Monday, March 30, 2009

And the winner is...

The winner is Denise H. from Germany.

Thank you to all of you who sent Pea Pod Purse pictures to the first draw on our blog! We will contact the winner by email and send this lovely product package.

The marvellous package includes printed cotton fabrics in six different styles, linen fabric to make a another Pea Pod Purse, printed B/W viscose jersey and the Creative Workshop 303 (Women's Best Tops) pattern to create your own tops, ribbons, buttons, thread and, last but not least, the loveliest suprise for every sewing lady: Prym's Boutique Box including a pair of scissors, a thimble, a needle threader, a tape measure, a seam ripper (although you hardly ever need it), pins, sewing needles and a tailor's chalk pencil.

Warmest congratulations from snowy Rovaniemi

P.S. More draws will follow!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Four days to go!

Our Pea Pod purse pattern has truly inspired your creativity! We have received wonderful pictures of your delicious, innovative and elegant purses. Some of the first entries are displayed here.

A marvelous product prize awaits the winner, and we look forward to receiving even more pictures. Remember that the prize will be drawn amongst all entries, so no need to feel shy of participating.

The prize will be drawn on March 30 at 14:00 Finnish time (see the clock) and the winner will be announced immediately after the draw on our website. You still have FOUR full days to enter!

Please post pictures of your purse to: ottobre (a) ottobre dot fi

Good luck for the draw!

Thank you Bettina, Petra, Gabriela and Ms. M. from Germany, Sara from France as well as Ruth and Kathy from USA.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pea Pod Purse pattern is now online!

The fabulous spring-green Pea Pod linen purse featured in issue 2/2009 of OTTOBRE design® appears now on our website. You can print out the patterns and instructions for it free of charge. The tunic and pants in the picture were also featured in issue 2/2009.

Make your own Pea Pod purse and post a picture of it to us. We will display the purses on our blog and those who posted pictures will be entered in a draw for a nice product prize. Be quick – the winner will be drawn on March 30.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pink Linen Dress Modification

Sew a casual, unlined linen dress for the summer using a pattern that appeared in the OTTOBRE design® woman spring/summer issue! We borrowed the idea for it from a jersey dress in Jackpot’s spring collection.


The dress is sewn by modifying the pattern for design no. 15 in issue 2/2009 of OTTOBRE design®. Make the following alterations to the pattern:

1. Choose the correct pattern size and trace the pattern pieces from the pattern sheet following the instructions for design no. 15.
2. Leave the allowances for the shoulder darts on the back panel and for the neckline pleats on the front panel spread out to add width to the neckline.
3. Draw new necklines on the front and back panels.
4. Measure the length of the neckline and cut a 3 cm wide casing strip for the neckline on the bias.
5. Cut a 2.5 cm strip for a neckline drawstring.

Stitch a small buttonhole at the front neckline, placing it at the center-front mark and 2 cm down from the outer edge of the neckline seam allowance. Stitch the bias-cut strip to the neckline to form a drawstring casing. Fold the drawstring strip in half, turn the seam allowances in and stitch the edges together. Thread the drawstring into the casing. Trace the pattern for the pockets from the pattern for design no. 3A in issue 5/2008. Stitch the pockets to the dress following the instructions for the same design. Fabric: Hilco

The charming special-occasion dress that appeared in the spring/summer issue gets a totally different look when sewn from floral fabric. This dress is sewn from printed linen that is included in Hilco’s summer collection. The shoulders are accented by fan-like pleats. The dress needn’t necessarily be lined.