Mrs. Stylebook (Autumn) Review Part 1

23 Nov

This issue is filled with jackets galore!  If you love drafting jackets and coats this issue is for you.

There are about 92 patterns to draft.  Included are four ready-made patterns: open cardigan (left), open coat (right),

knit top (left), and a loose fitting dress (right) .  Not crazy about any of these garments.  The only thing I would consider making is the knit top.

Jackets and Coats Galore!

I always find that the more fashionable patterns are featured in the front of the magazine and the further you get into the magazine, the dowdier or quirkier the style gets.  A huge portion of my review consists of patterns from the front with a smattering of selections from the middle and the end.

Nuance Form

(Left) Belted poncho/cape with zipper closure.

(Middle) Shawl collar coat with big patch pockets on either side.

(Right) Collarless princess seam coat with a sixties flare.  Love the bold color and the big buttons on this coat.

Impact Color, Check & Border

(Left) Updated version of the blanket coat reminiscent of the HBC blanket coat.  I love the unusual detailing of the ruched collar and the zipper decorated patch pockets.

(Middle) Shirt tunic with tiny center front pleats.

(Right) A variation of  the tailor jacket with a ribbed sweater knit top collar.

Creamy Color

(Left) Shawl collar jacket with frayed detailing.

(Middle) Coat with big patch pockets and a huge shawl collar that I thought was a hood.  I had to use google translate to translate this kanji 衿 symbol on the draft to make sure it was a huge shawl collar and not a hood.

(Right) Coat with a hood.  The hood has an exposed zipper in the center front that isn’t shown in the picture but is in the draft.  The zipper looks more decorative than functional.  I love the welt pockets disguised as  patch pockets.

Feminine Print

(Left) The busy textile pattern takes away from all the pleating details on this garment.  The tunic top/dress has a center front box pleat and opposing knife pleats that carries through to the back.  The raglan sleeve is pleated in the same manner but has an inverted box pleat on the cap line.  Collar is also pleated to match.

(Middle) Uggh….this textile pattern reminds me of my grandmother’s table cloth.  The silhouette is reminiscent of the 60s, but that doesn’t mean they have to raid somebody’s old tablecloth to remind us what decade they took their inspiration from.

(Right) Another tunic/dress with dolman sleeves and a boat neckline.  In my opinion, this textile pattern is the most wearable one out of the three.

Soft Military

(Left) Double-breasted trench coat with 3/4 length raglan sleeves.  I hate the length of the sleeves on this coat.  It is not flattering on anybody’s figure; in fact it shortens your proportion making you look shorter.  The only time 3/4 sleeves works on a coat, is if the coat is cropped at the waist or higher.

(Right) Double-breasted peplum jacket with two piece sleeves and rounded notch collar.


One Response to “Mrs. Stylebook (Autumn) Review Part 1”

  1. theperfectnose March 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    I have two of these and take ’em off the shelf from time to time for a bit of oogling but that’s been it so far for me in the Stylebook department…

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