Manequim July 2012

I’ve had a few weeks to mull over this issue, and in my opinion, it’s another really great one, full of garments for “their winter” that could easily be worn in “our summer”!

In the section showing dresses inspired by Brazilian soap stars, I really like this dress with an integrated side-tie – it’d be really easy to just draft this as a separate piece, but the tie itself is cleverly integrated into the shaped seams, like something out of Pattern Magic!

I totally squealed when this issue first arrived, because the cover dress with curved black knit side panels is just too fabulous (and clearly inspired by the famous Stella McCartney “Octavia” dress) but it’s also only available in my size!! Yess!

Doesn’t this silk dress with draped skirt overlay and yoke look like something a certain Duchess would wear?

There’s a big section on formal dresses with a youthful feel for the traditional Brazilian Quinceañera celebrations, when a girl turns 15 and officially becomes a woman. In particular, I really liked these two very different gowns, one long and formal, the other short and sassy!

This pleated dress is unfortunately made up in black fabric which obscures all the details, but the tech drawing shows off the great lines underneath!

You know I love Manequim’s silk blouse patterns, and here’s another – this time with big dolman sleeves!

I know I haven’t been sewing much from Manequim recently, but I’m certainly getting lots of inspiration from these issues, like I hope you are, too!

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