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MiP_May 2013

Mmmm treats ♥ My new Deer & Doe patterns!  Sleepy Harri ;)

I joined the gym ♥ Pattern delivery (not for me)  DMC thread

Mandatory fabric  …and more fabric  My current stash

Harri again, she has your beerz!  Sew along progress  Lunch with the girls

Patrones 316 (May 2012)

I joined Kollabora the other day, how about you? I think I’m a little slow because I received an email about it ages ago (I think it is somehow connected to BurdaStyle) but because my email wasn’t sure about it the spam deciding powers-that-be threw it into spam but I found it eventually. I’m a bit miffed at BurdaStyle right now and to be honest I’m visiting it less and less and hanging out on Sew Weekly instead (which will be infinitely more exciting when I am actually sewing!) so I am keen for a new fresh site to share and be inspired by.

I’m not really sure what Kollabora is yet apart from being a kind of Pinterest-esque sewing/jewellery/knitting craft site but it looks pretty cool. I have no idea how to do things to my profile that other people have done but again I am guessing it will get more interesting when I actually have new sewing to share.

Anyway, if you are new too and looking for friends then this is me ;) I’ll have some sewing up eventually…

Ok, Patrones 316: I’m not going to use many words in this post, mostly because I’m just not feeling this issue. I also appear to have missed the previous issue #315, but magazines have arrived out of order before and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else post it yet, so no stress. I’ll admit I am wondering whether I should renew my subscription, I am considering swapping it back for La Mia Boutique but we’ll see.

I do kind of like these shorts above and the pants below, they look comfy.

The white top above is cute. Wow that skirt is way short and check out those shoes! The pink shorts are interesting but a bit puffy.

Below we have a whole spread devoted to jumpsuits/playsuits/overalls/onsies/rompers/[insert your preferred term here]. I’ve ruled out the first, third and fourth one immediately due to their extra hip and thigh width appendages. Personally my hips/thighs don’t need any extra help, thanks Patrones ;) The pink looks like it is  two different sizes top and bottom and also has unfortunate draping going on in the inner thigh area. Hrmm…

From the plus section this skirt and top combo is nice.

I do like this skirt in the girls section, cute pleats and bonus points for pockets that become belt loops.

Next month is Holiday Special with comfortable and light weight shorts, blouses and dresses and “don’t forget the floral pattens and animal prints”. Ok :)

Manequim 636 (May) 2012 (plus FREE pattern alert!)

I had a quick catch up with the Wellington Fabric Hoarders girls on Sunday which was super fun. I just chatted while flicking through some retro sewing books I picked up at a book fair and some magazines that Gillian brought along and I saw a sewing machine that sews without a foot, crazy but true!

Desperate for some new sewing goodies to help me get through my enforced sewing “holiday”, today I went down to the magazine shop near my work with the intention of picking up April’s BurdaStyle but after a flick through I put it back on the shelf and decided to save my money for spending on fabric instead, here’s why:

Still on the shelf

I was initially interested in the top/dress with funky looking sleeves but Melissa’s post has saved me from wasting my time (and silk) on sleeves that don’t look anywhere near as glamorous in real life, that’s a genuine huge thank you xx isn’t the sewing blog-world wonderful that way?

I also liked this lace top which was featured in a couture sewing article on BurdaStyle recently but a closer look and I realised it’s just a couple of rectangles and I am drawn more to the lace overlay effect than the actual pattern. I was confident I could draft that up myself or if not I’d have something similar enough in my pattern stash. Then, while putting together the images for this post, I saw that they give you the drafting instructions for FREE on the website!! Ack! If you totally missed it like me, go get it for yourself right now.

The other item I liked is this cropped/short sleeved jacket (or is it technically a vest?) but again it’s more the style rather than the actual pattern I am drawn to and, as evidenced by the one million* similar patterns in my stash, I’ve been considering making up a pattern like this for a while.

Evidence A:

All of the above is now added to my mental “to sew” list. Did you buy the April issue? I know it’s been a long time ago for those of you who subscribe or can buy it the month it comes out but what was your favourite pattern for that month?

*not really one million, but plenty of people I know would believe that statement. Pshht, fools, I can get way more than a measly million patterns into my filing cabinet ;)

Anyway, let’s look at a magazine I did buy, Manequim 636:

A fun “green” shopping bag that zips up into a smaller purse size is great. I have one of these that I was given and have long thought about drafting a pattern to make more but that kind of sewing for me always get’s relegated to the bottom of the pile under more fun things like dresses and lace wrap tops. I like the square neckline with collar on dress 254, and the off-centre front zipper it’s quite different, bonus points for pockets too.

Another tie-front top and the pink blouse has some really nice details. I like the seaming on this skirt, but not the fabric, just not me but another pattern that could look great colour-blocked or with contrast top-stitching.

Our designer section this month is Marcel Rochas, we get four patterns (the orange blouse is also included) and I LOVE the coat. Perfect for today, it was only 5.5 degrees Celsius when I left for work this morning, and that didn’t take into account the wind-chill factor, Winter is definitely here! The dress is nice too, great fabric!

“From the catwalk to the streets” is sparkly and bright. My favourite is the sporty top, I really like the panelling and shoulder pleating.

After the sneak peak I was really looking forward to the “return of the sets” but meh…

The Oscar dresses were much more exciting!

Next month (which will probably arrive soon) looks ok, a “winter prints” section, Salvatore Ferragamo is the designer feature and it looks like a jacket/coat section “to warm (you) up”.

Manequim 623 (May 2011)

It took Manequim and Burda a little longer than Patrones to re-route my subscriptions when I moved country. Luckily all my magazines were sent to my old workplace where my wonderful friend and colleague K gathered them up and forwarded them on to me. Since neither of my August magazines have shown up yet here is May’s issue of Manequim with bonus Burda picks.



This month begins with the production chic stylings of actress and former fashion model Camila Pitanga. It’s a nice mix of formal and casual starting with a really sweet white dress, love the bodice shape, you could easily pull this off in two-tone or a print. Next up is a long sleeveless blouse or perhaps more of a casual vest. I like the length and how it is shown over a dress with belt. From the formal end we have this smoking red dress with pleated panels to the skirt. Pleated skirts seem to be all the rage right now so would be neat to use these panels on just a skirt pattern.

In the Beautiful and Feminine section, actress Palmora Bernadi, who is inspired by romantic 1950’s fashion, gives us a couple of cute skirts and some beautiful blouses with pretty collars and really interesting pleated sleeve details (I’m really getting into my sleeves lately, wait until you see the item I am working on now).

Always Well Dressed brings us inspiration from Isabel Marant but we only get three patterns out of this section. I quite like this dress, well, actually I’m not sure, but look at the suede jacket!! I’ve included three views of it, fierce! Oh and it’s a size 44, perfect!

A little later on we have this flowy top with singlet, it appeals to me because I love playing with the rolled hem and differential feed on my overlocker. There is a big skirt section but nothing to my taste however there is another nice vest, this one is more drapey and there is something interesting happening in the back, I think maybe a panel similar to the skirt material.

And then we have the Oscar looks, here are my two favourites, maybe one day I’ll have need for a dress like these! ;)

I found an online preview of August which should be arriving shortly, you can’t really see much but there is a plus sized special and Manequim usually gives us some really nice items is sizes 50 – 62.

Manequim August 2011 Preview

If you are interested in how the Manequim sizing stacks up I’ve just added scanned size charts from all the magazines to my Downloads & Tutorials page under the Goodies menu at the top and I’ve also made up a comparison chart between the four.

Here are my picks from the May Burda magazine. There’s not a lot to rave about, a lot of flowy stuff and very little structure (apart from the bustier and ruched style dresses but we’ve seen them in previous issues) but I do like the jacket and the 50s style dress in two lengths. Not too sure about the pink dress, I like the shape and the back ‘v’, it might not flatter me but I can see me giving it a go.

BurdaStyle May 2011