I have a working list of garments and things I want to sew for cooler weather and many of the patterns are from My Image. I'm also going to try a few different pattern companies that will be new to my sewing repertoire, including Fait Main, KnipMode, B-Inspired by Poppy, Ottobre, Victory Patterns, Papercut Patterns among some others. This fire-engine-red tunic is M1005 from the first My Image issue from Winter 2010-2011. I cut my usual 42 and graded to about a 46 at the hip.
I found that this pattern is a designed a little more form-fitting then expected. I am the fence with this as it's pretty clingy on my back side. The side shirring has a nice effect though. I used a really lovely drapey red fabric I got from a recent haul at a warehouse sale. The fiber content wasn't labeled-- it has a dry hand and a load of spandex so I figure it's a cotton/spandex blend.
The directions for this My Image pattern were almost acceptable. It's a bit of an effort to understand the translations from Dutch to English, but really this is a beginners' level sort of garment to make and I didn't even need them. I almost always read the directions (just because that's how I roll when I use patterns) and it completely forgets to mention the dart on the front (on the front panel under the shirred one.)
I left all the hems raw and I even busted out red thread for my serger to sew this up. I used Easy-Knit Tape to stabilize the shoulder seams and neckline. If I were to ever make this again I would go up a size, lengthen the hem and make the skirt area more of an a-line to suit my curves a bit better. I'll likely wear this layered under a longer sweater.
I had a little helper with the photoshoot... you may spot his very blonde hair in some of the shots! He is 2 1/2 years old and he asked me "Why are you wearing that red dress, momma? You have on tights and look pretty." He's my sweet little motivational, positive guy... he always volunteers the nicest compliments for all my sewing projects! He even picked out the fabric for my next garment.