Friday, January 22, 2010

Mail from Our Readers: Applique Improvisation

We receive quite a bit of emails from our readers - many politely reminding us of all the things that we've promised to feature on our website. We take heed of all of them but some designs and patterns are just more anticipated than others...

Here's what Melissa wrote us:

"Dear Ottobre,

I know you are all very busy, but could you please try to update the "Print for Free" section of the website? I would really love to have that Dachshund applique (01/10) pattern for my sewing. As you can see, my method of drawing that design has not been entirely successful..."

Thanks to Melissa and Rosie the dachshund for being such good sports and letting us publish their photo. Your email just melted our hearts, and Peppi, our little helper, sends her regards too.

Sew and Colour!

We designed these sewing & coloring cards in order to introduce young children to sewing. They will keep their little hands occupied while mom’s working on her own sewing project.

Working on it...

Finished with the sewing!

And adding some pretty colors as the crowning final touches.

Have fun!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dachshund Purse

The pattern and the instructions to a charming dachshund purse are now ready to be downloaded. As a sideproject we also sewed a lovely makeup purse or pencil case for women.

Be inspired and have fun!

Doggy Purse

Birdie Makeup Purse

Download the pattern and instructions in PDF format (1MB)!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"Friendly Robots" Coloring Pictures

Inspire your little ones to create as well. The latest issue of OTTOBRE kids has our versions of the Friendly Robots but we are sure that the little artists at home can easily do better.

Illustrations by Suvi Suitiala.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ottilia Sews! “Garden Flower” Skirt

Clothes needn’t be complicated to make or have lots of details to look attractive. A simple, beautiful design lends itself well for modification and is often also easy to sew.

In order to encourage novice sewers, we made a cutting layout and especially detailed instructions for this sweet & simple “Garden Flower” skirt. We created this photo tutorial to supplement those instructions.

You will find the patterns for this little skirt with a yoke in our spring issue 1/2010 in sizes 98-104-110-116-122-128-134-140-146 cm. Take a look at pages 6-7 and 34 for detailed instructions!

Fabrics for these two skirts are from textile designer Anna Maria Horner’s beautiful Garden Party collection. It is virtually sold out, but please visit Anna Maria’s blog to see her latest collections:

Please notice!  The fabric requirement give in the magazine is for 145 cm wide fabric. If you buy 112 cm / 44 inches wide fabric, you need: 55-60-65-70-75-80-85-90-95 cm or 22-24-26-28-30-32-34-36-38 inches.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sneak Peek OTTOBRE design® Spring 1/2010 Kids fashion

Our story as a children’s fashion magazine publisher has
lasted 10 years – the first issue of Ottobre came out in January
2000. For us, 2010 will be a work-filled jubilee year. We will look
back at the past a bit and assess the fruits of our labor. Through
the year we will also tell you about the various stages of our story
and offer you some little surprises.

OTTOBRE design® kids fashion Spring issue 1/2010 will be published on January 15, 2010. It includes forty designs for kids in sizes 62-170 cm.

The themes are:

Beautiful spring clothes for preschoolers: tunics, a pinafore dress, a girl’s
coat, pants, tops and T-shirts. Sizes 74-128 cm

Daily wear for boys: overalls, corduroy pants, jeans, sweatpants, T-shirts
and an anorak. Sizes 92-170 cm

Comfortable items for babies and toddlers: a pinafore dress, a dress,
overalls, T-shirts, a hooded vest and a sweater-knit jacket. Sizes 62-92 cm

Clothes for schoolgirls: a skirt, jeans, outerwear pants, tops, T-shirts, tunics and a windbreaker. Sizes 122-170 cm

We wish you nice sewing sessions with us!