La Mia Boutique 05/2013 Review and Giveaway

Normally I don’t do magazine reviews on my blog as there are so many great ones out there (Anna at Paunnet or Melissa at Fehr Trade for example)
But this time I had to make an exception!

This is the second La mia boutique issue I ever bought in the three years I have been living in Italy…Given that La mia boutique is the only fully Italian sewing magazine for garments and that you can find it everywhere…you can understand why it is quite an event!
Why don’t I buy it?…you may be wondering… Normally it’s the patterns they offer. The designs are either not my style at all, they seem complex or look cheap or a combination of these*

Another problem I have with LMB is their photography, make-up and hairstyles…you can see why in some of the photos below…

Despite all my reservations…this time I think they nailed the issue. They have a ‘Grace Kelly series’ I absolutely love. I guess I was born in the wrong decade!

A princess seam bodice with a pintuck skirt…and I love the fabric too!


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The right-hand jacket is lovely. The structured neckline is fabulous. The dress to the left is made of organza and has a underdress/slip… so you can combine the two patterns or make them separately.

La mia boutique May 2013 organza


Though I find the bag print and the dress don’t go well together and I would personally not wear a coat and a dress in the same print… the patterns they are actually very nice.

La mia boutique May 2013

Below is an article on how to be like Grace…basically they create 5 outfits from RTW items. I adore dress 2 that you can buy for a mere (!) 1,550 euros (1312 GBP or 1194 USD) from Noni-mode or make yourself by drafting your own pattern… I wonder which one I will go for 😉

Grace outfits


Next up are the Plus size patterns. I find them very stylish…though I probably would not make a see-through blouse…but you can simply use the pattern and choose a different fabric right?

La mia boutique May 2013 Plus

The photo below is from a what they call an Ethnical series…with inspiration from Japan, Spain and India…ok if you go beyond the setup (I don’t quite understand what the model is doing on that green stand….and what that has to do with Japan), the styling, the makeup….you will find a quite nice cowl top (number 16 in the drawing)… What I like about it is that the front is cut below the bust thus saving you from having to place the full front on the bias…and allowing you to easily combine colors and prints…or add embellishments, piping….you name it!

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This is the full pattern list…as you can see there are also two bags, some kids pattern and a couple of men patterns including an evening tailcoat for any upcoming State dinner we may have 😉

La mia boutique May 2013 patterns


To mark this exceptionally good La mia boutique issue I am giving away one copy of MAY 2013 issue to a lucky winner.

To enter leave a comment below and tell me which pattern you like best from the issue.

The giveaway is open until Friday, May 31 and anyone, anywhere is welcome to join in.


If you wish to buy you can find it online from Newsstand or Speedimpex or Abbonatiweb (currently they only have the Italian price). Subscriptions are 118 Euros in Europe, 155 Euros in Africa, Americas, Asia, 198 Euros in Australia and New Zealand.

As for subscriptions, I would like to mention there was an issue last year and they skipped issues in December 2012 and January 2013. Though apparently all subscriptions were extended accordingly, the communication was really poor (only in Italian and only on Facebook). I thought I should mention this.

Should you need an occasional issue, I could help you out (e.g. buy it from the newsstand and send it)


*Disclaimer: if you like LMB this is not a judgement to you by any means. I apologize if my words sound too harsh.

67 Comments on La Mia Boutique 05/2013 Review and Giveaway

  1. Ray
    May 31, 2013 at 8:48 pm (2 years ago)

    The pattern images are so tiny! The men’s patterns look interesting – I’ve been looking for some good menswear patterns, but they’re hard to find.

  2. nadya kotik
    May 30, 2013 at 6:32 am (2 years ago)

    i like the halter dress #14 patttern

  3. shiree
    May 29, 2013 at 9:53 am (2 years ago)

    I heart the princess seam bodice dress with pintuck skirt, fab!

  4. kathi giumentaro
    May 29, 2013 at 8:13 am (2 years ago)

    This is the first time I’ve been to your blog.
    I love the princess seam bodice dress with pintuck skirt.
    Thanks for the chance to win this issue.

  5. Ioanna
    May 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm (2 years ago)

    The only sewing magazine that I can find is Burda Style. It would be interesting to have a look at another one! Thank you.

  6. Therese
    May 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve never seen this magazine, so thank you for this give-away!
    Oh, it’s hard to choose one favorite. I like dresses 8 and 20, but I’m going to choose the #4 jacket as my favorite.

  7. Nadine in NC
    May 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm (2 years ago)

    This really is an exceptional issue. I love dress 8 and 20, but I really need a couple of new jackets, and there are quite a few lovely ones from which to choose in this issue. I do like the silver jacket pictured above, but I’d like to see a picture of the princess seamed ones before making my final decision, especially since they look like they would be relatively easy to sew Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  8. Jennifer Lauren
    May 24, 2013 at 1:16 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve never read this magazine before but this issue looks like it has some great patterns in it!

    I am actually planning a trip to Italy in October – Naples/Rome/Bologna/Venice/Verona and Milan (at this stage). If you have any sewing suggestions I would be all ears. I love the thought of buying fabric as a memento rather than t-shirts or post cards :)

    • Sewing Princess
      May 24, 2013 at 2:05 am (2 years ago)

      How exciting you will be in Italy! I would be happy to give you some tips on fabric or anything else. I am an hour away from Milan. I’ll drop you an email soon.

  9. Angela
    May 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm (2 years ago)

    I really love the first dress you posted as well as the plus size sailor pants. Thanks so much for giving away a copy!

  10. pella
    May 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the first dress in the post, but would go for the little jacket in grey which is paired with it, for its tie fastening and collar detail. Fantastic giveaway, LMB is so hard to come by.

  11. Bettina
    May 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Ciao Silvia! Thank you for the giveaway!
    I like the whole Grace theme, the first dress in the post is just perfect! I’ve lived for 4 years in Italy, and never bought a LMB, I’ve felt the same as you wrote above. But this issue really seems a good one, if I’d win it, I could also refresh my sewing language in Italian! 😉

  12. Alessa
    May 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm (2 years ago)

    The first dress you posted is very pretty, I love the fabric! I also quite like the halter dress (No. 10) and what looks like a wrap dress (No. 8). Oh, and look, vest and waistcoat patterns! 😀

  13. Sandy
    May 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so curious about this issue and I’d leve to see it in real life!

  14. Debbiebee
    May 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the first dress. Classic style never gets old!

  15. Katerina
    May 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the princess seam bodice with the pintuck skirt. Would love to have the magazine to make it!

  16. Wean Evans
    May 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow great giveaway, the patterns are so stylish, where to start my favorites would be 3, 8, 20, 21 + 30. Thanks for a great review.

  17. Natalie
    May 22, 2013 at 7:25 am (2 years ago)

    I love the first princess seam dress- I’ve looked at several issues of this magazine and it does seem really good!

  18. Clothilde
    May 22, 2013 at 6:40 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite pattern would be the Grace Kelly inspired dress. So beautiful and retro!

  19. Did
    May 22, 2013 at 5:09 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the give away :)

    I LOVE the blazer 18 !!!
    Unfortunatly, we can’t see it on photographies, but Jacket like that are ALWAYS great !!! 😀

  20. Kerry
    May 22, 2013 at 4:06 am (2 years ago)

    The Grace Kelly style sleeved dress is the stand out pattern for me. The styling on the ‘Ethnical’ outfit is such a hotchpotch of different ideas!

  21. JackieNj
    May 22, 2013 at 3:27 am (2 years ago)

    I found my way over here from paunetts blogs and her burda 6/2013 review. I love the first dress princess seam bodice, cute and versatile.

  22. anita
    May 22, 2013 at 3:19 am (2 years ago)

    I love the dresses!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Julie Cory
    May 22, 2013 at 12:21 am (2 years ago)

    I’m loving the wide legged pants and the Grace Kelly style dress. I’d make both!

    • Julie Cory
      May 22, 2013 at 12:23 am (2 years ago)

      Oops! I thought my previous comment didn’t post.

  24. Julie Cory
    May 22, 2013 at 12:02 am (2 years ago)

    I’m loving those wide legged pants. And the beautiful Grace Kelly dress. I’d make them both–don’t know which first! Thanks!

  25. Deby
    May 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh ooh, yes please! I’d love to win. I actually really like that pattern for the black and white top – with the woman stood on the silly green platform. I’d love to give that a go. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  26. Lakaribane
    May 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

    What happened at the LMB hq? They removed the asbestos lining the editorial room ceiling and now the staff is lucid again? LOL. I am in love with Abito 02 in part because I love dress, period but also because a recent swatching of the stash highlighted my obsession with polka dots *grin* Please add my name and thank you for making this an international drawing *crossing fingers, toes and eyes*

  27. Gillian
    May 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I just adore Grace Kelly’s iconic style, so of course, I have to put my hand up for this giveaway. Thanks for hosting it.

  28. Nita
    May 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I liked the dress in the first photo you showed…I don’t know the name. I could definately see myself in it, though. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  29. Whitney
    May 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm (2 years ago)

    How nice of you to host this giveaway. I really love the second dress with a pleated skirt. I says simple but elegant. I find lot of times the patterns for supposedly meant to be elegant turn out shapeless and unflattering. But this pattern is fit and class combined in one amazing pattern.

  30. Harriettasophia
    May 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I like dress 8 – the red dress with the cross over top – I saw it on Paunnet too, so thanks for the info on how to get the magazine!

  31. Hortensia
    May 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I love dress number 20. I saw it on the Paunnet review, just love it! The first dress you show is lovely too, and the Grace Kelly one… But how many dresses can one girl need?
    Anyway, I would love to win this giveaway! Love your blog! Pick me!

  32. Pam
    May 21, 2013 at 11:45 am (2 years ago)

    Commenting here….optimism! I’d make the robe….kidding, love the organza version of the grace dress and I’d fall over if I won something like this :)

  33. eva lo
    May 21, 2013 at 10:13 am (2 years ago)

    i always read paunnet LMB review and i’d love to have one of these magazines.
    from your review I like the most the first dress!
    thanks for the giveaway

  34. cathy
    May 21, 2013 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

    the first dress is my favorite!

  35. SabineC
    May 21, 2013 at 9:44 am (2 years ago)

    The Grace Kelly inspired dresses are beautiful – but I fear not so much for me… So, I’d pick the cowl top, for practical reasons! :-)

  36. Katy
    May 21, 2013 at 9:28 am (2 years ago)

    I can’t see what its called, but I like that dress with the side pleats. I’d probably make that first dress too.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  37. Annie
    May 21, 2013 at 9:18 am (2 years ago)

    I instantly fell in love with the first dress. I need to sew this! Thanks for sharing the information about this magazine, didn’t know it before.

  38. Emily
    May 21, 2013 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

    Wow! It would be such a treat to win one of these magazines! I think my favorite is probably the Grace Kelly dress with the square neckline. But all of the Grace Kelly inspired patterns are pretty :)

  39. Jana
    May 21, 2013 at 8:30 am (2 years ago)

    I adore the dress made of organza, though personally I wouldn’t make it of a see-through fabric. I also really like the first dress!

  40. Lizzy
    May 21, 2013 at 8:21 am (2 years ago)

    I adore the first dress but would also be tempted by the lovely jacket!

  41. melanie
    May 21, 2013 at 7:50 am (2 years ago)

    I love love love the first dress, the princess seam bodice with a pintuck skirt, I love it since the first time I saw it on Paunnet’s website …
    Thanks for the chance to win :)

  42. Jane
    May 21, 2013 at 7:12 am (2 years ago)

    Tricky – those dresses are all so cute. I think the princess seamed dress with the short sleeves probably wins out. Thanks

  43. Angela
    May 21, 2013 at 6:15 am (2 years ago)

    I love that dress at the top too! So cute!!!

  44. Erin
    May 21, 2013 at 4:27 am (2 years ago)

    I love the top dress with the pin tuck skirt, so cute!

  45. Maider
    May 21, 2013 at 2:25 am (2 years ago)

    Me encanta el vestido con el lazo en la cintura, pero yo me lo haría con otro tipo de tela 😉 Muchas gracias por el sorteo Silvia!!!!

  46. rebeccawip
    May 21, 2013 at 1:59 am (2 years ago)

    never heard of lmb but this one was definitely a winner. i absolutely love the vest up top (shown over the polka dot dress) though i would never wear it (too busty, stay clear of things like that)
    the polka dot dress and the sheer organza are close seconds. gorgeous!
    what a lovely gesture. good luck to everyone 😀

  47. Karen Pesson
    May 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I Love the gray dot dress. I like that it is fitted yet still has a semi full skirt. I would love a copy of LMB.

  48. Victoria Callas
    May 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm (2 years ago)

    The dress in your first pic looks so amazing! Would love to make that one. And thanks for an opportunity to possibly have a chance!

  49. Ruta
    May 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm (2 years ago)

    It`s a very nice magazine, would love to get a copy. My choice is a dress (first photo) for my daughter. Thank You for the opportunity!

  50. Annie Sharkey
    May 20, 2013 at 11:36 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing this, some lovely pieces here. My favourite is the dress and coat – not in a patterned fabric tho, I see this in a plain pale blue shot silk, very Jackie O!

  51. Esther Lara
    May 20, 2013 at 10:37 am (2 years ago)

    Hello Silvia, this magazine looks promising! I’d love to have the copy. And my favourite pattern is for sure the first one, with a princess seam bodice and a pintuck skirt.

  52. Mary Beth
    May 20, 2013 at 10:18 am (2 years ago)

    Such cute patterns! So tempting. But wait, have I made up the 1000 patterns I already have? (that’s the common sense side arguing with the hard headed lurve side)

  53. Beth Galvin
    May 20, 2013 at 10:12 am (2 years ago)

    per favore, io! this is so timely as I look at their website all the time, I have been trying to get a La Mia magazine for ages but no luck with any of my friends who have traveled to Europe. this issue looks great. I would love to win it! grazie, Beth ps: I would love to try number 10, perfect for my hot summer climate.

  54. Patty
    May 20, 2013 at 9:55 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks so much for this Silvia! When I was living in Greece I used to buy LMB together with Burda, just because they had totally different patterns! From this issue I really liked jacket 30 – really chic and something that’s still missing from my collection!

  55. Geo P
    May 20, 2013 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

    I really like jacket number 34. My mom would love it! :)

  56. Pirkko
    May 20, 2013 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you for telling about this magazine!
    Of the patterns your reviewed, I liked the organza dress the most. Might do it if I got the magazine somehow. Or do you think one can do it knowing only a couple of words in italian?

  57. PendleStitches
    May 20, 2013 at 9:09 am (2 years ago)

    I love the organza dress…I would make it as a sundress in a lightweight cotton to wear with wedges or ballet flats. Although I sure The Husband would be most put out if I didn’t make him tailcoats first! 😉 Great giveaway, Silvia, I love this issue!

  58. jean
    May 20, 2013 at 9:07 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing the information about this magazine! I’ve heard of it before but never paid much attention. I’m really entrenched in Burda because I’ve subscribed for several years and I feel like I need to use the patterns — otherwise it is a waste! I have to say that the styles I most like are the first dress (love the little sleeves!) and the tie-front jacket. The style of the jacket reminds me of a Vintage Vogue dress pattern — it has the same tie front as well as collar style.

  59. Sewing Sveta
    May 20, 2013 at 9:07 am (2 years ago)

    I want this issue hardly!!! I saw the review by Paunnet and from that moment I am thinking how to get it!%) So nice dresses!!! I want it!!!%)))

  60. Flavia M.W.
    May 20, 2013 at 8:30 am (2 years ago)

    Wow, I must be the first one to comment…
    I like the #3, I guess it is the dress of the first picture you posted.
    I understand the mixed feelings about different magazines for pattern… Totally…

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