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Missing Manequim magazines…

27 Jun

Busy, busy, busy spring and summer.  Sorry for not posting in May, I just finish completing a five week online course, which kept me busy.  I am also busy with doing extra housework since my husband is out of commission due to a dislocated elbow from mountain biking.  I am behind with all my magazines and releases of new patterns from the big 4, so I know this post is a bit behind.

Recently my Manequim magazines have been going AWOL in the mail.  I was mailed the wrong magazine for April and a replacement never came. My May issue never appeared, but after contacting customer service they have agreed to mail me another May issue.  Thankfully June issue showed up today, so I am a bit relieved I am only missing two issues instead of three.  I dread it when I miss an issue of Manequim.  Out of all the pattern and sewing magazines that I subscribe to, this is my favorite pattern magazine.

I was going through my last Manequim, which was the March issue, before this fiasco happened and they have this bag pattern which is in the same likeness of the Stella McCartney Fallabella fold-over tote (retail at $1265.00).  This bag has been around since 2010 and has been a popular bag among celebrities to carry.


Photo taken from intheircloset.com

The Manequim version looks close to the Stella McCartney bag and it’s easy to sew.  For a fraction of the price, you can make your own Fallabella bag.

Manequim  March 001


Spring 2012 Fashion Trends

12 Mar

The weather in Toronto is warming up and I am looking forward to spring weather and clothes.   What better way to celebrate spring than to compile all of my subscribed magazine spring trend forecasting and pair it up with a sewing pattern.


From full skirt to pencil skirt, silhouettes from the 50s and 60s is still in vogue. If you feel more risqué, try a bralette top seen at Dolce and Gabbana and Nina Ricci.  
Recommended pattern – Bustier Top 127 and Skirt 126 from Burda May 2011


With the Summer Olympic just around the corner, get into the athletic spirit by donning garments with sporty detailing, such as jumbo zippers, neon trims and mesh fabrication. Try pants with color blocked stripe on the sides, seen at Gucci, Rag and Bone, and Antonio Berardi.

Recommended pattern – Pants 108 from Manequim January 2012


From African prints to Haitian prints, ethnic tribal prints are seen a plenty on this spring runway. There are no rules for the silhouettes that house these prints. Just keep the sewing pattern simple to allow the prints to stand out. My favourite collections highlighting this trend are Donna Karen and Michael Kors.

Recommended pattern – Jumpsuit 129 from Manequim January 2012


From flapper dresses to bias dresses to sequins and fringes, we have been captivated by 20s aesthetics which can be partly attributed to the success of Downtown Abbey and Boardwalk Empire.  Don’t feel like tackling a drop-waist dress, than just try a sequin tank with art deco motif. My favourite collections highlighting this trend are Gucci and Etro.

Recommended pattern – Dress 126 from Burda April 2011


An alternative to the bold colors this spring, pastel is making a comeback in a variety of shades – mint and blush being the most popular. There are no rules on the type of garments that can be in pastel.  Try a sweet and romantic dress in this shade, if wearing pastel pants is out of your comfort zone.

Recommended pattern – Cynthia Rowley Dress 1873 from Simplicity Pattern