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Moda Moldes magazine - April 2011

9 June 2011, 14:24

I only recently discovered that there are more Brazilian pattern magazines than just Manequim, and so when I learned a good friend was going to Brazil on holiday over Easter, I sent her on a mission to find as many as she could to bring back to me.

Not only did she find two Manequims for herself (she’s one of my beginning sewers so I told her I’d write up instructions for her for whichever of the patterns she wanted to make), but she brought me back three other magazines, too.

The first I have to show you is Moda Moldes magazine (which roughly translates as “Fashion Patterns”).

This magazine has a lot of celebrity-influenced fashion like Manequim, and I really liked the tech drawing for this draped, jersey maxidress, though I’d definitely shorten it to suit my tastes.

There’s clearly a limited pool of Brazilian celebrity outfits to choose from, because MM have chosen the same white dress that was also featured in the May 2011 Manequim (though in this case, I like Manequim’s pattern (on the right) better!).

I’m not that excited by yet another wrap dress pattern, but the same celebrity outfit on the right was also featured in this month’s Molde & Cia magazine (coming up soon). But frankly, I think this bodysuit would make a pretty great swimsuit pattern instead!

I love this pieced cocktail dress! Check out those curved pieces! This was my friend’s favourite design out of all the magazines, and I can see why!

Despite my love of the above-the-knee-hem, this is one instance where I think a maxi dress shouldn’t be shortened – you really need the full, long skirt here to balance out the ruffled shoulders.

This plus-sized knit dress really reminds me of a similar one that was in the Winter 2010 MyImage magazine (on the right below)… They’ve both got a similar shape and those cool button tabs on the collar.

Ooh, a parade of dresses! Well, and a blouse and wrap jacket, too.

I really liked the bodice of this before I realised it was a jumpsuit (ewww). But then I figured that I could just as easily have this bodice on its own as a top, or whack a skirt on it for a dress instead!

The sizing and pattern sheets are very similar to Manequim (I’m a 44 in all the Brazilian magazines, actually). Here’s the Moda Moldes pattern sheet, which looks the same as Manequim to my eyes:

Overall, I really like a lot of the designs in this magazine, and I feel like they’re equally as edgy and current as Manequim, but I’m just not seeing as many patterns in my size here (44) as I do in Manequim… Perhaps this would be a better choice if you’re a few sizes smaller than me?

You may also be interested to read Sew on Trend’s review of the May 2011 issue to get a broader idea of what’s included outside this issue.

And I’m happy to announce that the winner of the Fait Main Grandes Tailles giveaway… Vineta!

Check out the timestamp – yes, I did this over breakfast!

I’ve emailed her to get her address, but thank you to all who entered especially to the bone marrow donors amongst you!

Late breaking news – UK readers, I’m in this week’s issue of That’s Life magazine, page 35. Yes, I’m thrilled to be sharing the same issue as “Docs turned my boob into a cheesburger” and “I’m buying a baby on benefits”, but my article is really lovely if you get a chance at the newsagents!

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  1. These have been showing up on US Ebay but without any info or pictures on the patterns. Thanks for the info on these. Gee, they even use a plus size model!


    Nancy K    Jun 9, 03:58 PM    #
  2. I’ve always wondered what Moda Moldes is like – how interesting! It does look quite a lot like Manequim. I was sort of expecting it to be much daggier or something but it obviously isn’t. And really looking forward to seeing Molde &Cia, that is another one I was intrigued about.


    Jacquie    Jun 9, 03:59 PM    #
  3. The pieced cocktail dress reminds me a lot of your wedding gown – and it’s even in white!


    — Mom    Jun 9, 04:36 PM    #
  4. Never heard of That’s Life Magazine. I’ll look for it. Still trying to figure out whether we are going out of town this weekend. Would love to see your floating garden.


    Karin    Jun 9, 05:20 PM    #
  5. Oh this issue is great as well. I’m definitely asking my friend again if she can send me more issues. In England I knew a place where you could get back-issues of different magazines for a cheaper price, maybe there’s a place like that in Sao Paolo as well… Just imagine that libraries there might stock these goodies!


    Tine    Jun 9, 09:04 PM    #
  6. A good friend of mine goes to Brazil often since her daughter is married to a Brazilian. I asked her if she could look for Manequim and she brought back the April and May Manequim as well as 3 Moda Moldes. Her daughter is coming to visit in August and said she found another magazine with patterns. I can’t wait! Hopefully, I will be posting a review on PR of a dress I made from one of the Moda Moldes.


    — Pauline    Jun 9, 10:38 PM    #
  7. Very nice magazine! This magazine has a lot of celebrity-influenced fashion and that plus-sized knit dress is one of my favorite. Thanks for sharing such beautiful post.


    hostess milano    Jun 15, 06:02 AM    #

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