I ordered these from a new-to-me Spanish magazine shop, No Pares de Leer. The prices (and shipping) were about the same as Hos Hanne, but the shipping was tracked by default so I could see exactly how slowly it was making its way to me…
In the first coats feature (on that “Patrones beach” we’ve seen in pretty much every issue), I rather like this big, asymmetrical collar coat, but it does remind me of the Vogue Armani-knockoff pattern so many people have made (and I’ve loved, too).
Also included is a Plus section with that same model we always see, on the same beach they always shoot on…
This is supposedly the first Spring issue, but for me it seems a strange mix of wearable jackets and office wear (yay!) but with a bunch of summery sleeveless tops and shorts (boo!). Who wears shorts when there’s still frost on the ground?
Loads of magazines are doing the nautical theme again this year, but for me, this cropped peacoat with white braid trim is the absolute pinnacle of the maritime look. It’s so good I’d even wear it, and I go out of my way to avoid any boaty clichés (for obvious reasons).
Also included is a rather nice (and new!) maternity section, plus three baby patterns.
Look beyond the ill-fitting sausage casing and bad fabric (seriously, bubble wrap??) and this could be a knockout dress, although with any strapless dresses, you need a LOT of internal support to keep everything in place.
Patrones 3 “Easy Sewing”
I ordered this issue because it was a bit of a mystery – It’s an “Extra” issue, but with new numbering (“3” rather than, say, “302”), and labelled as “Costura Facil” (“Easy Sewing”).
But seriously there is NO difference that I can see between this and the regular issues of Patrones. Same complexity of designs, same instructions, same everything. I thought maybe this was going to be the Patrones equivalent of Burda’s “Easy fashion” magazines, but it’s definitely not. It’s truly a mystery as to why they labelled this “easy”!
Unfortunately for me, the designs here are almost entirely summer shorts and vests that I can’t ever hope to wear in English summers…
There’s a great and very stylish little black dress feature at the back, and this cutaway dress is my favourite from it. In addition to the cutaway, there’s some great seaming interest in the body, too.
And finally, here’s a nice knit wrap dress, with the H&M label clearly showing. Alongside another garment with a Morgan de toi label showing, it’s obvious that Patrones are still copying high street and designer clothing, they’re just not able to tell us where it’s from for most of the clothes!
(There’s no Plus section is this issue)
So seeing as how Patrones have fully transitioned into shorts and strappy tops, this will likely be my last issue for a few months until they start their Fall fashions again near the end of the year. Luckily, Brazil is just starting their Fall so with a bit of luck I’ll have some great Manequim patterns to fill in the gaps!