Here's a little info I know about My Image if you aren't familiar:
My Image is an independent pattern company in Holland who design and publish patterns in My Image Magazine two times per year. The patterns in this magazine are for women. Sizing goes from 34-52 (4-22 U.S.) Not all the patterns are in all the sizes, but they are doing a nice job of overlapping plus and regular sizes the latest issue. The directions are in Dutch, German, French and English. Their websites are all available in these languages as well. They have a couple handfuls of individual printed envelope patterns available under the name ImageWear (here you can see one of my ImageWear makes, and another one here). The same group of folks also publish Young Image-- patterns for babies to teens-- and they also put out a new one called B-Inspired-- also patterns for babies to teens, both girls and boys as well.
Now check out the technical drawings for the latest issue...
I have found their sizing to be comparable to Burda-- I am the same size with both companies, generally a 42 bust and 46 hip. I like My Image because their designs are very wearable. I don't think they are super trendy nor are they super edgy, say like La Mia Boutique can be (who I really like a lot, but often can't find a reason to sew then wear most of the designer and cotoure inspired stuff in my life since I'm not working in a professional environment these days.)
Let's see what I like in this issue, shall we? M1458 has a super cute equestrian riding jacket vibe. Sizing is from 36-46 (6-16 US)! I may not necessarily choose a floral splash of color like they suggest with the model. I'd go for a more traditional look for high wearabilty this fall. I can see doing it a classic tweed, adding some faux leather elbow patches and maybe some welt pockets in the waist seam, like the Smythe blazers below. I'd wear this for years to come!
|Inspiration for M1458: Smythe blazers|
Let's check out these two patterns in the photo below. I like how M1452, in sizes 36-46 (6-16 US), is a dropped waist knit dress but it's more form fitted and shaped in the waist... I initially thought it was a shift dress. I can't really wear a drop waist say to the Flapper style extreme, but I can do this!
There are loads of different ways to sew M1452 up. The pocket flaps are actually one of my favorite things about the dress but I really like the idea of replacing them with exposed zippers like that red one by Joan Vass dress (below).
Now check out M1457. It's a sweet little dress with a Peter Pan collar... I personally am likely to skip the collar and add a little length to the hemline if I sew it. It reminds me so much of the Libby Dress I saw in Boden's catalog.
|Inspiration for M1457: The Boden Libby Dress|
M1451 is a classic princess seamed dress. The technical drawing makes it look shapeless, but the model doesn't look like she's wearing a boxy thing and the pattern pieces all look very shaped and feminine. This pattern is total blank palette, I could see this in a million different fabrics and prints.
I fell for M1456 immediately... but I wonder why?! Oh... because it's so close to the pattern hack I did last year from a Salme pattern. This was one of my most worn outfits last fall.
Most of the patterns go up to size 46 (US 16) but this jacket and skirt below (model on the right) are for sizes 42-52 (12-22). I love that my size 42 is included in the plus patterns in this issue!!!
Depending on what fabrics you choose, you can make this into a zippler-less, faux leather biker style jacket like this one below... or maybe you can belt it like the purple Oscar de la Renta one. The jacket on the cover of the magazine is M1459, it has a zipper and collar. I would put in the moto style category. Hmmm... are moto jackets like these too passé? Are we over it? I'm not sure how I feel this moment.
I'm not likely to make the pants here. I just sewed up True Bias's Hudson Pant (not yet blogged yet-- but worn in the woods at night when I was camping!) and I feel like I don't need more modern sweatpants at the moment like M1460. I've never worn button fly trousers like M1453 are, how does that work out? I think I like the concept but do they pop open all the time?
I will likely sew up several things in this issue. What do you guys think? I feel like I need to look past the bright, floral, busy fabrics to see what I really want. If you want to look at a digital version of the magazine layout you can find it on their site here.