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Ottobre Design magazine

dorothy_c59 | Posted in Patterns on

Has anyone tried the patterns in this magazine ? Do you know if seam allowances are included? I have a back issue in German I want to sew a jacket from, and I can’t make out from the instructions whether the 1cm extra to cut is the seam allowance, or a fitting ease in case adjustments are needed.



  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Dorothy, according to the copy I have, you do need to add seam allowances; they suggest around 1 cm, but it'll depend on your fabric type and what seam allowance you like to sew with. There may be indications on some pieces not to add seam allowances (I'm not sure what the phrase will be in German--the copies I have are in Dutch and say "Knip tevens").


    1. dorothy_c59 | | #2

      Thanks. That's what I thought. It says that some patterns are marked with allowances included, but that is specifically mentioned when it is the case.

      1. sewphaedra | | #3

        I just read in Sew News that this magazine is coming out in English very soon. The review said it has good fashionable children's clothes.

        1. deepikap1 | | #4

          My friend sent me a few copies of this magazine and I am very impressed. It's primarily for kids though, but the desigs are much better than the regular kids stuff. It's the kind of stuff you people will really stop to look at :-) I don't have any kids but I have sewn for my friends kids and that's what sparked my interest in this magazine. I havent made anything from it, but I am sure I will.

          Here's the link to the English version of the magazine. 2003 and onwards are also in english.


          1. HNYMAMA | | #5

            Are all of the patterns included?  With 3 girls ranging from ages 2-11 this would be nice. 

          2. carolfresia | | #6

            Yes, but not all garments come in all sizes (which  makes sense, of course!). There's a really nice range from infant to preteen, and they've recently included a couple of women's sizes as well--basics like simple skirts and tops. Lots of fun to look at--it's a nicely designed magazine.


          3. HNYMAMA | | #7

            Thanks:)  LOL yeah that makes perfect sense,  I doubt my 11 year old would even want to wear the same style I would make for my 2 year old.  I think I will get a subscription,  there clothes are just so neat,  definetly different from the herliom stuff I am getting into making,  more casuual clothes,

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