|How cute is the dress in the magazine?|
This dress took a LOT of fitting, thank goodness it was a princess seamed garment. Off the bat I added 2" (5 cm) to the hem and it's still super short. I cut a size 42 bodice and graded out to only a 44 hip, where I should have done a 46 if I were following the magazine's guidelines. It was HUGE-O-MUN-GOUS!! It was a tent. I coulda seriously held a circus in there, flying trapeze artists and all. So I ran each and every seam through the serger again and again until it fit. I think I removed about 3 or more inches (7.5 cm or more) in the waist alone. I removed maybe only 1.5" (3.8 cm) in the bust. The skirt was monstrously huge. I could have taken out 4 or more inches (10 cm or more) in the hip... likely more, I wasn't measuring, just serging, fitting, serging again. And the skirt is still really full and swing-y.
When it's cooler and I really where this dress out in the world, I need to wear tights. It's so short. I can't lean forward too far otherwise, folks behind me would get a glimpse of something they don't want to see. As far as the directions... the English ones are still difficult to sort out. I abandoned them quickly, but not really an issue with a basic princess seamed dress. I also got rid of the back zipper, it's useless with a knit like this. I preferred to make a binding for my neckline instead of a facing-- I've found facings on a garments like this is a bit fussy.
I originally was outside taking my pics for this but I was being attacked by a thousand mosquitoes. So up to my son's room I went... check out that sweet, sweet mess... dirty tissues on the floor and everything. My word. This room is not "company ready" at all, let alone "post a bunch of pictures on the internet" ready. Whatever. You have a kid or two lying around? You're house is likely a hot mess in the middle of the week, too.
The fabric here is a not-very-fancy-a-bit-on-the-cheap-side ponte. I left this dress all made up in my basement and it picked up their weird odor that I need to get rid of. In the end, I have a nice little basic I can wear tights and scarfs and jackets with.
Have you seen the latest issue of My Image. I'm a little underwhelmed. I've often been distracted by the fabrics they use, they just aren't my cup of tea. On the cover, the color palette is blah, even with a floral printed dress. It gives a solid clue as to what I found inside. More dull colors.
I might make the raglan sleeved dress on the lower left (in the above pic). It's sporty and looks so wearable. The model with the long curly hair is wearing a full on dress, not two separates. I like the look and thought I'd want to make it... but looking at the pattern, the skirt is just two rectangles sewn together... no thanks. The model makes it look like a super cute, shaped and fitted pencil skirt. And the jacket... I could do without it. I like faux shearling, but this one I'm not hooked on.
There's that raglan dress again (above pic) in a different print. The little jacket and sweatpant combo looks way too junior for me. I only need so many big faux fur coats.
This page (above pic) is just meh. Blah print on the dress, ill fitting skirt... but wait there are chickens behind them! I want to see what that loose fitting sweater looks like untucked, all the photos in the magazine are just tucked in.
Here are the tech drawings. What's great about My Image is they go up to size 54 on many of the patterns now. Both the trousers are nice... I might be sewing one or both up if I can find time.