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

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One thought on “Patrones 304 & 305 and Manequim 624

  1. Really looking forward to seeing you make some of these patterns up 🙂

    I’ve just bought my first Patrones magazines and I think this might be the start of a serious addiction….
    And I know what you mean about longing for beach weather with all the summer styles…it almost seems cruel! Also, I absolutely love “Style 11” –the back is just divine!

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