Friday, 15 May 2015

Me-Made-May'15 Giveaway #3 (and review): My Image Magazine

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS EVERYONE WHO ENTERED. THE WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED**


Well, if there was ever any doubt, last week's Jennifer Lauren Vintage giveaway confirmed that you peops love sewing patterns! And you're hungry for more. Fancy winning a whole magazine full of them? 


If you live in Holland, Belgium or Germany you may well have heard of My Image magazine already. It's been going since 2010, but this magazine is produced by a tiny team: just two guys, Jet and Martijn, based in east Holland. With almost 20 years experience in the industry, they decided to go it alone and produce this independent pattern magazine after their former employers folded. They do everything themselves, from designing the patterns, to organising the photoshoots, to the marketing, to distribution. 

On top of producing this pattern magazine, they also produce children's wear pattern magazine, a range of paper 'envelope' sewing patterns and AND a line of PDF patterns, phew! Despite the only having two employees (what happens when they get sick?!), their product is pretty impressive and they are trying to reach a wider audience. Hence this review/giveaway. I was given one copy to use and review (see below), and one copy to send to a giveaway winner. 


So let's get on with the review part. First up, the magazine itself as a source of sewing inspiration is hella pretty. It's printed on lovely paper with great photos. I found the fabric choices and styling unobtrusive enough to be able to ascertain the potential in each pattern design. I think there's a good mix of simple/quick and more tricky/time consuming projects. The patterns could be used to make a nice little summer wardrobe and I think that most sewers would be drawn to at least a couple of the designs (all of which are pictured above). 


Of course I wanted to try a pattern to see what the magazine is like to actual use, as opposed to simply gazing at in bed before going to sleep. I really like one of the dress styles (pictured above), but in the end I chose this simple top/woven T-shirt pattern as I was strapped for time, plus I had suitable fabric already in my stash. The top is a bit like the Scout woven tee but with bust darts. I'd imagine this one might worn better for those with larger boobs, including those who generally need to do FBA's. My Image patterns are multi-sized and printed on separate pattern sheets, just like Burdastyle magazine. Unlike Burdastyle though, there are fewer patterns printed on each sheet so it wasn't such a pain in the arse to trace out. 

I often feel that simple garments are often the most difficult to draft and fit, because any flaws are going to be impossible to disguise. I found the fit of this top to be excellent, it really hits the sweet spot between fitted and loose and I found the sizing to be accurate. I made this top for my best mate Vic and she's a big fan of it. I made two small changes. Firstly, I ended up shortening to sleeves one stripes-worth after taking these pictures. Secondly, I repositioned the pocket lower because it's intended breast-pocket position wasn't sitting well with the obvious, wide stripes. The fabric I chose, BTW, was a slinky viscose that I scored in a fabric swap in Brighton a few years ago.  


Now for the negative: the instructions. They are sparse, plus in places the English translation isn't great. And like Burdastyle, there aren't any diagrams. When making this top, I really had to rely on my own judgement and past sewing experiences to complete the neckline. It kind of puts me off attempting the trousers/shorts pattern because I'm not very experienced in making fly fronts and I'd like my hand firmly held for that step. I guess it could be do-able with some googling and youtubing at the same time, however, if you don't own a good sewing manual (which sadly I don't).  

So with the instructions in mind, I think this magazine would be most appropriate for 'intermediate' and more experienced sewers. Even though some styles, including this top, might be considered basic and therefore a good project for beginners, I think the experience would be disheartening for those without a number of completed garments already under their belt. 


Review over, on to the giveaway bit. This giveaway is open to participants of Me-Made-May only. To enter, simply leave your comment on this post which includes your email address, unless I can access your email address within two clicks of my mouse. No email address, no way to contact you to send you the magazine. If you aren't positive that it can be accessed within two clicks, then leave it in the comment itself. Your email address will not be used for any purpose other than contacting you if you are the winner. Every time I host a giveaway (last week's included) some people comment without any way to contact them, and it sucks to be them coz often those peops get picked by the random number generator and I have to re-draw. Don't let that be you! Leave your comment by midnight GMT Friday 22nd May 2015. I will pick a winner by random number generator the following day.

30 comments:

Patty said...

I appreciate the addition of the dart. Would love to try one for myself!

Nathalie Sews said...

I live in Belgium but I have never heard from it, I should try to find a copy! My favorite sewing magazine is La Maison Victor! nathaliesewsthings@gmail.com

fabric epiphanies said...

I have tried a few of their patterns now. I love the styles but find their sizing can be a bit off and I totally agree with their instructions. I made a jacket and really struggled with the collar especially given the example was in a print so the photo was not helpful either. I have most of the issues and despite my reservations will be making more.

Anonymous said...

such pretty fabric! Never heard of this magazine before, but definitely one i'd like to try :)

amywhitleywoodward (at) hotmail.com

Almost a Hippy said...

Wow, I really like the look of this magazine. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ann Marshall said...

This isn't a magazine i've heard of and I would love to win a copy. annmarshalluk@gmail.com

Macska said...

Never heard of this magazine before! Thanks for telling us about it. :-)

I'd love to go in the draw for a copy please. Macska at gmail dot com

kimmyrocket said...

I'm glad to see sewing taking off in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. I moved back to the UK from Belgium about 18 months ago, and importing fabric used to cost me an arm and a leg with all the mega shipping costs. I do hope more fabric shops are springing up there, now.

Mila said...

Thanks for this great giveaway! I own few past issues of this magazine, but not the most recent one.

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rrjane011749 said...

Would love to win a copy!

Katy M said...

Thanks for the introduction to this magazine - I'd never heard of it. Would love to give it a try x

Beth Holmes said...

i love the look of this top, i'd like to give it a go :) thank you for the giveaway! beththegulfmini@googlemail.com

karen christensen said...

I'v e never heard of the magazine so thanks for the introduction and review. I'd like to try some of the patterns in the magazine. Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway. sewncreations @ gmail.com

Sewingsu said...

I would love a copy of this magazine! suvet80@yahoo.com

sewcialwarrior said...

The magazine looks fab. I'd love to win it. Fingers crossed. Sewcial.warrior@gmail.com

dressingtherole said...

Those patterns look lovely! Definitely throwing my name in the ring for this one! titaniaem [at] gmail [dot] com

Olivia said...

Looks like there's some great patterns in there. It'd be great to give some a go. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa said...

love being a part of MMMay 15.
Lklugz@aol.com

AnonaMiss said...

This seems like a great magazine! JaneAllerding@gmail.com

velosewer said...

These look great.

Jo said...

I use Ottobre which is similar which does not have pictures either but there are little inserts throughout the magazine for zips and tricky bits (but never on the same page!) I have founnd that with only words I concentrate more and REALLY follow the instructions instead of just skipping bits and looking at the pictures so for me it made me better using a magazine like this. Would love to try another one. I am loving Me Made May 15 I have realised I have made a lot of stuff!
broseley@talktalk.net

poetryinleaves said...

What a great magazine!

Summer Flies said...

I love the top you made for your friend. I have heard of them and bought some of their envelope patterns a couple of years ago and so far have only made the top. I realised after I didn't put the seam allowance (my fault) so it was a little tight. I liked hearing their back story. I hope they do well as I like a lot of their styles and it's a lot of work for 2 people! sofiem@internode.on.net

BLD in MT said...

Sometimes I am lost without the diagrams...so...we'd just have to see if I am up for the challenge! I swear, even without translations issues, they're speaking a foreign language sometimes in the patterns. Its probably just my inexperience though. My email is BLDinMT (at) gmail (dot) com

chrichri said...

Oh, I had never heard of this magazine before. Those guys sound courageous going at it and only being 2 of them... My email is chrichrimano (at) yahoo (dot) com

Shannon said...

Thanks for the giveaway - I'd love to enter! youngseamstress(at)gmail(dot)com

Michelle said...

Fab giveaway :)

mish73@tesco.net

NICHOLE GOODISON said...

Thanks for the give away.

elashacreations@gmail.com

NICHOLE GOODISON said...

Thanks for the give away.

elashacreations@gmail.com

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