My Image isn’t one of the more prevalent sewing magazines, but I generally like their simple clean designs and use of bold prints. The latest issue (#18!) is released full of new spring/summer looks. You can flip through the whole magazine here.
The silhouettes in this issue are pretty simple, but there are some cute spring/summer options:
I think the wrap bodice on the shirt dress is interesting, though perhaps a bit low on the v-neck opening? The other dress is pretty simple, as is the maxi. I do like how you can mix fabrics in the maxi dress to create a top/bottom sort of style.
The skirt is much cuter on the model than in the line drawing. The sleeves on the top are an interesting detail, though I think it can add a bit of a padded shoulder look.
I do like how they’ve styled the maxi dress for most of the garment photos.
The ruffle jacket is cute. Not something I’d want for me, but I like that it has a little something going on. I’m much more interested by the top/pants combo on the right. I think making matching separates to give the look of a jumpsuit is such a cute idea!
The dress with ruching looks a bit more fitted here. I’m not a huge fan of the button down top and shorts, but I don’t often go for those silhouettes.
I think the white pants are interesting… they look very fitted and long in the line drawing, but on all of the models they are cropped and a bit wider. They look really comfortable for summer though.
My Image is great at making patterns that work well with a bold print.
The dress on the left is a bit dull, and the one on the right does not look well fitted to the model. I do like the style lines though; the neckline is really nice.
More vires of the trouser options.
I like that top on the right; the dress on the left still looks like it’s a bit large and unfitted.
These clothes definitely have a summer vacation vibe, but I can’t say I’m particularly excited by any of them.
I do think the top/pants look really nice in this more drapey fabric. I really love the way that whole outfit looks. The dress with the ruffle looks a bit un-fitted through the body, but the ruffle detail is nice in that it continues across the back.
At least the open back prevents the sack dress from being a total snooze.
I still wish the middle dress didn’t need to be worn with a cami underneath.
More views of the same…
I do like the instructions in My Image – they have lots of detailed pictures for tricky things, but assume you can get along fine with basic instructions otherwise. The middle image shows the four PDF patterns for this issue – even if you hate tracing you could try one of these garments. Finally, looks like they will be doing another special summer issue this year, with some more basic designs.
And that’s it. I honestly feel like the My Image designs have been getting simpler over the years. I’m not as impressed or excited by many of these styles as I have been by their designs in the past, but I do think this magazine is a great value if you really love simple wardrobe basics that mix and match well. What do you all think? Would you rather be subscribed to a magazine where you know you will get a bunch of wardrobe basics, every time? Or would you rather have something like Burda, where one month could be full of basics and the next full of fabulous party gowns? Feel free to discuss in the comments!
Sidenote: If you can’t get enough of looking at patterns, McCall’s put up a selection of Marfy’s winter looks on their site. I’m aware that Marfy’s full catalog is actually not on the McCall’s site, and that McCall’s just recycles a lot of older patterns as well, so I’ve stopped doing a review for those patterns. But I still enjoy looking at the drawings and thought I’d mention it for anyone else who enjoys the Marfy art!