I have not made any of the items other than a wool soaker w/ yarn but I have to say their patterns are ADORABLE. There's just something so classic and stylish about their children's patterns. If I ever get out of my knitting/diaper making obsession long enough to look for a next thing to do, that will be it!
I subscribe and love it. You could order just one magazine or maybe find a copy on ebay:<br><br><a href="http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&from=R10&_trksid=m37&satitle=ottobre+magazine&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=ZIP%2FPostal&sabfmts=1&saobfmts=insif&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=1%26fsoo%3D1&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search" target="_blank">http://search.ebay.com/search/search...trypage=search</a><br><br>
If you look on their website you can see inside each issue, so you'd have an idea of what is inside the issue up for auction.<br><br>
I love their clothes. The patterns can be challenging to trace, but the sewing directions are pretty clear & concise. I also feel that the patterns lend themselves to my creativity. Maybe I'm just becoming a more confidant sewist (finally).
You can buy individual issues at <a href="http://www.sewzannes.com" target="_blank">www.sewzannes.com</a>. She has links for previews too. I've had a subscription for two years now, I really love their patterns and styles. They have some of the best ideas for boys and the most adorable baby stuff. What I like best though, is that the sizing is generally true to size, which cannot be said for the big 3 patterns (Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls).<br><br>
Tracing patterns can be intimidating at first, no question. And the directions are very concise and do assume some sewing knowlege. They do include detailed directions for several techniques in each issue, sewing with Ottobre is an education in itself.<br><br>
If you have any interest, I would check it out.
I really like Ottobre. Like Kari_mom said- the sizing is very accurate unlike the big three. Tracing seems difficult at first but once you pick a line it's really not that bad. I have found the patterns to be pretty easy to follow. You do have to add seam allowances buthte pattern will specify where you do or don't need to do so. The Ottobre site does have some free patterns if you think that would help you get a feel for their patterns.<br><a href="http://www.ottobredesign.com/en/print/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.ottobredesign.com/en/print/index.html</a>