G and I have been freakin’ out over this design mag. There’s so much packed into each one. From the patterns (usually 30 or so), to the many photo examples and sewing tips. We have fallen in love with these Finnish folk.
While up at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo back in March, I thought I got suckered into spending $70 for a magazine subscription that I wasn’t sure I would even like. I had been thinking about a subscription to a sewing magazine for some time, but I was never sure which one to spend the dough on. They are spendy!
Turns out this was the best money I’ve spent in a long time! I did order both the womens and kids which is why it was so much, but I don’t regret it ONE BIT. I ordered my subscription from here while up at the Expo, and I’m very pleased how fast I received my first one. Now, with that said, I can’t guarentee the same for you if you decide. G ordered hers three weeks ago and still has not received her first magazine yet. (I’ve already received this seasons’.) She’s been borrowing mine for the time being and has studied it down to the children’s eye shape. (Sorry G, had to sneak that in!) You could also order it directly from the Ottobre site.
So the shorts were made from the latest Summer ’09 magazine. They are “Bermudas” and Eddie picked out the fabric which was on sale for super cheap. The bad part is that a lot of the great detail which drew me to this pattern is lost due to all the darn patchwork.
I love the mock fly which makes these look a little less homemade than the usual ones I make. I also like all the pockets. I did not like sewing the elastic in place instead of a casing. It was really hard to stretch and sew, but I think that may have been due to the elastic I was using- some thrift store find. Yuck. The pattern calls for belt loops and also a tie, but I opted out. These took me way too long to sew as it was with 4 pockets per pair, mock fly and all the topstitching.
Now that I’ve got the pattern for each boy traced and cut out with my adjustments, another pair should be alot faster to whip out. Hopefully with fabric that’s not so busy next time!