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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.

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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

Patrones 304 & 305 and Manequim 624

Ok, so things are getting back to normal in blog-world, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be although I am still header-less but I’ll get to that soon enough.

Now that my scanner is back up and running it’s time for a quick magazine catch up, well, not quick, this will be quite a long post but filled with lots of scrumptious images. I’ve received 2 Patrones and a Manequim since arriving in NZ. I also have two Manequims on their way from my old address since it took them a while to translate my email and update my details but I planned for this so no troubles there.

So let’s start with Patrones 304 which is May’s Summer Special issue:

It has me longing for Summer with lots of beachy dresses and tops. I really like the two pleated bodice dresses, they look quite simple in shape but very flattering. The blue on white floral print is so beautiful.

Wow, check out these cuffs!

I really like this yellow top, I’ve said it before, I am a sucker for ruffles but I also like these overalls. Yes I know, overalls! It’s all part of the plan, you see Mr Curious has obtained for himself a little something for his hobby and there have been mumblings about the requirement of some help with said hobby item. This item is not particularly clean, nor will it ever be for quite some time and if I’m going to be spending time away from my sewing room in the garage with items requiring more oil than my sewing machines combined then I am going to do it in style.

Mr Curious already has his own pair that I made him complete with Ghost-busters logo so I think it’s time for me to have my own pair and they will be as stylish as overalls can be, and possibly pink, and perhaps I shall find one of those embroidered name tags as well. This will please me.

There is a small maternity section is this issue and this dress is my favourite, that is not anything to be read into, it’s just nice to see a bit of shape for a maternity dress rather than the usual sack offerings.

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Now I have to say that I think this month Patrones have definitely out done themselves with the plus patterns. The effort is impressive and I think you will agree, I mean just look at the detailling on this dress above, elegant pleating front and back and the fabric is beautiful. . . .

This purple dress from a broderie anglaise boarder is also very fetching followed by a shift dress and another with matching jacket, I think the model is stunning and the fit is excellent.

If you sew a Patrones size 50 – 58 (that’s similar to Burda  50 – 56) then this is the issue for you.

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June’s issue, 305,  is the “full Summer season” starting with two cute shorts. I love the pockets on the blue set, I think because they are fitted at the hip they would be quite flattering with a tucked in top and the brown pair look comfy with a nice wide waist band, which is always flattering, and sailor style button front. . .

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I love these two dresses from the 50′s section, very elegant. The back of style 11 is really interesting and would attract a lot of compliments.

This issue also has some overalls-slash-rompers-slash-playsuits…one you may like…and one you may not. When I mentioned pink overalls above, this is not what I was envisioning but the top underneath is cute.

Another great plus section includes this flattering top and pants. Usually you see the pleats under the bust on plus sized tops, which can accentuate the tummy and give a faux-pregnancy look, no one want’s that, but this top has the pleats at the bottom and while a little voice inside my head tells me, “yes, but it’ll probably puff out and be just as bad” the model seems to have it under control. Cute shoulder detail too..

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And lastly, continuing on from the previous issue, after baby is born you need to dress her in a cute dress to mach Mummy..

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Next month is the Vacation Special with “fashion to feel relaxed and happy in many trends, romantic (lingerie?) clothing, and the best look for the beach”, some children’s fashion and the usual plus fashion section.

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.June’s Manequim (624) is equally packed and I’ve marked far too many pages for scanning :) You’ll probably recognise this jacket, similar to one in May’s Burda (which I haven’t recevied yet, but is apparently on its way). The Manequim pattern is a bit different to the celebrity’s version but I prefer the celebrity jacket’s fabric, it makes me think if icecream and takes away from the hard military edge this style of jacket can get.

Jacket 113 – BurdaStyle May 2011

I’ve never been a fan of animal prints, although I do confess to owning a snake skin print sateen in silver/black/yellow but you’ll never catch me in leopard. It looks great on everyone else but I know I’d never be able to pull it off still I am looking past the fabric print on this dress to the style lines, it’s really cute and I love the hem line and bow at the back, grrrrrowlll!

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The mix-and-match section this month is inspired by Michael Kors. I’m really only interested in the skirt and cowl top which look great together, love the big pockets and wide hem.

The next section is more my current mood, today we have a bit more sun but it’s still pretty nippy out there. I had a very unsuccessful thread and button expedition yesterday to finish my mac coat so seeing this gorgeous coat and cape cheered me right up. The dress underneather the coat is great too, where can I find me some of that fabric?!

I’m not sure if I could do a cape but I am intrigued, it’s got a bit of a Sherlock Holmes feel and how cute would it look with the perfect hat?

The next section is somethign to do with Stylish Couples and of course starts off with Wills and Kate but I didn’t bother to scan it since they didn’t bother to pick a more intersting dress to clone, I mean really, of all the fabulous dresses I’ve seen her in on tv…?

I do like the houndstooth strapless number, I have no idea who the couple is but the Manequim clone is much better than the original and has cute piping lines.

TomKat is next but I’m skipping over them as well for this cute purple dress, another couple I don’t recognise. What an amazing tessellated print, I LOVE it and I wish I had in my stash. The black dress is hard to see due to the colour but if you have a look at the line drawing you’ll see some interesting panelling, perhaps another candidate for the colourblocked treatment.

The final section is Retro Chic but it’s all a bit too gypsy for me. There is another set of overalls attempting to compete (but failing miserably) with my Patrones selection but I think not. These pants however are great. The leg is possbily a bit over-the-top in width but I like the waist and pocket detail. Ohh and some more ruffles, just because I can :)

Phew! That was a lot wasn’t it? I’ll leave you with some yummies while you rest, Ciao

Patrones 292 (May 2010)

Warning: I am most definitely becoming a Patrones fan-girl!

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This months issue is the Spring Special and contains a lot of dresses and cute blazer style jackets. We are back to the full index this month, yay! Here are some of my favourites from this issue:

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I am currently looking out for fabric to make myself a mac/trench coat and while I have two Burda patterns already in mind this coat (#10) now adds to my dilemma, which one do I make?? Perhaps I will have to make all three! The skirt next door looks quite simple until you check out the line drawing – it has these funky angled pockets and I am really liking the whole dark denim thing.

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This next entire look is my absolute favourite in the whole magazine, it is very me and I have also had jeans on my list for a while but I haven’t seen “the” pattern. Well here it is! These are the perfect shape for me, love the flare and that blouse! I am currently hooked on ruffles so this is perfect for me too. I also like that it is sheer but has enough layering to the front that you could probably get away with just a nice bra underneath and have enough coverage over the ladies. Now, off to find some demin…and sheer purpleness

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I like the styling of these two jackets. #18 is quite simple and looks great cinched with that wide belt and I find the two tone #20 quite classy and also a fun play on the classic jacket shape.

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The fabric print of this top is really nice and I like the shape as well. I don’t know if I’d go for the shorts, may a long pant but a good look for those days when Summer tries to come back for a short visit (we miss you too Summer!)

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Another flowy summer maxi dress to add to my next seasons list, I really like this fabric too. It reminds me that I must be more curious when it comes to choosing fabric. Sometimes I am just too “safe”, I’ll carry a bolt of fabric around the shop for 30 minutes then put it back and I always regret it later, no more, I will add this as an amendment to my New Years Resolution, Curious’ alter-ego Brave-kiwi is coming for the next fabric shop visit!

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More great jackets/blazers, a nice mix of styles and fabric types, #35 & #37 are my favourites. The piping on the edge of #35 it really cute, imagine it in a hot pink peaking out from a chocolate brown, yummo!

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Next month is vacation special, oh I could use one of those…for more sewing time of course