Patrones 291 (April 2010)

I am really enjoying the Patrones magazines, their selection in my opinion is much more inspiring and fashion-forward than Burda right now, a sentiment I know many of you will share with me and to be honest, if I had not found a cheaper and faster way to get Burda direct from Germany then I would not have renewed my Burda subscription. I would have been quite happy with my monthly supply of Patrones and the odd Burda issue from the newsagent. I wonder what I’ll be thinking in 11 months time when my Burda subscription comes up again for renewal? We shall see I guess, but anyway, on to the good stuff:

The index no longer shows the entire magazine contents so you need to flick through to remember where that amazing dress you spotted a few weeks ago was.

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I love this top, great colours, and the dress next to it, mainly for the bodice. I’m not sure about the skirt part for my figure but looking at the line drawing it would be easy to attach a different, perhaps more A-line skirt or just not attach the very bottom part at all..

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This whole outfit is also super cute, I LOVE the belt. I was worried before checking the cutting layout that it was made from ready pleated material but I see that you pleat and top-stitch it yourself which is great, what I would have done if it wasn’t. Mercifully this saves me a heap of work having to calculate how much fabric I would need and eye balling how wide the pleats are, working out that cute top-stitch detail…because sometimes curious kiwi transforms into obsessive kiwi…

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Next up is a super cute top with pin-tucked front panels, a nice detail and I love the suspenders, might have to try that look out for myself (but probably not in white). The top next door also has nice embellishment and while I am not curious at all to sew myself a pair of “harem pants” these have to be one of the better versions I have seen so far.

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A super sexy tuxedo look is next, I love the lines of the jacket and the built-in cummerbund on the pant is great. There is no pattern for the top but it wouldn’t be hard to whip it up I think, I love the whole look.

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The next section is a little bit of high glamour, fittingly called “Glamorous” and features some really cute retro inspired dresses. Here are two of my favourites, they have really interesting pattern pieces with crazy looking dart placement but really this is another section in which I love every pattern..

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Next month promises some “enjoyable spring fashion” just what I’ll need to get me through the first month of winter. Melissa of Fehr Trade has already had her lucky hands on a copy, you can have a sneak peak too and check out her review here. I am jealous and excited all at the same time, I better go stitch up some pants to pass the time until my copy arrives.

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So now I’ll leave you with a little wtf? moment: How about this advert from the back page? My Spanish speaking work colleague (yes I know, lucky huh?!) tells me they are for circulation and tired legs…I think we all need a pair, just please (please!) don’t wear them out to the shops!

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And now for something completely different

I have a problem and I blame my mother (but in a good way)

I remember when learning to sew she had this amazing bag of fabric scraps that she had filled up over the years. We were allowed to make things from it and I used many pieces to create clothes for my Barbie & Cabbage Patch dolls, hand-sewing to begin with and then using her Globe sewing machine when I was old enough to learn. So this bag of scraps represents some really nice early sewing memories for me.

And now, 4 years into some serious sewing of my own I have my own bag of fabric scraps. Actually if we’re being honest I have two. One is a bag for quite small scraps that I cannot bear to throw away and then there is a plastic tub for larger scraps, the kind of size that is still foldable (my definition of what is large enough to keep and where each scrap goes is difficult to explain and it’s a fine line that inside my head makes complete and justifiable sense) I don’t want to come across as sounding like a hoarder, I am anything but (the curious kiwi isn’t just a nerd of sewing, she also specialises in higher levels of organisation) but my scraps of fabric tend to be beautiful pieces leftover from sewing projects that I am very proud of.

Now I have a solution and I have someone to blame this on as well (also in a good way). Member watatoe over at BurdaStyle shares with us the most amazing doll clothes that she makes, her work is truly exquisite and it got me thinking about my fabric scrap bag and those early days of sewing for Barbie…then I got on ebay and it was all downhill from there and I do believe it was all helped along by an approaching birthday. So look who arrived in the post the other day, isn’t she beautiful? I have grand illusions of matching Barbie fashions for each of my new sewing projects made from teeny tiny leftover scraps, and who can blame me with amazing vintage Barbie patterns floating around such as these? You’ll notice she came already clothed, that’s a safeguard against the possibility that I will be terrible at sewing in miniature, either way I can adore her and maybe soon I’ll share some cute Barbie fashions with you as well…

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Perth

A little while ago BurdaStyle.com suggested sewers from around the world take up the initiative to meet up and sew together socially. They launched the BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs and its own network on Ning.com and encouraged members to take charge and start a club with their support. I was really excited to hear this as by then I was buried deep within my sewing nerdyness and beginning to think about looking up Perth sewing clubs. So I patiently waited for someone to post a Perth club…then I ran out of patience and I posted up on the BurdaStyle forums suggesting that I wanted in and was happy to help with the organisation but had nowhere for members to meet. Then Sandra contacted me, she was also interested in running a Perth based BSC and she had the perfect place for us to meet, her very own sewing studio. So together we co-run BSC Perth, WA and it has been amazing beyond our expectations, it’s really great to have friends who truly understand your obsession with fabric/patterns/thread/buttons! We meet once a month, usually on the second weekend and we are always looking for new members. Anyone is welcome so why don’t you join up and come visit us next month? Check out our ning site for a bit more info or email me at bscperthwa@gmail.com and I’ll help you get started, hope to meet you soon :)

(left to right: Melissa, Deborah, Sarah, Gill, Jayne, Rachel (visiting from the Melbourne CBD club), Vanessa, Sandra & Melissa)

Patrones 290 (March 2010)

Originally posted April 18th 2010:

Hello again, I’ve had my Patrones 290 issue for about 2 weeks so I’ve been a bit slack posting about it but not because there isn’t anything to write about, this is another great issue.

I think because I am currently in denial that Winter is almost here the bright fun summer patterns are helping me continue to cling to the remnants of Summer. This issue contains a lot of cute shorts and a section dedicated to trousers & pants but the tops and dresses are currently top of my list.

First up the cover blouse which I have looked forward to since the sneak peak in last months issue and I am not disappointed. The cute floral fabric is nice but hides some great detailing and I can see me making this blouse in a plain or patterned fabric.

I really like this top because of a failed attempt at a similar top from the Burda magazines. It ended up as a large rectangle of fabric and looked awful on me. I realise now I need to look more closely at the line drawings to determine that there are at least some darts or princess seaming to help give the garment some shape for me and this pattern ticks those boxes, now to see if I can selvage enough fabric from my previous failed attempt…

I love the entire next section titled “Colour & Sensuality” it makes me feel brave enough to work in bright colours and this first blouse it amazing. I am a bit hooked on the BurdaStyle JJ blouse but after two I am not sure if I can get away with making another so this Patrones pattern might be the answer, it’s different enough and has great detailing for a plain but brightly coloured cotton.

A small concession to approaching Winter this cute jacket has such nice sleeves and I like the elastic waist and I like the idea of wearing it open with a belt on top, very Gok.

Another dress with great bodice detailing, this one gives us some amazing smocking and while I wouldn’t usually go for this style the cinching ribbon at the waist makes me think I could just about pull this off, so I just might try

These shorts one of my favourites in this issue, I really like the pleating detail and cuff and look great with the chunky belt

The next issue previews shows us a Fashion Fiesta themed cover promising “dresses for day and night”, “The new Tuxedo” and “wedding dresses”, should be another great issue.