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


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.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The body-shaping slip: a woman’s best friend!

For our latest woman magazine we made a beautiful vibrant blue dress from techno jersey. This firm interlock knit combines viscose, polyamide and elastane to form a dense heavyweight yet breathable fabric. It’s very easy to sew and if you’re in a hurry you can even skip any seam finishes because it doesn’t fray.
The dress is unlined and our model is wearing a body-shaping full slip underneath it. This slip is truly a woman’s best friend as it smooths the tummy, lifts the bottom and shapes the bust. It is sewn from lightweight, silky viscose single jersey and is not only flattering but very comfortable to wear. You can sew it with a regular sewing machine or a serger.

The body of the slip consists of two layers; the inner layer is cut slightly narrower than the outer layer to provide the supporting and shaping effect. The layers are joined together with horizontal rows of three-step zigzag stitch just under the bust and below the hips then Framilon® clear elastic tape is stitched along the bottom hem to ensure that it stays in place. Framilon® tape comes in several widths and thicknesses and can be used for various purposes including gathering and stabilizing. For this design we are using it as a stabilizer so we’ve used a slightly thicker tape than we would for creating gathers. 

The shoulder straps are threaded through rings and sliders (bra accessories) so they are adjustable and we also stitched Framilon® to the wrong side of the straps which keeps them securely on your shoulders and gives them just the right amount of stretch.

You’ll find the patterns for both the slip and the dress in our latest OTTOBRE woman magazine, Autumn/Winter 5/2014. 
You can browse the magazine here and order single issues or subscribe to the magazine via our website.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

OTTOBRE woman 5/2014 is here!

Our new autumn-winter Woman magazine is bursting with fantastic new designs for you to sew! Wether you are romantic or sporty there is something for everyone and a pattern for almost every occasion. You can browse it here.

It is currently being delivered to our subscribers and will soon be available in the shops. The official release date is the 26. of August.

Sew fabulous winter classics from the warm wool and viscose fabrics and knits of the season. A cocoon-shape tweed coat and a sweet hoodie from merino wool knit. Also a spaghetti-strap top, a lovely mélange zipper-front hoodie, a viscose shirt, a bell-shaped skirt, a tunic, a jersey top, jeggings and narrow stretch-velveteen pants. 


Comfortable, casual clothes for daily and leisure wear. We designed two nice dress patterns and made three different dresses with them. Pleated skirts are back in fashion and ours is paired with a raglan-sleeve blouse. A bright lightweight quilted jacket, workout pants and a wool knit jacket for outdoor activities. Much-requested patterns for a body-shaping full slip and for a women’s version of our popular Flycatcher tunic. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

If you go down to the woods today...

Autumn is great time of year to pick mushrooms. 
They are everywhere, on the sides of footpaths,  sprouting under the trees, clinging to stumps... Some of them are delicious and edible and some poisonous. So it is good to know them before you pick and eat them.
Yesterday we ate soup made of chanterelles. It was delicious – fresh, tender, bursting with flavour and far tastier than those you buy from the supermarket. So...go down to the woods!

You find the patterns and instructions for our "mushroom soup" here:

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Have fun!