once in a while i get tired of my so-out-there clothes. so i try to balance it by doing ‘normal-looking’ clothes. like this dress.


self-made dress, unbranded knee-high socks from Jakarta-Indonesia.

okay, okay, there are other reasons, too:

1. i’m trying out a new pattern from a magazine i’ve never tried before, so i wanted to do a prototype (though i’m quite lazy so this prototype had better be wearable as well!)

2. this year my resolution is back to “not buying new fabrics until i’ve used the ones already at home”. and this particular cotton poplin fabric (the dark blue one) had been waiting for its turn to be sewn for around 7 years (!!!).

but anyway… i tried to do this sewing project slowly & properly. i feel like most of the time i sew just for the sake of wearing the end result as quick as possible, and sometimes skip some tiny details because i can’t be bothered to do them. i kind of missed the way i carefully sew my garment like i did when i first learned how to sew on my own.

the pattern is from a Finnish magazine called Ottobre Design Woman, 2/2016, a combination of pattern no. 9 & 11. when i first came across this magazine about 8 years ago, i actually thought it came from another country (because it happened to be the English version that i first saw). but then i noticed that the head office is in Rovaniemi… and then not long after that, a seamstress whose blog i followed wrote about the magazine & the fact that it’s Finnish. so of course i had to do a little research about it, i can’t say i live in Finland & sew clothes without knowing about this magazine!

they have 2 magazines, Ottobre Design (Kids) and -Woman. since the first time i saw the magazine was the kids one, i never really paid attention to it. if only i knew what i was missing! every year they release 4 Kids magazines (for each season) and 2 Woman magazines (for 2 seasons at once). the price here is a little bit more than Burda Style magazine’s price, but i can clearly see that they use better quality paper for the magazine and the patterns. and of course, since it’s not as “popular” as the Burda Style (yet), it’s only natural that they have a higher production price for a more limited amount of prints. a plus point for the Woman magazine is the fact that each pattern has a vast range of sizes: from size 34 to 52! and they show how the clothes would look on different sized women AND different age ranges too. it’s like, everyone is included, not just pretty thin models, if you know what i mean.

now for the most important part: the sewing instructions. i don’t know if i’ve ever said it out loud, but here goes: i hate Burda Style’s instructions. it might be okay if they show pictures along with the instructions, but otherwise they’re usually cr*p. it doesn’t matter if i read it in English or in Suomi, i always have to go over the same step at least 10 times before i was able to MAYBE understand it. so in the end i would just skim it to know which parts to do first without knowing exactly how to do it and just go ahead and do it with my own feeling after that.

i was so happy when i tried the Named Clothing pattern as it has very clear instructions (plus pictures!). and for my previous project, when i used a pattern from Suuri Käsityö magazine, i also felt the instructions were much better than those of Burda. but this Ottobre one takes the cake. it makes the whole sewing process so simple that i was quite amazed that it was actually pretty easy to do. 🙂 there aren’t any pictures, but they use simple & clear words. i did mine using the Suomi version of the magazine, and if it was easy for me to understand it, i’m pretty sure the English version is also very easy to understand for those who don’t speak/read Suomi.


the reason why i wanted to try this pattern was because of the back side.


a raindrop hole on a fabric that has umbrella print sounds like such a Silverain idea! 😉


and who can resist having more dresses with pockets?


as always, i couldn’t resist jazzy-ing it up a little by combining the poplin fabric with a different one for the sleeves and hemline detail. the sleeves/hemline detail fabric is embroidered organza which is actually a fabric for curtains, and i got it about a year ago along with dozens of other fabrics in a big plastic bag for a mere 10€.


i feel like such a proper girl wearing this dress, and i don’t know why but the words French and ballerina came to mind as well (even though i am neither of those!). 😀

there are still plenty more patterns from this issue’s Ottobre magazine that i would love to try this year, so let’s hope i have enough fabrics in my closet and creativity to make all of them!

7 thoughts on “proper

  1. Ahahaha….. you being you, still it’s not any normal proper dress 😀 I still see your “signature” on the choice of fabric, the creative combinations and details…. Thumbs up for you! Love this nice dress ❤

  2. Well done for a prototype 😉 It’s such a cute dress, I love the colors and matching socks, the pictures are great (always are) and you look like a dancer. I still think I some day will recognize you somewhere out the the by some of your sewing projects 😀

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