Patrones 316 (May 2012)

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 patterns and animal prints”. Ok 🙂


Sewing as Art – Light Trail Dresses

How ridiculously amazing are these?!

They are “Light Trail Dresses” by Atton Conrad, a London-based advertising and art photographer.

It’s hard to pick a favourite but I think I love the one top right the most, or maybe the one below it…argh, I can’t decide! How about you?

You know what would be amazing? Having to translate these to real dresses. Very cool project.

I have long been a fan of photographic light painting but this takes it to a whole new level!

See more of Atton’s amazing photography on his website.

Want to see something else really cool?

This is my future sewing room!

Ignore the furniture, this image is from the real estate website, so we’ll call this a “before” image.


  • It’s north facing, so lot’s of natural light through that huge window
  • Double wardrobe to hide any UFOs 😉
  • It’s close to the kitchen for nourishing snacks when I am in a sewing frenzy (hah!)
  • It’s HUGE! I’ll be able to have my cutting/layout table set up again, finally!

Less than two weeks to go!

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”.

(I’m still here) BurdaStyle March 2012

Oh hai *waves

I’m still here, just chilling and counting down the days until super-amazing-sewing-room-move-in-day…hehe

I picked up the March BurdaStyle a couple of weeks a go but I haven’t had a chance to scan it until today.

Just like with February I purchased March purely for one dress but there are a couple of other pieces I like too. Let’s start with the dress, I’m sure you’ve already guessed which one:

I saw a pattern very similar to this in one of my foreign sewing magazines aaaages ago and loved it but it wasn’t in my size and I wasn’t game enough to try resizing it, plus the instructions we incomprehensible so it went in the too hard basket.

Also in this issue I like this twist front skirt and the casual top and shorts next to it.

Two great jackets are next. Love the upstand collar and zipper on the blue jacket below and I’ve seen some amazing Chanel inspired versions all over the web of the pink one too.

This month also includes a wedding section. It looks like Burda have had a go at Pippa’s dress, a little slow on the uptake perhaps and not as good as the Style Arc version for sure but still quite an elegant dress.

I also like this wrap top and the second version of jacket 115 but this model FREAKS me out, especially on the right, I’m not sure what it is about her but am I the only one expecting her head to turn a full 360 degrees and smile back at me?!

The DIY Trend section is cute, I think those birds would look great graduating from bigger to smaller up the side of the dress as they “flew away”.

There are still a couple of lazy drafted items in this issue, reminding me not to give in and re-subscribe for another whole year.

This one in the wedding dress section (on the right) is particularly bad, they even admit in the description that you need invisible snaps at the back to “control the fullness”. I think what really happened is that they realised how terrible it looked at the photo shoot and tried to save it with those snaps. The close up photo does not help. Seriously, would you wear this to your wedding?

At first I thought they just tried to sneak it past me by presenting it along side the wedding version of my favourited twist front dress  but then I spotted the pink broderie anglaise version. I guess at least in cotton is drapes slightly better. I do like the overlay of the dress beside it but again, another oversized, shapeless sack.

And that’s it… I have a Manequim magazine to scan next so until then, happy sewing xx