BurdaStyle Magazine February 2012

You already know that I don’t subscribe to BurdaStyle magazine anymore. The last few issues have been much better but I don’t trust them enough to re-subscribe. Besides, I can buy single issues for NZD$13.00 each at Magnetix in the city.

I’ve been waiting for February to come into stock (they are about 2 months behind current but I don’t mind) and the other day it finally appeared so I snapped it up.

This is probably old news to most of you but here’s a reminder of what’s inside.

I bought this issue solely for the dress below. I am sure you are all familiar with it, it’s been EVERYWHERE on the internet, we all gushed and ohhed and ahhed when we saw the preview. They also did it in black and while it’s still an amazing dress the colour-blocked version is my favourite, it has birthday dress potential written all over it.

There is also a skirt version which I like too and this aqua and purple dress that utilises both sides of the fabric.

$13.00 for three patterns isn’t bad I guess and next month I’ll probably go and get the March issue as well.

Patrones 313 (February 2012)

Things have been pretty hectic here at Curious HQ these last few weeks so I’m really sorry about the lack of exciting posts.  I am afraid the only piece of sewing I have cued up right now is a zipper repair for Mr Curious’ favourite work pants, oh yes, the excitement is hard to contain.

Those who can’t sew, buy:

Taking advantage of a recent Club BMV.com sale

Yes, there is a soft toy pattern hiding in there, I couldn’t help myself, they are so cute! Plus the rest of my wish list was Simplicity patterns and I needed a 7th B, M or V pattern to make the most of the ridiculous generous postage costs – $25.00 thank you very much, but it only cost them $11.26 to post it, mark up much?! I guess it could be worse, we could have lost the International Postage War, but we didn’t. However, per pattern, it’s still cheaper and more satisfying that waiting 6 months for the newest patterns to be released in NZ then driving down to Spotlight and queuing at the pattern counter for 20 minutes or longer (because there is never enough staff on) only to discover they don’t have the pattern you want in your size.

Thank you to everyone who messaged me happy thoughts the last couple of weeks, things are on the up and there is light at the end of the tunnel, so for now, here are some more pretty patterns:

I scanned heaps of pages from the magazine this month for some reason. I love the lines on this vest below, I’m not so crazy about the fabric choice, a bit casual for me. I think it could look amazing and professional in pinstriped suiting or beautiful and floaty in a sheer with French seams.

This vest is…well yeah…but how about the fabric on the dress, what an amazing print?!

More great fabric, cute pattern too, ohh, I feel like going fabric shopping…

…meh, more leather fringing…LOVE the wedges though, and her necklace and bag are interesting too.

Shirt dress (#12) is gorgeous, sort of reminds me of the BurdaStyle’s Heidi that I’ve had on my list for aaages. I forgot to check the pattern pieces but whether or not that pleated waist detail is a separate belt you could do something similar to the Heidi belt to make it even more fun.

Lots of the patterns in this issue have this sort of pink explosion tag on them that says “Costura Facil” (have a look at pattern number 8 above) which translates to “Easy Sewing”. I partially chopped most of them off during my editing but you can still see a little bit on the line drawings like below. This is definitely a nice easy pattern for beginner and would be a good starting pattern for someone new to the Patrones magazines.

It all gets a bit nautical in the next section: I quite like this singlet style top (except I do want to reach into the photo and tug it down a the back) but I’m not so sure about the shorts. That is one super high-waist. This coming from the kiwi who swore she’d never buy/wear a high-waisted skirt and then I went and made 4 of them! But on shorts? Hrmm, what do you think? Flattering or just plain weird?

I included these jeans because I think the pocket detail is great. I’m not a fan of the overall cut but I’d love to use the pattern pieces for the back pockets on my next pair of jeans.

The pink and black dresses below both have some great details that are hard to see and I missed them on my first flick through. Checking out the line drawings is really important with Patrones (and Manequim) or you’ll miss some amazing detailing.

‘Easy Sewing’ in the Plus section too, loving the lac detailing at the hem and sleeves of this dress.

Next month is the summer issue which will be fun to look at since summer is slowly sneaking away. Still, despite what everyone else is saying, I think we had an amazing summer and I’m hoping we get another bout of snow this winter, wee! This issue will apparently “prepare our wardrobes for the heat” with party dresses, original designs, several blouses and some retro chic.

Manequim 633 (Feb 2012) and smiles

You know what? You guys are awesome! I’ve been feeling pretty blue the last week, letting all the little things get to me but all your comments on my last post really cheered me up so I’d like to say a BIG thank you to all of you xx

The other awesome thing that happened to me this week, just when I was in the need for a little pick-me-up, was that I managed to win myself a sewing pattern online. I love winning things just as much as I love new sewing patterns but it doesn’t happen very often despite my extensive efforts.

I now have a copy of The Sidekick Sewing Pattern from Jodi at Sew Fearless, thank you so much Jodi, I love it and just as I said in my comment, I can’t wait to make up a funky “adult” version for me! :) I’m thinking about using up the last of my super funky Ikea fabric that came home with me from Perth.

You can grab your own version of this super sweet, and super handy pattern for just $10 here at her shop.

In other fun news, last week Zoe of ZoSews nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. I haven’t had a chance to get around to it until today so I didn’t forget you Zoe, thanks so much, I really appreciate it! :)

Zoe and I share a love of nerdy maps, specifically ones that show us where all the sewing gems are hiding, kind of like a sewing treasure map! If you haven’t seen it yet, my map is here and you can check out Zoe’s Melbourne version here.

When I received my first blog award (The Versatile Blogger) I wasn’t too sure if blog awards were cool or naff, spam or genuine praise, so I played along anyway, but I’ve decided it’s fun to let others know how much you love their blog and share the linky love so here goes:

The ‘rules’ of the Liebster Award

1 – Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog. Tick!
2 – Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you. Tick!
3 – Copy/paste the blog award on your blog. Tick! Obviously, or you wouldn’t be reading this ;)
4 – Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs (with 200 followers or less). See list below – I tried to choose new blogs from my list that hadn’t already received the award.
5 – Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment. Will do.

My Liebster Blog Award nominees are:

(cue drum roll, applause and confetti)

  • SewingElle from He Cooks…She Sews! – Who can resist a mix of yummy food mixed up with beautiful sewing? Not me!
  • Kirsty from Rocket Sews – I discovered her recently while stalking the Minoru Jacket sew-along. I love her colourful print and all those extra details, go see!
  • Emily from Calico Stretch – We share a love of NZ Merino, and if you’ve never made anything from merino before it you should definitely try it, the most fabulous fabric in the world!
  • Kelly from Sew Alluring - Has just started learning to sew herself and is blogging her progress. I love seeing the sewing love spread and she’s already doing a fabulous job of a super cute apron ;)
  • …and last but by no means least is The Perfect Nose – Because we share our love of Manequim magazines and she has me dangerously close to re-subscribing to La Mia Boutique… ;)

Why don’t you go and check out one (or all) of the above blogs, you never know what amazing new inspiration you’ll find xx

Ok, let’s look at a new sewing pattern magazine shall we?

This month starts of with a cute trend of crochet dresses. I think the runway dress is a better example than the offered pattern. It is available on the Manequim website and it took me a little bit to find it but when I did I also discovered a whole pile of other free crochet patterns. Since I can’t crochet in English, let alone in Portuguese, I’ll probably be giving these a miss but you can check them out here.

I’m skipping a big section and jumping straight to the Nina Ricci inspired pages now. We only get 3 patterns in this section but I am really liking the lace dress. I just picked up a large lace remnant for about $3 and while it might not be suitable for an entire dress it’s got me thinking. I LOVE the draped sleeves on the top.

This skirt below is nothing new pattern-wise but as a bonus it’s in my size :)

Recently I have been noticing a lot of tie-front tops and blouses.I know it’s not a new trend, I’m a little slow on the uptake and by the time I get around to making one they’ll probably be off-trend again ;)

My Nana would tisk tisk at this model wearing blusa 168. There are two pictures of her in the issue sitting in this “unladylike” position, I’m no prude but it disturbs me. Her top looks kind of like the top part of the Lonsdale dress.

Another cute tie-front blouse and the fabric is so sweet!

I’m not a fan of when magazine issues try to tell you what you should wear at each decade of your life, however I do like these two dresses, even though they are meant for ladies in their 50s and 60s (whatever) Ohh butterflies! Oh and we’ve seen that green blouse before in a previous issue, I like that they are bringing in pattens from previous issues, although there are no references so you’d have to dig though your collection if it seemed familiar.

Next month looks nice, but you won’t be catching me in that grey sheer blouse without a bra on!

Ciao for now xx

Patrones 299 & 301 Mash-Up

Patrones 299:

Patrones 301:


Manequim 618 & 620 Mash-Up

Just catching up on my mash-ups. They might seem like a bit of a repeat but I like seeing a quick take on my favourites for that issue so even if they are just for me I’ll keep posting them :)

My 621 issue arrived yesterday and it is one of the best issues so far, I’ll try and get that up later today or tomorrow along with a new Patrones issue.

Manequim 618:

Manequim 620:


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.