Ok, so I recently bought a bunch of older Patrones magazines from Ebay. Turns out that they are mostly from the early 2000’s, but that is ok with me – I thought they were a great price, even though some of the pages had marking and scuffs. The pattern sheets were included, and we all know that is the most important part.
While I am really happy with the magazines, I have to take this time to go on a bit of a rant – why can’t anyone label the Patrones issue numbers correctly on Ebay???? Seriously guys, it’s not that hard. It is right under the big colored box and it says “No. ###.” Not complicated. You don’t need to know Spanish. I have only had 1 or 2 instances where Burda has been labeled incorrectly on Ebay, but I have only had 1 or 2 instances where Patrones has been labeled correctly. It is maddening. I mean, the pictures have been accurate so far, but never the labeling of the issue number. I just don’t understand why it is so hard. Seriously guys, get it together.
Anyway, though I think a lot of these patterns are a bit blocky or oversized for my taste, there are a lot I actually want to make too. Mostly coats, which I am perfectly ok with. Let’s take a look:
From Patrones #163 (September 1999):
From Patrones #189 (October 2001):
From Patrones #192 January 2002:
From Patrones #202 (November 2002):
From Patrones #249 (October 2006):
There were a lot of other good patterns in these magazines, but these were my favorites. One thing I have noticed – it seems like the Patrones patterns are a bit more classic and timeless than the Burda patterns. I mean, I have some Burda magazines from the late 90s/early 2000s and you can definitely tell that most of the clothes are from the late 90s/early 2000s. It seems to me that Burda patterns are more trendy and current, but that the older patterns are more easily identifiable for a certain era. With Patrones it seems like a lot of the patterns are very classic shapes, with the styling and photography helping them seem more timeless. Burda will probably always be my first pattern love, but Patrones is coming up a close second.
4 thoughts on “Inside Patrones”
There are definitely some timeless pieces from what I see in the photos. I love the idea of sewing patterns from magazines, and then I remember I'd have to trace them off, lol. My hand is just not steady enough to do that. :]
Thanks for the insider look at the Patrones magazines. I have never actually seen one before (it must be a dark little rock I live under!!!) Love all the coats, and the ruffly collar on the cardi – if only we all had more sewing time…
Yeah, one of the mixed blessings of Burda is that it is often very of the moment. But all those Patrones look completely current without looking trendy. I may have to start buying Patrones.
Ohh nice score! The older issues are quite good – Patrones & Manequim are so fashion forward the issues stay current for so long 🙂