Wednesday, December 30, 2015

OTTOBRE design spring issue 1/2016 is online!

Our fresh, new spring issue 1/2016 is a real pick-me-up in the depths of winter. 

We started preparing it by compiling fruity pastel colors that burst with energy and displayed them on a mood board. We found the perfect modern prints amongst our sample fabrics and added some vintage touches and a pinch of blue. Once we had complemented our own plans with readers’ requests for patterns and thrown in a dash of adventure in the spirit of Pippi Longstocking, the content of the magazine was almost ready!


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A fresh, bright collection of everything that children need for the spring. Lots of unisex designs: tank tops, long-sleeved T-shirts, sweatpants and a jumpsuit. For girls: several lovely tunics, dresses and leggings, as well as poplin pants and a sweatshirt-knit cardigan. For boys: sweatpants, denim-jersey pants, canvas pants, a shirt, a hoodie, a denim vest and a pinstripe vest. Sizes 62-146 cm


The colors and print patterns of the spring outfits for babies and toddlers were derived straight from nature. Cute T-shirts, jersey pants, a bodysuit, a long-sleeve romper, a sleeveless romper, a pramsuit, a beanie and a neckwarmer, all equally suitable for boys and girls. In addition, a pretty feather-patterned tunic and a denim-jersey pinafore dress for girls. Sizes 56-92 cm


A spring collection for style-conscious schoolchildren. For girls: a poplin tunic, stretch velveteen pants, shorts, a peplum top and a much-requested denim jumpsuit. For boys: jeans, corduroy pants, a sweatshirt, a sweater and a snazzy jacket. Sizes 128-170 cm

Here you can take a look on all designs:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Wonderful gift ideas!

Hi all living close to Arctic Circle or visitors!

Welcome to our sweet OTTOBRE shop here in Rovaniemi. Take a sneak peek to our other blog:

Opening hours

18.12.      Friday 10-17
19.12.      Saturday 10-15

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21.12.        Monday 10-17
22.12.        Tuesday  10-17
23.-26.12.  closed

28.-30.12.  Mon-Wed 10-17
31.12.        closed
2.1.            Sat 10-15

4.-5.1.      Mod-Tue 10-17
6.1.          closed
7.1-8.1.   Thu-Fri 10-17
9.1.          Sat 10-15


Rantavitikantie 33
96300 Rovaniemi

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Front Placket tutorial from OTTOBRE design® 6/2015

Since we spent more than a third of our lifetime sleeping, we deserve to have lovely, comfortable nightwear. The boy's pajama top has a front placket that makes it easy to put the top on and take it off.

This pajama top is made from single jersey, but you can use this construction technique also with woven fabrics!  


Mark center-front line, starting from neckline, on wrong side of front panel with tailor`s chalk or by basting.
Pin right sides of button bands to wrong side of front panel, placing bands on each side or center-front line and aligning their non-interfaced edges with center-front line.
Stitch button bands in place along their non-interfaced edges, placing stitching 
1 cm away from center-front line on front panel and ending it 1 cm above bottom edge of button band.
Slash placket opening from right side of front panel: cut from necline along center-front line as far as 2 cm above ends of stitching lines on button bands and clip diagonally to ends of stitching lines, forming a triangle at bottom of placket.
Fold each button band in half wrong sides together and press. Topstitch folded outer edges of bands close to edge. Fold button bands right way up.

Turn seam allowances at interfaced edges of button bands to wrong side, pin edges to right side of placket edges and stitch them in place close to edge.
Overlap button bands, pin them together and machine-baste their bottom edges together.
Pin and stitch triangle at bottom of placket to button bands right sides together.                       
Finish seam allowances at bottom of placket together.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

OTTOBRE design 6/2015 is published

Greetings from Lapland!

Here in Rovaniemi, at the heart of Finnish Lapland, we are preparing for the joys of winter – snowballing, skating and skiing will soon be our main outdoor activities. As our nights gradually turn darker, the magical Aurora Borealis will appear. In olden times, you were told not to whistle at them, as they might get angry, and whisk you away! 

The 15th Anniversary Edition of OTTOBRE design® kids winter 6/2015 is now ready and for most of our subscribers it should have already arrived.

You'll find the size charts for women and men here: in Finnishin Spanish, in English, in Swedish, in German, in Dutch and 
in French.

This magazine features our youngest ever model, just 10 weeks old. She took it all in her stride and slept most of the time while showing off the adorable selection of baby clothes we made for her – a whole trousseau including bodysuits, a cute little dress, pants, coveralls, a beautiful woolen two-piece outerwear set and a tiny balaclava hood.
One of our themes for this magazine is a much-loved fairytale. Meet our cute dwarfs, all seven of them, each with their own beanie. Our modern dwarfs are fashion conscious and we provided them with a great selection of clothes - a jersey dress, tunics, leggings, jackets, a hoodie, pants, a skirt and some great T-shirts - cool clothes to wear every day and also a fun bunny jumpsuit sewn from faux fur knit with its own separate hood.

We all know that playing in the snow is great fun, but we also think that winter is the best time to catch up on our sleep. Keeping that in mind, we have designed a collection of cute and cosy sleepwear for the whole family including the parents.

Winter is a festive time so we have also included some elegant party clothes for kids of all ages – lovely dresses, a pretty tunic and bloomer set, smart shirts and pants.

 Here you will find the rabbit drawing for your saddle sleeve T-shirt.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Baby Beanie tutorial from OTTOBRE design® 4/2015


This is a great way to use up pieces of jersey left-over from other projects. You can make the beanie from one single fabric or mix and match like we have. 

You can download the pdf-pattern for this project here.
Lovely organic cotton jerseys are from Lillestoff's collection and you find many of them on our Easy shop. 

Have fun !
You will need: 
40...45 cm printed cotton single jersey and sewing thread.


Layout the pattern piece on a double layer of jersey, observing the markings for grainlines and foldlines. Cut beanie panels from printed jersey adding 7 mm seam allowances. 


Construction techniques: 
Stitch seams with straight stretch stitch on regular sewing machine or with serger.
Stitch darts at both crown ends of beanie panel. 
Pin beanie panels right sides together and stitch them together, 
leaving small opening for turning on one side as marked on pattern. 

Fold beanie in half along pattern foldline and stitch along side seam allowances for a few centimeters.  Stitch also top edges of beanie panels together along seam allowances.  
Turn beanie right side out through opening. 

Close opening for turning by hand stitching.
You find Pink Drops beanie pattern from issue 4/2015.
Here is how you cut it - place the dotted line on fabric fold.

Follow the tutorial to sew it. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

OTTOBRE woman 5/2015 will be here soon!

Greetings from rainy Lapland! 

Here in Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle, our summer is short but intense. Autumn will soon arrive with its gorgeous colors and cooler temperatures so our attention has already turned to renewing our wardrobes for the coming season. 

Luckily the 15th anniversary year autumn/winter edition of our Woman magazine will soon be available; the official publishing date is the 18th of August

This issue is a celebration of timeless classic designs and high quality fabrics - organic cotton jerseys, silk, denim, viscose and wonderfully warm wool. Themed around daily life and leisure time it offers a selection of fabulous but comfortable dresses, cardigans, tops and pants plus some figure flattering sportswear including jersey pants and hoodies. 

We also designed a few items for those special days when you need something dressy - a silk dress, a pussy bow blouse and a pieced skirt. 


This autumn collection, themed around daily life and leisure time, offers numerous items for you to sew: fabulous jersey dresses, a skirt, a gorgeous silk blouse, snug-fitting printed pants and a short-sleeve sweater, as well as sporty hoodies, jersey pants, jersey leggings and a pretty tunic. Sizes 34-52


This collection is a celebration of timeless classic designs and high-quality materials – silk, wool, organic cotton, denim and viscose – from which we sewed a number of lovely dresses and two beautiful cardigans as well as suit pants, a skirt and a sweater. Sizes 34-52

Have a lovely autumn!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Reprint of summer issue 3/2011 is available now!

Dear OTTOBRE fan,

Greetings from head office  [not that we have another office :)]

It seems now that our very-adventurous summer issue 3/2015 has finally landed all over the world, so we can focus on other subjects!

In response to the huge number of requests we have received from our customers we have reprinted the OTTOBRE design® kids summer issue of 2011. The reprint is in English but you'll be sent a link so you can print out the Dutch, Finnish, German or Swedish instruction pages, depending on your choice.

You'll find photos and a description of the content below and you can browse the magazine here.

The summer issue 3/2011 is now available in our single issue shop.

We offer preferential postage rates on back issues to our subscribers so if you do have a valid subscription, please remember to check the "I have a valid standing subscription" box when you order. You'll find the box just below the name and address fields during the first step of our checkout.

Wishing you an inspirational summer with all your sewing projects!