Manequim 633 (Feb 2012) and smiles

You know what? You guys are awesome! I’ve been feeling pretty blue the last week, letting all the little things get to me but all your comments on my last post really cheered me up so I’d like to say a BIG thank you to all of you xx

The other awesome thing that happened to me this week, just when I was in the need for a little pick-me-up, was that I managed to win myself a sewing pattern online. I love winning things just as much as I love new sewing patterns but it doesn’t happen very often despite my extensive efforts.

I now have a copy of The Sidekick Sewing Pattern from Jodi at Sew Fearless, thank you so much Jodi, I love it and just as I said in my comment, I can’t wait to make up a funky “adult” version for me! 🙂 I’m thinking about using up the last of my super funky Ikea fabric that came home with me from Perth.

You can grab your own version of this super sweet, and super handy pattern for just $10 here at her shop.

In other fun news, last week Zoe of ZoSews nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. I haven’t had a chance to get around to it until today so I didn’t forget you Zoe, thanks so much, I really appreciate it! 🙂

Zoe and I share a love of nerdy maps, specifically ones that show us where all the sewing gems are hiding, kind of like a sewing treasure map! If you haven’t seen it yet, my map is here and you can check out Zoe’s Melbourne version here.

When I received my first blog award (The Versatile Blogger) I wasn’t too sure if blog awards were cool or naff, spam or genuine praise, so I played along anyway, but I’ve decided it’s fun to let others know how much you love their blog and share the linky love so here goes:

The ‘rules’ of the Liebster Award

1 – Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog. Tick!
2 – Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you. Tick!
3 – Copy/paste the blog award on your blog. Tick! Obviously, or you wouldn’t be reading this 😉
4 – Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs (with 200 followers or less). See list below – I tried to choose new blogs from my list that hadn’t already received the award.
5 – Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment. Will do.

My Liebster Blog Award nominees are:

(cue drum roll, applause and confetti)

  • SewingElle from He Cooks…She Sews! – Who can resist a mix of yummy food mixed up with beautiful sewing? Not me!
  • Kirsty from Rocket Sews – I discovered her recently while stalking the Minoru Jacket sew-along. I love her colourful print and all those extra details, go see!
  • Emily from Calico Stretch – We share a love of NZ Merino, and if you’ve never made anything from merino before it you should definitely try it, the most fabulous fabric in the world!
  • Kelly from Sew Alluring – Has just started learning to sew herself and is blogging her progress. I love seeing the sewing love spread and she’s already doing a fabulous job of a super cute apron 😉
  • …and last but by no means least is The Perfect Nose – Because we share our love of Manequim magazines and she has me dangerously close to re-subscribing to La Mia Boutique… 😉

Why don’t you go and check out one (or all) of the above blogs, you never know what amazing new inspiration you’ll find xx

Ok, let’s look at a new sewing pattern magazine shall we?

This month starts of with a cute trend of crochet dresses. I think the runway dress is a better example than the offered pattern. It is available on the Manequim website and it took me a little bit to find it but when I did I also discovered a whole pile of other free crochet patterns. Since I can’t crochet in English, let alone in Portuguese, I’ll probably be giving these a miss but you can check them out here.

I’m skipping a big section and jumping straight to the Nina Ricci inspired pages now. We only get 3 patterns in this section but I am really liking the lace dress. I just picked up a large lace remnant for about $3 and while it might not be suitable for an entire dress it’s got me thinking. I LOVE the draped sleeves on the top.

This skirt below is nothing new pattern-wise but as a bonus it’s in my size 🙂

Recently I have been noticing a lot of tie-front tops and blouses.I know it’s not a new trend, I’m a little slow on the uptake and by the time I get around to making one they’ll probably be off-trend again 😉

My Nana would tisk tisk at this model wearing blusa 168. There are two pictures of her in the issue sitting in this “unladylike” position, I’m no prude but it disturbs me. Her top looks kind of like the top part of the Lonsdale dress.

Another cute tie-front blouse and the fabric is so sweet!

I’m not a fan of when magazine issues try to tell you what you should wear at each decade of your life, however I do like these two dresses, even though they are meant for ladies in their 50s and 60s (whatever) Ohh butterflies! Oh and we’ve seen that green blouse before in a previous issue, I like that they are bringing in pattens from previous issues, although there are no references so you’d have to dig though your collection if it seemed familiar.

Next month looks nice, but you won’t be catching me in that grey sheer blouse without a bra on!

Ciao for now xx

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13 thoughts on “Manequim 633 (Feb 2012) and smiles

  1. Thanks so much for the nomination!

    I’ve now received 2 issues of Manequim and am itching to try some of the patterns (too many other projects in the queue..). I am curious about the fashion photos of the designs in the magazine, and not reading Portuguese, I am just guessing about this:

    Do you think they have purchased ready to wear, photographed them and then drafted the patterns? I wonder about this because the same model is wearing clothing available in single sizes 38, 42 and perhaps 44, and they all seem to fit very well. And the small print next to the photos gives prices for all the clothing and accessories, but no information about the fabric price.

    The latest issue with the Tommy Hilfiger spread got me thinking about this- the striped capri pants are offered as a pattern in size 44, but the model is definitely not this size!

    What do you think?

    • You’re very welcome 🙂

      Interesting, I have wondered about this myself. When I first subscribed I read a comment somewhere where someone mentioned that they made up a jacket pattern and it was missing some of the details that were shown on the photograph and line-drawing. I haven’t come across this myself. I think it could be a combination of purchased and sewn items. How do they get around copyright issues? Hmmm, I’ll be scrutinising more closely now I think. It’s still a pretty awesome magazine, right? I love that they are so fashion forward compared to anything else I can buy, makes me feel like I can keep up with the latest fashion (even if I can’t sew quick enough!). My latest issue is waiting at the Post Office for me to pick up, it must be the Tommy Hilfiger issue you have, can’t wait to go get it.

      • Yes I wondered about copyright too. I agree about the designs being very interesting- thats what got me into the subscription!Tommy Hilfiger is in the March edition (at your post office!)

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  3. I loved this issue of Manequim, and have drafted dress 137 (first in the sexy & chique section) up as a pattern. Unfortunately i have to size up and finagle around the pleats, so we shall see =) I also loved the Nina Ricci top with draped sleeves but I don’t have fabric that works with that one yet, and without fabric to motivate me alas I have no desire to trace all the pattern pieces.
    Congrats on your blog award!
    sewingforme.wordpress.com

  4. Congratulations to you, and thank you so much for nominating my blog as well 🙂 I’ll be sure to link back to you — just need to come up with my own list of nominees!

  5. Congrats on the award you totally deserve it! You got me hooked on Manequim but I have to say this issue seems a little same same. Never mind I can happily wait for the next one to come along, sure it will be full of awesomeness.

    • I’ll happily wear the blame for getting you into Manequim 🙂 I definitely scanned less pages than I usually would, hopefully next month has some new exciting stuff in it for both of us 🙂

  6. Hiya Melissa,

    I’m pleased you’re feeling better. I love the crochet designs on your latest post. I can crochet but cannot read Portuguese – what torture!

    Good luck with the blog nomination and happy house hunting!

    Michelle (micbrown)

    • Thanks Michelle! One day I will have to get myself sorted and learn how to crochet, I’ve been saying that for ages and I did try knitting but crochet seems to “grow” the item faster and would satisfy my short attention span 😉

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