Monday, August 29, 2011

Ottobre designs- balloon suits?

I have in the past enjoyed my Ottobre designs for women subscription. There were always some good, slightly funky, around-the-house or basic patterns in every magazine. And I loved the fact that the models were real, rather than unreal, women.


And yes it made me feel sort of cool to sew up a Finnish design. Like I was a woman who went cross-country skiing before breakfast, and ate a lot of cheese and wore clogs and was progressive and so damned healthy. You know, like chunky jewelry and bangs.


However I don't know what to think of this autumn/winter selection. I probably won't be renewing. These are some pretty damned weird coats IMO.


Have I lost my edge? Am I too suburban/North American after all? Not enough fresh air? Cheese? Style?


Or will this be one of the many new profiles I think is nuts at first and once I see it everywhere, and just about when it is going out of style,  decide it's OK?


What do you think?



15 comments:

Shannon said...

I'm with ya on this one. Although, I do want to make that one bubble coat in orange for Halloween - pumpkin, anyone?

Karen in VA said...

I agree...they are strange looking and not very flattering.. I liked the "vintage" dresses, but I already have similar patterns..

Lisa H. said...

I like the bubble coat and trench.I think the trench would look good in bright color or funky print.

shams said...

LIKE. How can I get this issue? I love both coats. I would narrow the hem, but then I almost always do that. These have much potential. :D

I'll buy the issue off you, if you'd like.

shams said...

By the way, I agree with Shannon that, as is, that first one would make a great pumpkin costume. ;)

celkalee said...

to my eye, the coats look much like most others at the shoulders, sleeves and neckline. However, the bubble hemlines change the profile. I think the look is young and would be fine if one has good legs. That said, if not, I think it just seems to emphasize curves and/or create a big bum. IMO.

Ladyslipper said...

Or as another option, the bubble coat looks very much like a peanut M and M costume I made for my daughter one year.

I was shopping this evening and saw the jumper pockets on several cardigans. Yikes!

cbroome said...

No, it's not just you. I think these would be very dumpy looking on most people.

Ruthie said...

Send it to Shams and then you will both be happy! I am not planning to buy the issue :-)

Ripple Dandelion said...

I had the same general reaction to the online preview of this issue. Only one or two of the minor designs appealed to me. The good news is that previous OW issues have so many patterns that are so versatile, I could sew from them for many years. Not to mention my enormous and growing collection of paper patterns...I bet the next OW will be better.

Texan said...

These would not be for me. I do like the gals boots in the first photos. :O)

Myrna said...

LOL - when I saw the pictures I thought Shams will love those and I see she does. Too fun.

LinB said...

This design trend is not flattering on anyone. You might possibly justify it for a toddler, to accommodate bulky diapers. Even then, everyone who sees the child wearing this style will know that he/she is wearing a diaper underneath. And that as soon as he/she is old enough, he/she will refuse to wear such a silly coat. Do you, as an adult, really want strangers to speculate that intimately about your protective undergarments?

Branka said...

I had yards of fabric ready and waiting for this issue to arrive, but I have to say I have never been this disappointed. There is absolutely nothing I want to make. Don't know what is happening with Ottobre, when I flip back through old issues the designs are awesome, but the newer issues just seem to be getting worse with the "trendy" stuff that I don't seem to get? Frumpy bubbly unflattering stuff that doesn't look good on anyone:(
Oh well.. waiting for the spring issue I guess and I really hope Ottobre staff reads your blog?

Martha said...

This bubble shape is showing up elsewhere too. The Sewing Workshop, my all time favorite pattern company, came out with a similarly shaped dress about 6 months ago. I keep looking at it and scratching my head. I still haven't been tempted to try this shape on my body. And least not in the last 40 years.