Fait Main magazine – May 2011

While we were in France, I came across this new-to-me sewing pattern magazine! Curiously, it’s a Hubert Burda Media publication, but it’s only published in French, and with a totally different tech drawing and instruction style from the other “Burda” magazines. Fait Main also contains four or five knitting patterns, a few sewing patterns for kids and plus sizes, and some sewing crafts at the back. The sizing is very similar to the rest of Burda’s sizes, with only few centimeters difference between a Burda 42 and a Fait Main 42, but close enough that I’d wear the same size in both!

I can’t find a definitive official page, but it seems to have been going since at least 2005 according to this archive list. Maybe a French reader can help shed some light?

This waterfall knit cardi is nothing new, but I quite like the ruffled blouse, and the tulip skirt is really cute!

Here’s another look at the cover dress with its fantastic draped collar. I think this would make a really nice, easy to wear summer day dress in a breezy cotton or underlined linen.

I love the button detail on these trouser legs! This is one of the few Plus patterns in this issue, but I also picked up the Plus Fait Main magazine so there’s much more fun stuff in there…

How cute are these mother and daughter raincoats!? Raincoat patterns are quite difficult to find – I think in my entire massive pattern collection, I’ve only got this one and one from an older KnipMode. Perhaps trenchcoats and umbrellas have eclipsed the standard raincoat from the modern woman’s wardrobe…

This 60s mod dress made in sweatshirting is really cute, and I dig the side hip pocket, but I’m not sure that I’d actually ever wear this style. It’s worth noting that there’s also step-by-step photos on how to do the zippers on this, too.

Finally, at the back of the magazine, there’s a feature on the Toile de Jouy museum, which I didn’t know existed and now I’d really rather like to visit! (I’ve only scanned the first page of the article here, but there’s more on the official museum website anyway)

There was also a feature about changing careers to become a cake decorator(??), but I’ve spared you that one!

Coming up: a look at the Plus-sized Fait Main magazine, the current Idées Couture, the latest Manequim, and two kids garments I sewed a few weeks ago. And probably my lace Burda cover dress, too, since that’s nearly finished now!

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