Saturday, February 23, 2013

Di Tutto Boutique 02/2013

I mentioned this new Italian sewing magazine in my last (tragic) review of La Mia Boutique, but it looks like I was wrong on a lot of things.

First of all, this magazine is not published by the same people of LMB: different publishing house, different city, different everything. Well, not everything, the stylist of this magazine is the same man who worked on most LMB issues I've reviewed on this blog (isn't it that a little weird?).
Anyway, it was a legitimate mistake; why would you name a new magazine so similarly to an already existing one? It's confusing! It sure was for the 3-4 newsstand guys I asked this magazine to, they would all pull out LMB.
Furthermore, "Di Tutto Boutique" doesn't really mean much in Italian ("di tutto" means "everything", so "boutique of everything"?! Weird.).

My second mistake was, this magazine doesn't focus exclusively on patterns for knits. Again, a legitimate mistake because of the subtitle "Taglia e Cuci", which in Italian means "serger", but also "crafting/sewing" in general. I really think they could have put more thought into choosing their name.

That being said, this magazine is not bad at all. There are patterns for everyone: women, men, children and plus size women (hence the "di tutto", I guess).
The designs don't strike me as particularly bad or good, and I can't judge the quality of the patterns themselves since I haven't tried one yet. There are less patterns than in Burda and LMB, but the price is inferior as well.
Since this is the first issue, I'll include more photos than usual to give you a better idea of what's in it.

First up, patterns for women. The first issue is 20's inspired (just in the styling) and features some cute formal dresses. I like most of them, but you need an occasion to wear these to... Not exactly cake material.

And in the middle of the children patterns (sorry I didn't include any, but not having kids, I find them extremely boring) we have a random, badly photographed dress with a nice cowl and a seemingly interesting skirt.

The men patterns are quite nice, they look like modern, interesting pieces that a man could actually wear.

Finally, plus size patterns. Again, I'm not head over heels about these, but they're well designed garments with some nice details.
I wish they used a curvier model, you can't really tell these are plus size clothes. Also, WTF is up with this stylist and gloves? They're in every single shot except for one. They make sense in a Gatsby-inspired photoshoot, but with a jersey dress? With a PANTSUIT??

Please let me know if you're interested in reviews of Di Tutto Boutique, because as much as I love ranting with myself, I can do it off the blog.
I also mean to try and get in touch with the editors to ask them a few questions about this new magazine, so if you have any questions you want me to ask them, leave a comment.

Also, if you're one of the 1200+ Russian gals who come here for the magazine reviews, please stop by and say hi! I get a huge traffic from you but you're invisible!


  1. Thanks for the reviews, please keep posting them! Strangely, I think the men's hoodie is the most interesting design in this issue, but I'm interested to see where the rest of it goes. Have you got the at a glance tech drawings up somewhere that you could send me?

  2. I love your reviews too! You say out loud what we all think, and I find it exhilarating!
    These article may have less comments but I'm sure a lot of people are waiting for them each month :)

  3. I always love your reviews . There are very interesting and funny !
    If only Burda and La mia boutique would read those to improve their contents....

  4. Thanks, Melissa!
    I was very impressed with the men patterns too.
    I've uploaded the technical drawings on flickr, here's the set:

  5. I think they might both sue me if they read what I wrote XD

  6. I also love your reviews, I wonder if they also sell di tutto boutique in the libreria of our railway station, where LMB is sold. Anja

  7. Haha%)) I am afraid the lot of Russian gals from Osinka don't speak English%(( But for every your review I found the link on the site%))

  8. Even the tech drawings look the same with LMB, pretty strange!

  9. Oh my gosh please never ever ever ever stop your reviews - I freaking love them. I get super excited when i see you've written a review, and i save reading them for when i have a break :) That's how good they are! hugs honey!

  10. Exactly! I forgot to mention it, but even the instructions and the pattern sheets are identical to LMB... Intriguing, isn't it? That's why I'd love to ask a few questions to the editors!

  11. Maybe they can have it delivered for you? If it helps, the publishing house is called Edizioni Rosalcea and the international distributor is AIE (Agenzia Italiana di Esportazione -

  12. I love reading your reviews, please don't stop! I really like the plus size patterns, they look like something I could wear, especially the sailor type trousers. The men's patterns look good too, I might have to trawl eBay for a copy of this mag!

  13. I have never seen or read any of these magazines in real life, but I like your reviews!

  14. the red gloves -that look so good with the jersey dress- really look like the ones my grandma wears when she's ready to wash the dishes. haha.
    and I really like your reviews, please don't stop :)

  15. You are definitely right about the men's fashions. I never make anything for my boyfriend because they are so boring and he doesn't think they are very stylish. I might have to hide this for him, or else I can't sew for myself!

  16. haha, same here! The other day, I was looking at photos of a finished Negroni shirt and my boyfriend asked me "did a girl sew that for her boyfriend?" and I was like "noooo... these are random photos of a guy wearing a shirt" (and I even have that pattern...).

  17. Bravo! I always admire your brutal reviews. I mean, you said it with all honestly. No if's, but' pretentions at all. Keep it up! I am always looking forward for your pattern/magazine reviews before hitting the magazine stand.

  18. these patterns look really interesting! i like the shapes, but the elastic (i think?) waist looks like they could work in casual fabrics, so you don't need an *event* will you give one a try? or let me know and i will - the strangely photographed #18 looks like a great work to play dress.

  19. ah! so true! i would love to make that sweater for my man. So classic and modern at the same time.

  20. Your reviews are much appreciated! Very often they make me reconsider models that I passed without noticing. Also, my news-stand receives LMB with two months delay, so it's very comforting to see the photos and dream about the real thing. Such a pity the December issue dissolved in the mists of might-have-been, the preview photos were so mouthwatering...

  21. HI! I am one of the 1200+ Russian gals coming to you every time I see a new post from your blog in my e-mail box!

    And please do make those reviews - as we are relly interested in them. You see - you are our only source of information about all those magazines. We have lots of Burda, Simplicity, there is one magazine with BOutique patterns but they don't usually go hand in hand with the new magazines - as they reprint old issues of 1-2-3 years old.
    So thank you so very much for your reveiws!
    Best regards,

  22. Thank you so much for leaving a comment, I truly appreciated it! :D

  23. That's a very good point, although the dress with the elastic waist has way too much cleavage for everyday, at least for me...

  24. Your reviews are great, please don't stop, and yes, please do include Di Tutto Boutique in them also in the future.

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    I'm Russian and I like your blog. Your reviews are very interesting. My English is not so good (it's really difficult for me to read and understand) but I can't miss your posts. I like all your posts (not only reviews).

    I think Di Tutto Boutique photos are too darkly. Hope patterns will be good.

    Thanks, thanks, thanks

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