Christmas issues are traditionally all about evening gowns, loads of sparkle, gold, red… This La Mia Boutique is somewhat different. Let’s dive in, shall we?
This time Anna and I split the patterns in a slightly different way…to keep some variety. We hope you like it. Don’t forget to check Anna’s blog and leave her a comment if you like the review!
Per i lettori italiani: Scusate ma non ce l’ho fatta a tradurre questo post. Però potete usare la traduzione automatica di Google in ITALIANO
Silvia: A stunning dress with very interesting pleating. It’s correctly marked as advanced. When I first saw the print I was not so convinced about it, but now even the print is growing on me. I’d love to have an event to wear it to…It would be perfect to go to a wedding or even as a wedding gown. You can shorten the skirt or even make just the skirt. It’s meant to be sewn with a jersey fabric…and if you look at the pattern pieces the construction is not as difficult as I initially thought…oh…I think I am in love!
Anna: I agree, this is a stunner, even more so in this length, but as Silvia rightfully pointed out, it would also look great in a shorter length, or as a skirt. I think I too am in love 🙂
Silvia: Another great dress! Certainly more wearable on a daily basis that the previous. I love the inverted dart design that reminds me of the top from the same designer I made some months ago. And the asymmetrical design at the front is so unique (Kelli from True Bias says asymmetrical skirts are the latest trend!). I am very tempted by this one too…I would love it if the sleeves were actually so fitted…it’s so hard to find fitted sleeves!
Anna: Again, I agree. I think Silvia said all there was to say about the interesting details of this dress, so I’ll just join her and stare at it in awe.
Silvia:Another advanced pattern with loads of draping and pleats. Certainly the print makes it hard to see the details. What I find interesting is that there’s a pleated panel on top of a regular skirt so you could easily remove it if you don’t like it and simply have a cowl dress.
Anna:If I liked the previous dresses, I am IN LOVE with this one. I don’t know if it’s the cowl neck or all the draping going on, but I really like it. The busy print really doesn’t make it justice, it would look so much better in a solid.
Silvia:No, this cape is a big no no for me. I have generally a problem with capes in my wardrobe. Thought it make look great on some, I know as a fact that I would look horrible in it. But it’s certainly a quick project to make and there’s not much fitting involved.
Anna:Pass for me as well. As I mentioned before, I like the idea of capes but I find them utterly impractical. This one just looks like a blanket, so I’m not interested at all.
Silvia:I could make the blouse on if I skipped the bow part and even then I doubt I would like it. Personally, I prefer fitted tops. The print to me looks outdated…but I know it may be hip right now…What do you think?
The pants are an interesting pattern as you could play with color blocking, unfortunately skinny is out for me.
Anna:Once again I agree with Silvia. I don’t like anything in the blouse; the pants might be cute, but definitely not on me. Pity.
Silvia:This is definitely something I wouldn’t wear, not my style, never has been. I like red though!
Anna:This dress (and the styling) made me cringe a little bit. It looks like a towel wrapped around the model’s body. No thanks.
Silvia:I like the dress structure…would be great for a party. I couldn’t wear it not so much for the length 😉 but rather because I’d need to add straps and remove the low/high hem…but it’s certainly something as a seamstress you can fix quite easily. I am curious, what alterations would you make to this dress?
Anna:Wow, the key word here is “MINIdress”… But Silvia is right, you could always lengthen it or change the skirt entirely. It’s way too stiff for my taste, anyway.
Silvia:Underwear! Cool! I am still a newbie in that area but I love these patterns! I may be revealing too much here but that underwear has my name written on it!
Anna:Silvia and I talked about underwear before writing this review (wow, that might sound bad), and we found out that we have quite different taste.
I don’t know if I would make these, I’m not too enthusiastic nor let down.
Silvia:Well, bras are very personal. Certainly this pattern is very doable at home but I realize it may not be everyone’s favorite. The panties shown here are more of a brazilian cut panties (at least that’s what the description says)…or maybe just a bikini (if I look at the drawing). Burning question to the readers: what would you call these panties?
Anna:I haven’t worn a bra like that one since I was 13, I think, so this pattern is definitely not for me. I might consider the panty pattern, but I’m not too thrilled about sewing lingerie at the moment.
Silvia:Oh, no…why? Well, I would say yes if that was meant to be a coat to wear around the house…otherwise sorry but I hate the fabric and I don’t find it flattering on the model either.
Anna:I don’t mind it all, actually, fabric and all. It surely isn’t the most flattering cut, but it looks cute and cozy to me!
Silvia: A nice basic blouse…a quick project too as there are no sleeves to set in. The pants are for knits so they could come in handy too. May I say that I find the shoes don’t go with the outfit at all? If you like them though, they are from the current Frau collection (this Italian brand makes very good quality shoes!)
Anna:Ahah, that’s the first thing I thought as well: cute, but WHY with those shoes?
That blouse is really cute and it looks like an easy gratification project, but it doesn’t come in my size.
Silvia:An advanced pattern for this hobo bag. I sew very little bags and personally I wouldn’t expect to find these patterns on La mia boutique (or Burda for that matter). So I’ll pass on it.
Anna: I like this bag and the fact that LMB is starting to include more accessories patterns, but just like Silvia, I don’t think I would invest the time in this one. Too many clothes to sew!
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