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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > ottobre and BWOF patterns ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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ottobre and BWOF patterns
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Date: 7/25/07 10:21 PM

Hi

I've read here about Ottobre and BWOF patterns. I assume they are both subscription magazines?

I buy some of the Burda dressmaking magazines but have not heard of the above two.

What is their fit like - are they comparable with Burda, especially Burda pants patterns?

Each brand has its own idiosyncracies I suppose and I prefer Burda for below the waist and Vogue for above the waist in terms of fit.

Just interested in your opinions regarding Ottobre and BWOF.

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Date: 7/26/07 1:37 AM

BWOF is Burda World of Fashion so that's just another way of saying the Burda magazine. Ottobre is a subscription magazine based in Finland but has an English edition. Ottobre started out as a children's pattern magazine called Ottobre Design, started adding some women's patterns and now has a seperate magazine for women called Ottobre Women. Ottobre uses a European sloper, like Burda. Ottobre tends to be more wardrobe basics patterns--stylish but not as fashion forward as Burda World of Fashion--and very wearable by the average adult woman to work and in casual life.

I've found the Ottobre patterns to be very well drafted. I've sewn at least 100 items from both the adult and child patterns and I think I've come across one very minor error.
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Date: 7/26/07 3:46 AM

Mikkim

Thanks very much for that info. I would say that is definitely a recommendation for Ottobre.

I like that they use the European sloper - especially for slacks.

Cheers
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Date: 7/26/07 7:48 AM

When I first saw the Ottobre Womens magazine I wasn't very impressed with the designs. They are very basic. That changed when I sewed the ruffled t-shirt (Ottobre 2/2007). A great fit, lots of variations - I sewed 7 shirts within a few weeks and I intend to sew some more.
You can look at the magazines at the Ottobre homepage

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Date: 7/26/07 11:44 AM

I subscribed to both magazines this year and I'm keeping the Ottobre subscription. I had a similar first impression to Zora, but now I appreciate the fit and simplicity of the Ottobre patterns. I don't usually like the fabrics and embellishments that Ottobre Woman uses, but when I use my own fabric I love the patterns.

I also love the personal feel of Ottobre. I would love to go meet the staff in Finland someday. Burda doesn't leave me wanting to meet someone. And I even like Ottobre's infrequency. They do less but they do it very well. Best of all, they use real people as models.

Ottobre instructions are excellent, but if you depend on pictorals you will want a companion sewing book handy. I refer to the Reader's Digest book and Sew Savvy when necessary.

You can order single issues from the website if you want to check them out.

Rumor has it that Ottobre Woman will eventually be published four times a year.

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Date: 7/26/07 11:45 AM

Wonderful! I hope they add in men and teen boys to the mix.

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Date: 6/21/08 5:33 PM

Can you buy Ottobre in stores? Or on Websites other than subscribing directly from them?

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Date: 6/21/08 5:50 PM

You can get individual issues of Ottobre from The Woolly Thread. As far as I know there's no stores in the US that carry it.

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Date: 6/21/08 6:37 PM

I think Sewzannes has individual copies.

You can look at the designs on their website. Ottobre Design

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Date: 6/21/08 7:03 PM

My local fabric shop carries Ottobre and Burda. I would think some others would too. It is an independent store though, not a chain, so it depends on how savvy the owner is! :)

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