Mission Accomplished: Potters Textile Invasion (via BurdaStyle Sewing Club Perth WA)

Here is a little update from this month’s BSC Perth meet, check it out!

Mission Accomplished: Potters Textile Invasion What an amazing afternoon we all had invading Potters Textiles in West Leederville?! The team opened up today at 1:30pm just for us. How lucky are we girls? So we swarmed on them like hungry locusts to a prime crop. The fabric purchase queue stretched the length of their modest store and I was surprised there was anything left once we were done. I didn't get … Read More

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Patrones 299 & 301

It seems that whatever may have waylaid my December Manequim may also have affected Patrones too since I received issue 299 then 301.

The 299 issue is a bit Wintery for me right now, I’m sure I’ll be more excited about it a few months time but a few nice items did catch my eye.

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This jackets has a really interesting collar, front and back, it closes off-centre, maybe with snaps? The variegated grey wool they used is really beautiful as well.

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You must all know by now that I am a sucker for ruffles, here’s a cute blouse (like thousands of others  I’ve seen) with ruffles down the front, I like that style of collar, makes it much less blousey to me, and cute chest pockets.

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This whole outfit is really nice, coat over short skirt and pleated top, the trim on the top makes it look like a dress. I have some black wool coat fabric with a similar weave to this but I have already decided that next winter it’s going to become a Lady Grey from Colette Patterns

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This coat also jumped out at me, it has a lot of really nice detail, even on the belt. I really like how it’s finished and all the seam lines.

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And we finish with three coats, #23 with ruffles (of course!) and #24 looks cute too.

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Issue 300 is Spring with “all the new trends available to you: classic renovated loose clothing and coats and jackets in soft fabrics. In addition, spring fashion premama (pregnancy?) and baby sets for both boys and girls.” I think ;)

There is also the announcement at the top “from now on two magazines each month!” I dare to dream but I’m not sure if I’ll receive these issues as part of my subscription which is a shame, although since this issue hasn’t even arrived yet I can still hope.

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Issue 301 starts with some serious dresses. I like the exposed zipper on dress #2, a different take on this trend, it looks like they have attached the zipper to some sort of tape to enhance it even more. Over the page and check out that fabric, black bubble wrap? A bit too tough for me but I like the overall style and the inverted darts are pretty funky.

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Another playsuit, pretty cute, love the lace poking out the bottom of the shorts, softens the edge. All the shorts in this issue have this detail.

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This next section is all about mixing up the patterns. These gingham shorts are really nice, they look comfy too and I don’t mind the top either.

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Another ruffley blouse.. .no darts or princess seams in this one from what I can see so I’ll be giving it a miss but good for inspiration.

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There are a couple of wedding dresses in this issue too…too late for me, haha. But this dress could be for any formal occasion. I do have grand ideas of needing a dress like this one day, one should always be prepared ;) The draping is super elegant across the front.

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Once again we are reminded that “from now on two magazines each month!” and I am trying not to get my hopes up but here’s what we can expect:

The magazine due at the end of February is Spring with the usual seasonal fashion and (apparently ) model lingerie, plus-size fashion and beautiful sets for children

The first issue for March (I am daring that there be a second) is a special Holiday Extra and they warn us “Do not miss it!” and it sounds like it will contain the best of the party and spring patterns published in Patrones. Also dresses for day and night, (allow me some google translate fun here) “very pretty ideas to attend any celebration of gluttony own dates”. Mmm gluttony…elastic waist pants then? ;)

Jacquie picked a few different styles out of her issues, you can find her review here.

Manequim 618 & 620 (December 2010 & February 2011)

Well what do you know? December’s Manequim showed up along with February’s. And what else? Two Patrones within a day of each other, this week was magazine bonus week! They are all awesome issues so I can’t complain. Being in Australia I guess I just have to accept that delivery for these magazines is a but wishy washy and I’m really just grateful that I can subscribe.

I have to admit, right now, not so much feeling the Burda magazine love and in fact I’ve got a few I’m going to put up on ebay, hence my lack of Burda mash-ups for 2011. I honestly think when my Burda Subscription runs out I’ll just continue with Patrones and Manequim, better value, better patterns. I might even give La Mia Boutique another go. I can always grab any good individual issues from Boarders, they’re only 3 months behind and therefore more aligned with the Australian seasons anyway.

But enough of that, on to pattern heaven:

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December’s issue starts with some amazing summer dresses – The Carolina Herrera section has a cute colour blocked dress and jacket and OMG check out those shoes, so hawt!

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In “fluid dresses” we have three more summer dresses, romantic and beautiful and definitely fluid, great for the beach.

I’ve got a thing for shorts at the moment, partly, I believe, because I’ve never made a pair and also because it’s so stinking hot right now (have I complained about how hot it is yet?) so “New Year, your way” gives us a cute pair of paper bag waisted shorts and an interesting blouse, I think the sleeve/armhole lines could be really slimming.

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I’m not normally a one-shoulder-dress kind of girl but this dress is pretty hot, suggested for Pear shapes. Next door, for the Ovals, we have cute polka dots. I really like the neckline, it’s similar to a vintage style dress I’ve admired on another blog.

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February’s issue starts with a little biker-bling and I love this jacket with off-centre zipper and funky shoulder detail.

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Checking out the style of Mayana Neiva I quite like this wrap dress, super flattering.

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This blouse in the Stella McCartney section is beautiful, I love the arms (similar to one of the tops from December’s issue above) and the dress is really nice too, sort of similar to the Macaron by Colette Patterns (LOVE Colette Patterns!)

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I’ve been contemplating a trench-coat style dress for a couple of years (they don’t seem to have gone out of fashion yet) and I like this one for it’s simple details and the belt is great too but I think I’d steer away from the safari tones…just to be different.

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In the jeans styling section there’s another jacket and this great blouse, I really like the front pleats and the sleeve detailing.

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Last up we have a section showing an item worn two-ways and these bermudas (See? More shorts!) are great and next to them is a simple looking but cute top, check out the pattern pieces, interesting.

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I’ll get to those Patrones magazines tomorrow but for now if you want to see more Manequim choices then you can check out Melissa’s February selections here.

Spring cleaning in summer

It doesn’t feel like I’ve done much sewing these last two weeks and that’s because I haven’t. I did do some “prep” work this weekend which makes me feel a little bit less lazy.

First of all I reset Scarlett to my true measurements. I had to wind her dials down to get my wedding dress off since she doesn’t have collapsible shoulders or the ability to wriggle like I do in real-life. Hence the finished dress wouldn’t come off of her without some instant weight loss in the bust area ;)

I tidied my sewing room, but that’s nothing special, I am constantly tidying my sewing room, it’s not that I am messy, it’s more that I am neat, if that makes any sense.

Both my machines got a long overdue service. First I pulled apart what I could and vacuumed/brushed all the wedding dress fluff out of them, and then it was new oil and new needles for them both. After I changed the needle on my overlocker (I am only running three-thread at the moment with the right-hand needle) I discovered that the auto-threader didn’t want to work anymore. So I dug the old needle out of the bin and put it back in, sure enough, the auto-threader worked so I swapped needles again and even grabbed a second new one but none of them worked with the auto threader…then I noticed that the old needle seemed to go in a tiny bit further that the new ones, it took me a bit but eventually I tried loosening the left needle screw and the new needle slid up that extra millimeter and whallah! The auto-threader worked, phew! Now both machines are threaded with black, awaiting the next project.

Naked!

Speaking of next projects, I pulled out three of them, from my UFO pile you’ll be pleased to note. They are the black Kasia skirt (free pattern alert!) I am remaking from a gabardine (50% complete) and a new blouse from some Italian silk I go for a steal at the Joveeba sale ages ago (it is completely cut out but that’s all). It’s a Patrones pattern and will go nice with the Kasia skirt and a few other items in my wardrobe. I also pulled out my grey Kasia, it needs taking in and has been out of my wardrobe rotation far too long (that means some unpicking, yay).

Kasia in progress

Patrones/Joveeba blouse

As for the rest of my UFO pile: My Jeans are currently on hold for about a month, along with my trench coat (that can wait until Winter), it’s just too darn hot! And I want to get these three other items finished quick so I can move onto something new, maybe from a Manequim magazine. I am desperate for some new me-made summer clothing.