August in Photos

Putting together a nerdy x-stitch present for a friend

Hot coffee on a cold day

Overlocker thread!

Tidy stash is tidy!

Project Manager Kitten approves of this

Someone called 111 and said that our building was on fire…but it wasn’t…

Waiting for the train to work

Gridlock trying to get out of the city after the earthquake

Waiting for the train again, earlier, pretty sky

First Kowhai flowers = SPRING!

Awesome new spin bikes at the gym

Hot pink and lime green aida, oh yesss!

Harri finds a comfy perch

Patrones 318 (August 2012)

I’ll keep this short because I was a bit underwhelmed by this issue if I am honest…

Even the model doesn’t look convinced:

This jacket is nice but I feel like I’ve seen it before in both Burda & Manequim…I still like it, I should really make one of them up! :)

The leather skirt is cute but super short and I’m not convinced of the strangely striped furry 3/4 sleeved jacket over poofy sleeves:

The skirt section was good, here are 4 of my favourites, lots to choose from:

The plus section was nice as usual:

Next month is the Autumn Special:

Manequim 639 (August 2012)


Manequim 639, let’s go! :) First up, we can all copy Kate and crochet this pretty cardigan.

This weeks plus sized dress is gorgeous, princess seamed bodice with a nice pleaty detailed collar and sleeves.

I really like the white dress in “Powerful Costume” (what?!) and the pleating detail on the shirt is interesting.

This month’s celebrity section is based on the fashions of Brazilian actress Débora Nascimento. I like the sequined top and the one shouldered dress is quite nice too.

All the Carven items in the designer section are really nice, especially the pleated dress but I’m not so sure about the blouse, the weird pleat detail at the arm looks a bit weird and bulky to me, I think it could end up looking more like a mistake.

I was super excited when I saw the preview of the “New Luxury” section last month.

I think the tops 350 & 351 are both beautiful and the teal dress (347) is simple and gorgeous, I could definitely see myself making that for a special occasion. I’ve included the full length front shot for you to see it better.

I’m not so sure about the overalls in “Sport Chic”, it makes the model look a bit too boxy, I think you could add more shape by modifying the seams of the black section. The flared pants look good and I wish they had included the skirt at bottom right but it’s good inspiration anyway.

There’s a section at the end that seems to be about office fashion by Gloria Kalil.  I’ve scanned the themes “liberal” (which Google Translate translates as “liberal”) on the left and “creative” on the right. Another blouse with weird arm join pleat thing but I like the orange blouse, it’s very pepluminosity ;) (sorry, inside joke)

So next month in looking very summery which is great since it is officially spring here. My garden is definitely in spring mode, my Kōwhai tree is in full bloom, much to the delight of many enthusiastic Tui. I even saw a Kererū sitting at the top of it the other day. I was so fascinated and excited I just stared and stared at him and it wasn’t until he flew away that I thought about grabbing my camera, duh!

Did you like this post? You may enjoy one of these:

Manequim 638 (July 2012)

Manequim 637 (June 2012)

Manequim 636 (May 2012)

Patrones 307 & 308 (August & September 2011)

It’s catch up time again, for Patrones, please excuse the lack of words, starting with issue 307:

I’ve been a bit less enthusiastic about Patrones lately, I think it’s just been a little bit too casual and since I am back working full-time my eye is drawn more to work-appropriate patterns but there are still some great items.

Actually this dress (#11) would be great for work, the collar makes me think of a tuxedo and would look really nice in shiny black as a contrast.

And here is a full suit outfit complete with blouse – I like the pleated insert panel, adds a nice touch to a simple item.

Capes are everywhere here, or they were, now summer is slowly eradicating them along with the heavy coats, but I kind of want one…

A couple of flirty romantic dresses, I really like #27 even thought an empire line with pleats usually makes me look pregnant, maybe in a super light-weight fabric it would hang more flat.

…and some cute kiddies to finish off

Issue 308 is the Autumn Special:

A nice classic dress

The white skirt has some interesting pleating. I don’t know why, maybe it’s just me, but this model is looking really evil and what is with those glasses?! But I do really like the long vest/jacket, I need one of those.

Love the pleating and collar of this blue top (#20)

And this one is pretty fab too, Jacquie made an amazing version of this top and shares how she tackled the collar, you should got take a look.

Next month (or this month, when it finally arrives) is moving towards winter (but looking out the window today summer is settling in quite nicely), we have masculine winter trends, print dresses, a selection of skirts and chic coats for everyone.

Manequim 626 (August 2011)

Yes, that says August up there in the subject line, I am waaaay behind with my Manequim and Patrones posts, I know. The problem is that my new computer, which is AMAZING (so much so that it requires capitalisation) required a new printer driver compatible with Windows 7. This new printer driver however is not so amazing and we don’t get along…but don’t worry about me, I struggle along ;)

A brief update on the Gok Coat: Thank you for all your super helpful comments and suggestions, it was great to receive so much honest constructive criticism. I think what I have decided after reading them all and thinking about it is that maybe it’s no so bad and how it feels is quite different to how it looks, Sarah’s comment hit it right on the head, the shape feels too masculine on me.

It  does need work though and all the effort I put in is definitely worth saving. So I have removed the sleeves and done some pinning on Scarlett and I think the shape and fit can be corrected to a point I will be happy with and I can make it wearable. …but not until next winter…all that unpicking you remember… So I will share it again with much better photos in about 6 months time. Then I will learn from my mistakes and the construction (which I did enjoy) and make a new version next winter from a different pattern and perhaps in a colour that is more me, with some pop.

You can never have enough coats in Wellington! ;)

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Ok, let’s take a look at the Manequim magazine from…*gasp*…3 months ago…hey who invited November to this party?

There is a lot of exciting stuff in this issue and since it is Friday and I have run out of words for the week (after using up all of them at work) I’ll mostly let the pictures speak for themselves:

We begin with a heap of shirt patterns that didn’t really grab me but I like these dresses in the celebrity style section, more the yellow one (but not for the colour, mustard doesn’t suit me) but the pleats are really nice.

After the success of Blusa 158 I am liking this top above as another potential quick wardrobe addition – and we all need to have at least one sequined pencil skirt. Pattern not included for that one, but if you do want one check out the BurdaStyle Jenny offering, $7.50 for a dress variation as well.

And two more, plus metallic houndstooth pencil skirt.

Lace dresses are everywhere right now aren’t they?

What the heck is going on with those pants?! I’m sorry Manequim, but the full-nappy look is not ever going to be in fashion…

I always love the mulit-look section, this month we get a really nice blazer, not sure if the scan shows it but it has ruffles in the back and you guys know how much I love ruffles. Blusa 361 is looking good with pants or a skirt, kind of 30s looking with the long green skirt no?

Leather pencil skirt, loving that too and the tie front blouse, also EVERYWHERE right now, the fabric is delicious as well.

This month we also get an amazing plus section modelled by the absolutely gorgeous Fabiana Karla who is a Brazilian actress & comedian. I think the range of patterns (sizes 46 – 60) are great plus the skirt (399) and bermudas (340) are multi-sized. Fabiana looks fabulous in all of them.

Well that’s it for now, I have an exciting new mega-project to share with you next, just doing a little bit more internet research and then I will post…plus there are two more issues of Manequim and two Patrones still to catch up on!

Patrones 295 (August 2010)

This month’s (as in last month’s, which is actually the month beforehand’s) Patrones mag arrived quite late, in fact my October Burda beat it, which is saying something. But no bother, it’s here now with all it’s wonderful pattern filled interior.

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Lots of autumn suity coaty goodness and a few nice dresses too.

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This whole outfit is really cute but I especially like the skirt…although I’m not so sure about the whole sock/shoe thing…

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Here’s some of that cute suity goodness, love the ruffles (I’m such a sucker for ruffles) and the menswear styling.

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This looks like a great coat pattern, despite the model doing her best to look like she’s pregnant, I love the styling with the belt and over (what I think are) leggings.

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Another blazer special, (I’m in blazer overload at the moment, so many blazers, so little time!) I particularly love the bottom left (#33) but to be honest I’d make all 4 up if I had the time, it’s definitely a great set of patterns that I will come back to, and I absolutely can see myself making one of these each year for the next 4 years!

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Here’s a  cute dress, not sure about the stringy things, it’s really nice even without them. Have a closer look at the line drawing, Michael Kors anyone? This one?  Or perhaps this pattern instead?! More socks with shoes…

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Next month we are promised two issues, the Fall Winter Special and a separate Plus Size issue. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that the special extra issues are not included in my subscription, but we’ll see. Patrones seem to be pretty good with the plus styling and there are more than a couple of their patterns on my list to grade down (a skill I really need to acquire asap)

The Fall Winter edition promises ‘new trends’, more ‘blazers’ plus ‘trousers and skirts’, ‘larger sizes’ and (I think) ‘maternity’ patterns. I hope it’s not as late as this issue!

If you’d like to read a different take on this magazine you can check out Jacquie’s review here.

La Mia Boutique XXV No. 8 (August 2010)

So this is my last issue of LMB for a while, I think I will give the subscription rest for at least 6 months and then maybe reconsider. While I will miss receiving it I just don’t feel that it is the best value for me and my style. Right now I am really happy with Patrones and Burda seem to be trying a little bit harder each month. If I am going to subscribe to any new magazines I’d love to get hold of Manequim and I have investigated this…stay tuned :)

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.There are a few cute items with month and quite a few tragic ones too.

I quite like the simplicity of this dress/top with wide belt, it looks comfy and summery, good for throwing over those bikinis when Summer finally returns (it’s raining today btw!) :)

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I like this top too, same as above and I particularity like how it looks as if the model has just ripped off the animal print to jump into the water to save some helpless…I don’t know…what is she looking at?!

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I totally missed this first flip through but look at the line drawing of the cardi (ignore the dress, it’s one of the tragics I mentioned, a sack with random pocket I can make without a pattern from a $20 magazine!) it’s pretty neat huh? I can see it’s potential.

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This is quite a cute outfit overall, the blouse I have seen before in December 2009 and I am not sure I would do the gather at the bottom of the pants but the Jacket is a really nice shape.

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Another cute outfit, mostly I like the blouse but the jacket is also a nice shape…the pants are a bit pyjama but maybe in a different fabric…

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This is sort of cute too, in the line drawing but again, not sure about the fabric choice and I have see this style before recently in LMB…

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For any subscribers out there here is a sneak peak at next month, but for me that is it, back to just Patrones & Burda for a while. If you’d like to see a different take on this issue check out Melissa’s review over on Fehr Trade, she even put in a few of the tragics as well :)