#FMSphotoaday December/January – Catching up! – Part One

Believe it or not I am still playing along…I just haven’t posted my photos for ages!

I have finally found all the original files from December/January that Pinterest dissolved, they were buried across a couple of flash drives and some of them I have already put into my blog as part of my posts ;)

You can find the rest of my photoaday posts here.

So! Let’s play catch up shall we?  Then I can get back on track for February sometime soon! :D

December 21. Tree: The first time we get to put up our tree in our very own house

December 22. Decorations: My 2012 NZ Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap

December 23. Joy is: First Christmas in our very own house (and a new table table cloth!)

December 24. Tradition: Making the Christmas pudding

December 25. Lunchtime: We ate a little late this year so at lunchtime we opened presents, I got a husband!

December 26. Mess: Putting our Christmas holidays to good use (and burning off Christmas lunch) by starting our section clearing.

December 27. How you relax: A walk up Colonial Knob – you can see the South Island in the distance, it looks so close!

December 28. Cold: Freezer cam!

December 29. Hot: The perfect day to go to the beach!

December 30. Something that made you Smile this year: Being back home in NZ, always makes me smile, everyday.

December 31. Self Portrait: Happy New Years Eve!

January 01. Today: Is a beautiful day!

January 02. Something New: NEW fabric for a NEW sewing project for the NEW Year

January 03. Heart: There’s something about those tomatoes!

January 04. The View from Here: Up high in Wellington city

January 05. Movement: A quick flick through a library book

January 06. Mine: My own clothing labels, so I know it’s mine

January 07. Street: and a pretty green car

Patrones 300 & 302 (January & March 2011)

Yay, my Patrones issue #300 finally arrived filled with some great items.

First up this sweet little dress. It’s a wrap with curved skirt and nice pleats below the waist band. The fabric almost looks like a linen and it’s nice to see a wrap dress in something other than jersey.

I like this (pea?) coat but I know it wouldn’t look good on me, still the dark blue and white trim is cute, a bit nautical.

Another nice jacket, slightly military but softened by the fabric choice, great top stitching details. I like this girly dress, really sweet and summery.

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The white blouse/shirt has nice pleating on the front and every girl needs a crisp white shirt but I’m not sure about the skirt, it seems to stick out a bit at the tummy.

The dress is my absolute favourite in the whole magazine. I just love it even though the fit on the mannequin is pretty average. It’s a bit safari and a bit trench-coat looking and so many buttons!

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This month also features some maternity patterns. They are mostly just big flowing tops, I think I like the more fitted look of these two but then I guess I’ll never really know what I “like”  until I actually am pregnant. The boarder print on the green top is beautiful and the patterns are provided for the pants as well.

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And then of course, once baby arrives, you’ll need some cute little outfits for him or her. The little blue dress is so incredibly cute! I have a friend who just had a baby girl and is learning to sew so I’m going to help her to make this.

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I also received issue 302 earlier in the month but I wasn’t hugely excited about it , hence my only just posting it now, I think because I was so overwhelmed at the awesomeness of the Manequim magazine that arrived just after it – as in it’s pattern sheets are being put through the large copier as we speak for at least 4 future items.

I loved this top as soon as I saw it, kind of similar to this one. I had a few reservations about this style, how it would look on me, I seem to be getting is all wrong lately but then I saw Melissa’s version of the Manquim top she made in silk for her birthday. She looks beautiful and she achieved a great fit so I am sold. I have some nice silk in my stash, I bet I could whip up one of each really quickly for some instant sewing gratification and two quick wardrobe additions.

 

 

It’s been a while since Patrones has given us a ‘wtf?’ moment.

So, uhh, here it is…there are no words really…

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Aaand moving right along…

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I’m not really into this dress but I’m putting this up here because I love the belt!

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The next section is nighties/slips, there are several iterations and all really pretty.

The last of my picks is this jacket, I really like the back length and curves. I like how the stand-up collar comes down the front as panels, it gives the illusion of lapels but keeps the bulk down making this jacket quite sleek.

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Next issue is Summer, excellent. The Google translation is all a bit weird but the gist I got was pants in different lengths and skirts plus some original design XXL items.

I’m not receiving the extra issue, I didn’t expect to but I’m not too disappointed since I’ve been told they are just a kind of “best of the best” repeated patterns issue.

Manequim 619 (January 2011)

.January’s Manequim issue is a really good one.  It has a crochet section with some really cute projects. There are instructions for these in the back section. I’ve always wanted to give crochet a go (I love the cute amigurumi!) and I really like a few of these items too but I think I should probably learn to crochet with English instructions before I try to tackle them in Portuguese.

Right, onto the sewing patterns. I think this section is based on the style of several different Brazilian actresses. I LOVE love LOVE this pink and black dress with the pleated front bodice. I’m guessing it must have some boning and it’s rated 4 stars for difficulty. The fabric is also amazing, my kind of print.

The black and grey zig zag dress is also really nice, I like the squared off neckline and another great fabric print, where can I get my hands on these incredible fabrics?

Another bat-wing style dress, this one in lace.

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I really like this whole outfit, the emerald green and the cut of the top is beautiful and flattering and the shorts are a good length. I’d like to give them both a go.

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This blouse is in the section entitled ‘prints’ and if you’re about to accuse me of regressing back to my blouse obsession just have a closer look at the detail. It’s a bit hard to see I know but it has a cross-over pleated front with interesting button placement.

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Last up for me is this dress which is a bit retro and I love the large format floral print. There is something funky happening at the waist, a sort of gathering in the line drawing but it’s hidden on the model under that belt.

Now I guess I wait to see when February’s magazine turns up, or my late Patrones…or maybe December Manequim will surprise me first…