We had a nice, relatively quiet weekend (our weekend is Sunday/Monday), puttering and getting a few things done around the house. I pruned the fruit trees that needed pruning (we put in one each of apple, apricot, pear, cherry, peach, plum and fig trees last year), made a batch of Honey Whole Wheat bread, picked out the paint colour for the kitchen cabinets, and did lots of reading, while my husband worked a bit more on getting the wood stove in (I’m picking up the final part this afternoon), and rescued the last of the leaded glass windows from the house that’s being demolished nearby (it actually came down yesterday).
I also flipped through the latest issue of Ottobre Design, which is a gorgeous sewing magazine published in Finland. Each issue has approximately 40 patterns for children’s clothes included inside, and the clothes are amazing!
I learned how to sew at my mother’s side as a kid (making myself a pair of jeans and a bathing suit, among other things), but I haven’t done a lot of sewing in recent years. But I’ve been finding it hard to find nice clothes for my daughter as she gets older (a lot of clothes for girls over 10 seem to get increasingly trampy as the years go by), so I’d like to start sewing her clothes.
There are lots of great things to make: aprons, hats, coats, mittens… …as well as underwear, pajamas, and lots of fun costumes.
The patterns are cute and trendy without being needlessly revealing.
I’m hoping that the magazine will be a source of unique gift ideas for my niece and nephew as well (assuming that I have my wits about me enough to start sewing ahead of time).The company also publishes two issues a year that focus on women’s clothes. I haven’t had a chance to look at one yet, but I’m excited about that too!