BurdaStyle Magazine February 2012

You already know that I don’t subscribe to BurdaStyle magazine anymore. The last few issues have been much better but I don’t trust them enough to re-subscribe. Besides, I can buy single issues for NZD$13.00 each at Magnetix in the city.

I’ve been waiting for February to come into stock (they are about 2 months behind current but I don’t mind) and the other day it finally appeared so I snapped it up.

This is probably old news to most of you but here’s a reminder of what’s inside.

I bought this issue solely for the dress below. I am sure you are all familiar with it, it’s been EVERYWHERE on the internet, we all gushed and ohhed and ahhed when we saw the preview. They also did it in black and while it’s still an amazing dress the colour-blocked version is my favourite, it has birthday dress potential written all over it.

There is also a skirt version which I like too and this aqua and purple dress that utilises both sides of the fabric.

$13.00 for three patterns isn’t bad I guess and next month I’ll probably go and get the March issue as well.

Patrones 313 (February 2012)

Things have been pretty hectic here at Curious HQ these last few weeks so I’m really sorry about the lack of exciting posts.  I am afraid the only piece of sewing I have cued up right now is a zipper repair for Mr Curious’ favourite work pants, oh yes, the excitement is hard to contain.

Those who can’t sew, buy:

Taking advantage of a recent Club BMV.com sale

Yes, there is a soft toy pattern hiding in there, I couldn’t help myself, they are so cute! Plus the rest of my wish list was Simplicity patterns and I needed a 7th B, M or V pattern to make the most of the ridiculous generous postage costs – $25.00 thank you very much, but it only cost them $11.26 to post it, mark up much?! I guess it could be worse, we could have lost the International Postage War, but we didn’t. However, per pattern, it’s still cheaper and more satisfying that waiting 6 months for the newest patterns to be released in NZ then driving down to Spotlight and queuing at the pattern counter for 20 minutes or longer (because there is never enough staff on) only to discover they don’t have the pattern you want in your size.

Thank you to everyone who messaged me happy thoughts the last couple of weeks, things are on the up and there is light at the end of the tunnel, so for now, here are some more pretty patterns:

I scanned heaps of pages from the magazine this month for some reason. I love the lines on this vest below, I’m not so crazy about the fabric choice, a bit casual for me. I think it could look amazing and professional in pinstriped suiting or beautiful and floaty in a sheer with French seams.

This vest is…well yeah…but how about the fabric on the dress, what an amazing print?!

More great fabric, cute pattern too, ohh, I feel like going fabric shopping…

…meh, more leather fringing…LOVE the wedges though, and her necklace and bag are interesting too.

Shirt dress (#12) is gorgeous, sort of reminds me of the BurdaStyle’s Heidi that I’ve had on my list for aaages. I forgot to check the pattern pieces but whether or not that pleated waist detail is a separate belt you could do something similar to the Heidi belt to make it even more fun.

Lots of the patterns in this issue have this sort of pink explosion tag on them that says “Costura Facil” (have a look at pattern number 8 above) which translates to “Easy Sewing”. I partially chopped most of them off during my editing but you can still see a little bit on the line drawings like below. This is definitely a nice easy pattern for beginner and would be a good starting pattern for someone new to the Patrones magazines.

It all gets a bit nautical in the next section: I quite like this singlet style top (except I do want to reach into the photo and tug it down a the back) but I’m not so sure about the shorts. That is one super high-waist. This coming from the kiwi who swore she’d never buy/wear a high-waisted skirt and then I went and made 4 of them! But on shorts? Hrmm, what do you think? Flattering or just plain weird?

I included these jeans because I think the pocket detail is great. I’m not a fan of the overall cut but I’d love to use the pattern pieces for the back pockets on my next pair of jeans.

The pink and black dresses below both have some great details that are hard to see and I missed them on my first flick through. Checking out the line drawings is really important with Patrones (and Manequim) or you’ll miss some amazing detailing.

‘Easy Sewing’ in the Plus section too, loving the lac detailing at the hem and sleeves of this dress.

Next month is the summer issue which will be fun to look at since summer is slowly sneaking away. Still, despite what everyone else is saying, I think we had an amazing summer and I’m hoping we get another bout of snow this winter, wee! This issue will apparently “prepare our wardrobes for the heat” with party dresses, original designs, several blouses and some retro chic.

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