Another Mrs. Stylebook came home with me from the bookstore – the Autumn/Winter 2014-15 issue. I am a fan of the autumn/winter issues because last year they had some great patterns, and this year the magazine also did not disappoint. Let’s start, shall we?
First my favourite section of the magazine, the designer patterns.
I love the colour of this coat by Japanese designer Keiko Suzuki.
This is also a great outfit (designer is Machiko Jinto London)
This magazine is not for the “coat-indecisive”… (me…) I loooove this off-white coat. In fact, I love everything about this outfit! (designer: Michiko Jinto London).
A pattern to make a stylish quilted vest? Yes, please! (designer: KEI Hayama PLUS)
A T-shirt pattern and a bomber jacket pattern by local apparel shop Garde Collective.
There is also a pattern for a coat retailing at 165,000 JPY (approx. 1,600 USD)! It is not something I would make personally but it does have a lot of colour blocking potential.
Let’s move to my next favourite section, more patterns by actual clothing brands.
I am a great fan of the styling and the color-scheme! The separates on the left are made of knits, and would make a warm and comfy work outfit (by French brand Georges Rech)
Other than the off-white coat above, this salmon pink coat is my second favourite pattern in the magazine (brand: Espie). I think it would look nice in classic dark colors, too. I saw the exact same coat for sale on the brand’s e-commerce website at 42,000 JPY (400 USD), which is what I might have considered paying for a nice coat before my sewing days – now I think about how many meters of fabric I can buy with that amount instead:-)
Then as usual we have the “wardrobe” builder section with many many patterns. As the magazine was released when it just started to get cold, I guess, it definitely has enough patterns for you to make a whole new wardrobe (or two) for the cooler weather!
Patterns for sewing with knit fabrics (I do quite like 3 & 12).
Jacket, dresses and blouse patterns
I do love the pant section – especially the pattern for shorts (#35) and slim pants (#40)
The skirts are quite nice, too. I prefer zipper closings over an elasticated waistband, and am happy to see two of the patterns (#30 and #33) have this feature.
While only drafting instructions (for the designer patterns plus wardrobe staple patterns) and drafting instructions + sewing instructions (for featured patterns) are included, Mrs. Stylebook always comes with some patterns that come with actual pattern sheets as well:-) I guess that is how they can cater to everyone from beginners to experts. This issue comes with 6 actual-sized patterns (plus a variation for each): a dress, a coat-dress, a flared skirt, a gathered skirt, a tunic and a jacket. The variations (as seen in the bottom two photographs, involve a change to make the items more winter-friendly).
There are many more patterns and styling tips (pictures) which I always love and learn from.
Looking at this book always makes me wish I had more (a lot more) sewing time:-) I think I talk about learning to draft a sloper so I can use these patterns after each of my Mrs. Stylebook reviews, and I actually did try to draft one but gave up part-way. I have a standard Bunka sloper so I may just try to adjust it to fit me instead.
What do you think of this issue of Mrs Stylebook? Do you have your own sloper yet? (if so how long did it take you to make it?)
Mrs. Stylebook AW 2014 is available at Sew Tokyo.