Time for some Summer sewing magazine reviews! Let’s have a look at Cotton Friend Summer edition 2013. Vol 47.
Words in bold - “Summer Sewing Plan”
Lots of projects to make! From clothes to bags and accessories.
A drapey linen-knit cardigan made up of trapeziums and rectangles.
Things to make with border print knits (horizontal stripes)
Wrap dress in different variations
There are a couple of Mama + girl sets. Like these culottes.
As usual, summer editions always come with yukata or jinbei patterns. This time round, Men sizes S,M,L are included! The kids jinbei are also included (80, 100, 120). But no ladies yukata though, I guess it is too common in most other Summer magazines so it was not included. If you need one, there is a pattern available in the summer edition of Female magazine which I will be reviewing next week.
Now that you have made all the clothes, there is a section that shows you how to mix and match the garments made in this issue, for 14 days. In other words, 14 different looks.
Other than clothes, there are also some accessories patterns included, such as this cap in both kids and adult sizes,
Summer-y Tote Bags.
More bags – that’s a Ness home fabric!
Insulated lunch bags.
One of the reasons why I love Cotton Friend is because they don’t just cover clothes and hats and bags, but also you get to discover new crafty stuff. Did you know you can buy an umbrella pattern, and even the bare umbrella metal frame to make your own customized umbrella?
More craft tools and ideas on how to use them.
This issue even includes origami instructions for making a Kumamon – the mascot for Kumamoto prefecture.
Back to the sewing bits. Like all magazines, there will be a few featured projects where there will be detailed step by step pictures, like the ones below.
As for the rest, there will be diagrams like this one. Not all the diagrams are colored nicely like this though, the more straightforward projects that are included at the back of the magazine usually come in black and white diagrams.
There are two sets of actual size pattern sheets included with this issue.
And that’s it! I love Summer issues because there are alot of wearable clothes for our climate over here. Next week I will be showing you what’s inside the Summer edition of Female magazine. Stay tuned!