I’m a real sucker for sewing magazines. No matter how many patterns I have in my collection (hoard might be a better word for it), I still want more. I know I can buy all these patterns individually, however there is something nice about getting a magazine with some more information and ideas about the pattern – different looks etc.
Although I work for a publishing company and get a lot of free craft magazines, I still manage to buy more… I made the mistake of going to WHSmiths yesterday and got excited by the spring and summer patterns and came out with three more mags. Here is what tempted me!
Love Sewing, Issue 51 – comes with Butterick B6380 (a Gretchen Hirsch pattern). The dress is a 1940’s style tea dress with sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice. The photo of Gertie on the front of the pattern makes it look comfortable and fun. However, since having a closer look at the pattern line drawings on the back, plus reading some reviews, I don’t think this pattern will work for me without an awful lot of adjustments. I’d have to do an FBA and make the neckline a bit higher as reviews have said its too low for everyday wear, and I’m just not comfortable showing that sort of bust line. I’m not even sure how to attempt an FBA on a bodice that doesn’t have darts – this one has gathers. Perhaps it might be a good learning experience, but I’m not sure I want to go through so much fitting faff. Oh well!
La Maison Victor, Issue 1 March 2018 – comes with eight patterns (these are printed sheets within the magazine. I think this is the first proper issue done in English rather than a special edition. This is a beautiful magazine! So different to the ones we are used to in the UK which often feel cheap and old fashioned. This is very modern and has a lovely design as well as having practical patterns for families, not just womenswear.
I picked this up mainly for the Barbara Dress – a simple sleeveless button up dress with a tie waist. It is just the sort of dress I would love to be wearing this summer, so I definitely want to try it in some cotton lawn or viscose. The number of buttons on it are a bit intimidating, but it will force me to master them! The Joy jersey dress (similar to the Colette Moneta) also appeals, however on closer inspection I doubt my bust would fit it – it looks very straight and not designed for curves.
Make it Today! Dressmaker, Issue 32 March 2018. This issue comes with two pattern packs: the New Look K6022 easy dress and drawstring bag, and the Simplicity K1355 easy to sew jumpsuit, plus four pull out skirt patterns. Plus! There are other patterns that can be downloaded from their website, including the Tilly and The Buttons Frankie baseball tshirt (which I have already made).
The jumpsuit – its just what I want to make for a summer holiday. I love that it has a full trouser length to it, as I am so pale I do not like to get burnt and need to be covered up most of the time. It looks so comfy and easy to wear – especially because the straps are wide enough to conceal bra straps. I want it to be summer already!