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Manequim magazine

24 July 2009, 16:40

If you were building your dream pattern magazine, what would be in it? Maybe some swoon-worthy evening gowns? Designer fashion homages? Patterns from exotic locations? An upmarket twist on casual fabric? Or maybe just some really sharp Fall/Winter fashions?

Well, someone clearly saw my wishlist, because all of this is in the April 2009 issue of the Brazilian pattern magazine Manequim!

The first feature in the magazine is Oscar fashion! I don’t know how they did such a short turnaround, but they took six designer dresses that big celebrities wore to the 2009 Oscars in late March, and made patterns to replicate them! Included are the dresses that Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Natalie Portman, Jessica Biel, and Meryl Streep wore (I wasn’t as keen on Ms Hathaway and Biel’s dresses)!

Next up, there’s a huge homage to Yves Saint Laurent, giving patterns for his trademark trousers (13) and jacket (12), Mondrian-style shift dress (6) and pin-tucked shirtdress (4)! The following pages show a big mix & match spread on how to wear the pattern garments alongside the rtw pieces so you can get a bunch of different looks from it all.

There’s also a big feature on winter fashions that includes a knitted bolero sweater, jumpsuit (that actually looks flattering!), sheath dress, cropped trousers, jacket, and incredible downloadable pleated dress pattern, but my favourite of all is this biker jacket (downloadable) and voluminous skirt!

There’s another full feature on Indian garments and styling, taking Bollywood actresses and highlighting their clothes and accessories. Patterns include the traditional choli and tunic/trouser combo, but also more modern designs like a sleeveless shirtwaister, a belted, embellished tunic, and my favourite, this knotted satin dress:

But out of all the features, the one that got me most excited was the one named “Sweatshirt chic”! Remember how much I adore my Patrones couture sweatshirt?? SQUEAL!

Everything in the feature is made from sweatshirting, but it is anything but sportswear! There’s a cool, pleated, wrap-over trouser, a blazer, even a formal dress with long sleeves and a silk collar, but the two I loved the most are this wrap jacket and its corresponding simple trousers, and the tie collar dress that just looks SO easy to wear!

Off on its own (despite the “Indian skirt” title, it wasn’t in the Indian feature) was this really simple-looking wrap skirt with four layers that really didn’t look like anything from the tech drawing. But with a few clever twists and ties, it became clear that this is actually an “Infinite skirt”, and you could get a multitude of really cute looks from it depending on how you style it. I’m not one for maxi dresses, but I love the “Drapeado” look on the right.

And finally, at the back of the magazine they have a bunch of pages like this one showing How to Wear all the different magazine patterns (minus the Oscars dresses) combined with the download patterns combined with rtw clothes and accessories, which is actually really well thought out and gives you a chance to see a different view of the garments.

I really liked this page because it shows my favourite sweatshirt wrap jacket with tatty old jeans (less matchy-matchy and more real life!), that knotted satin dress with an ace cropped jacket, the traditional Indian tunic with very modern jeans and handbag, and the sweatshirt trousers punked up with an elaborate jacket, vintage tee, and shoe boots. And I’d wear any four of these looks!

the catch…

Ok, not really “a catch”, but more the downsides to Manequim…

So extra big thank yous to Tany for sending me this issue that I could share with you all, adding to my lust for pattern magazines, and bringing South America into the giant pattern-publishing family!

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  1. Thanks for doing this. I discovered this through Tany too but haven’t found it online…yet!

    words: etiology cially
    Of course, the last paragraph utterly CRUSHED me but whatever. I’ll figure it out, somehow.

    And very cool, I agree, except for the single-size issue.

    Can’t wait to see what you make up.

    VERY happy to see you back home and online, too!

    Lakaribane    Jul 24, 08:20 PM    #
  2. Wow, that is an amazing magazine!! Thanks for sharing. I bookmarked the link to the downloadable patterns, but I sure do wish the mag was available in the U.S. Those pattern sheets look tough, like seriously old school vintage Burda pattern sheets. Good luck!

    katie    Jul 24, 08:39 PM    #
  3. Wow fabulous, I hope someone from Burda sees your post, some great ideas in here.

    allisonC    Jul 25, 02:03 AM    #
  4. I am not aware of any other pattern magazines inline with our Southern hemisphere seasons – generally they just send them out late to keep with our seasons.. lol!

    Sue    Jul 25, 07:24 AM    #
  5. Thank you for sharing this magazine with us. Seams they really have great styles in it. Now i really want to know where to buy it!

    Best wishes, senaSews

    senaSews    Jul 25, 01:30 PM    #
  6. I downloaded the biker pattern! I’m sure I’m going to have to size the hell up out of it. I find these magazines are made for teeny girls.

    cidell    Jul 25, 05:08 PM    #
  7. It’s wonderful, seeing another style of pattern magazine… I love the “Indian skirt” – it looks so versatile!

    Hana - Marmota    Jul 25, 05:09 PM    #
  8. …oh, and I do not mind the downloadable patterns having overlapping pieces, not at all! I always trace my downloaded patterns anyway. So what matters to me is the much smaller number of sheets I have to glue together! It’s great. :D

    Hana - Marmota    Jul 25, 05:16 PM    #
  9. What a fabulous sewing magazine! Thank you so much for the pictures. They offer international subscriptions on their website
    Wish I had the money to subscribe.

    — zora    Jul 25, 07:54 PM    #
  10. Wow – thanks for sharing, had seen some of their downloadable patterns before but didn’t know about the tracing thing! Glad you showed the pattern sheets because that’s put me off and made it easier to resist rather than start an obsessive search on the net for a copy!! Think I’ll stick to Burda and the odd Patrones for now. Can’t wait to see what you make though!

    — racheljm    Jul 26, 02:17 PM    #
  11. I’ve been away, so catching up on your posts, I read that you are home! How wonderful for you. Do you have to stay in for the next 6 months except for your hospital visits?

    Nancy k    Jul 26, 08:09 PM    #
  12. Ooooh, so much great stuff in there! I love that sweatshirt dress the most, I think.

    The Slapdash Sewist    Jul 27, 03:13 PM    #
  13. i found this blog entry while trying to find more info on this magazine (looking for a new one since my beloved Patrones started going downhill a couple of months ago, boo boo!) anyway, i thought i’d pass on this page i found- looks like you can get an international subscription for about $115 per year and request the subscription via email:


    hope this helps the other folks who are searching for manequim!

    — elainemay    Jul 28, 03:42 PM    #
  14. I’m glad you enjoyed the magazine and I can’t wait to see what you make up from it!

    Tany    Aug 1, 11:29 AM    #
  15. Oh my goodness that Angelina Joli dress is gorgeous! I need that pattern! ;) Looks like I might be going on a hunt…

    K    Sep 11, 06:10 AM    #
  16. I am so sorry to hear of your illness. I hope that you have recovered and are doing well. It takes time and patience! Do you know if this mag or web site comes in English? Saia Indiana is so pretty and I would love to make this for the summer. Nora :)

    — Nora    Mar 25, 08:53 PM    #
  17. It ships to Australia for $135 a subscription (apparently) and can be purchased from adtmexterior@abril.com.br.

    — Tj    Feb 19, 04:36 AM    #

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