Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Singing in the Rain -with new Rainy Day Trenchcoat!

We'd like to show you a new edition of an older design. This pattern is the St-Germain Trenchcoat from our last autumn issue 4/2010. Although the pattern is traditional, this turquoise edition is very stylish and modern raincoat for every little girl.

It is definetely brightening up a rainy day!  We made it from soft raindrop and wind-proof coated cotton and cut the lining from cotton popeline. Quite a cutie, isn't it :)

We have this lovely material for you in 18 beautiful variations: tiny dots, bigger spots, paintbrush stripes and flower prints. You can find the fabrics from our Etsy Fabric Shop.

Tiny Dots' colors from left to right:
- Strawberry fields (red)
- Raspberry Ice Cream (light pink)
- Fudge (dark sand)
- Mediterranean Sea (turquoise)
- Tropical Chocolate  (brown)
- Here comes the Sun (yellow)
- Hot Asphalt (greyish black)

More about these fabrics on our Fabrics and More blog: ottobreshop.blogspot.com

Friday, April 15, 2011

HAVE FUN and LEARN - Traffic Pants

The T-shirt with a slightly slimmer fit than usual is designed to be sewn from interlock knit. Johanna Ahlard designed the distinctive Monster Car print pattern and you find this nice knit on our Etsy Shop in three colorways. Contrast-color bindings add the finishing touch to the T-shirt.
These “On the Road Again” Bermudas, designed by Ruby Vegter from the Netherlands, were awarded an honorary mention in our design contest. Boys are sure to love them and probably wouldn’t like to take them off even for the night. The innovative traffic-themed pants with their traffic lights and pockets serving as car parks will help the wearer to pass the time for example on a long haul bus journey. 

The white road markings are created with pieces of twill tape and the traffic lights are appliquéd using fabric scraps in various colors. The shapes are bonded to the pants by means of double-sided fusible web before stitching. You can print out various traffic signs from our websites and arrange them on the pants together with your child. http://www.ottobredesign.com/fi/kaavat/pdf/TrafficSigns.pdf

To complete our Traffic Theme we designed five different sets of cute and educational pinback buttons. You find these one inch buttons here. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Something else - Bambi DIY-project

In our summer issue we  introduced you a cute soft toy Bambi created by talented Finnish designer Anniina Isokangas from PaaPii Design. She is a mother of two and has recently transformed her previous hobby to a lovely crafting business. Besides creating colorful soft toys and pouches, she designs logos and prints.

Look at her gallery and get inspired!

You can do this cute creature by yourself. We have now added her Bambi DIY-package on our Etsy-shop! It is available in black and in pink. Package includes handprinted cotton sheet with Bambi patterns and sewing instructions. The instructions are in Finnish, but a link to photo tutorial will be included.
Tee se itse = Do it yourself!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Summer pants in Thai fisherman style

A German customer of ours gave us a hint for designing these cute summer pants. The pattern is based on traditional Thai fisherman style. The pants are constructed from a few straight pieces of fabric and are tied round the waist with a tie string that is attached to the back.

You’ll find the pattern in sizes 110–164 cm together with the instructions in our latest issue, OTTOBRE design® Summer 3/2011.
The snappy dino T-shirt was one of the entries in our design contest. The motif was designed by five-year-old Hannes Kremsler from Germany. He called it “Der schönste Dinosaurier” – the most beautiful dinosaur. Great work, Hannes! The motif is easy to apply to the T-shirt: we embroidered it with a regular straight stitch, using tear-away backing to stabilize the knit during stitching.

Our cheerful model Benjamin demonstrates here how to put the pants on.

Jump into the pants and pull them up high. The tie string hangs free at the back.

Grab the side of the pants with one hand and fold a pleat on the front. Take hold of one end of the tie string with the other hand.

Press the pleat against your waist with the hand holding the tie string and grab the other end of the tie string with your free hand.

Take a deep breath and tie the ends of the strings tight at the waist. Fold the top edge of the pants down over the tie string.

Arrange the pleat nicely – and remember to breathe out again!

Ha, that was easy! You just need to practice a little at first.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Good news - Etsy Fabric Shop opened

Addicted to fabrics?

We have finally opened a lovely fabric shop on Etsy. We uploaded already  few sweet treats from our scandinavian designer collections and few carefully selected matching packages. We'll add more during next week, so stay tuned...

You' re welcome to visit us!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Just a quick note!

In case you did not notice yet...

...you can browse the SUMMER ISSUE on our websites:

We 'll have a busy weekend to get all magazines posted before Monday!

See you soon,

Ottobre staff