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Thursday, August 14, 2008

My first Patrones outfit!

Well this has been an adventure, I've completed a top and a skirt from Patrones, the skirt is fine, the top pattern needs a bit more work to fit properly in the bust area, but has enough promise to invest the time in making it again.



Wrap top - Patrones issue 257, June 2007, #74



Pleated skirt - Patrones issue 261, October 2007, # 50

That is about the extent of my Spanish translation skills! I will take some pictures in daylight and post more detailed reviews and my own order of construction separately in the next couple of posts. Overall I am glad that I have taken the plunge and tried the patterns, it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be although I deliberately picked simple patterns that I thought I could manage without instructions. Mostly this has helped me get an understanding of the sizing. For reference my BWOF size is usually 38 & FBA for tops and 40-42 in bottoms. In Patrones a good starting point for me seems to be 42 top with FBA (but smaller than the one I made on this top) and 44 bottoms.

Janine asked about fabric shopping in Singapore. I was short on (personal shopping) time on my last visit so those 3 fabrics I posted all came from Spotlight. I see from your blog that you are from Sydney so I can't imagine you'll be shopping there, but if you do, Spotlight is at the Dhoby Ghaut MRT end of Orchard Road. I would suggest visiting Arab Street (you'll need to haggle) and Serangoon Road in Little India. I know there are also some fabric shops and a textile market in the Chinatown area, but I don't know the exact details, sorry. If you like shoes, Takashimaya department store on Orchard Road is awesome! Have a great trip!

Here by the way is where I lost my wallet/filofax. We went to a restaurant called Novus inside the National Museum. At the time it was lit up with these amazing lights which changed every few minutes, during the day it's a regular old white colonial style building.


12 comments:

Erica B. said...

Very pretty outfit!

Vicki said...

Lovely outfit and I see you have your new red shoes on!

Adrienne said...

Lovely!!!!

Dei said...

Sensational color! You're courageous. Well done.

cidell said...

That blouse is awesome. I'm a little excited because I think I have that issue too!

Audrey said...

Congratulations on your first Patrones garments. They look great.

Summerset said...

Awesome outfit - I love the red! I have that issue, too, and have thought about that blouse, maybe next summer!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Your new outfit is very nice!!

Sigrid said...

Good combination. The pattern for the blouse is very good. I'm about to try Patrones for the second time, and my Spanish is non-existent too. Makes it just a bit more difficult, but as you said, when you make something not too difficult it must work.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Love the Patrones outfit! I actually saw it a few days ago from work and am just now getting a chance to comment on it!

Tany said...

Both skirt and top look great!! May t~hese be the first of many Patrones garments!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

What a cool building! I love the colorful lights. Also love your Patrones outfit. The color of that top is fantastic!