Manequim April 2012

This time of year is my favourite for Manequim issues, as the Brazilians begin Fall, overlapping with our decidedly cool and wet English springs, it means for a brief period I can actually wear the patterns when they’re printed! So let’s have a look inside the latest issue…

Manequim usually contain one or two easy accessory patterns, and this month it’s patterns for two cute collars, plus some instructions for beading them.

The white skirt is a design I’ve seen done over and over before, but I love the white dress, with the pleated interest on the shoulders!

I absolutely love the asymmetric blouse, as seen on the cover, as well as its cool, one side seam layout! I’m not too sure about the shoulder bow, though – I’d probably leave that off, but this one is definitely on my To Sew list now!

Colourblocking is a big trend again this year, and this jersey dress really looks like a winner, drawing the eye to the shoulders and thighs with its stripes of colour. I also really like that they’ve used Fall colours here, as I think it’s easy to think of colourblocking only in terms of bright colours sometimes.

This dress should be quite simple to draft, but it’s got an elegant, timeless shape with just a bit of added interest from the pleats only coming from one side…

This top is totally me, with its floppy “cowl“ish collar, and it’d be great for English summerweather, paired with jeans or skirts.

The Marc Jacobs feature did nothing for me, and neither did the sole Plus pattern, but if you fancy seeing more from this issue, have a look at the curious kiwi’s review.

In other news…

Normal service is going to be somewhat disrupted for the next few weeks, as we’re staying on a neighbour’s boat while our boat is in drydock for regular maintenance. I brought my travel sewing machine and a few projects along, but I’m not sure how much I’ll be doing while I’m out of my element. But if you’d like to see some photos from our day-long voyage down the Thames and up the Medway on Monday, have a look!

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