Manequim 617 (November 2010)

Right, let’s finish up with these manequims shall we? I received a second issue entitled November which is awesome. I didn’t receive December however and January is already here so I may have to send an email to find out what’s happened.

Something great that I have noticed about these magazines is that they seem to align more with the Australian seasons. So while we swelter here in close to 40 degrees I am looking at beautiful summer outfits instead of winter coats for a change, which is nice.

We start with another celebrity themed spread, ‘romantic Marcela’ and I really love these two dresses, very romantic indeed. The pink shoes are cute as well :)

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The next section seems to be all about the ‘mini’ as in short skits and dresses. I’m not so good with the super short stuff but this top is cute. I would make it in a softer fabric, this one looks a little stiff, and I’d drop the neckline a tad. There is a lot of detail in the sleeve head. If you choose to make this in a transparent fabric as it is shown you also get a pattern for the shift underneath which I think is good.

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It took me a while to work out if these were shorts or a skirt, turns out it’s a skirt but I really like the front detail, an inverted pleat and bow, kind of a faux skort, no?

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I’m just throwing this one out there to see the reactions. I’m not a harem pants girl, I probably never will be (although I said I’d never be a high-waist kind of girl either and I’ve since made 4 high-waisted skirts) and now Manequim is having a crazy La Mia Boutique moment and trying to give us harem shorts perhaps? Not for me but I’ll salute anyone else brave enough to give them a go and wear them in public.

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This section is “Summer Hits” and they are several perfect pieces for our WA summer right now, like this beautiful breezy looking linen number. The top detail is really nice with a crossover design in the v-neck.

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Another beautiful number. This is another top to help break me of my “blouse” habit ;)

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Last up in this section is another jumpsuit…someones trying to tell me something I am sure…

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There was an entire section on swim wear with patterns for different body shapes. Nothing really grabbed me to be honest and the “busty” section was really just bikinis that were far too small for the “busty” girls. I did like this beach cover up though and the fabric is a cute choice.

Manequim 616 (November 2010)

On to the next Manequim issue:.

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The first section was all about the ‘elegance of Lorena and Stela’  and I’m not really sure who they are but I did like this cute blouse number. With it being so hot here it’s an elegant version of the basic singlet and looks good under a blazer if I have to go to a big-wig meeting. The buttons give it a sort of tuxedo look and the ruffles keep it feminine.

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The middle section is styled on Dolce & Gabbana (I at least know who they are!) and these two are my favourite. I’m just loving the batwing style at the moment. I always feel like I get stuck in blouse mode when summer comes around, I never seem to have enough tops to go with anything so I’d love to add one of these to my wardrobe pretty quickly and I already have one of the beautiful silks in my stash in mind (Ohh, mentally stash busting already, niiice!)

The dress is a cute shape too but as I write this I just noticed the centre front seam. It’s pretty obvious in the print interruption now that I’ve spotted it. The rest of the panelling looks ok, quite flattering. I’m wondering now if it could be drafted out…or perhaps make it part of the pattern with colour blocking…still love the silhouette.

You know I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing with the idea of making a playsuit/romper/jumpsuit for a while. It’s not high on the priority but this is pretty cute…not too sure about the pleats so I’d definitely be making a muslin version first.

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I really like this top too. It’s currently 37 degrees outside so right now I am seeing light and airy and cool with less skin to get sunburned. Also I bought some beautiful broderie anglaise lace a little while a go and I’d love to use it sometime.

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.