt from OTTOBRE design® 6/2016.
You need: 
- five different solid color cotton jersey (95%cotton 5% elastane)
- piece of Vlieseline® Stickvlies (Stickvlies is also known as "stitch-n-tear" and it is used as backing for embroideries and appliqués. By Stickvlies you can sew embroidery and appliques without stretching the fabric.
- Vlieseline® Vliesofix (Vliesofix is a non-woven fabric with the feature that both sides can be ironed onto a material)
Trace parts of appliqué motif from pattern sheet on paper backing of double-sided fusible web. Cut parts out with generous seam allowances and iron them onto wrong side of various pieces of single jersey. Cut appliqué shapes out carefully along their outlines. Remove paper backing from fusible web, arrange shapes on front panel.
Pin piece of tear-away backing to wrong side of garment piece under appliqué shapes to prevent background fabric from stretching while appliqué is stitched to it.
Stitch shapes in place close to edge with straight stitch or with narrow, short zigzag stitch. Use either matching or contrast-color sewing thread. Secure thread ends carefully.
Remove tear-away backing from wrong side and steam appliqué area.

OTTOBRE design® 6/2016


Our latest issue will be published today, October 18. As always, we made you again a nice video with lots of new photos. You find it here. 

The babies’ winter collection is characterized by soft knits, graphic Scandinavian prints, subdued colors and a touch of nostalgia. A furry jumpsuit, an adorable fur coat, a henley shirt, jersey pants, a sweatshirt dress and a wool cardigan. A beautiful bodysuit, footed pants and a romper for newborns. Sizes 50–92 cm
Reliable basic patterns for underwear and playwear. Various boys’ underpants and girls’ panties in sizes 92-146 cm. Basic sweatpants, narrow sweatpants, long-sleeve T-shirts and a laid-back denim shirt in sizes 92-128 cm.
When winter comes, wardrobes are filled with clothes that are made from soft natural-fiber fabrics and furry knits with bold prints and patterns. Dresses, skirts, blouses, tunics, sweatshirt jackets, shirts and hoodies with a fresh twist. Sizes 92–170 cm
Suitcases are packed with practical yet good-looking items. A trendy fur vest, a jersey blouse, denim-jersey pants for slim girls, a dress, a long sweatshirt cardigan, corduroys and an outerwear wool jacket. Sizes 128–170 cm

Tutorials coming soon!

Monday, August 15, 2016

OTTOBRE woman 5/2016 is released

Hi all readers,

the official release date for our women's autumn/winter issue is tomorrow and now it is available in shops, bookshops and sewing supplies stores round the world. If you can't find it, remember that all back issues as well the latest ones are available in our own single issue shop. 

Many of you who are subscribing, have already got the magazine. Maybe you also have peeked the tiny video presentation we made you in Youtube.

With a cooler period of the year drawing closer, people return to their daily routines and indoor pastimes. I hope that each of us has been able to take a vacation, enjoy the great outdoors and stock up with summer energy in order to manage through the long autumn and winter. In the face of the unforeseeable outcomes of developments that are currently taking place in the world around us, we need to seek balance and well-being within ourselves. While such introspection requires time, sensitivity and absorption, it will give more meaning to our everyday life than shopping or surfing the Net.

My life has always revolved around being active one way or the other, and that’s why it’s difficult for me to draw a line between work and leisure. I spend almost all of my awake time sketching, reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking and cooking. I could also add observation, meditation, problem solving and philosophizing to my list of activities. All of those I can do while lying down or driving a car. I lead a full life even though most of the time the only trips I take are from home to work and back. Occasional detours to the market, grocery store or cultural events spice up my daily life. Close is good.

My simple way of life largely determines my designing philosophy. I want to design straightforward, natural and timeless clothes for our magazine. They are representative of the Scandinavian lifestyle that appreciates the gentle beauty and small moments of everyday life. The materials we use are genuine and uncomplicated. Practicality breeds beauty when the basic elements click into place. Awareness of the environment and the life cycle of clothes is an essential part of our daily work.

We also have a passion for all handicraft skills, and through our sewing instructions we try to convey some of the bliss of refining the small details. The wonderful durable materials deserve to be treated with love and attention. Consequently, a self-made garment will bring long-lasting joy. The great satisfaction that our work gives us can be encapsulated in just a few words: I made it and I succeeded!

Wishing you an inspiring autumn,

Tuula Hepola,
editor-in-chief, designer, mom and grandma
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Autumn Tree applique tutorial

How to make a cute applique on a beanie from OTTOBRE design 4/2015

You need: - grey or other solid color cotton jersey (95%cotton 5% elastane), stretch/recovery 30%- tiny jersey scraps in seven colours for tree and leaves- piece of Vlieseline® Stickvlies (Stickvlies is also known as "stitch-n-tear" and it is used as backing for embroideries and appliqués. By Stickvlies you can sew embroidery and appliques without stretching the fabric.
- Vlieseline® Vliesofix (Vliesofix is a non-woven fabric with the feature that both sides can be ironed onto a material.)

You'll find the pattern for the beanie on OTTOBRE design 4/2015 design #24 Pink Drops in sizes 48-56. 


Put a piece of stitch-n-tear somewhat bigger than the motif under the fabric and embroider. When the motif is ready, you'll tear out the stitch-n-tear.