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:

German :

English :

Spanish :

Finnish :

French :

Dutch :

Swedish :

Have fun!

Monday, June 30, 2014

OTTOBRE design@ 4/2014 sneak peek

The sneak peek of OTTOBRE design® autumn issue 4/2014 is now online at and you find the cute little video also in Youtube.

More photos coming soon!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

¡Hola España! Hello Spain!

¡Hola España, Mexico, Argentina, Perú, Chile y a todos nuestros amigos hispano parlantes al rededor del mundo!

Estamos encantados de traeros grandes noticias. Ha sido nuestro Gran Secreto hasta ahora, ¡y ha sido muy difícil de guardar! Hemos recibido tantos mensajes de apoyo y tan numerosas solicitudes, que hemos decidido complacer vuestros deseos:

La primera edición en Español de la revista Ottobre design® para niños saldrá en Julio de 2014. A partir de ese momento, todos nuestros nuevos números, incluidos los de la revista dedicada a la mujer, estarán disponibles en Español.

¡Suscríbete ya a la revista en Español!
Puedes formalizar tu suscripción anual a la revista en Español desde el 10 de junio 2014 a través de nuestra página 
¡Adelanta tu suscripción y asegúrate de ser de los primeros en recibir la revista! 
¡Hola Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile and all our Spanish-speaking Friends around the world!

We are excited to announce some wonderful news to you. We wanted to keep it a Big Secret up till now, which we barely managed! Having received so many lovely, encouraging messages from you, we decided to fulfill your wishes: OTTOBRE design® magazine will be published also in Spanish!

 The first Spanish-language issue, OTTOBRE design® niños 4/2014, will be published in July 2014, and after that, all forthcoming issues, including the women’s magazine, will also be published in Spanish.

• Subscribe to the Spanish-language magazine in advance!

You can make an annual subsctiption to the magazine as from June 10. 2014 on our website at: Make your subscription or order in advance to ensure that you are among the first ones to receive the magazine!

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¿Te gustaría cambiar el idioma de tu actual suscripción?

Si ya eres titular de  una suscripción anual en curso y te gustaría recibir la revista en Español a partir de este momento, sigue estos pasos:

1. Envíanos un correo electrónico a

2. Haz constar claramente en el mensaje tu nombre, dirección de envío, y si es posible, tu número de cliente. En el asunto del correo escribe “Ottobre Spanish” para que identifiquemos y tratemos estas solicitudes sin demora. 

• Do you wish to change the language of your annual subscription?
If you already have a valid annual subscription but would like to receive your magazine in Spanish in the future, proceed as follows:

1. Send us an email at

2. State your name, address and, if possible, your customer number in your message. Write “OTTOBRE Spanish” in the title field to prompt us to deal with the message straight away.

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La revista estará disponible en las mejores librerías y kioscos de España. Si posees una tienda de tejidos o relacionada con la costura, y te gustaría convertirte en un punto de venta de nuestra revista, ponte en contacto con nuestro servicio de atención al cliente en 

¡Serás bienvenido en nuestro equipo!

Comparte esta Gran Noticia con tus amigos y seguidores en tu blog, Facebook, y redes sociales, para que consigamos llegar a todos esos clientes que estarán encantados con esta novedad. 

The magazine will be on sale at well-stocked newsstands and bookstores in Spain. If you or your friend own a fabric or sewing supplies store and would like to become a retailer of our magazine, please contact our customer service at

You are very welcome to join the team!

Please spread our good news also in your blog, Facebook and among your friends in order to attract as many happy customers to our Spanish-language magazine as possible.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

OTTOBRE design 3/2014 summer issue

New colorful summer magazine is on the way to subscribers! The official release date is April 15. Many customers from Europe and also from overseas have already received their copy, so stay tuned!

You can see the complete content of it in this cute little video

OTTOBRE design® summer 3/2014 preview

Hei SUOMALAISET asiakkaamme!

Useat asiakkaamme ovat soittaneet meille huolissaan, että paikoin (ainakin Tampereen seutu ja Helsinki) lehti on jo loppuunmyyty lehtipisteistä! Uusinta lehteä samoin kuin aikaisemmin ilmestyneitäkin voi tilata myös suoraan irtonumerokaupastamme:
Lähetämme lehdet Suomeen postikuluitta!

Fabrics from Lillestoff, designed by Sari Ahokainen 
All fabrics from Hilco's collection. FLY- feathers and geometric pattern designed by Hamburger Liebe. Soon available from our Etsy shop. 
Fabric from Lillestoff, soon available in or Etsy shop.

Lovely organic jersey print from Lillestoff's collection
Campan stripes and big dots from Hilco's collection, available in our Etsy shop. 
Striped jersey organic cotton fro Lillestoff.
For wild lads....all jerseys from Hilco.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

L’Aiguille en Fête - meet us in Paris - 5 free tickets to give away

OTTOBRE goes to Paris!

Nous souhaitons vous informer que notre traductrice française sera présente à “L’Aiguille en fête”, le salon international des arts du fil à Paris, du 6 au 9 février 2014. Vous la trouverez sur le stand BERNINA (B 8.4 / C 7.3) pour la durée du salon. Elle aura quelques cartons de magazines à disposition donc vous y trouverez l’édition printemps pour les enfants (le 1/2014), vous pourrez acheter les numéros en français déjà parus en 2013 et même vous abonner au magazine. N’hésitez pas à passer lui dire bonjour, elle sera ravie de vous rencontrer !
Qu’est “L’Aiguille en Fête” ? Voici les informations qu’ils nous ont été transmises :
Vous aimez la couture, le tricot, le crochet, la broderie, la dentelle, le patchwork… ? Rendez-vous à l’Aiguille en fête, le salon international des arts du fil, du 6 au 9 février 2014, à PARIS Porte de Versailles – Hall 6 ! 
Le 6 février prochain, l’Aiguille en fête ouvrira ses portes à plus de 40 000 visiteurs venus du monde entier, tous piqués d’arts et de loisirs textiles. Cette onzième édition sera placée sous le signe de la créativité tous azimuts. Design, décoration, sculpture textile, œuvres diverses (…), le salon mettra en lumière ce qui fait la mode et les tendances du secteur…
Songez que ce sont plus de 250 exposants, sélectionnés avec minutie et venus des quatre coins de la Planète Fil, qui entreprendront le voyage pour se joindre au rendez-vous incontournable de tous ces passionnés. Au programme : du shopping, des expositions d’art textile et des animations gratuites en tous genres ! Participez au Championnat de France de Vitesse de Tricot et au Concours de Couture des Bobines d’Or ; faites une pause créative au Bar à Couture, au Bar à Maille, au Bar à Crochet ou au Bar à Customisation ; rencontrez les auteurs de vos livres préférés et faites les dédicacer au Bar à Auteurs…
Participez aussi aux ateliers de l’Université du Fil ! Pendant quatre jours, le salon vous propose plus de 1 200 heures de cours : master-class et ateliers donnés par de grands artistes et créateurs français et internationaux, qui transmettent leurs techniques et leurs savoir faire. Apprentissage pour les unes, perfectionnement pour les autres, chacune y trouvera son bonheur! Consultez le planning des ateliers et inscrivez-vous sur notre site Internet à partir de mi-décembre. 
Pour en savoir plus : 
Cela nous a paru intéressant et nous avons décidé d’y participer ! 
En bonus, nous avons 5 entrées à offrir sur notre blog et 5 autres sur notre page Facebook! Pour être sûr d’avoir le temps d’envoyer les billets, l’offre est « premier venu, premier servi ». Les 5 premiers à commenter le post sur notre blog recevront une entrée chacun et de même pour notre page  Facebook (l’offre est limitée à un billet par foyer). 
Si vous faites partie des 5 premiers, veuillez nous envoyer un mail aussitôt votre commentaire fait à avec votre pseudo et votre adresse postale pour valider votre participation.  
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Hi!  We’d like to let you know that our French translator will be participating in “L’Aiguille en Fête” a major needlecraft fair that takes place in Paris from the 6th to the 9th of February 2014. You’ll find her on the BERNINA stand (B 8.4 / C 7.3) for the duration of the fair. She’ll have a few boxes of magazines with her so you will be able to pick up a copy of the OTTOBRE design kids spring issue 1/2014, buy back issues from 2013 in French or even subscribe to the magazine. Please feel free to drop by for a chat, she’d love to meet you! 
So what exactly is “L’Aiguille en Fête”? Here’s the information they sent us:
Do you love to sew, to knit, to stitch? Do you love crochet, lace, patchwork...? Come to L’Aiguille en fête, the international consumer show for needlecrafts, from 6th to 9th of February 2014, in PARIS Porte de Versailles - Hall 6 !
On February 6th, L’Aiguille en fête will open its doors to more than 40,000 visitors from around the world, all crazy about textile arts and needlecrafts. This eleventh edition will be placed under the sign of creativity. Design, decoration, textile sculpture and lots more, the show will highlight the fashion and trends of the moment.
Just imagine more than 250 exhibitors carefully selected from all around the “thread planet”. They will travel to Paris to participate in this unmissable rendez-vous. What’s on? Shopping, textile art exhibitions and free events of all kinds! Join the French Speed Knitting Championship and ”Bobines d’Or” Sewing Contest, take a creative break at the Sewing Bar, the Knit Bar, the Hook Bar or the Customization Bar, meet the authors of your favorite books and have them autographed at the Authors’ Bar ...
You can also participate in workshops at the University of Thread! For four days, the exhibition offers more than 1,200 hours of courses: master classes and workshops given by leading French and international artists and designers, who transmit their techniques and expertise. There’s something for everyone! Check the workshop schedule and register on our website right now!
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You’ll find more information about the fair including all the practical details on their website: 
We thought it looked fun and decided to join in! 
As a bonus we have 5 free tickets to give away on the blog and 5 more on our Facebook page! It’s “first come, first served” as we need to be sure we can get the tickets to you in time for the fair. So a ticket will be sent to the authors of the first five comments on the blog and also to the first five on Facebook (the giveaway is limited to one ticket per person). 
If you are one of the first five, please send a mail immediately after posting your comment to with your username and postal address to validate your participation.