After recently seeing a beautiful dress creation by Sewpony, and the mention that the pattern came from an Ottobre design magazine, I decided to get online and order myself a copy of one of these Finnish sewing magazines (don't panic, an English language version is available). I had heard of the magazine around and about on the internet so it was time to find out more. I told my husband not be be suspicious if there was a credit card payment from Finland on the bank statement, I wasn't up to anything at all dodgy!
Yesterday my copy arrived in the mail and I have to say my assessment of it is that its kind of like a combination academic/fashion magazine for sewers. Its really beautifully done, there are glossy photos of adorable models wearing adorable creations.
And in between the photo pages there are all the instructions for each project, this was the academic part. I was amazed that I could understand and visualise most of what they were talking about in the instructions, it was just the right level of technicality for me. There are no illustrations of how to construct the garments so it helps if you have been sewing from patterns for a while and are cool with basic sewing techniques and terminology. I would call some of the patterns definitely more advanced, but there was definitely do-able projects for both boys and girls. But look at these patterns!
They are almost like abstract artwork. There are three double sided sheets of them, the size of four A3's each and they are all colour coded and printed over themselves. You have to kind of blur your vision and squint to make out where the pieces are that you are after. Its not hard, its just...strange. I've never seen anything like this before. You'd probably want to get hold of some decent sized tissue paper and clear the dining table and get tracing for the pieces you need in the particular size you want - and you have to add seam allowances. I'm keen to try, but I'd have to clear my dining table first, and thats no mean feat in itself!