My Image magazine Winter 2016/17 review; A Merino wool sweater and a discount code

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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.MyImage_16w_11MyImage_16w_06

This wrap dress is so cute.

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And this princess lined turtleneck dress.

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I was also sent some photos from the spring issue to share. Here are a few: (n Sorry for the small sizes. These were sent to me this size.MyImage_17s_09 MyImage_17s_10 MyImage_17s_12 MyImage_17s_14 MyImage_17s_big_46 MyImage_17s_06 MyImage_17s_17

Being the procrastinator, I set it aside and only this month decided to make something. I really wanted to make the zippered pocket pants, but decided on a a simple pattern for my first project.

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.merino t shirt

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’ve been on a grey. black, and leopard jag lately. My hair is black, my clothes are black. Must. Sew. Some. Color.  I’m ready for spring!merinotshirt2

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. tshirtdartdetail

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.”

I did a lot of topstitching with my cover stitch machine. First, I serged the seams then I pressed them over and cover stitched on top of the seam to make it lie down flat. I’ll be doing this again.tshirtback

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.

If you would like to order a copy of My Image magazine, You can get a twenty five percent off discount by using the code countrychick at the checkout.

It’s valid until March 31st.

Happy Sewing!

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-McKenzie

Comments

  1. says

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this magazine before. I got hooked on gray and black this winter, so much so that I had to go buy gray boots. The weather is such a tease lately. I don’t want to make any more winter clothes. When it heats up here in Oklahoma, I run around in shorts. It feels too good to put on winter clothes even for the cold days we are still having. I refuse! LOL

    • says

      I know I ma getting so tired of my wintery dark wardrobe! We had some sun today finally. I have one more winter project scheduled and then I can move onto spring!

  2. cat golden says

    LOVE your top and looks like a perfect fit. That little collar band is wonderful! How did you do that? Thanks! Cat

    • says

      Thanks Cat! I just make a basic neckband about ten percent smaller and then make it a little wider than a typical neckband. It looks more like a small mock turtleneck that way.

  3. says

    What a good sewist you are! Not aware of that magazine – cute clothing. I’m amazed at your ability to adapt and adjust projects. You look great in the top.