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Date: 3/10/10 9:22 AM

I bought one single issue of Ottobre last fall. Now I'm hooked! I decided to subscribe to get some more RTW looking kids' patterns. I also love the basics for women that they design.

To those of you who subscribe, does it cut down on other pattern purchases? That's my rationalization for spending the money. I hope it is true. Looks like I'll be buying lots & lots of tracing paper, though. That's the part I dread. Tracing all the patterns. Tell me it gets easier??

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Date: 3/10/10 10:06 AM

Nahhhh...it's gotta be a La Mia Boutique subscription to be in the cool set.

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does it cut down on other pattern purchases?
Awww, that's so cute! And funny!

I never cut any of my original patterns, Vogue, McCalls, etc; I trace them all. The trick for me is to make an evening of it, when I'm in the mood to play with sewing but not actually do any sewing. Put on some great music, some good lighting, and have fun.

An added benefit with tracing patterns is you really have an opportunity to learn the shapes of the pieces for that pattern and how things are meant to fit together. You'll see where possible or probable problem areas are (sleeve cap appears very high; neckline seems too deep) before you've even cut fabric.

Tracing is just part of the sewing thang, so don't dread it. Learn from it and make it enjoyable.

Oh, and good luck with that "cutting down on other pattern purchases" thing!

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Date: 3/10/10 10:07 AM

Yes.

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Date: 3/10/10 10:12 AM

I don't know about Ottobre tracing. I bought a couple of magazines a year ago and still haven't gotten to them. I have over 350 regular patterns and a few Burda. I trace all my patterns because I make so many alterations. Some are easier than others but they do get faster. I use a roll of pattern tracing paper but other members use other kinds.

I only started tracing (other than Kwik Sew) last year after reading about it on PR. Before that I would have to guess where the lines were when making adjustments or reaching under the pattern to cut sizes in the middle on a multi-sized pattern. They were never very accurate -- then add alterations and I had a nightmare. The few minutes it takes to trace took care of that problem.

Another great advantage is that you have the original pattern tissue intact. I used to always lose pattern pieces. This way, if I lose a piece, I just have to retrace it. The original pattern is still there. When my grandchildren grow, it is easy to trace the next size up. Before I either guessed where the lines were or cut the pattern, making it unusuable for future projects. If I guessed wrong on the size, I had to buy another pattern or guess on adjustments.

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Date: 3/10/10 10:26 AM

My girls are 8 and 10 and are out of the baby patterns but not big enough, nor do I want them to wear, the teen, hoochy mama patterns. Deepika suggested Ottobre to me and it really fills in a need that the Big 4 seem to ignore.

My mom was looking for a pattern for my niece, also 10, and completely struck out in the Big 4. My niece wants to make something for herself and she's a beginner but all the patterns my mom could find screamed HOMEMADE. I'm going to loan her Ottobre and I'll bet she'll find something.

I don't love tracing but I'll set aside a day to do a bunch at a time. I use Pellon that has the 1" grid marks on it. I think it's made for quilters but works great for patterns.

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Date: 3/10/10 10:34 AM

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Nahhhh...it's gotta be a La Mia Boutique subscription to be in the cool set.


Oh great, another one I've never looked at. You PR ppl are evil, but you're making me a better seamstress. Just what I need, more inspiration. So much inspiration, so little time. Can you relate?
-- Edited on 3/10/10 10:35 AM --
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Date: 3/10/10 10:42 AM

I actually like tracing patterns without seam allowance. It gives me a real feel for how the pieces fit together. Plus I can put pieces together (or cut a piece into multiple pieces) without worrying about the seam allowance.

I trace with just about anything. Recently, it has been the big newprint type paper used to pack my IKEA furniture. Cheap printer paper (even already printed on) works well for smaller kids items. With the bonus that I don't need much space to work. I do have some Swedish tracing paper-type material on a roll, but it is much faster just to get something thin and light-colored out of the paper recycling container and use that. For Patrones, I do need to pull out the good stuff, but Ottobre has such bright lines, almost any thinner paper will work.

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Date: 3/10/10 10:43 AM

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does it cut down on other pattern purchases?

Yes, kind of the same way eating one potato chip makes you stop wanting to eat more potato chips, lol.

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Date: 3/10/10 11:27 AM

I love Ottobre patterns, I have been using them for about 5 years now. I never buy from the big 4 anymore. I just like how the Ottobre patterns fit my now 2 year old granddaughter.
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Date: 3/10/10 11:45 AM

I have a Burda subscription, and yes, it cuts down on my other pattern purchases. Especially now that I have a nice shelf full of magazines - normally (though not always), when I want to sew something, I can find an appropriate pattern in one of the magazines. It is also nice to be sewing from the same company that has fairly consistent fit.

I keep all my magazines even when nothing appeals to me the first time, because I never know how my needs are going to change, and what I'll see later that I can modify.

Of course, that only works because I don't let myself shop with other pattern companies! If I started browsing pattern catalogs, I'd be in trouble - but I know my weakness, and I stay away. :)

I have come to enjoy tracing - it sort of substitutes for pattern buying! It takes a pattern out of the "catalog" and puts it in my stash. :)

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