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Mrs Stylebook Spring 2012 Review Part 2

5 Jul

I have been very late on finishing my review for the Spring 2012 Mrs. Stylebook; I will finish the last part of the review when I come back from New York in mid July.  Continuing where I left off, this section displays the on trend pieces for spring.


(Left)A shirtwaist dress with contrasting banding on the hem of the sleeve and dress and on the shoulder seam.  The dress has a four button closure concealed on the inside of the dress.

(Right) A sleeveless V-necked dress with pleats substituting in place of darts.

Spring Coat

(Left) A coat with large patch pockets on both side and a hood, which isn’t visible in the photo, the hood has a loose fit with an extension that drapes down to the front.

(Middle) A double-breasted trench coat constructed in chambray fabric.

(Right) A red swing trench coat with lots of volume.  I love how they styled this look with the patterned silk scarf and slim black pants.  Very Parisians!

Shirt Style

(Left) It looks like a regular over size shirt in the photo but it’s an unusual drafted shirt with bat wing sleeves.  There are only three pattern pieces – the left side, the right side and the collar.  The shirt is also easy to assemble with the two sides folding into itself, than sewing it along the shoulder seam, and finally attaching the two together at the center back.  No sloper require for this garment.  Just draft from the given measurement.

(Middle)  I love this drop waist shirt with the shoulder yoke and the patch pockets.

(Right)  A tunic shirt in a border printed fabric with patch pockets.

Gather & Pleated Skirt

(Left) A knife pleated skirt with a border hem.

(Middle) A pressed in pleated skirt.

(Right) A box pleated skirt.

Basic Jacket

(Left) In the tradition of a tailored man’s jacket, a female version with notch collar, sleeve vent, and double welt flap pockets.

(Middle) A fitted jacket tailored with cuffed sleeves and single welt flap pockets.

(Right)  A jewel collar jacket constructed in three contrasting fabric, the main fabric used looks like a boucle, the other two fabric not so sure but looks like a cotton or linen woven variety.  The decorative detail on the sleeve hem and waist seams utilizes the fray edges of the contrasting fabric.

Loose Dress and Blouse

This whole section feature loose fitting dresses and blouses.

(Left) A chic A-line dress with fullness in the back brought on by the inverted box pleat in the back.

(Right) A colour blocked dress with a little box pleat at the hem.

(Left) Using some creative pattern drafting, interesting fullness is created at the bottom of this tunic.

(Middle) A tunic with lace overlay.  This tunic is so easy to draft and sew.  No sloper required.

(Right) A peasant blouse with back button closure and waist tie band.

(Left) Another easy tunic top to draft and sew.  You can use two handkerchiefs, instead of fabric off the bolt to construct this top.

(Left-middle)  A tunic with drawstring sleeves and a sheer back insert.

(Left-right) A casual button less shirt constructed with a back yoke, a flare back and a back tie.

(Right) A bib inserted cowl neck tunic.


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

New Vogue Spring 2012 Patterns

28 Jan

My picks from the new pattern release:

Donna Karen
Love this dress with all the intricate seaming.

Donna Karen
Love the draping and the color combo of white and navy.  My favorite pattern out of this release.

Donna Karen
I love the cowl top but I am not sure about the skirt with the gathers across the bottom.

Tom and Linda Platt
70s inspired jersey dress with a modern twist with the curve seaming and gathers.

Guy Laroche
It looks amazing on the model, but I am not sure if it would on me.

Tracy Reese
Wrap dress with an interesting shape neckline.

Tracy Reese
Yikes!  This fabric doesn’t pair well with this design.  I love the dress but not the fabric.

Love this dress. Its silhouette is similar to Donna Karen V1220 pattern.

Badgley Mischka
Rollin rollin rollin in the river…I want to dance to Proud Mary in this dress channeling Tina Turner.

Pamella Roland
Asymmetrical draping, a modern take on the Grecian dress.

Bellville Sassoon
Love the folds and pleats of this structural collar on the top.

Today Fit’s by Sandra Betzina
I must confess that I have never been interested in Sandra Betzina’s patterns until this blouse pattern came along.  This blouse is flattering for all shapes and sizes and conceals a multitude of sins.

Men’s Jeans
I have always wanted to make a pair of jeans for my husband but was too lazy to draft a pattern from scratch.  Now I have no excuse.  This pattern comes in both boot-legged and tapered fit.