A few months ago the publisher of My Image Magazine sent me a copy of their Winter 2016 issue to review. My Image Magazine has some cute, wearable designs. I saw the magazine in Barnes & Noble once, so was curious about them. Here are some photos the Winter issue from 2016/2017.
This wrap dress is so cute.
And this princess lined turtleneck dress.
The simple striped knit dress or top was cute and looked easy. I had a bit of thick, stretchy Merino wool from The Fabric Store left over from Oliver’s Merino Jalie sweater I made him last year, and I only could just barely fit in a top if I shortened the hem by three inches. I cut the size 38 . This fabric is so thick, like a ski sweater. really nice! After tracing the pattern and cutting it out, I realized I forgot to add the seam allowances. It’s been awhile since I sewed a magazine pattern. Luckily, I hadn’t cut out the fabric yet! I added them while cutting.
The top was a bit big in the shoulders and the armhole was also a bit long, a common problem with knit top patterns, but it fit nicely in the hips and waist. I had to remove some length from the front armhole, and make a narrow shoulder adjustment. I also added my own neck binding, making it a little more like a mock turtleneck. This top is very similar to my black turtleneck made last month.
I used to go shopping and buy something, forgetting I already had something similar in my closet. Now it seems I do that with sewing, too.
I had to remove a bunch of ease from the sleeves because they were too big from making my armholes smaller. I also didn’t have enough wool to make a long sleeve, so I cut the short one and like how it turned out. I still had gaping in the front armhole because I need an FBA, so I added a dart there.
In the end it looks OK with the armhole dart, I guess. I often have to make a lot of adjustments. The better one gets at sewing, it seems the more little things they notice to tweak. It’s like that saying, “you can’t know what you don’t know.”
This isn’t to say that this top won’t fit someone else perfectly without any changes. I almost always have to change the armhole shape of knit tops since I’m busty but also narrow shouldered. Maybe you will have better luck! There are three free patterns on the My Image website you can download here. Some cute kids patterns, too!
So as you can see, I veered off course a bit with my top! So maybe this review isn’t so helpful. But you did get to see lots of pictures from the magazines, right?
Also, I’d still like to try making those zippered pants. Maybe soon.
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It’s valid until March 31st.