Patrones 309 (October 2011)

In absolute contrast to Manequim, Patrones (and Spain) is rolling into winter fashion:

I’m excited about summer, my first back home in NZ, but I am doing my best to concentrate on styles for when winter returns (all too quickly), starting with two long coats. I don’t know where I’m going find a long enough double zipper but if I start the hunt now I just might be able to locate one by June 2012. The asymmetry of #14 is not normally something I’d go for but isn’t that part of the fun of sewing your own clothes? Also: GIGANTIC snaps, yay.

Pretty tops and loving the lines of the blazer #13 (I’ve mucked up the line drawings, they should be the other way around!) I really like Patrones for the fact that they give you an entire look and always multi-sized.

I made a shirt dress a little while ago and love it, I’ve always wanted to make another but not from the same pattern and this one is perfect, I just copied the pattern so it’s going right up the list! I like the line drawing for the vest but not the choice of stone wash denim…I’m intend to make this vest soon (view C most likely) I’ve never owned a vest before but I suddenly feel like I need one.

Another vest and what is going on with those pants?! There are no words to describe them. Dandy? No, just no. I don’t mind the leather detailing on the skirt and jacket, it’s a bit biker chic.

The “Want it to Rain” section has a possible option for the next Gok coat, a rain poncho and we aren’t finished with the wtf? patterns just yet…if you view the image larger you will see that what looks like a black garbage bag is also finely perforated, so not particularly waterproof.

Some cute skirts to finish: #33 is my favourite with a high wide waist band and long darts. Not so sure about the paperbag-waist-meets-indiana-jones #34, but #37 has beautifully flattering seaming and lastly a nice draped faux wrap for #38.

Next month is the Winter Special with Christmas party fashions (glow and cleavage?? Ah Google Translate, you make me smile!), LBDs and a special night gala fashion plus size section.

Manequim 627 & 628 (September & October 2011)

Ahhhh slowly catching up…apologies that these images aren’t my usual quality, the scanner I am using is good at making copies of several pages but when I try to open them up in Photoshop for editing they are all cropped @ 19cm square.  I like to think I’m pretty good with image editing software and I know my fair share of tricks but after playing with these images on and off for two weeks (because I refuse to re-scan them again) I am stumped. So, here they are anyway ;)

Starting with Manequim 627:

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I really love the cover skirt, the side panelling is really nice, I think it would look amazing in black and white. And the yellow dress with knot/twist detail is something I’ve wanted to try for a white…not sure how I’ll get along with no English instructions for this one but they do have a nice diagram in the instructions.

I feel like the designer patterns section has gotten smaller these last few issues. There are as many looks as before, but les patterns. This month is Balenciaga and we get a really cute sheer top and shift dress.

In the “Day-to-Day” section there is a nice sporty skirt and funky 60s mod dress…and a jump suit…is it just me or is Manequim just a little obsessed with jumpsuits right now?

“Dresses of the Decades” is my favourite section this month, probably because I have been so busy researching the 1930s.

Yup! Definitely obsessed with jumpsuits…what is going on with that poor woman’s crotch? I’m not sure if the fly just finishes too high or if the crotch really is that low…cute top next door, love that sleeve.

Ok, let’s do another one shall we? Manequim 628:

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I thought this romantic skirt was a dress at first, maybe the original one is, but it wouldn’t take much to whip up a matching top. I’ve never tried a serious bit of pleating before, I saw that episode of Project Runway where one of the designers used a pleating board, they are very expensive but there are a few tutorials online of how to make your own.

Ok, I have to admit I am running out of words…this skirt panelling is fabulous and I like the wrap top detail. I need to find some spotty sheer fabric!

Aaaand more jump suits to finish! I’ll get the last two Patrones up soon because my next Manequim issue is waiting at the post office for me to pick up. Shall we take a guess at how many jump suits are in that issue? ;) I’ll guess two, any advance on two? ;)

Manequim 615 (October 2010) – Newest Magazine Obsession

Welcome to my newest magazine obsession: Manequim. This magazine is from Brazil (available only in Portuguese) and has been around for a while. I was first introduced to it through their website which used to offer some of their patterns for free (they still have a few up, check out this link). I have since found a subscription option that suits me and my current worldly location so since I have dropped La Mia Boutique I thought I’d give these guys a go for a year and see what I think.

To see how I subscribe to my various magazines check out the information on my magazine page.

Due to my recent holiday I already had four of these babies waiting for me when I returned. For this first review I will go into a bit more depth than usual to give you a good feel for the magazine and it’s layout since it is quite different to Burda and Patrones.

Index

Manequim is a sort of hybrid fashion/shopping magazine as well as a sewing pattern magazine. They explore the current trends and mix into these their version (with a pattern) of that particular item and others of similar style. This can sometimes make it quite difficult to spot the patterns amongst the ready-to-wear although…

Spot the Patterns

…I do like the section where they mix and match several outfits (This month is Emilio Pucci) using mostly pattern items with a few RTWs. The patterns are generally a really good mimic of the RTWs.

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You’ll notice that patterns are provided for items 5 (#385), 6 (#382), 7 (#383) & 8 (#384). I particularly like item #385 and it combines really well with so many other items I wouldn’t have considered so this section rates highly for me.

They also have hair and make-up tips and even a recipe section.

Yummy!

Near the back they put together more looks from the whole magazine, each one incorporates 1 or 2 pattern items and while this gives you some good fashion ideas all it really does is make me spot items I wished they’d have given me a pattern for.

"Ohh I wish they had the pattern for that blouse at the top left!"

I really like that many of the patterns and outfits also show a suggested body type that it would suit best and they give a small run-down of these in the front along with a project difficulty rating.

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……. Discover your body type to find the best model for you:

  • Pear: The waist and shoulders are narrower than the hips.
  • Hourglass: The measure of the shoulders and hips is the same, the waist is narrow.
  • Rectangle: Hips, waist and shoulders are virtually the same measurement.
  • Inverted Tria ngle: Shoulders measure larger than the waist and hips.
  • Oval: The waist size is much larger than the shoulders and hips.

…….Models - Know the degree of difficulty of each piece:

  • One Star: Very easy
  • Two Stars: Easy
  • Three Stars: Requires practise
  • Four Stars: Requires lots of practise

Their instructions are typically short, like Patrones or Burda, and colour coded (like LMB) to the pattern sheet. I find it a little difficult with such an image filled magazine to find the patterns I am interested in and since there is no true index (just a general feel for each section and their theme) I often refer to the line drawings in these instructions but I have yet to find the page reference associated with them.

I don’t even want to think about trying to decipher the pattern sheet right now but I am sure it is still no where near as bad as the new Burda sheets.

Typical pattern sheet

Patterns generally come in either 1 or 3 size options so it looks like I will be doing a bit of drafting up/down this year. There is also a plus section and they are quite fashion forward in my opinion. There is no preview of the following month’s magazine.

Pattern sizing, as per usual, is all over the show when compared to Burda or Patrones, here is a chart I prepared to show the differences. Geez, the Patrones waist measurements are tiny!!

Burda v Patrones v Manequim (click to enlarge)

Manequim sizing

Right, onto some more of the patterns that I love from this issue:

I really like this whole section themed “Modern & Feminine” (I am guessing it is based on the style of  Leandra Leal who is a Brazilian actress)

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The colours are great and all the items have princess cut seams and look really flattering.

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Love this short-sleeved blazer too and in general I’m really glad I subscribed to Manequim. I have 3 other issues to share with you but I’ll space them out over the next few days.

Patrones 297 (October 2010)

I finally received my October Patrones today and it looked like the post man may have had it inside his bag for a while…thank goodness the magazine was in better condition than the outside of the envelope! Anyway you’re probably a bit sick of me lamenting the lack of magazine love this month but my sulking was for a very good reason: this is an amazing issue! I knew it was coming since my fellow Perth blogger Jacquie received her issue much earlier in the month and put up her favourites in a review which you can read here. I loved everything and stared at those tiny little index images until my overused sewing eyes hurt and now I can add to her selection with my own favourites:

First up a really cute and romantic blouse and pants set (oh and look at her shoes, there are plenty of amazing shoes in this issue too!) I’m not normally a fan of the narrow leg pant but I love the paneling and as I learn to love my body more through sewing I’m feeling brave enough to try these as they are.

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This jacket and pants suit combo is very nice and even better is the luscious blue blouse and rouched skirt (more great shoes too) an easy work-to-after-work transitional outfit.

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There are a whole lot of amazing dresses in this issue and I could had posted almost all of them but this is one of my favourites. It looks great in nude but I can see it in a deep rich purple.

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Another great work suit look, the cap sleeves on this vest are really cute and I love the length, I would definitely wear this, a beautiful silhouette…next to it is sequin shift dress with border hem and I can see my bravely purchased sequins is still peaking out at me from my stash…now I am thinking it might become a dress.

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This issue is also chock full of amazing plus sized fashion

I really like this dress that looks like separates, it reminds me of the BurdaStyle Kiki dress which is high on my list and this vest/dress combo is cute and flattering and a really un-80s use of decorative metallic rivets, nice.

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Loving the detail on this dresses bodice, rouched and then woven, it comes down at the sides to a very flattering length and is overall just lovely.

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Next month is another Joven issue (youth) and the last one was amazing so I am super excited but if the postman hides it again then I will have to wait until I return from my honeymoon to read it.

Now I am crossing my fingers that my first Mannequin magazine shows this month..

In other sewing news my wedding dress is progressing well, I’ve been taking my time a little, it’s not much fun sewing and fitting in 42 degrees and the last thing I want is a sweat stained dress. After this weekend I’ll post a few sneaky photos to tease you but I’m afraid that’s all you’ll be getting until after the big day ;)

I’m really not sure how much blogging I’ll get done during the next two months. There won’t be any sewing while I am in NZ except perhaps for last minute changes to my dress on my Mum’s trusty Globe sewing machine which I’d love to share some photos of with you. As per usual I’ll  be on the hunt for fabric souviners and some amazing fabric shops to share with any NZ readers or future NZ holidayers, maybe I’ll even slip in a bonus honeymoon photo or two to convince some of you to visit the amazing country I (still) call home.

So please stick around because next year I’ll be catching up on all the wonderful Patrones patterns that I am dying to make (so keep your eyes open for more foreign sewing lessons) and I’m discovering that I really enjoy writing about my sewing experiences so I think another of my 2011 New Years Resolutions will be to post more often about my continued adventures in sewing.