April in Photos

MiP_April 2013

new knit fabric purchase to become a cardi ♥ ohh parcels!  WSBN group pattern buy

Marmite FINALLY ♥ a new book to read FINALLY  new light bulb FINALLY

new work computer  new Made Marion shop dangerously close to my work  Burda

cute NZ made birdhouse  Harry!  cool mini I saw on the way to work

April Manequim Preview

Here is a the quick preview for the next Manequim issue (April for me):


Also something about “return of the sets” (a volta dos conjuntos) which if you look at the picture they have a matching blouse and skirt (looks like a dress at first) but then they accessorise  them separately…interested to see how many other patterns are in that section.

Manequim 635 (April 2012)

April’s Manequim showed up this week day, yay! There is a lot in this issue to love so here are some of my favourite picks this month:

Starting with a couple of cute separate collars, I”ve seen a few of these around, we get two different patterns and embellishment ideas. I kind of want to make one because they are just so sweet!

This months regular plus sized pattern is great too with a pleated skirt, love the colour and accessories.

This white dress (210) is gorgeous! Great detailing and the gold number is great too, it’s got an interesting dart and pleat detail, I’m not convinced on the silhouette for me but it is in a Manequim size 44 (approx. Burda 42).

This months designer section is Marc Jacobs and we get 4 patterns, a cute tie-front blouse (still haunting me, I better make one as soon as I sort my accommodation issues out!) in an even cuter sheer. A classic shirt with ruffle front in two lengths, or at least to me it looks like the shirt-dress pattern has just been shortened.

I also like the polka dot skirt, great fabric, and really nice detailing at the centre front and hem, I like that this month they have the items really mix-and-match with each other like a capsule wardrobe.

I think meia-estação is “half season” so I am guessing these items are transitional season pieces. I really like this jacket with removable hood and the colour-blocked dress is very on-trend and would look great with boots. I also like this next polka dot skirt with a pleated hem.

I was quite interested in this first dress in “Powerful Visual” from last months preview. It’s actually quite a simple blocked piece but with a very Mondo use of different fabrics. The wrap dress is good too, you can never have too many wrap dress patterns, and I like the scoop necked top too.

I don’t often show you the other sections of Manequim - Typically there are make up and fashion trends sections, some recipes and this month we have some home decorating ideas under “Renew you Home”.

I LOVE this clock! It looks like wall decals with a basic clock movement in the centre and I am so doing this when I get my dream sewing room set up, just you wait! I reckon I could stencil it and paint it on, ohh, I’m so excited!

I don’t have a preview for next months magazine yet, I seem to have received this magazine super early for a change (yay!) so hopefully it’ll be up on their site soon and I’ll post it later :)

Happy sewing! xx

Patrones 303 (April 2011)

Apparently I did manage to scan another magazine, Patrones 303, which is weird because I have zero recollection of doing so but the flash drive never lies so here it is :)

There wasn’t a huge amount in this issue that grabbed me but I do like the look of this green dress. I’m a bit iffy about the whole one-shoulder thing, there are quite a few in this issue and Burda seem to be obsessed with it lately as well, still, this dress is quite stunning.




The central section contains several different skirts and tops. They are all quite youthful and fun and I really like the soft colour combinations. We are heading into winter here in Wellington and while autumn is clinging on (yay) these are definitely getting filed away until warmer weather finally returns. But I don’t mind, I quite like winter sewing and I have a few ufo’s to catch up on that will be perfect while these patterns ‘mature’ on the shelf ;)

I just had to stick these shorts in here because Patrones do seem to have an unhealthy obsession with the bloomer style pants and shorts, there’s usually at least one pair in each issue. I’m not going to say much more because I know my fashion sense is not entirely on the level so some of you might has spotted these and added them to the top of your ‘to-sew’ list but personally I’m putting these in the same category as Jeggings, Ugg boots in public and Crocs…please, just say ‘no’.


If you are keen for some cute bloomers as underwear why don’t you check out Colette Patterns free download: Madeline Mini Bloomers, very cute.

Another one shoulder item but I am more interested in the pants, a slim-fit 3/4-length cargo pant which I’d like to make, perfect for the last few autumn traps up Mt Kau Kau or out to the Orongorongo Valley.





I have received this months issue but have no way to scan it at the moment. Its full of beachy goodness, lots of flowy summer dresses and a blouse with the largest pleated cuffs you’ve ever seen so I promise to get it scanned and uploaded as soon as I can for a giggle.

I have  good news to share about the container that contains my life (which you are probably all sick of hearing about) it arrives today and just has to clear customs, yay! I also picked up the keys to our rental property this morning so now I just have to beat husband to the bigger of the spare rooms ;) I think they are actually both the same size however one does have significantly more power points. However I am used to subsisting with a single power point so even the room that has one double will seem like a electrified luxury!