You may have already read Winnie’s post about our weekend (‘cos she’s well faster than me at writing!), but it’s just too big not to post, however late, because…
….I finally got to meet Winnie (aka Scruffy Badger)! Look, we’re on the same couch and everything!
When I was looking at half marathons to run before London Marathon, Winnie stepped up to campaign for Bath, and won me over with her offer of a comfortable bed, carb-loaded dinner, and pre-race breakfast. And all I had to do was show her a few coverstitch tricks. Bargain!
To top it off, she gifted me some of her adorable shoe bows, too, with signature Winnie elephants!
Winnie runs the Bath Half every year, so this was her 5th(!) time running it, but a first for me so I was grateful for a local to get me to the start line on time. And I finally got to race in the PB Jam Leggings I made from the rainbow space-dyed supplex, too.
You may remember these from my invisible pocket tutorial, but now you can see them on me before the race! Winnie is also wearing me-made race gear – a top from Maria Denmark and cool striped supplex from Sewing Chest, and underneath is a leopard-print XYT Workout Top, too!
I won’t bore you all with my race report (as you can read it over on my River Runner site instead!), but I pushed super super hard and got a new PB of 1:36!!
One thing I learned looking at my race photos is that I really need to go down a size now – I’ve been carrying on making myself the size Smalls, but I’m rather more compact now than I was when I first started drafting the pattern in October, and you can see these are too big in the legs by the end of the race (yes, the gurning face is from the last hundred yards before the finish line!). A quick fix might be in order – take some excess out of the inner leg seams!
I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like to organise a Spring Race challenge, gathering together photos of readers wearing their self-sewn exercise gear wearing race numbers, whether that’s running, cycling, swimming, Cross Fit, anything really. I think it’d be a good source of motivation and encouragement to sign up to test yourself, even if it’s just your local Park Run. Who’d be up for this? Or have you got photos already?tags: exercise, fehr-trade-patterns, travel
It’s been a while, but I’ve got the newest Spring/Summer issues of the Dutch-produced, quadrilingual pattern magazine MyImage to share with you, plus a peek into the second edition of their new children’s pattern magazine, B*inspired, too.
I absolutely love the jersey cowl dress on the right! It’s made up in three different prints in the magazine but it just looks so easy to wear for summer – that skirt wrap is an extra layer over a full skirt so there’s no chance of wind-related mishaps, either. On the left, there’s a casual woven shell with deep pleats at the neckline that would be very figure-forgiving, and it’s paired with a basic jeans pattern. I’ve been meaning to sew a pair of MyImage jeans for years now so I really must get on with it…
There are three Plus patterns in this issue – nice basics in the form of a loose, sleeveless shell with hi-lo hem, classic jeans, and this jersey surplice dress. Like the cowl dress above, the front skirt panel overlaps a full layer underneath so there’s no flashing worries, and the shoulder pleats look like they’d provide some nice shaping for larger cup-sizes, too.
Both the skirt and the top here look simple on first glance, but there are some really nice details on further inspection – the top is princess lined in the front, but the back is formed of two overlapping layers that aren’t fully caught in the side seams. I imagine this would be perfect for those of you with hot and humid summers as you’d get a breeze on your back! The skirt has a basic A-line shape, but with a curved section on the left hip and gathers radiating from it, making it look like a little sun!
And finally – how wonderful are these two knit dresses? Those little integrated cap sleeves on the left dress are both easy to sew and would help to keep pale shoulders like mine from getting sunburnt. It’s a basic design, but one that could work for a ton of different fabrics in my stash and be worn all summer long. The dress on the right has curved seaming reminiscent of that Stella McCartney dress but cut a little bit differently above the bust so you get some extra colourblocking around the neckline. All very nicely done!
I noticed a new addition at the back of the magazine this time, too – two projects get steo-by-step colour photos for the construction details, which should help those who struggle with the standard text-only translated instructions (which I’ve skimmed and seem to look okay, but not great).
MyImage used to produce a magazine of kids patterns called YoungImage, but that seems to have stopped and there’s now this new magazine instead, which covers the same range of sizes – from babies to tweens and boys as well as girls. The magazine itself is a slightly smaller size than MyImage but printed on thicker, matte paper, and with extremely similar pattern sheets (both far less dense to trace than Burda).
Even though my nephew’s too big now, I still get excited when I see nice patterns for boys as I know there’s such a limited amount out there. Here there’s a classic, straight-cut jeans pattern (also with a shorts variation) and super versatile v-neck raglan teeshirt, plus a little drawstring backpack. You can also see some of the baby patterns here, which also have boy/girl variations included.
Lots of pink on this page, but the trenchcoat pattern is totally lovely and would be a perfect spring jacket whether it’s raining or not. The little girl’s dress is quite cute (and would certainly use up enough quilting cotton remnants since they’re layered up on the skirt), but I’m most drawn to her bolero. How cute is the back view with the triangular cutout and bow!?
I selected this one mostly because I could totally see my niece in this halter top and shorts outfit! The interest in the halter top is mostly in the back, with an elasticated back edge and then added frills in the lower back (it’s easy to achieve that lettuce-edge with an overlocker rolled hem, too).
And finally, I really love the patterns and the styling here for a loose, airy summer blouse and skinny jeans. Both work really well together, and both these and the last set of patterns go up to size 176 (height in cm) so fill that void for tweens where they’re often too big for children’s patterns but too small (and/or shaped differently) for women’s patterns.
Thanks to the magazine producers (who also kindly supplied my copies for review), I’ve got two copies of MyImage and three of B*Inspired to give away to my readers! Due to international post skyrocketing in the last few years, however, I’m afraid I’m only able to ship to UK/EU addresses (mostly because there’s a cheap “printed materials” rate within the EU). If you live elsewhere and would still like to enter, please only do so if you’re willing to pay for the postage.
To enter the draw, please leave a comment below stating your favourite pattern from the magazines you’d like to win (ie: tell me your favourite MyImage pattern if you only are interested in winning MyImage, or only your B*inspired favourite, or your favourites from both).
I’ll pick the winners by random draw next Monday, 10 March. Good luck!tags: kids, magazine, myimage
A few months ago Rosie (aka DIY Couture) gifted me this crazy, mind-melting lycra when she was moving house, saying it looked like something I’d like! It definitely falls into the “fabric I’d run in” category rather than my normal wardrobe, I’m sure you’ll agree, so I knew I’d make leggings from it!
As it happens, I needed to test out KwikSew 3636 for a leggings class I’ll be teaching soon (yay!) so I thought I’d whip up a quick pair with this lycra, which I’ve decided is an acid trip in lycra form. In reality like it’s even more loud than the print itself though – because it’s actually wet look, too!
I mean – who looked at this fabric and though “Nah, not enough. How can we make it CRAZIER? I know – add some wet look shimmer!”?
If you’re a regular reader, you know I don’t often sew with Big Four or envelope patterns much these days (and especially not for something I draft myself, like leggings) but credit where credit’s due – I was impressed by this pattern, actually! It’s a one-piece pattern with two different fit options – one at 100% of body measurement, and the other with negative ease. Clearly I went for the negative ease one!
I was also impressed that they finish the waistband in my preferred method, which I’ve never, ever seen on a pattern before!
Cutting out the pattern made for some stomach-churning moments – don’t stare directly at the fabric! Lucky for me I only had to cut out one piece, and the construction was so quick I was wearing them in well under an hour.
During the photoshoot, James asked why I was “going all Sasha Fierce”, ahahahah! Blame it on my acid leggings, I suppose!
I actually made the lavender sweatshirt seen here, too (though I totally forgot I’d made it when I wrote this post last week!) I had a pile of odd lengths of sweatshirting which was taking up too much room in my sewing cave so I thought I’d cut out a bunch of mismatched tops to wear to the start of races. You always need to bring a warm top to wear to keep warm while you wait around in the starting pens, but then discard when the gun sounds – I call these “sacrificial sweatshirts”. But I was able to squeeze a whole top out of this lavender sweatshirting (leftover from my Mom’s Chic Sweatshirt) so it’s now too nice to be sacrificial and I wear it around the boat!
The sweatshirt pattern is one from a 2006 Burda magazine I traced out not long after that and have made something like six(?) times. It’s a great pattern and one that was within easy reach, but that was really the only deciding factor – I just wanted the quickest pattern to turn sweatshirting into a wearable top.
And I’ve got to end it on a hick kick, right?!?
I wore these to Run dem Crew on Tuesday and I got quite a few compliments on them – everybody loves crazy leggings!tags: exercise, knit, kwik-sew
There wasn’t much to get excited about in this issue, in my opinion. March is always the issue with the bridal gowns, but even those left me cold for the most part – overly fussy with too many extra frills, bows, and (in non-bridal sections), migraine-inducing ugly prints.
I’ve pulled a few nuggets from the pile though…
This dress was the only design from the first feature that I even glanced twice at – I really like all the pleating, but that surplice opening looks like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen, and the model’s pose doesn’t help. It looks like she’s stiffly holding herself to avoid anything creasing or opening up!
Burda’s take on “grunge” was almost as laughable as their taken on “punk” earlier this year, but I did spot this very on-trend bomber jacket, which looks rather nice.
This is one of the ugliest outfits I have ever seen in Burda. Ever. Hideous tartan chiffon (why??!) paired with itself, plus the laziest drafting I’ve seen in a long time – those bell sleeves look like what a My First Pattern Drafting student might do if it were 1993. Ugly ugly ugly. UGH.
Burda print classic jeans patterns so infrequently that you’d think they’d be shouting about these from the front cover – “Sew your own jeans! Easy, step by step illustrated instructions!” Do they not want to sell issues or something? Why else would they disguise these in an ugly floral and call them “Five pocket Trousers”? It makes no sense! (If you missed the take-home message here – this issue is worth buying for these jeans alone.)
Someone on Burda’s drafting team has definitely been working their way through the Japanese drafting books, and IMHO it’s a wonderful thing! First we got a near-identical version of a Pattern Magic top, and now we get this basic tee with a single, added asymmetric pleat. Very chic, very wearable, and very Japanese.
There’s nothing particularly special about this princess-seamed top and skirt, paired together to look like a dress, but it could be a great alternative to a sheath dress and the seams would make for easy fitting.
The long cardigan does nothing for me, but the jogging bottoms/sweatpants/joggers/trekkie bottoms caught my eye, somewhat wistfully though as I dreamt back to the Burda of the last decade where we’d get special exercise wear features full of really wearable workout clothes instead of just watered-down loungewear… sigh.
On to the Plus section and omg check out the amazing lines of this dress! It’s clearly one for pears rather than apple figures but my god is that a bombshell look!
Burda really like their “dresses that look like separates” this month, because there’s another here for Plus-sized ladies. Though, really, you could separate the top and peplum and have a very nice top should you want it…
I don’t usually mention the kids patterns because I don’t often sew for kids so I fail to get excited about them but this month there were more designs I wanted to wear in the kids section than in the rest of the magazine! ARRGH. I mean, none are particularly difficult to draft in my own size, but I could do the same from a fashion magazine photo – I buy Burda to get the patterns I want to wear!
First off, this teeshirt with the asymmetric insert is SO cute with the stripe play, not to mention the shorts… There’s also a basic raglan tee, waterproof rain trousers, basic joggers, and a cycle seat cover, too.
And here, I’d totally wear that cap-sleeved hooded sweatshirt in a heartbeat if it were in my size! Not so much the playsuit/romper, though, but you can’t argue about its age-appropriateness for once!
They actually provide a women’s version of the only pattern in this section I don’t want to wear myself, the shapeless rain poncho. Figures!tags: bwof, magazine
I’ve been wanting to make Rachel’s free Brasilia Dress pattern since she released it on Christmas Day, and I finally got the kick I needed, in the form of a big opportunity – ten days ago I was asked to speak at the House of Commons about a new stem cell bill! So of course I needed a new dress, and I figured the red stretch cotton sateen in my stash would be perfect, both for confidence and the connotation with blood.
The pattern is only available in one size (Rachel‘s), but through an extreme act of coincidence, I match her bust, waist, and hips almost exactly, only differing by a centimeter or two. Our lengths, however, are another matter entirely, so I jotted down mine for comparison on the size chart provided:
I was a bit confused as to whether I should adapt the pattern based on the given body measurements or the finished measurements (as there’s a big difference in the lengths between them), so I ended up measuring the pattern myself (which was somewhere between the two given sets) and made this match my lengths.
In the end, I removed 5cm above the waist, added 1cm between the waist and hips, and lowered the front neckline by 7cm (this latter change was just a personal style choice). My bust point was exactly the same placement as on the pattern, though in future I’d shorten the darts so they end an inch or two below the bust rather than right at the apex.
Can you believe this red stretch cotton sateen has been in my stash since 2010? What was I thinking not using it until now?! It really is cherry red and not fuchsia like in these photos, also! The only problem with stretch cotton sateen is that it shows way more wrinkles in photos than it ever does in real like! In reality, this might possibly be the best fitting sheath dress I own.
The real star of this pattern is the unique front seaming – there’s a centre front seam with diagonal bust darts, but also curved side panels that really draw the eye inward and help to accentuate an hour glass figure. Really very clever eye trickery, and pretty easy to sew, too!
In the back, there’s two long, fisheye darts to give shape, and a centre back invisible zipper. Happily, I also had a long red invisible zipper in my stash (also from 2010!), so I didn’t have to buy anything for this dress – it was entirely free!
The pattern comes as-is, with no instructions or linings or facings, so I drafted my own all-in-one facings for the neckline and armholes. But then I stupidly sewed the invisible zipper in the CB seam before sewing the armholes, result -> I couldn’t flip the dress right-side-out! Guh, just a stupid mistake but I was already having a bad day so I just unpicked the armhole stitching (I’d already clipped the curves, too!) and finished them by hand instead. This was great as it actually gave me something to do as I waited around the hospital for checkup appointment the next day, and the tiny fell stitches make me happy!
I opted to not line the dress since I had limited time and figured I could wear one of my many Ruby Slips underneath instead, so I just finished off the hem with lace tape in the only colour I had on hand, black! Saucy!
I really like using lace hem tape when hand sewing a hem – the scallops and lace repeats make it really easy to keep nice, even stitches (ie: stitch on the top of the scallop, stitch between the scallop, then the top again, etc).
Just for fun, here’s my attempt at Rachel’s signature pose!
Before we settled on the gate of the wharf next door for our location, we tried two other moorings locations first, so I thought I’d throw those in!
And yes, for all of you who sent me encouragements on Twitter, my talk to the Parliamentary meeting yesterday went very well indeed! It was amazing to finally be inside the Houses of Parliament, which felt so much like a real-life Hogwarts and smelled like an old library. Mmm. We got shouted at for taking photos, but they were allowed in the ancient Westminster Hall.
The meeting itself took place in a room in the long section of the building along the river, so while I spoke, I actually got to look out onto St Thomas’s hospital across the river, where I had the bulk of my transfusions before my bone marrow transplant in 2009.
This dress was absolutely perfect for a confidence-boost and it’s totally going to be my go-to Power Dress. Thanks, Rachel, for such a fantastic free pattern!
PS: I can’t take credit for the “Brazilliant” pun! That puppy is all Rosie‘s.tags: cotton, dress
Real life is starting to run away from the documented garments on this site, so it’s definitely time for a little roundup of projects which I’ve been working on, yet haven’t quite done a full photoshoot for yet…
The Sherlock coat
The Sherlock coat is 90% done – I’ve attached the lining and flipped it all right side out, but there’s still some hand-stitching to be done. However, this is currently “parked” while James is waiting for the Etsy lady to put up more replica buttons for sale (yes, someone makes buttons that look just like the ones on Cumberbatch’s coat!). When those arrive, I’ll finish the handstitching, sew them on, and make a gajillion keyhole buttonholes with my vintage Singer attachment.
The Rainbow PB Jam Leggings
I used some of my most precious, imported Space Dyed “confetti” supplex to make a pair of my PB Jam Leggings to wear to the Bath Half marathon next weekend, and possibly run London marathon in, too, depending on the weather. These are totally finished and road-tested at Run dem Crew last week (to rapturous compliments!) but I’m waiting until next weekend to do a photoshoot in the race environment.
You saw these in my invisible pocket tutorial, remember?
(Actually, now that I think of it, I still need to show you all my last set of PB Jams and XYT Tops from my big pre-release photoshoot, too!)
The Brasilia Dress
I’ve been wanting to make Rachel’s free Brasilia Dress pattern since she released it on Christmas Day, and I finally got the kick I needed, in the form of a big opportunity – I’ve been asked to speak at the House of Commons on Monday about a new stem cell bill! Omg!! So of course I needed a new dress, and I figured the red cotton sateen in my stash would be perfect, both for confidence and the connotation with blood. Even though it was a rush job, I still made enough time to sew up a muslin first, and the finished dress is now finished, too. I’ll try to do a photoshoot this weekend and the grab a few photos in the Houses of Parliament itself next week!
Named Jamie Jeans – take two
Despite the lengthwise stretch FAIL the first time around, I’m still totally on track to sew another version of the Jamie Jeans in that silvery denim/bengaline. I’m finally getting to meet Scruffy Badger next weekend so I’d love to finish these in time so we could both wear our Jamies together (you have seen her magnificent final pair, right??)
The next pattern…
I’m hard at work on the next FehrTrade pattern, too! The draft is pretty much done, and I’m working on the instructions now, ready to go out to testers next week for a “sometime-in-March” release. I’ll share more closer to the time, but it’s one that the cyclists are particularly going to love!
And one last thing – anyone recognise the hands in this Great British Sewing Bee video?? I’ll give you a hint – they’re not May Martin’s!tags: coat, dress, exercise, fehr-trade-patterns, named
The Panty Party last week was more than a little awesome! I honestly don’t know where the time went, but one minute we were altering my Lacey Thong pattern to have full-cheek coverage, and the next minute the clock read 10pm!
I was joined by Michelle, Debbie, and Amy up at the Thriftystitcher studio in Stoke Newington (North London – an easy walk from Canonbury Overground) where they all got to pick through a huge pile of laces, fabric, and elastics, and learned how to best cut lace, deal with two different types of lingerie elastics, and how to do that cool “burrito method” of concealing seams.
They even got their first taste of the overlockers (sergers), and I could tell by their eyes that they’re hooked!
If you’re sad you missed out, then rejoice! Because the next Panty Party has been announced for Friday 28 March! Again, if you’re not into wearing thongs, that’s not a problem, we’ll have a couple of different styles of patterns to choose from and you’ll get to learn the techniques to make your own panties at home. All the ladies were amazed at how easy and fun it was!
I will also be teaching teeshirt and leggings classes in the next few weeks so stay tuned for those dates! (hint: keep your Sundays free!)
PS: If you live too far away and want a mere taste of the “in person” me, have a watch of my latest #ExtraMile video for London Marathon, where I explain my reasons for running in less than 3 minutes!tags: class, lace, lingerie
I ended up having a fun and full weekend of sewing this weekend, partially because I lost a few days work last week to a spa day (omg!) and a full day of filming (for Extra Mile – if you haven’t already seen my blue wigged self all over your internets, watch here!). Part of the work sewing was to get a bunch of stuff done on my next pattern, which is digitised, graded, and now ready for my second test version before I test it out on some unsuspecting local athletes, mwahahah! I also had a few projects for private clients to get done, as well, so I had to change mental “gears” a few times, too.
Another bit of work sewing was actually a bit too fun to be strictly considered “work”, and that’s because I needed to sew up a fresh sample pair of my free Lacey Thong pattern to bring along to the Panty Party class this Thursday, 13 February. There are still a few spots left if you want to snag them and join the fun, btw – I mean, seriously, look at this pile of lace and fabrics that arrived last week which is all for the class! Don’t you want to dive right in?!
To clarify: The Panty party class is at the ThriftyStitcher studio in Stoke Newington, North London, and it’s this Thursday! (PS: The Overground is not affected by the impending tube strike, either!!)
I’ve probably made at least ten versions of my Lacey Thong for myself, but, umm, I wear those, and it’s pretty creepy and gross to be showing other people your worn underwear, even if it’s clean, eww. So that’s why I needed to sew up a fresh sample pair to show off in the class, so I selected this thin, blue burnout jersey and some white lace and paired it with navy blue satin-edged elastic.
Isn’t she pretty? I also received a comment today from a Frenchman who made this utterly gorgeous satin & lace pair for his woman. So it doesn’t have to be a one-way lingerie sewing street – you could book your man on the course as a “surprise” and let him sew a pair for you! Ha!
I got to a point early on Sunday where I’d finished all the work sewing I wanted to accomplish, so I pulled out the Named “Jamie Jeans” pattern (now with US Letter-compatible printing and multi-sized, btw). I’ve been eyeing up this pattern since it was released, but it took it disappearing when the new collection was released to make me realise how much I wanted to sew it! Since a-l-l of my clothes are falling off me right now (thanks, running!) I am in serious need of trousers and even my leggings are baggy, so these were the top of my Fun Sewing list.
I had two lots of Minerva’s silver-coated denim (now sold out!) in my stash – 2m which lost most of its silver when I prewashed it (and I then used to make my last minute Mexico bag), and another 2m Minerva sent as a replacement. So in lieu of a muslin, I thought I’d use the faded yardage here and save the really silvery stuff (and/or some nice navy stretch twill, or leftover denim in my stash) after I tweaked the fit.
I used the very last scraps of my runner fabric (also used inside my classic jeans, which I still wear even though they’re comically baggy now) for the pockets and fly facing.
I really love the piecing and seamlines on this pattern, it’s a perfect mix of quirky and classic at the same time. You can’t really see in my fabric, but there’s a horizontal seam on the back pocket piece, and on the front pocket top, you use the reverse of your fabric as a contrast.
Hooooooooowever, as I was sewing up those long front seams, I had the sinking realisation that my fabric actually has the stretch running lengthwise, rather than across like every other stretch fabric in the universe (and come to think of it, it feels nothing like the denim it was advertised to be so I’m fairly certain this is actually bengaline).
It was at this point that I had a feeling these would be pretty tight and possibly not wearable at all, but I was enjoying the sewing and decided I’d keep going until I completed the crotch seam (minus the fly and waistband) and could try them on.
I tried them on.
I couldn’t get them past my meaty runner calves, let along check the waist & hips! Again, if you’ve only skimmed this post, this is not the pattern’s fault – it’s my stupid fault for not realising I had only had lengthwise stretch in my fabric!
I probably should’ve been more upset about losing a few hours and 1.5m of decent fabric, but I kinda expected this to happen, and that I’ve got more of this exact same fabric waiting in the wings kinda lessened the blow. So I’ll cut these out again (with a very modified layout!!) at some point in the next week or so when I’m caught up with my work sewing. I’ve got inspiration in the form of Catherine’s pair in this same fabric and Winnie’s denim Jamies to propel me forwards, too….
Soooo… what’s the stupidest mistake you’ve ever made while sewing?tags: fehr-trade-patterns, jeans, lace, lingerie, named
One of the favourite features of my PB Jam Leggings pattern is that there’s a secure, inner pocket at the upper back to keep things like your phone, keys, or gels handy while you’re working out. While I was developing the pattern, I decided to make this pocket one layer, and use the exterior of the leggings as the other side of the pocket, sealing off the bottom with topstitching.
But sometimes you may not want any topstitching visible from the right side, so to do this, you only need one extra piece of fabric and a few short steps. Making the pocket invisible from the outside will only add about 5 minutes max onto your construction time, but if your fabric is thick, definitely consider cutting your pocket from a thinner lycra!
Here’s the finished invisible pocket on my latest “rainbow sherbert” pair I’ve just finished!
Before you start…
When you’re cutting out your fabric, cut two pocket pieces instead of just one.
Fold down the shorter, curved edge of one of the pocket pieces and topstitch with a twin needle or coverstitch (or, alternatively, finish with narrow elastic or FOE)
With right sides together, stitch the longer, curved edge of the two pocket pieces, and flip right side out (note: if you’re zigzagging this seam, you’ll want to trim the seam allowance and/or clip the curves to get a smooth seam)
When you get to Step 6 in the instructions, lay the pocket pieces face down on top of the Back Contrast pieces with the folded, topstitched edge facing down and aligned with the marks. Stitch through all layers (Middle Back, Back Contrast, and both Pocket pieces)
Flip your pocket to the inside of the leggings, and continue with the instructions.
At Step 14, fold the waistband inside and pin, ensuring that you catch the taller pocket piece but not the folded, topstitched pocket edge. Carefully topstitch the waistband with a twin needle or coverstitch from the right side.
And that’s it! You’re done!fehr-trade-patterns, tutorial
The latest issue of the Brazilian pattern magazine, Manequim, has arrived in my postbox and hurrah – it’s a special dress issue!
Omg, what a super cute asymmetric skort! I’m not the biggest shorts fan, but I would totally wear this! I love how the front panels are sewn into the front seams of the legs, too. Very cool.
I’m not a fan of the cropped jacket with a million fabrics, but the hem on the skirt is quite novel and a shape I’ve not seen before… (As is the one on the front cover, actually)
The designer inspiration this month is Derek Lam, and I totally love this knit sheath dress, even though it’s quite a basic design. I reckon I’m probably a size 42 now anyway, and I would totally wear this in a bright canary yellow ponte!
Another Derek Lam-inspired pattern is for this yellow silk overblouse, which has rolled up, tab sleeves, and a great shawl collar (the maroon bermuda shorts are the third pattern but… ick.)
This is a really simple sheath dress pattern for stretch satins, but I like the detail of just folding the collar edge over like that – so simple to do to any pattern! This is also offered in several sizes, so could be a good base for altering another Manequim pattern to your size…
The Plus sized patterns are all dresses, too this month, modeled by a famous actress but not styled particularly well IMHO. But I like this knit sheath dress with the paneling made famous by Stella McCartney, and I see Manequim aren’t adverse to a little Jungle January action, either!
Here’s another Plus dress that just doesn’t seem to be thought through very well. Sure, the illusion yoke is quite edgy, and the plunging, non-illusion neckline is quite sexy, but how many Plus-sized women can get away without wearing a bra?! With the low front, you couldn’t even get away with a strapless one… Not very practical, Manequim!magazine, manequim