Thursday, May 14, 2015

Reprint of summer issue 3/2011 is available now!


Dear OTTOBRE fan,

Greetings from head office  [not that we have another office :)]

It seems now that our very-adventurous summer issue 3/2015 has finally landed all over the world, so we can focus on other subjects!

In response to the huge number of requests we have received from our customers we have reprinted the OTTOBRE design® kids summer issue of 2011. The reprint is in English but you'll be sent a link so you can print out the Dutch, Finnish, German or Swedish instruction pages, depending on your choice.

You'll find photos and a description of the content below and you can browse the magazine here.

The summer issue 3/2011 is now available in our single issue shop.






We offer preferential postage rates on back issues to our subscribers so if you do have a valid subscription, please remember to check the "I have a valid standing subscription" box when you order. You'll find the box just below the name and address fields during the first step of our checkout.

Wishing you an inspirational summer with all your sewing projects!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New information of the delayed delivery of the 3/2015 issue


Dear Customers in Denmark, Norway Spain, France, Belgium and Austria,

We are truly sorry for any inconvenience caused in the delayed delivery of the 3/2015 issue, but unfortunately there isn't much we can do right now. We just have to be patient and wait.  

We plan our schedules with care and the magazine should be delivered to subscribers before bookshops and retailers. With the 3/2015 issue a problem occurred in the delivery process. Normally the magazine should have been delivered to readers before or just after Easter, and in all cases before the 9th of April. In Germany, Finland and some other countries everything went as planned but a few countries have suffered delays.

Deliveries to subscribers and to retailers are dealt with differently. We send whole pallets of magazines directly to international companies specialized in retailing magazines (who then deliver the magazines themselves to bookshops, kiosks and supermarkets). Subscribers' copies are sorted first according to country, town and postal address, to make it easy for local postal services to deliver them. The pallets which included the foreign subscribers' copies were sent from our print house in Joensuu to Helsinki to be sorted and then transported to local postal services in Belgium, Austria, Denmark, France, Spain and Norway plus a few other countries.

As far as we were concerned everything was on schedule but after Easter many customers wrote asking for their magazines. At first we thought the delay was caused by the Easter holidays and a strike announced in Finnish harbors, but in the end it seems to have been due to human error. On investigation we discovered that whole pallets of magazines were missing. These unsorted pallets were all on their way to France. We managed to stop them in Germany and they were returned to Finland. The magazines were then sorted and sent on to subscribers around the 14th of April with an estimated delivery time of 4-10 days depending on their final destination. 

 Like many other companies, we depend on logistic services provided by local postal services in Europe and various international delivery companies such as Swiss Post, DHL and UPS. Their logistic systems are huge and if a few pallets get loaded on to the wrong truck, it can take a while before anyone notices there is problem. Thanks to our readers emails we realized that something had gone wrong and fortunately we found our pallets and the magazines are now all on their way to our subscribers (or have been delivered over the last week).

 Our pattern magazine is published in eight languages and sold worldwide. Due to the huge distances involved it is impossible to ensure that all our subscribers receive their magazine on the very same day. We hope that our readers understand that although deliveries may take place during quite a wide window of time, we are doing our very best to ensure that the wait is a short as possible for everyone.

We promise to do all we can to ensure that future deliveries go smoothly. We’d love to employ Father Christmas and his reindeer to deliver all the magazines in one single night or even buy our own fleet of delivery trucks but we feel that we should focus our energy on creating the great clothes and fabulous photos that make OTTOBRE magazine one of the best pattern magazines available…and try to trust the various delivery companies to get the magazine to your door on time. 
We apologize for the delay and we assure you that we are doing our best to make sure all our subscribers receive their copy of the 3/2015 magazine as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully, 

OTTOBRE design team

Thursday, April 9, 2015

OTTOBRE design® summer issue 3/2015


Dear Subscribers,

Best greetings from OTTOBRE design® magazine. Our latest issue 3/2015 will come out shortly, the official publishing date being today, April 9, 2015. To ensure that our subscribers would receive their magazines on time, we mailed the magazines already at the turn of the month.

However, due to the Easter holidays and subsequent unexpected interruptions in transport services, it seems that the summer issue will reach the subscribers at very different times. Some or our subscribers in, for example, Finland and Germany have already received their magazines, and in Scandinavia the magazine is being delivered at this moment. Subscribers in other countries will receive their magazines between April 11 and April 20, 2015, depending on the distance from Finland to the country in question and on the delivery speed of the local postal service.

The delivery delays primarily concern our subscribers in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, as well as in countries outside Europe. 

Even though we are constantly developing our delivery services and routes, the long distances from Finland to the rest of the world, involving both surface and sea transport, sometimes cause unforeseen challenges. We are very sorry about this.

While we realize that you are itching to receive your magazine, we kindly ask for your patience regarding the delays. 

Wishing you happy sewing and sunny spring days,

Matti Hepola
Publishing Director






Dear friends all over the world!

My heart is crying...I'm so disappointed on what has happened...
We all are so very sorry about the delay, but yet we know there isn't much we can do, but to move  somewhere south – closer to you, friends!

But I still believe this issue is worth waiting for...so many lovely patterns and something for whole family!

Those of you who have already received the summer issue, please update the arrival  on our Facebook page or here, so everyone else will know the situation! Thanks in advance!

Yours  faithfully,

Tuula Hepola
editor-in-chief

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

OTTOBRE design® kids 1/2015

It's spring! ... and our sun is finally back. Hopefully this will give us some more working hours per day. 
Please excuse us  being so lazy bloggers lately. We have been keeping ourselves so busy with women's magazine and other lovely things we are planning for our 15th anniversary year. You'll hear more about this soon.
Smart hoodie is made of Lillestoff's orcanic cotton sweatshirt knits.
Log-cabin technique can be used also for sewing clothes!
Wow- organic cotton jersey with rock'n roll attitude from Lillestoff. 
You can applique!
Small details make the hoodie.
Jersey skirt is easy to make and fun to wear. If you don't have time enough for playing with scraps,
cut it of patterned jersey or denim-like jersey.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays to one and all!




We know you are probably really busy at the moment but please notice, it's is not too late yet. You can still purchase a gift subscription to someone who loves sewing. Just click here.

And then click here to download a gift card. The first copy - OTTOBRE design® kids spring issue 1/2015 - will arrive shortly after January 13th. and the rest of the magazines according to this timetable:

2/2015  Woman spring/summer issue, February 17, 2015
3/2015  Kids summer issue, April 9, 2015
4/2015  Kids autumn issue, July 7, 2015
5/2015  Woman autumn/winter issue, August 18, 2015
6/2015  Kids winter issue, October 20, 2015


Thursday, October 23, 2014

OTTOBRE à Paris


Le Salon Créations et savoir-faire aura lieu du 19 au 23 novembre 2014 à Paris expo, Porte de Versailles. Nous sommes ravis de vous annoncer que, pour la toute première fois, nous y serons. Vous nous retrouverez sur le stand G 106 avec nos amis de chez Lillestoff, éditeur de tissus bios aux superbes motifs. 
Vous pourriez vous abonner au magazine, rencontrer notre traductrice, feuilleter et acheter les numéros déjà parus en français, découvrir notre nouveaux magazine hiver 6/2014 puis vous laisser tenter par les jerseys et molletons bios aux imprimés colorés.

Nous sommes impatients de vous y retrouver !
The French craft fair « Créations et savoir-faire » will be taking place from the 18th to the 23rd of November 2014 at the Paris Expo Park, Porte de Versailles, Paris.
We are thrilled to announce that, for the very first time we will be taking part. You’ll find us on stand G 106 with our friends from Lillestoff, suppliers of superb organic fabric with fun prints.
You’ll be able to subscribe to the magazine, meet our translator, leaf through and purchase back issues in French, check out our latest winter issue 6/2014 and allow yourselves to be tempted by the gorgeous colorful printed organic jerseys and sweat shirt fabrics.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Techno jersey

In our latest OTTOBRE woman magazine, autumn-winter 5/2014, we’ve used techno jersey for both dresses and pants. We love this modern knit because it’s really easy to work with and the finished garments look so good.
Techno jersey is a heavyweight interlock knit, it’s quite firm and bi-stretch (stretch/recovery 20%). The fabric we used for our designs weighs 373gr/m² and is a blend of viscose, polyamide and elastane. The viscose content makes it breathable so it’s ideal for sportswear; we chose to combine coral and ivory techno jersey for this cool and sporty dress. 
Pattern from OTTOBRE design 5/2014 in European sizes 34-52 
We used black techno jersey for the comfortable workout pants, it has just the right amount of stretch to allow free movement but will retain its shape – no baggy knees here! We added piping to the outer leg seams for a professional look.


Patterns from OTTOBRE design 5/2014 in European sizes 34-52

Techno jersey can also be made into an elegant and flattering dress. This deceptively simple vivid blue dress has a slight A-line cut. The firm quality of the jersey makes the dress very flattering, close fitting but not clingy. 
You’ll find techno jersey in our Etsy shop here.
There are four lovely colors:gray, ivory, orange and turquoise.
For more photos you can browse the 5/2014 OTTOBRE woman
magazine here and order single issues or subscribe to
the magazine via our website.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hello, we’re back!


As you may have noticed we’ve been a bit absent over the last month or so. We’ve been very, very busy moving our sewing studio to our new home just next door and at the same time preparing our fantastic winter kids magazine (you can have a sneak peak here). Or go to our website to leaf thru the online edition.

Now that the magazine is winging its way to your letterboxes and news-stands and we have finally tidied away every last button and spool of thread in the studio we've planned a little catch-up time so over the next week we’ll be posting a few extras from the latest autumn kids issue and our most recent woman magazine before sharing some of the gorgeous photos we didn’t have room for in our new winter kids edition. Watch this space!

In the meantime here is a quick snap of our new studio where we are already starting work on our spring kids issue.
All assorted according to the colors. 
Here is our sewing machines, ribbings, scissors, threads and buttons. 
Our lovely trainees from Alsfeldt sewing school have been busy and
now our chairs have got new covers made of Marimekko fabrics.

We did not forgot our old friend.