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My body has no idea what time it is. The time change caused me to lose an entire day, and the near round-the-clock Finnish sunlight is also throwing me.  I don’t know if I slept an entire day or haven’t slept in a day and a half. All I know is that it doesn’t matter. Why?  Because of this sweet haul (Please pardon the cameraphone photos):

Whoo-hoo! Patrones 291 , May La Mia Boutique, June Burda, and the Spring/Summer Ottobre. (I refrained from buying the May Burda, Burda Easy Fashion, Diana, Verena, ONLine, and Filati. See?  That’s what we call restraint, kids.)

First up, LMB. Sometimes LMB is a little too out there for me, but this issue has lots of stuff that I like:

Ottobre is never really my style, but I really like this top:

And this pretty vintage-inspired coat:

And you’ll notice that they also have a feature which is based on American classic cinema, with that “can’t put your finger on it but something’s not quite right” flavor of awkwardness that comes from a not-quite-native fluency in American pop culture. Above we have our good friends Giles Davis and Minnie Holiday in “Rue de Jazz” featuring the “Silky Smooths!”

And the timeless Suri Loren in “A Trip to Remember”:

And of course, who could forget Gerry Cooper’s and Marjorie Kelly’s star turns in the sultry classic, “Orchard of Passion”?? Only ol’ Gerry could make holding a peach look so steamy:

But the definite star of the bunch is Patrones. I was a little disappointed at first to find that I had arrived in time for one of Patrones’s “Fiesta” issues. Although the clothes are usually pretty, my need for evening dresses is low and my desire to sew them is even lower, so I usually don’t have much use for the (often slim) Fiesta issues. But wow, check out some of these lovelies, which could easily be adapted into less formal fabrics for knockout office wear or dinner out:

Love it!

As for Burda, I think we’ve done a thorough job covering the June issue. But I wanted to share with you a terrifying tidbit in the July preview that almost escaped my notice. Remember when I revisited a pair of Burda issues from 1981?  I prophesied that the trend of belted athletic shorts would reappear in this year’s July issue. Well, it turns out I was mistaken- the frightening 1981 trend that is returning just in time for July is…

Sleeve ruffles.  ACK!!!

I would say it’s going to give me nightmares, except that I think my jetlag will keep me wide awake.  Miss you guys!


Ahhh, Patrones.  I remember the first time I saw you.  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  There you were, just hanging out against the wall at the magazine shop in the train station like it was no big deal.  I picked you up.  I looked you over.  I may have wiped a tiny dribble of drool of my chin.  I took you home with me that night. I had to have you all to myself.

It was lust at first sight.  More than a hundred designer patterns inside for a mere 9 euros, begging to be traced and stitched. You dazzled me with names like Lagerfeld, Gucci, Prada, Calvin Klein.  I was overwhelmed, swept off of my feet. I trolled every bookstore in town to find you, couldn’t wait until the next month in hopes of finding you tucked in the foreign language corner, new, and shiny and full of potential wardrobe candy.  I stalked you on ebay and German online sewing stores. Finally, I took the plunge, I made the commitment, I simply subscribed.

We had that fantastic six-month honeymoon period.  And then something happened.  Subtle at first, but a woman notices.  She feels the change coming even when she can’t put her finger on what it is. Little by little.  First a hundred patterns, then 60, then 35.  First Miu Miu, then Benetton, then H&M, then C&A, and eventually the labels stopped coming altogether, and it was merely “blue blouse” and “short jacket.” It was as though you no longer wanted to impress me.  And then I noticed others sneaking into our relationship… the kids’ patterns, the maternity clothes… suddenly they weren’t special issues anymore, but with us all the time, leaving so few pages, so few patterns just for the two of us.  And we eroded. I realized we’d been together for a year, and I hadn’t sewn a single pattern of yours. Neither of us had anything left for each other. And when I thought about it, I noticed what I should have noticed long ago– your patterns never really fit me all that well.  It’s funny the things we ignore when we are blinded by adoration.

One day you showed up in my mailbox, and I realized … I just didn’t care anymore. I felt nothing. You were just another expensive magazine from Spain.

And so, I guess this is it.  The end of the subscription, and I’m not going to fight it.  Maybe we’ll meet again in another train station in another part of the world.  Maybe we’ll have the occasional fling.  But I know now that we won’t be spending the rest of our lives together.  I’m sorry, but I think it’s for the best. We’ll always have our precious memories and back issues. I wish you well, Patrones. Goodbye.

– The Selfish Seamstress

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