Friday, March 4, 2016


In OTTOBRE design® 2/2016 woman we introduced four leather / faux leather necklaces. This week we will publish tutorials for all of them. The first one is this light feather necklace made of gold colored faux leather.


Each feather measures approximately 12 cm and the length of the necklace can be varied by changing the amount of waxed cord used.

You will need:
- a piece of gold colored faux leather (12 x 24 cm) 
- a piece of double-sided fusible web, Vlieseline® Vliesofix (12 x 12 cm)
- jewelry wire (silver wire)
- jewelry pliers
- sewing or embroidery thread
- waxed cotton cord, ø 1,5 mm
- (craft glue)

Start by cutting two pieces of silver wire, each piece should measure approximately 30 cm (twice the length of the finished feather plus a little extra as the wire shortens when twisted and also for making a hanging loop). Fold each piece of wire in half and twist both halves together, make a hanging loop from the ends of the wire. These are the center shafts for the two feathers.

Cut a 12 x 12 cm piece of Vliesofix* and iron it to one half of the faux leather piece. Remove the paper backing from the Vliesofix. Place the wires on top of the Vliesofix. Fold the faux leather into a square with the wires and the Vliesofix inside. Press gently with a cool iron to fuse the Vliesofix.

*Vliesofix is a double sided adhesive paper for fabric appliques. When you iron it onto a fabric it sticks permanently.

Sketch the outlines of each feather on the faux leather and cut them out. 
Carefully cut each piece so it looks like a feather. 

Attach the waxed cotton cord to the loops at the ends of the metal wires. Secure the knots by wrapping them with thread. We used Sulky Rayon Embroidery Thread as it does not unravel. If needed, apply a drop of glue to stop the thread from unraveling. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Washed & worn finish for denim pants

How to  distress your home made denim pants.

You find the pattern for these pants in OTTOBRE design® 1/2016 in sizes 128-170 cm.
You need: pins, a regular foot file and a seam ripper.

Pin some irregular folds behind the knees and on groin area.
Machine baste the folds with loose stitch 

Wash the pants with bleaching detergent. 
Rub the jeans with coarse grade foot file to soften the top layer of threads.
Remove stitching!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

OTTOBRE design spring issue 1/2016 is online!

Our fresh, new spring issue 1/2016 is a real pick-me-up in the depths of winter. 

We started preparing it by compiling fruity pastel colors that burst with energy and displayed them on a mood board. We found the perfect modern prints amongst our sample fabrics and added some vintage touches and a pinch of blue. Once we had complemented our own plans with readers’ requests for patterns and thrown in a dash of adventure in the spirit of Pippi Longstocking, the content of the magazine was almost ready!


Watch the video at:



A fresh, bright collection of everything that children need for the spring. Lots of unisex designs: tank tops, long-sleeved T-shirts, sweatpants and a jumpsuit. For girls: several lovely tunics, dresses and leggings, as well as poplin pants and a sweatshirt-knit cardigan. For boys: sweatpants, denim-jersey pants, canvas pants, a shirt, a hoodie, a denim vest and a pinstripe vest. Sizes 62-146 cm


The colors and print patterns of the spring outfits for babies and toddlers were derived straight from nature. Cute T-shirts, jersey pants, a bodysuit, a long-sleeve romper, a sleeveless romper, a pramsuit, a beanie and a neckwarmer, all equally suitable for boys and girls. In addition, a pretty feather-patterned tunic and a denim-jersey pinafore dress for girls. Sizes 56-92 cm


A spring collection for style-conscious schoolchildren. For girls: a poplin tunic, stretch velveteen pants, shorts, a peplum top and a much-requested denim jumpsuit. For boys: jeans, corduroy pants, a sweatshirt, a sweater and a snazzy jacket. Sizes 128-170 cm

Here you can take a look on all designs:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Wonderful gift ideas!

Hi all living close to Arctic Circle or visitors!

Welcome to our sweet OTTOBRE shop here in Rovaniemi. Take a sneak peek to our other blog:

Opening hours

18.12.      Friday 10-17
19.12.      Saturday 10-15

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22.12.        Tuesday  10-17
23.-26.12.  closed

28.-30.12.  Mon-Wed 10-17
31.12.        closed
2.1.            Sat 10-15

4.-5.1.      Mod-Tue 10-17
6.1.          closed
7.1-8.1.   Thu-Fri 10-17
9.1.          Sat 10-15


Rantavitikantie 33
96300 Rovaniemi

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Front Placket tutorial from OTTOBRE design® 6/2015

Since we spent more than a third of our lifetime sleeping, we deserve to have lovely, comfortable nightwear. The boy's pajama top has a front placket that makes it easy to put the top on and take it off.

This pajama top is made from single jersey, but you can use this construction technique also with woven fabrics!  


Mark center-front line, starting from neckline, on wrong side of front panel with tailor`s chalk or by basting.
Pin right sides of button bands to wrong side of front panel, placing bands on each side or center-front line and aligning their non-interfaced edges with center-front line.
Stitch button bands in place along their non-interfaced edges, placing stitching 
1 cm away from center-front line on front panel and ending it 1 cm above bottom edge of button band.
Slash placket opening from right side of front panel: cut from necline along center-front line as far as 2 cm above ends of stitching lines on button bands and clip diagonally to ends of stitching lines, forming a triangle at bottom of placket.
Fold each button band in half wrong sides together and press. Topstitch folded outer edges of bands close to edge. Fold button bands right way up.

Turn seam allowances at interfaced edges of button bands to wrong side, pin edges to right side of placket edges and stitch them in place close to edge.
Overlap button bands, pin them together and machine-baste their bottom edges together.
Pin and stitch triangle at bottom of placket to button bands right sides together.                       
Finish seam allowances at bottom of placket together.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

OTTOBRE design 6/2015 is published

Greetings from Lapland!

Here in Rovaniemi, at the heart of Finnish Lapland, we are preparing for the joys of winter – snowballing, skating and skiing will soon be our main outdoor activities. As our nights gradually turn darker, the magical Aurora Borealis will appear. In olden times, you were told not to whistle at them, as they might get angry, and whisk you away! 

The 15th Anniversary Edition of OTTOBRE design® kids winter 6/2015 is now ready and for most of our subscribers it should have already arrived.

You'll find the size charts for women and men here: in Finnishin Spanish, in English, in Swedish, in German, in Dutch and 
in French.

This magazine features our youngest ever model, just 10 weeks old. She took it all in her stride and slept most of the time while showing off the adorable selection of baby clothes we made for her – a whole trousseau including bodysuits, a cute little dress, pants, coveralls, a beautiful woolen two-piece outerwear set and a tiny balaclava hood.
One of our themes for this magazine is a much-loved fairytale. Meet our cute dwarfs, all seven of them, each with their own beanie. Our modern dwarfs are fashion conscious and we provided them with a great selection of clothes - a jersey dress, tunics, leggings, jackets, a hoodie, pants, a skirt and some great T-shirts - cool clothes to wear every day and also a fun bunny jumpsuit sewn from faux fur knit with its own separate hood.

We all know that playing in the snow is great fun, but we also think that winter is the best time to catch up on our sleep. Keeping that in mind, we have designed a collection of cute and cosy sleepwear for the whole family including the parents.

Winter is a festive time so we have also included some elegant party clothes for kids of all ages – lovely dresses, a pretty tunic and bloomer set, smart shirts and pants.

 Here you will find the rabbit drawing for your saddle sleeve T-shirt.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Baby Beanie tutorial from OTTOBRE design® 4/2015


This is a great way to use up pieces of jersey left-over from other projects. You can make the beanie from one single fabric or mix and match like we have. 

You can download the pdf-pattern for this project here.
Lovely organic cotton jerseys are from Lillestoff's collection and you find many of them on our Easy shop. 

Have fun !
You will need: 
40...45 cm printed cotton single jersey and sewing thread.


Layout the pattern piece on a double layer of jersey, observing the markings for grainlines and foldlines. Cut beanie panels from printed jersey adding 7 mm seam allowances. 


Construction techniques: 
Stitch seams with straight stretch stitch on regular sewing machine or with serger.
Stitch darts at both crown ends of beanie panel. 
Pin beanie panels right sides together and stitch them together, 
leaving small opening for turning on one side as marked on pattern. 

Fold beanie in half along pattern foldline and stitch along side seam allowances for a few centimeters.  Stitch also top edges of beanie panels together along seam allowances.  
Turn beanie right side out through opening. 

Close opening for turning by hand stitching.
You find Pink Drops beanie pattern from issue 4/2015.
Here is how you cut it - place the dotted line on fabric fold.

Follow the tutorial to sew it.