Here we are! New month, 40 new patterns for me to be bitchy about (or not…)!Read More
This morning I woke up feeling like giving some unrequested opinions on something, so I figured there was no better time to write a review :)
The good people of La Mia Boutique sent me a PDF of the new issue, which was not only very kind on their part (saves me A LOT of time in scanning the magazine), but it also shows they're not afraid of criticism, which impressed me quite a bit (they actually told me they do read my reviews and try to take notes, wow).
That being said, I'm afraid it doesn't make me less of a b̶i̶t̶c̶h̶ harsh critic.Read More
I'm back here on my poor, neglected blog, after a little pause. Life's been a little crazy around here lately, and I'm preparing a post to explain why, hopefully to be published next week. In the meantime, I missed my blog, I missed you guys and I missed reading sewing blogs and being part of the community (my Feedly is about to explode, I have a LOT of catching up to do).
After all this enthusiasm, I'm sorry to say this post is not a particularly exciting one, because the subject at hand is not exactly riveting. This issue of La Mia Boutique is yawn-worthy to say the least, it's not even bad enough to allow me to be the nasty b*tch we all love... Well, I can try.
I'm really glad they included two flattering one piece swimsuits! These are perfectly season-appropriate and it's a type of pattern you don't find everyday, so it's great to have in your archive.
The first one is particularly cute.
They do this from time to time (like when they offered a zillion jackets in this issue). Maybe the regular buyer won't mind too much, but it can be pretty frustrating for the occasional one.
I mean, this is still a good idea, but there are a million tutorials online on how to make this, why would I spend the time to trace two rectangles and a circle skirt from a busy pattern sheet AND add seam allowance?
Also, of the many many ways to style this dress I've ever seen, this is by far the cheapest one. Come on. And the skirt's hem is crazy uneven.
Again, pretty cute blouse paired with some hideous pants. When I see people on the street wearing this style of pants I seriously want to slap them in the face and send them to buy a flattering pair of pants. Gaaah, I'll never get why girls do this to themselves. Oh, I didn't include the photo where the model wears these as a romper, but trust me, it was pretty offensive as well.
Next issue will come out in mid July, and to be honest, I'm not really looking forward to it.
I'll see you tomorrow with a new garment to show you!
p.s. If you're interested, there's a big sale going on at Craftsy right now (classes are up to 50% off)!
So when, like this month, the content of the issue is not exactly stellar, I find myself a little frustrated by all the work and I don't really feel like writing a long commentary.
So please excuse me if I'll keep my review of LMB for this month rather short, but I'm not in the mood XD
I'll proceed in the order the patterns are presented in the magazine, and not by preference.
All that gathering might not be for everyone.
Again, tragic styling.
The pants are fine, although pretty standard.
If you want to see the rest of the patterns in this issue, here they are:
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And pretty bitchy too, I realize. I hope you guys don't mind :D
and 2. these patterns are mostly very classic in style, and I usually prefer something either quirky or retro.
There is a LOT of outerwear in this issue! I find it a little unusual, since we're fast approaching warmer temperatures here in Italy, but that's ok.
I'm not particularly excited about sewing jackets, so none of these patterns really call out to me, but there are a couple interesting one, especially the first trench coat. Jacket #19 feels very outdated to me, while I quite like the details of #22, which I think would look much better in a darker color.
I kinda sorta like the first outfit (again, not on myself), and I really hate the second one. The macrame lace on that top looks terrible and the fit of the pants is embarrassing. Just no.
The pencil skirt is cute and every girl should own one, but as I mentioned for the previous skirt, it's something we've seen before.
The jacket is just frumpy, as confirmed by the sad, sad facial expression of the model.
In conclusion... yawn.
I'm hoping for a more modern (or more retro!), better styled, less random issue next month.
This one just wasn't for me. Is it for you?