I am back! Sorry for my inconsistent postings, I have been busy in my personal life and was also out of the country for a month so I was delay in getting this post out. To make it up, this post is pretty long with lots of visual to look at. Winter is almost over in this part of the hemisphere so this post might be redundant for those entering into spring/summer sewing, but in the other part of the world where summer is ending and autumn is approaching this review has come just in time.
I received the winter 2013 Mrs. Stylebook from my vendor, however I did not receive the fall special edition. I am debating if I should just order it off of Ebay, it looks more interesting than the winter edition. The winter issues has your typical coat, jackets, long sleeve garments for the season. The free pattern in this issue: classic modern coats, simple chic half coat, dolman sleeve short coat, A-line half coat, zip-up pullover, and a jacket; all very simple basics and easy to sew.
A classical modern coat with raglan sleeve, one hook closure and a self made belt.
My favorite out of the six free patterns, a simple chic half coat with concealed button closure and attached leather ties.
Yikes! The fabric choice could have been more fashion and less upholstery for this dolman sleeve short coat.
An A-line half coat with drop shoulder sleeve.
(Left) A cardigan/jacket with two snap button closures, the same draft as the classical modern coat but cut shorter. (Right) A zip-up pullover with drop shoulder and an exposed front zipper.
Two men’s wear inspired jackets – the left jacket has a shoulder yoke detail done in a contrasting fabric and the right jacket has patch pockets with snap button flap closure.
Lace & Tweed Jacket
(Left) Influence from the 70s safari jacket can be seen in the use of large patch pockets on the front of this jacket. The jacket edges is frayed and is reinforced with twill tape to control the fray.
(Center) Zip jacket with a lace overlay decorating the center front.
(Right) Lace jacket decorated with pointed lace border around the collar.
Short Cape & Coat
I love these two pieces! Both have a structural look to them that is basic yet distinctively unique. (Left) This jacket’s curving style lines is reminiscent of a Frank Gehry sculpture with the front flowing into the collar and the collar jutting up to frame the face. (Right) This poncho/coat is modernly updated with strong use of angular design lines, in its silhouette and in its pocket shape.
(Left) Coat with a loosely draped collar and accented with slanted pockets. (Middle) Oversize notch collar coat with a cocoon silhouette. (Right) A coat with faux fur accent on the collar, the seams and the hem; mimicking the look of a shearling coat.
(Left) Short sleeve dress with tucks in place of darts. (Right) Loose fitting dress with expose zipper detailing.
(Left) Baby doll dress with lace collar. (Right) Princess line dress with flare skirt and 3/4 length sleeves.
Working With Stripped Fabric
This sections shows interesting way to lay pattern pieces to utilize the visual effect of stripes.
(Left) A peplum jacket with two piece sleeves and a portrait collar. A matching fishtail skirt completes the whole ensemble. (Right) A fitted jacket with two piece sleeves. Originally when I saw this jacket I thought it was trim added onto the jacket to give it this effect, but it’s really from placing the pattern pieces strategically on to the striped fabric to achieve this look.
(Left) A double breasted jacket with contrasting bands top-stitched horizontally across. (Right) A collarless princess seamed jacket with trumpet sleeves.
The Japanese are renown for their ability to layer clothing on top of layer and experiment with contrasting print and color. The style feature in Mrs Stylebook is not as extreme as the layering that I have seen on the street of Tokyo, but I thought this section was pretty cool in its instructional on the art of layering. An added bonus is some of the clothes featured in this section you can draft and sew yourself.
Five pieces to knit : shoes, finger-less gloves, scarf with pocket, beret, and button up collar.
Working with Wool Fabric
(Left) Loose cardigan (Right) Color-blocked jumper/dress
(Left) Tunic with multiple tucks (Right) Jacket with a decorative flounce hem
Cross Stitch Project
There are three cross stitch design template used to make buttons that can be used in a variety of crafting or sewing projects.
Three Craft Projects Using Old Scarf
The projects are – top, rosette, and a bag; all of the the scarfs used in these projects are of the square variety.
At the end of every Mrs Stylebook there is a tutorial on basic drafting skills. The summer 2012 issue focused on collars, neckline and darts which I never got around to covering. This issue features the bodice sloper and the variety of garments that can be drafted from this one sloper.