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.