Ottobre magazine giveaway & a bonnet

This week has been a very exciting mail week. A few days ago the Spring and Summer issues of Ottobre Design sewing magazine arrived and I have been marking pages and picking fabrics in preparation for today, my free sewing day. I just had to start with this killer cute bonnet. I want to make the matching dress too.

I was going to go with gingham just like the picture but at the last minute grabbed this vintage cheater quilt fabric. The quintessential Summer girls wardrobe to me is straight out of the 1970s so I thought what better for a bonnet than this.

So now I'm plotting my next move. I love these pages in the magazine where you get an overview of all the outfits and the sizes. This is my first time sewing from an Ottobre Design pattern and I had such an easy time with it. The pattern sheets are full size and color coded and easy to trace. It's all in English! The sewing instructions were clear and succinct. I'm very encouraged to start another project.

And you should be too because I have an extra Summer 2010 issue to
giveaway. Just leave a comment (US only please) and I'll enter you and
then pick a winner on Monday. There are boy and girl patterns and baby
through big kid. You can click on this issue on the Ottobre site and see
all the different designs.

207 thoughts on “Ottobre magazine giveaway & a bonnet

  1. Bonney says:

    I love, love, love the bonnet you made!! This magazine looks like it has a gold mine of patterns to try!

  2. zuzu petal says:

    Hi. I’ve been loving Wee Wonderfuls for about 3 years! My husband refers to you as my doppelganger (I wish). Anyway, thanks for yet another cute idea. I always find something fun to look at when I visit.

  3. Adrienne says:

    Oh my, oh my. That bonnet is so precious. I love the patchwork. I’ve never sewed from an Ottobre design pattern either and I’m eager to give it a try!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I would love a copy of this magazine. Your bonnet is precious! I’ve never been able to manage a hat. Thanks for the drawing!

  5. lisa says:

    Been a long-time admirer of your blog…thanks for the chance to get this fun-looking magazine! If I don’t win, I might have to check into just getting one the old-fashioned way πŸ™‚

  6. Jennifer says:

    I have a subscription to Ottobre for my birthday just over a year ago, and I was so sad when it ran out. Very cute bonnet, my girls would love those.

  7. Shelly says:

    I’ve always heard such lovely things about Ottobre but have never seen one in person. I’d love to own one and give those cute patterns a try!

  8. Lisa says:

    I love the bonnet! I have a fabric very similar to that and I’ve been debating what to do with it – I think we have a winner πŸ™‚ I’d love to win the Ottobre – they have such great designs!

  9. Alison says:

    up fora challenge, always wanted to try one and never had, so… here’s hoping!

  10. Marlena says:

    I heard a lot of good things about this magazine, but I have never actually had one in my hand. I would love to win it and try my some of the patters. It is nice that they have both girl and boys designs. I could use both. Thanks.

  11. Holly says:

    Ga! Look at all the cute dresses! And I think I spy a coat..darling! Phoebe’s bonnet is super cute; good use of the cheater quilt fabric!

  12. Tiff says:

    The bonnet came out so cute! I’ve never seen the magazine before but would love to try out the patterns for my little boys.

  13. Julie says:

    That bonnet is adorable! I had no idea there were magazines like that out there… I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

  14. Emily says:

    Oh my oh my I love it! I can’t wait to check out the magazine-if I don’t win I may just have to buy one (:

  15. tracy_a says:

    That bonnet is ADORABLE! Great work. I would love to see this magazine in person.

  16. angela says:

    I haven’t tried any of the Ottobre patterns but I’d love to. I love the bonnet. The print reminds me of a sleeping bag I had growing up. πŸ™‚

  17. Alisa says:

    I LOVE sewing Ottobre patterns. I let my subscription run out but the old stuff is still awesome. I’d really like to try the new patterns though.

  18. em says:

    adorable! i’m working my way through an old issue and would love to have an updated issue to work through!

  19. Nancy Cook says:

    the hat is great. i would absolutely love to win as i’ve been admiring other projects i have seen from it for a long time and just for whatever reason or other not ever gotten around to getting a copy.
    we have white saltwaters this year;)

  20. Carol says:

    That bonnet with that fabric screams Holly Hobbie and my childhood to me. Too cute.

  21. Megan Martin says:

    ADORABLE!!! My sister made my son some pants from an earlier issue of this magazine and I LOVE them! Entering so that Auntie Em can get busy on more cute clothes for my boys!

  22. Heather says:

    I have wanted to subscribe to Ottobre for so long, but I wanted to try it out first because it is so expensive. I really, really hope my number is picked because then I can try it. πŸ™‚

  23. amanda says:

    Meeee! That bonnet is killing me cute. Like everyone else… I’ve always wanted to give Ottobre a go. Only heard good things about it.

  24. jan says:

    I’d love to try some of the outfits from the Ottobre magazine. Thank you for the giveaway. I’m not sure where to obtain a copy locally, but I’ll look for it!

  25. Christina says:

    Oh! I debated between getting the Spring or Summer issue and then bought the Spring — I’d love to get a Summer issue. Thanks for another chance!

  26. Katie says:

    I’ve heard this magazine is great, though have never had my hands on one. I’d love to be able to thumb through though! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Ann says:

    The semester is almost over, and I can feel my fabric stash calling to me. Can’t wait to get back to sewing!

  28. Jenny says:

    very generous. thank you for a chance, ive never seen this mag and it looks terrific.

  29. Michele J. says:

    I’ve never tried out an Ottobre pattern…but I have been tempted a few times to order a copy online. I keep reading such wonderful things about this magazine on some of the sewing blogs that I read, one day I’ll break down and buy a copy!

  30. Tina @ Squirrel Acorns says:

    I love your choice of the bonnet fabric! Way better than gingham. I love Ottobre. I’ve never splurged on a subscription though, but I love the few issues that I have. Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Sarah M says:

    I was just thinking I wanted to try making some clothes for my little boy, and all my friends are having baby girls. This would be perfect!

  32. Courtney says:

    I just started sewing some of my daughter’s spring/summer clothing. This magazine looks great! Thanks for the chance.

  33. shelley says:

    Please, please, ME!!!!
    I just bought some navy blue fabric with giant polka dots and I’m ready to go!!!

  34. Christine says:

    I love the bonnet and love to look at the Ottobre website but have yet to purchase a magazine. I love your new banner – I can’t wait to see what you add next.

  35. Sara R. says:

    I love the bonnet–that fabric is amazing and I love how 70s inspired it is. Good choice!

  36. liz says:

    glad you had success with the pattern. i’ve always wondered how tricky it might be to sew out of a magazine like that. would love to enter your giveaway!

  37. Jenny says:

    Good call on the cheater fabric for the bonnet! I immediately had an image in my head of my old Holly Hobbie wallpaper from when I was a kiddo. Love it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. sarah says:

    I love Ottobre and my sister just texted me today asking if I’d stitch up a bonnet for my niece. I love the fabric you chose! So Holly Hobbie fabulous!

  39. Lori says:

    Oh, that bonnet just looks darling on her! I just love reading your blog and seeing all the awesome stuff you’re up to. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

  40. Katherine says:

    Good luck to me. I love the bonnet. I have been sewing like crazy all fired up by the week for sewing coming up, I’m going to run out of projects by the time it gets here.

  41. Leah says:

    Looks like fun. I especially need to make some stuff for my little boy – he’s been left out of the homemade clothes so far. Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. Kristen says:

    I’d love a chance to do some sewing from Ottobre. Their designs seem really cute! Thanks

  43. Melanie says:

    I love that you used cheater cloth, it’s perfect. I want to make the cap with the brim too.
    I like your new header… though I’m not sure how new it is since I use a reader sometimes.
    Good luck to everyone, if you ever wanted to try Ottobre this is a wonderful opportunity. Please don’t enter me, as I already have this issue. =)

  44. Jessica Lane says:

    I agree that bonnet is adorable!! I’ve got the perfect piece of fabric in my stash for it, too…and a wonderful 5yr old head that would love to wear it.

  45. Leah says:

    I’ve always loved the styles in Ottobre, but have never actually sewed from them. The bonnet is adorable!

  46. beth says:

    What a fantastic resource you are! I’d never heard of this magazine. Would love to win!

  47. commonplaceiris says:

    I’m also loving that bonnet. I believe I spy some cute – and probably twirly – skirts and dresses in the summer edition my daughter would love, plus some ideas for baby ideas for the June-ish baby (of yet to be revealed gender) soon to emerge here who I imagine will sometimes be needing clothing.

  48. Jennifer says:

    Great bonnet. Last halloween I bought a pattern for mother-daughter Holly-Hobbie costumes. Now I just have to figure out if I wanna be that kind of mama who makes her daughter dress like her for Halloween…
    I love ottobre!
    Thanks, Hilary.

  49. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve always loved Ottobre patterns but could never justify the cost because I’m still such a novice when it comes to sewing clothing. I would LOVE to sew my two boys something out of this magazine!

  50. Marianne says:

    Love that the model in the pattern magazine looks like a real kid! Have you seen the LL Bean kids’ catalog recently? They all look like little runway models. Your hat came out great and your own kids are beautiful!

  51. kayte says:

    I have looked at this magazine so many times online. I just haven’t pulled the trigger to buy one or a subscription. I was someone near by sold it.

  52. Londa says:

    Sweetest bonnet I have ever seen! Would love to make one of those for my little girl! Exciting giveaway – have really enjoyed your inspiring blog!

  53. Becky says:

    Oh, this looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance, maybe it’ll give me the inspiration to get off my rear planning projects and actually start making them πŸ™‚

  54. Becci Manies says:

    I love Otto, I have sewn out of two now (one was borrowed :)) and think their patterns are ADORABLE! Great job on the bonnet!

  55. Erin H. says:

    Awesome bonnet, awesome fabric choice, and an AWESOME giveaway – thanks! Happy May!

  56. beth says:

    I’ve been wanting to check this magazine out but it’s not at any of my bookstores. Something about the price won’t let me take a risk on an entire subscription…

  57. Beth says:

    What an adorable fabric choice! My daughter is a huge bonnet fan. She plays “Laura Ingalls” all the time! I’ve long admired Ottobre but have never held one in my hands. Thanks for the chance to win.

  58. Patty says:

    very cute bonnet–like a modern Holly Hobbie! maybe HH can make a comeback like Strawberry Shortcake?

  59. Jamie says:

    I would love to win this giveaway. I have recently begun sewing clothes for my children (2 year old and 3 month old twins). They are such beautiful designs.

  60. k8 says:

    ooh, i’ve been coveting this magazine to sew stuff for my nieces. if i win you can send it to my cousin in seattle!

  61. karrie says:

    I love the adorable bonnet!! I’ve never heard of the magazine before ( I’m just starting out in sewing) and I would love to give it a look πŸ™‚

  62. Christine Capece says:

    The bonnet reminds me of something I had in the 70’s. Just love it. The fabric too. Just lovely!!!

  63. Sarah says:

    I would love to make outfits for my little girls from this magazine. Thanks so much!

  64. Kristi says:

    So cool! I used to have a subscription to Ottobre – it’s one of my favorites! I would love the new issue – I could use some inspiration for my kids’ summer wardrobes!

  65. Kristen says:

    I’d love to check out this magazine…hard to find unless I order online. The bonnet is adorable!

  66. amanda says:

    so so so so so cute! I would love to make that bonnet and some of the other outfits too!

  67. lisa s says:

    OMG. dying over that bonnet… and i have to make some hats for my little b/c her head is SO big i can’t really use store bought baby hats πŸ™‚
    hope you are having a great spring miss h!

  68. tammy says:

    I would have trouble picking out my first project too! But the bonnet was an excellent choice!

  69. Bean says:

    what a cute pattern, I really need to get started on this years summer wear! I’d love to win a copy of the magazine too!

  70. Misty.Creek says:

    I’d love to get my mitts on a copy of Ottobre; I’ve been drooling but it’s not available where I can find it.

  71. Jennifer R. says:

    That looks like such inspiration! Just in time for the kid’s clothing sewing week…I’ve just forgotten it’s official name. πŸ™‚

  72. Kelsey says:

    Cute patterns! Please enter me in the giveaway – I see some skirts I’d love to try making.

  73. Imene says:

    I would love to win it! I’ve been wanting to get a subscription to this magazine for ages! I’m kind of hoping for a Mother’s day gift.

  74. Gail says:

    Perfect fabric for the bonnet! It is so sweet. Ottobre is my favorite, but I have not been able to get on since oct. 2007!!! What? I would love to sew some sweetness for the kiddos.

  75. water works says:

    I really want to make my six month old a summer bonnet. I have all of the ones my grandmother made for me (30+ years ago), but wanted to make one myself.

  76. rachel says:

    awesome! i just inherited my mom’s sewing maching and can’t wait to get cracking!

  77. Sarah says:

    Oh my word, those sketches of the kids’ clothes have me drooling! I’d love to make every dang one of ’em!!

  78. Heather Seal says:

    luv.luv.luv the bonnet…so cute! would luv to make one for my Phoebe-cakes who will be 3yrs in August πŸ™‚

  79. Denise M. S. says:

    How wonderful! I have wondered about the Ottobre patterns and how difficult (or not) they may be. Your post gives me hope that even I might be able to manage it. I hope I get picked (fingers crossed).

  80. Lisa says:

    Yeah, I love that dress. And your bonnet is adorable! PS – how is it that I just noticed your book in the corner up there for the first time? Already in my wishlist…

  81. Janie says:

    I would love to win this magazine as I have not been able to find it on the news stand. Thank you!

  82. Carrie says:

    I hope I’m not too late for the drawing!!! I’ve been so curious about Ottobre.

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