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LibraDragon64
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Date: 5/31/13 8:24 AM

Living in the UK makes it more difficult to access magazines like Threads and Burda Style, but as I've returned to sewing after a 5 year hiatus I decided to acquire some via the Internet and eBay. I also ordered the 2013/14 Marfy catalogue and the Ottobre design woman Spring/Summer 2013.
The Italian styling in the Marfy catalogue is to die for, but a lot is for skinny people, not those of us who are apple shaped. Having said that I did see enough patterns to make me drool!
The publication I like best from everything I've bought is the Ottobre design from Finland. There are 20 patterns, all of which are really wearable. I particularly like the Twist Knot tunic and jersey dress which is perfect for apple or pear shapes! The Biker Style linen jacket, the Matisse jersey dress, and the Groovy Ramie (terrible name) city coat. Most of these patterns are timeless, and I can see me making them again and again.
I'd love to know what other people think of these publications.

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Date: 5/31/13 1:57 PM

I'm surprised that it's hard for you to get the Burda magazine in the UK. I understood from others' posts that it was available at newsstands. Maybe that's only in the bigger cities?

I used to subscribe to Burda but now my preferred magazine for patterns is Ottobre Woman, for all the reasons you stated. And since they only publish two issues a year, there's plenty of time to make something from each magazine. With Burda I always had a nagging feeling that I was wasting my money by not sewing something from every issue! However, I saved them all, and am often thankful for my extensive Burda archive. In them, I can usually find a pattern easy to adapt to whatever design I'm visualizing.

I made the triangle blouse from the last OW issue, and have my eye on that beautiful city coat.

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Date: 5/31/13 2:51 PM

I'd love to see a photo of your triangle blouse. I live in a small rural town, hence the problem with getting the Burda magazine in the local newsagents.

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Date: 5/31/13 2:56 PM

I need to check out Marfy, hmm. I'm a bit of a fanatic I think as I get Burda, Ottobre and now My Image and Young Image as well as having an ever growing pile of patterns. I love the mags though. I just made my first thing out of the My Image/Young Image magazine and found the drafting to be top-notch (an 11 piece pattern for a boy's shirt, how great). I love Burda and Ottobre, but yeah a backlog definitely exists between my dreams and reality in sewing!

I agree, the last Ottobre was excellent but have yet to make one up yet. I just saw a review for the asymmetrical knit tee that looked great (and quick to do, let's face it!). The jacket was wonderful as well....
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Date: 5/31/13 8:41 PM

Are the pattern sheets in Ottobre Woman any easier to trace than those in Burda? When Burda went back to having the single sheet of patterns with so much overlap, it didn't seem worth the time and effort to trace them anymore. I miss getting a European pattern magazine, though, and like what I see from Ottobre Woman.

Also, has anyone ever tried the Ottobre Creative Workshops? There's one on Women's Best Tops that looks promising, but it isn't clickable so I can't see inside!
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Date: 6/1/13 5:11 AM

I have heard often about this mag but never have seen one. I took the plunge and ordered. I used the 2 issue option based on what I read hear on 2 issues a year. I left the standing issue bix unchecked- didnt understand it.
Just received my order confirmation and now wondering if I only ordered 2 issues or if I ordered a subcription?
Do I need to check the standing order box to get a subscription?

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Date: 6/1/13 5:17 AM

I just ordered 1 so that I could see what it was like, so I can't help with the subscription query. My advice would be to email them and ask what exactly you've ordered.

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Date: 6/1/13 5:19 AM

I haven't tried tracing any of them yet, but bluemooney has so she may be able to help.

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Date: 6/1/13 7:08 AM

I get my Burda Style posted to me, if you look in the front of the magazine there are details about how to organise this. On a recent trip Berlin I bought a copy of Ottobre Woman having heard so much about it and liked what I saw. What I am not enjoying is tracing off the pieces for the Groovy Ramie - (toe curling name for a great looking coat) there seems to be far more stuff printed on each page than in the equivalent Burda.
Is your edition in English?

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Date: 6/1/13 7:31 AM

I've always found magazines on topics great for learning etc... and have been resisting sewing pattern magazines for months and months. Until now, thanks!! Hope I'll be able to manage them??

I've ordered Ottobre Woman and My Image and am teetering on the edge of that BurdaStyle click (tho resistance will probably prove futile also) hehe

I can get none of these locally, so pleased to find this thread :)

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