I know I said I'd be back with sewing, and there is some coming but tracing and cutting doesn't make for very interesting pictures.
So here's something practical for you instead!
For those who are not familiar with it, Ottobre is a kids clothing magazine published in Finland that features funky sewing patterns for kids aged from babies through to teens.
They also use fabulous quality knits that Crafty Mamas stock as well
There are four editions every year and each issue has 40, no that wasn't a typo, 40 patterns in it!
They are seasonal so you need to have a few editions before the seasons line up, but once you get a bit of a collection it doesn't matter that Autumn arrives in your letter box when the season has just finished here.
You can subscribe in Australia via Crafty Mamas and it is wonderful value for kids patterns - and sewing inspiration.
Because there are so many patterns in each issue you have to trace off the pattern you want to use from giant sheets that look like a very confused road map! (the only downside to these mags!)
Thus you end up with lots of traced off pieces and no envelope to store them in as for a regular pattern, so storage can become an issue.
It's been a case of figuring it out as I go along, so here's what I do...
Take your gorgeous magazine, open it up and take out the pattern sheets that are in the middle of each mag...
|See how they look like a roadmap - I wasn't kidding|
Then I slide the pattern sheets into a plastic sleeved folder so it can be stored on a shelf.
These are in order of edition so they are easy to find.
|This folder is now quite bulky so a new one is in order|
Next, open the magazine to the spread that shows you all the design in that issue. It lists the sizes each pattern is for so it is a great reference.
|The edition details are listed at the top for added ease|
Slide this into another plastic sleeve folder so when you want to look for a pattern you just browse these sheets, find what you want, then go and grab the appropriate edition and pattern sheets.
No need to drag all the magazines off the shelf each time and try to remember where the item you want is.
|Having them stored like this makes me more inclined to search here for a pattern rather than pulling magazines off the shelves.|
Once you have chosen a pattern and traced it off - return everything to its place and grab an envelope to store the traced pattern in.
I put some information on the front such as the edition it is from and the size that is traced off in the envelope.
Then I print off the instructions for that garment and the line drawing and stick them to the front, so if I want to sew the exact same item again all I do is grab the envelope and everything I need is there.
Excuse this lousy late night taken on my phone photo but this is what was traced and cut and had the interfacing fused on it last night - let the summer sewing begin!
|A pretty and girly summer dress with a zip at the back|
I'm always after tips and tricks to keep them under control.
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