Image Wear/My Image is officially my favorite pattern company right now. This cropped jacket is the third pattern I've sewn from them (even the chevron shirt is a My Image pattern.) Image Wear is their printed envelope pattern line for women and girls while My Image is the pattern magazine they publish twice a year for women and twice a year for kids. I initially chose this pattern to try the skirt- which I haven't yet- but then saw the interesting details in the jacket and had to give it a whirl. The pattern is IW1003 and I used a white denim with spandex. I went down one size to a 40 from the recommended 42 for my measurements on their size chart since the material has a good amount of stretch. The pattern calls for 90cm (1 yard) of fabric and doesn't list the width. My fabric was 32" (82cm) wide and I used about 1 2/3 yards (153cm).
All through the process I was doubting both myself and the pattern drafting... I was just nervous that all of those pieces would not fit together... and holy cow, they fit exactly perfect! Amazing! The directions are short and minimal but it all worked out. It does not hold your hand, you need to know when and wear to finish your seams as you go and how to set your sleeves. All not an issue if you've sewn a few tops or jackets previously. To be honest, this jacket was way easier to sew then I thought it's be.
I love the top-stitched seams all over the place. I used a couple vintage notions, a yellow seam binding on the inside of the sleeves and a lavendar lace hem tape. I used my serger to finish all the seams and raw edges inside. I love the high neckline and the fact that it's unlined (I was halfway attempted to line it) because it's ideal for springtime here in Baltimore. It's a nice layer over sleeveless tops.
I've already traced off another pattern from their Summer 2011 issue. Has anyone else made their patterns? I've seen so few reviews or blog posts about My Image and I want to see what other folks are doing.