Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Patrones 309 and the winners

Ta Da...... the winners of Patrones #308 are:
Gypsy Love
and Katherine H.

Yes, I lugged not 1 but 3 extra copies back from Spain.  Congratulations to the winners and if you send me your details, I will put them in the mail for you forthwith. 
A couple of people mentioned the weirdness of my comment settings in the last post.   I'm afraid I'm stumped how to fix it.  I'd prefer that it be like other blogs where the comments are shown under the post on the main page.  I've played around with the settings but can't get mine to do anything but the current set up.   I'm mystified.   

To leave comments - if you click on the pink post heading above it will take you into the page with the comments and the comment form.   So I'm afraid the comments arrangement is not very user friendly,  but I do love comments and I'd love to hear from you!
Patrones 309 arrived yesterday.  Has Patrones been a tad drab of late with some dubious styling or am I imagining it?  Mind you, Patrones #309 has some patterns I will surely make.
They first have a 'Rustic Elegance' section with this dress and a top, plaid anorak and jacket.
Next we have neutral coloured urban styles and oh yay, a couple of patterns from the COS brand.  I always look out for those ones.  They are usually a bit different and interesting.  
This section has the 2 coats shown plus 4 pairs of trousers, 4 jackets, long shirt and a couple of blouses.
Next up is Trends, which includes a couple of waistcoats, shirt dress, blouse and a suit. 
Hmm to the boots but this dress is quite interesting when you look at the line drawing.
The next section is rainwear.  It's not often you see a pattern for a rain poncho.  There is a lovely single breasted trench coat too.
There is also a good section on pencil skirts with 7 different styles. I really love No. 37 below, check out the details in the line drawing.
Last but not least is the Plus Size section with 3 winter coats including this lovely red one.
Next months magazine looks like it is the Party Frock edition. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Patrones #308 Blouse and a giveaway

It's time for another giveaway - Patrones #308.  If you entered for the last one (#307) but were unsuccessful I'll add you into this one.  Otherwise, make a comment expressing your interest before midnight next Wednesday Perth time and you'll be in the draw. 
Summer has arrived as has the need for some new work clothes.  I've made a couple of things from this Patrones.   The first is Model 32 worn with skirt with tucks 14.  I'll review the skirt in another post but here's the top in a black, white and red silk. 
This is in the plus size patterns which are from Patrones sizes 50-58.  I figured it is meant to be loose fitting in any case so used a very untechnical method of leaving off the seam allowances all over and taking a couple of centimetres off each of the side seams to grade it down.  It seems to fit ok. 
This is an easy top, well except for the collar which bamboozled me.  I'm sure there is a sensible way of making the collar that has escaped me but with for anyone else who is making this top this is how I made it, copied off a RTW top.  First the right hand side.
 Is this making any sense?
Now the left hand side. Make loops.
And then finally sew to the neck. 
And finally hand sew the turned under edge to the neck seam.   So it ends up looking like this.
I'm very happy with this one and now onto making another blouse from this Patrones.