Friday, April 30, 2010

Herbie Hat Draw Deadline Extended

We've decided to to extend the deadline for submitting Herbie hats for the draw announced in the previous post.

The new deadline for submissions is May 10.  The draw will happen at noon 12:00 on the very same day.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ottilia Sews! Herbie Brimmed Hat ...and a Prize Draw!

This summer little gentlemen – and trendy young ladies too – add a finishing touch to their outfits with a Borsalino-style (fedora) hat. Our hat is sewn from tightly-woven cotton fabric and stiffened with interfacing to help it keep its shape. The illustrated step-by-step instructions will guide you through making it.

Lots of hats of this style have recently appeared on the catwalks of children’s fashion shows. Take up our invitation to sew a hat for your child and post a photo of it to us. All those who send photos of hats will be entered in a draw for ten wonderful product prizes! Please let us also know whether we may publish your photo on our blog.

UPDATE: Please send your submissions to

The draw will take place on May 1 at 12:00 noon (Finnish time). ANOTHER UPDATE: The deadline has been extended until May 10.

Herbie brimmed hat for little gentlemen, head circumference 50-52-54-56 cm

The pattern for the hat appeared in issue 3/2010. You’ll find pictures of the hat on pages 14–15 and 18–19 and the sewing instructions on pages 44–45.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sulo Letters Appliqué

Appliqué is a fun and easy way to spice up everyday clothes. Using the lettering appliqué we used on the Sulo raglan-sleeve t-shirt in OTTOBRE design® 3/2010 kids, you too can easily personalize your child's clothing. The entire alphabet is available for download from the link below, so why not have a go at it yourself?  

UPDATE: Be sure to get the fixed version of the PDF with the mirrored letters!

Here's how to do it: Trace motifs from pattern sheet on paper backing of double-sided fusible web. Iron pieces of fusible web onto wrong side of scraps of jersey and cut shapes out along their outlines. Re-move paper backing, arrange shapes on front panel and fuse them in place. Pin piece of tear-away backing to wrong side of front panel under appliqué motif. Stitch appliqué shapes in place close to edge with straight stitch, stitching around each shape twice. Remove tear-away backing.

Download Sulo Letters Applique (Updated April 23rd) in PDF format (550kb)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Delivery delays - volcanic ash cloud halts airmail

Volcanic ash from the Icelandic eruption has delayed all airmail from Finland. For countries near Finland (Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Russia) magazines are being taken over ground with 3-4 days delay to our normal schedule.

No landings or takeoffs have been possible for civilian aircraft in most of northern and central European countries, so all our airmail is waiting here in Finland for the next possible flight to USA, South Korea, UK, Japan, eastern parts of Russia, Israel...

Finnish post Itella is as unable as everyone else to tell how long this will last, so we don’t yet know when this will be sorted out. We will keep you as informed as we can.

Thanks for your patience everybody.

OTTOBRE customer service

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Reprint of OTTOBRE design® spring issue 1/2008

The children’s issue published in spring 2008 was full of designs that were both funny and functional. The Bedouin-style pants sewn from linen chambray raised quite a bit of laughter and were nicknamed as “MC Hammer”. Nevertheless, pants made with this easy pattern have since frequently appeared on various blogs. 

The Maya blouse, the Nirunaru pinafore dress and the Susette sash pants are also amongst some of the most popular designs of the issue. Since we constantly receive requests for these patterns, we decided to run a small reprint of the issue.

The spring issue 1/2008 contains the following:

Comfortable basic styles, sewn from soft cotton and linen fabrics, that are also suitable for novice sewers. Blouses, pinafore dresses, pants, and a boy’s shirt and pants.
Sizes 62-128 cm

A spring collection featuring fresh colors for little boys. Lots of appliqués, great details and prints. Hooded jackets, sweatshirts, and corduroy and denim pants.
Sizes 62-122 cm

A girly collection of outfits for spring parties. Blouses, dresses, tunics, pants and pinafore dresses.
Sizes 62-128 cm

The collection for schoolchildren was designed on the basis of ideas and requests from our readers. Carefree and comfortable sweatpants, a sweatshirt, a hooded sweat jacket and basic jeans for boys. Skirts, knickerbockers, a blouse with frills, T-shirts and a vest for girls.
Sizes 110-170 cm

A copy of the issue can be ordered from our website at It is in English but we include the instruction pages in Finnish, Swedish, Dutch or German.

We’ll start mailing the issue as from April 9, but since the reprint is limited, it is advisable to order a copy straight away to make sure that you get yours!