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Date: 3/27/12 0:43 AM

I see garments from this in the pattern review and wonder what it's like. I'd appreciate learning what their point of view is and what you think of their things. I'm starting to branch out and consider new pattern resources. Thanks.

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Date: 3/27/12 7:28 AM

I really like Ottobre. For kids' patterns, they can't be beat. You get fun style, great drafting, and good directions.

For women, they have good basic styles with good details added. They fit really similarly to Burda, but unlike Burda, they offer the full range of sizes in each pattern 34-52 or at least to 46. As someone who is always grading down, I love being able to start with a 34. Because there's the full range of sizes, there are fewer patterns/issue vs. Burda, but the pattern sheets are also much easier to deal with than Burda's are.

If you haven't checked it out, their website is pretty great for letting you browse through any given issue. Ottobre Design

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Date: 3/27/12 4:49 PM

I love Ottobre Woman. The patterns generally fit me, as written, and although the instructions are brief, they're also very clear. The pattern sheets are much easier to trace than Burda, although they can still make me go a bit cross-eyed. I have quite a few patterns that I've made up more than once. The exchange rate on the Euro is also pretty good right now, which makes them even more affordable. I fine Ottobre Women and Kids to be great value.

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Date: 3/27/12 4:57 PM

An interesting aside -- their "models" are real women of various shapes and sizes. They look more like women who might actually sew clothing for themselves rather than the fashion models other magazines use.

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Date: 3/30/12 9:26 PM

I really like the Ottobre Women's patterns AND the real women modeling the clothes. I have sewn tops, undies and camisoles. They are easy to trace with clear markings - I use the sewable Swedish tracing paper. The size range is excellent. I found I need to make a small shoulder adjustment and FBA for the tops (36G bra size at this moment). A quick study of the crotch curve of pants looks as if it would fit similar to Burda pants. I have had a subscription for years and intend to keep it. I dropped my Burda subscription due to lack of interesting styles and the impossibility of tracing, even on a glass light table. I also subscribe to Knipmode, which is costly to the US, but well worth the price to me.

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Date: 3/31/12 0:23 AM

Thanks for weighing in on Ottobre Women. I too have a small shoulder, back and relatively fuller bust. Good to know that the sizing is friendly for those considerations. Plus, I'm getting ready to tackle some pants. I've ordered the Style Arc Linda Pant and the Silhouette's Yoga Pant. Can compare these to Ottobre. I'm steeling myself for my first attempt at tracing something from Burda . . . but not highly motivated as my sewing line-up of projects is full.

Thanks for mentioning Knipmode. I've seen comments pop up here and there about it. I'd appreciate hearing why you like it so much.

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Date: 3/31/12 8:13 AM

Just last night, I was reading these magazine reviews on a new-to-me blog called The Perfect Nose.

I think her description of OW pretty accurate.

I'm more of a Burda/LaMiaBoutique/Patrones/Manequim fan so OW doesn't really appeal to me. But I can see the appeal of the magazine, both in content and presentation.

I truly believe someone could make their entire wardrobe from a single issue.(Just not me!)

Good luck!

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Date: 3/31/12 9:13 AM

I have subscribed to Ottobre since their second women's issue came out. Love it. Have bought minimal other patterns since then.
Ottobre is Finnish (i think) and is very current for European fashions. To me, it seemed the styles were a bit ....uh, w/ more flair than I would usually sew. But then last summer, I spent a month a Europe and was reminded of how European design are ahead of American, when I saw OW designs were very current for what I was seeing. For example, there is a skirt in last summer's issue that is a drop dead pattern for a Celine skirt that I saw, tried on, absolutely loved.... unfortunately outside of my price range.

I also subscribed to Ottobre Kids for awhile but after a few years, I think I got all the boy patterns that I would ever need. (have 2 little ones)

Every item I have made from Ottobre has taught me a new/ or a few new techniques. Usually, I pore over the issues, finally decide on a pattern, love it so much, and then make multiples of it.

The price is stinking cheap it you make a couple of patterns from each issue.

I think the most remarkable thing about them is their fabric utilization efficiency.
eg. they can squeeze a dress out of 2 y. A coat or full length jacket out of 2.25m. ??? It's like fabric magic.
I have a coat pattern from Collette that calls for almost 5 y!!!

You do have to copy the pattern, which I don't mind since I have a compulsion to do so w/ my other patterns, even the 99 cent simplicity ones, which I understand is a huge waste of time.

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Date: 3/31/12 1:15 PM

Thanks for the Magazine Reviews link. I'm not up to speed on these yet, so double thanks. I'll have to dig into those posts to find my way for what appeals to me- as you say. I see patterns as a blank slate for a design process. I muslin, rejigger the fit often dramatically to redesign, drape my own collars, etc. I sample details to get the look I want. I don't often follow the recipe as it is. That said, having a good base to work from is crucial. I'm just getting back in to sewing after a loooong break and finding PR is heaven. I feel like I have an army of helpers.

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Date: 3/31/12 1:17 PM

Great recommendation- cost effective, efficient with fabric, learning technique and fashion! Thanks for your insights.

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