To continue our tour of new pattern releases, here is the announcement of the Summer Special edition of My Image Magazine. You can flip through the whole issue here. I find that the styles in the Special editions are not as detailed as the styles in the regular issues (though it seems as though My Image may be moving to a quarterly magazine as opposed to a biannual publication), but I thought it was still worth taking a look at what they have to offer.
From The Patterns sheet, we can see that most of the line drawings are really quite simple. There are also fewer patterns in the Special issues than in the regular subscription magazines. This first dress is really simple, but I do like the open sleeve detail. It feels like a really practical way to wear long sleeves in warm weather.
I do like the top, but I don’t need to add it to the stash. The trousers and skirt are pretty simple; good as potential wardrobe basics, but nothing really exciting.
Again, lots of simple silhouettes, but I actually find myself really liking all of these designs. Not super exciting from a design perspective, but they feel like the easy summer clothes people would want to wear in warm months.
I like the stripe detail on the left. It’s a simple detail, but I like it. Might be something worth adding to a basic tank dress pattern I’ve already got in the stash…
More styles I feel look cute, but aren’t really objectively exciting. I do like how the looks in the center and on the right are separates, but look like a dress and jumpsuit. Mixing and matching the tops and bottoms would also create really cute looks. I think this idea of dress, matching top and skirt, and matching top and pants are a really fun concept for a summer capsule actually.
The lace dress on the left has the most interest in terms of design features, but, sadly, it is the PDF pattern for this issue and not actually printed in the pattern sheets.
More examples of the same patterns. Still like the dress on the right. Something about that hemline is really speaking to me.
Close up of the dress details.
And that’s it! There really isn’t a whole lot in the Special Edition issues – a few tops, a few skirts, a pair of trousers, and a few dresses. All are pretty simple, but I do find myself enjoying the simple styles with more wild fabrications. I don’t think I need to add this magazine to the stash; I’ve got lots of simple patterns as it is, but I am sort of inspired to play with the concept of matching separates to create a mix and match type of wardrobe. I do think this issue is a good bargain though, especially if you like simple styles or are trying to build up a pattern stash or look for a handy source of TNT basics. What do you all think? Is My Image too basic to be noteworthy? Or does this inspire you to sew simple clothes that can work well in the context of an overall wardrobe? Feel free to discuss in the comments!