Thursday, September 24, 2015

My Image 1561 Dress: Plus A Review of My Image Fall/Winter 2015-16

I made a plain, black dress.  Sound the sirens.  I make so many colorful, printed, fun things, I needed to calm down already.  Fall brings that out I think... a more settled down color pallette.  Now this pattern is from My Image, a previous favorite of mine.  It's the newest issue. I confess I am not as hot for them after the past couple issues.  I feel like they could explore more variety in their pattern designs, move away from the plain, round necklines, it feels a bit repetitive... and then jumping all around like 3 or 4 websites just to order magazines, a PDF or envelope patterns is wayy to much, it all really needs to be streamlined to one website with their actual magazine title in it.  

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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.

29 comments:

  1. sometimes black is just chic and awesome. i love this on you!

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  2. That is a great dress but I felt like you when I viewed this book. There really is nothing new here to tempt me this time.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah.. maybe they've just lost steam over at My Image, but I'm routing for them to improve!!

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  3. I just made a black knit dress too. It is a great base for all thing autumn. Yours looks great!

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    1. Thanks, Janet!! I'll end up with crazy colored scarves or tights or something for sure when I really wear it soon.

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  4. The mosquitoes are INSANE. I park in the garage and get bit in the 60 second walk to the house. This dressis awesome on you and I can totally see it with great tights.

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    1. They are gross! Stupid gross bugs. And yeah, tights are 100% needed for me, I won't be comfy otherwise.

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  5. Yes this dress shape and fit look fab on you. Make more! :-)

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    1. Thanks!! I know, I want more and more and more.

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  6. You know, it's really really cute. Maybe this is the time you sew up tights (Seamster?) in a wild print.

    Hey, you can SEE the floor in that room. And heels and train sets are the fashion look this year, dangit. I've had to photoshop my house out of my photos. I am considering making a large backdrop curtain of a photo of a Martha Stewart-esque house, and taking photos in front of that. Solve so many problems.....

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    1. Thank you! And I've had those Seamster tights on my shortlist of patterns to buy... maybe now that you've reminded me again...

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  7. Great dress! As you say, a really good base for accessorizing this autumn/winter.

    I am with you on how disappointing MyImage has been the last few issues. I feel like their patterns have become very same-y and uninteresting since the initial issues. I bought this issue for one of the knit dresses (M1553) but when it arrived I glanced at the instructions and found them unimproved from previous baffling issues, to the extent that I actually can't work out what I'd have to do. I also find that one dress that looks like separates that you picked out appealing... until I looked at the pattern pieces, and then I too noped out of it. So, overall: not a raging success of a purchase!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I'm too lazy to list them or research which ones, but they actually repeat some by way of envelope patterns, but so does Burda. I am crossing my fingers next spring will bring something more interesting... I am routing for them so much!!

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  8. This looks great on you and so wearable too - I need more of this in my wardrobe! Shame about the magazine but hopefully they will put your critique to good use.

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    1. Thanks! I want them to expand their repertoire... I might forgive the poor English directions if their deigns were a bit more interesting and were evolving a bit more.

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  9. Great looking and fitting dress on you! Many of the looks in the magazine are similar to patterns I already have. I think they went blah with the backgrounds to pump up the looks of the fabrics. It is difficult for me to find a source for this magazine so I stick with the Big 4 and some indie patterns.

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    1. Thanks!! I've ordered all of my issues direct from them... the shipping and pricing is actually better then reasonable, I'd even say very inexpensive.

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  10. I also found this issue of MyImage uninspiring and didn't buy it (I do have a couple of older issues plus 3 or 4 of their single patterns). I concur that the patterns are getting too much the same. I'm making a skirt right now from one of the older summer issues but I'm using instructions from a similar Burda pattern I have. At least MyImage has a lining in their pattern; so many patterns don't bother with a lining and I find that really makes a garment better. Actually, I learned about MyImage from this blog because I really liked the white denim bolero jacket you made.

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    1. Yes, the denim bolero!! I washed it a few times and it shrunk a lot... oops!! So I gave it to a friend. Fingers crossed their future issues are a bit more interesting.

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  11. Looks great on you, very flattering so worth the faff with the fitting.

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  12. The dress looks great on you! It would be great in a color too! Love it!

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    1. Thanks Diane!! I have some fun prints... I may need to make one more up.

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  13. Really great job, this dress is super flattering!

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  14. I was too busy looking at the dress I didn’t notice the messy room until I read further. LOL! I agree, I think it is kind of short especially because of the full skirt.

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  15. Funny, the room and the trains on the floor made me notice the shoes. I just got the magazines, bought when they had the 50% Black Friday sale. I happened to like the tunic and the sweater, but I'm plus sized, not too many options are available for me :)
    Cute dress!

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