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.

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Patrones 307 & 308 (August & September 2011)

It’s catch up time again, for Patrones, please excuse the lack of words, starting with issue 307:

I’ve been a bit less enthusiastic about Patrones lately, I think it’s just been a little bit too casual and since I am back working full-time my eye is drawn more to work-appropriate patterns but there are still some great items.

Actually this dress (#11) would be great for work, the collar makes me think of a tuxedo and would look really nice in shiny black as a contrast.

And here is a full suit outfit complete with blouse – I like the pleated insert panel, adds a nice touch to a simple item.

Capes are everywhere here, or they were, now summer is slowly eradicating them along with the heavy coats, but I kind of want one…

A couple of flirty romantic dresses, I really like #27 even thought an empire line with pleats usually makes me look pregnant, maybe in a super light-weight fabric it would hang more flat.

…and some cute kiddies to finish off

Issue 308 is the Autumn Special:

A nice classic dress

The white skirt has some interesting pleating. I don’t know why, maybe it’s just me, but this model is looking really evil and what is with those glasses?! But I do really like the long vest/jacket, I need one of those.

Love the pleating and collar of this blue top (#20)

And this one is pretty fab too, Jacquie made an amazing version of this top and shares how she tackled the collar, you should got take a look.

Next month (or this month, when it finally arrives) is moving towards winter (but looking out the window today summer is settling in quite nicely), we have masculine winter trends, print dresses, a selection of skirts and chic coats for everyone.

Patrones 306 and Manequim 625 (July 2011)

Moar magazines! 🙂 This is my (now) usual monthly delivery, no more Burda from now on, just a Patrones and a Manequim , which I am enjoying immensely.

July’s Patrones isn’t my favourite issue, there are plenty of nice items but I think I am all summer-patterned out and while thinking about job-hunting I am more interested in the less casual looks (read: I can wear to work) that Manequim are offering up this month.

Having said that, if there is one things these guys know how to do well it’s summer dresses!

I’d love to catch glimpse of the front of this orange number (doesn’t it make you nervous when they only show one specific angle, it’s like, “what are you hiding?”) but the line drawing looks good enough. It looks familiar doesn’t it? I think it reminds me of this Burda dress from July 2010.

The yellow dress is very pretty, lots of shirring and ruffly edges.

There’s a “romantic” section that I am skipping over but you can check out Jacquie’s selection here.

I do like this blue dress in the “On Holiday” section, nice paneling.

Another fantastic plus section offers up these cute shorts and zipper top perfect for over the bikini. A loverly pintucked blouse with flared-leg pant and a super cute skirt with great detailing to the pockets.

Next months issue is for Fall and we will “discover all the seasonal trends” including some “elegant urban fashion, a great collection of women’s clothes, coats and a special of beautiful winter fashion for girls”.

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Now, this month”s Manequim! Phew! It is one of my favourites so far. I love the offset of Patrones casual looks with Manequims more classic sophistication. There are seveal items this month that I want to make immediately and I am going to use them as my motiviation for finishing my Forever Jeans and Gok Coat, which means the hunt is on for buttons and buckles, look out!

My top picks come from the section about the style of Linda e Chique who seems to be a star on a TV show called Insensato Coração (Foolish Harts?), but I may have completely wrong. What is not wrong is the stylish top and pant combo. There is delicious piping detail to the pant pockets and waist band and the top has a really interesting sleeve pleat to compliment the neckline and pleated front, and all in a polka-dot print silk, yummy!

The next item in this section is this amazing cut-out style top, I love the neck line and I am a big fan of sneaky peaky décollatage! This top is amazing in simple white and I bet it would also be fabulous in the right print.

The copy-cat style section gives us three items inspired by Gucci and the leggings are particularly nice in their detail. I like the blouse as well but I think it would look better on me if I made it more fitted. The dress is scrummy too, I don’t think I need remind you of my love for wrap dresses.

I just noticed that at the front of the copy-cat section they put the price of the original item. To purchase these three items would cost you a total of R$903 Brazilian Real (that’s R$304, R$299 & R$300 for the blouse, dress and leggings respectively) or $672 New Zealand dollars! Why don’t you go on XE.com and look up the conversion in your currency to see how much you could save making it yourself? 😉

In the Black & White themed section there is with super sweet dress and amazing blazer, take a closer look at the line drawing, it has a nice shape and great paneling.

In the Winter section there is this fabulous trench-dress which I got quite excited about. I saw this dress on Fashioning.com just the other day and thought the idea of it was dreamy!

Dhini S/S '11 - Floating Trench

The Manequim version is a much more simple shape but the pleated origami sleeves are the real feature here. There is a nice set of pants in this section as well.

That’s it! 🙂

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 303 (April 2011)

Apparently I did manage to scan another magazine, Patrones 303, which is weird because I have zero recollection of doing so but the flash drive never lies so here it is 🙂

There wasn’t a huge amount in this issue that grabbed me but I do like the look of this green dress. I’m a bit iffy about the whole one-shoulder thing, there are quite a few in this issue and Burda seem to be obsessed with it lately as well, still, this dress is quite stunning.

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The central section contains several different skirts and tops. They are all quite youthful and fun and I really like the soft colour combinations. We are heading into winter here in Wellington and while autumn is clinging on (yay) these are definitely getting filed away until warmer weather finally returns. But I don’t mind, I quite like winter sewing and I have a few ufo’s to catch up on that will be perfect while these patterns ‘mature’ on the shelf 😉

I just had to stick these shorts in here because Patrones do seem to have an unhealthy obsession with the bloomer style pants and shorts, there’s usually at least one pair in each issue. I’m not going to say much more because I know my fashion sense is not entirely on the level so some of you might has spotted these and added them to the top of your ‘to-sew’ list but personally I’m putting these in the same category as Jeggings, Ugg boots in public and Crocs…please, just say ‘no’.

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If you are keen for some cute bloomers as underwear why don’t you check out Colette Patterns free download: Madeline Mini Bloomers, very cute.

Another one shoulder item but I am more interested in the pants, a slim-fit 3/4-length cargo pant which I’d like to make, perfect for the last few autumn traps up Mt Kau Kau or out to the Orongorongo Valley.

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I have received this months issue but have no way to scan it at the moment. Its full of beachy goodness, lots of flowy summer dresses and a blouse with the largest pleated cuffs you’ve ever seen so I promise to get it scanned and uploaded as soon as I can for a giggle.

I have  good news to share about the container that contains my life (which you are probably all sick of hearing about) it arrives today and just has to clear customs, yay! I also picked up the keys to our rental property this morning so now I just have to beat husband to the bigger of the spare rooms 😉 I think they are actually both the same size however one does have significantly more power points. However I am used to subsisting with a single power point so even the room that has one double will seem like a electrified luxury!

Patrones 300 & 302 (January & March 2011)

Yay, my Patrones issue #300 finally arrived filled with some great items.

First up this sweet little dress. It’s a wrap with curved skirt and nice pleats below the waist band. The fabric almost looks like a linen and it’s nice to see a wrap dress in something other than jersey.

I like this (pea?) coat but I know it wouldn’t look good on me, still the dark blue and white trim is cute, a bit nautical.

Another nice jacket, slightly military but softened by the fabric choice, great top stitching details. I like this girly dress, really sweet and summery.

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The white blouse/shirt has nice pleating on the front and every girl needs a crisp white shirt but I’m not sure about the skirt, it seems to stick out a bit at the tummy.

The dress is my absolute favourite in the whole magazine. I just love it even though the fit on the mannequin is pretty average. It’s a bit safari and a bit trench-coat looking and so many buttons!

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This month also features some maternity patterns. They are mostly just big flowing tops, I think I like the more fitted look of these two but then I guess I’ll never really know what I “like”  until I actually am pregnant. The boarder print on the green top is beautiful and the patterns are provided for the pants as well.

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And then of course, once baby arrives, you’ll need some cute little outfits for him or her. The little blue dress is so incredibly cute! I have a friend who just had a baby girl and is learning to sew so I’m going to help her to make this.

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I also received issue 302 earlier in the month but I wasn’t hugely excited about it , hence my only just posting it now, I think because I was so overwhelmed at the awesomeness of the Manequim magazine that arrived just after it – as in it’s pattern sheets are being put through the large copier as we speak for at least 4 future items.

I loved this top as soon as I saw it, kind of similar to this one. I had a few reservations about this style, how it would look on me, I seem to be getting is all wrong lately but then I saw Melissa’s version of the Manquim top she made in silk for her birthday. She looks beautiful and she achieved a great fit so I am sold. I have some nice silk in my stash, I bet I could whip up one of each really quickly for some instant sewing gratification and two quick wardrobe additions.

 

 

It’s been a while since Patrones has given us a ‘wtf?’ moment.

So, uhh, here it is…there are no words really…

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Aaand moving right along…

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I’m not really into this dress but I’m putting this up here because I love the belt!

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The next section is nighties/slips, there are several iterations and all really pretty.

The last of my picks is this jacket, I really like the back length and curves. I like how the stand-up collar comes down the front as panels, it gives the illusion of lapels but keeps the bulk down making this jacket quite sleek.

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Next issue is Summer, excellent. The Google translation is all a bit weird but the gist I got was pants in different lengths and skirts plus some original design XXL items.

I’m not receiving the extra issue, I didn’t expect to but I’m not too disappointed since I’ve been told they are just a kind of “best of the best” repeated patterns issue.

Patrones 299 & 301 Mash-Up

Patrones 299:

Patrones 301: