Manequim November 2009, Review + Giveaway
Manequim is the fabulous Brazilian love child of a trashy gossip/trend-rag and Patrones – with mild fetal alcohol syndrome (the gravity of this statement will sink in once you’ve eyeballed the pattern sheets).
The numbers at the bottom indicate the placement of the pattern piece of the corresponding number – I’ve highlighted pattern piece 51 with a yellow dot on the list and on the actual pattern piece to illustrate this.
I’ll start with the most important information first: sizing.
You don’t need Portuguese to understand it, everything’s labelled pretty well. When in doubt consult the lords of linguistics here. Second, yes this is a review of and a giveaway for, the same magazine. Third, yes there is a pattern for the dress on the cover (in size 38 only). Save your tears, there’s more.
It looks like they either deconstruct or replicate the latest fashion trends from fast fashion garments/ celebrity shots.
I’m guessing the latter is why some patterns are only offered in the one size (My daaarling I spend all afternoon figuring out the pattern and now you expect me to grade it? Nonono daaarling I late for my cocktail mixing class!). Garments made from the included patterns are styled and modelled alongside ready to wear garments and accessories.
Styles range from the simple to the &*#%^#@-that’s-insane-I’d-like-make-more-than-one-dress-this-year!
This issue seems to be a cocktail dresses/ evening wear special (there are a couple of skirts, pants, vests and a blouse but pretty much everything else is a dressy frock/ gown).
This skirt is my favourite garment in the issue, although I do like dress 442 and the poo-catchers are slowly growing on me (like a fungus).
The instructions are pretty standard for an international pattern magazine (i.e. sparse and not in English). Again, Google translate is your friend.
Manequim offer some free (and paid) downloadable patterns here. Extra laugh points for checking out their blog (only with Google translate – its not funny if you can actually understand Portuguese) here.
Rules for this giveaway are as follows: leave a comment on this post telling me which garment you’d like to make up and comment on any other post(s) on this blog. I’m happy to ship anywhere in the world (no track and trace sorry, I’m still a poor student). If you prefer your patterns pre-printed and tracing-free, I have another giveaway here for Vogue 1179 that you can enter instead (feel free to enter both giveaways if you like). Both giveaways end on the 31st of March, 2012 at 24:00 AEST.