You will by now have read several posts from bloggers who have been sent a free copy of MyImage and BTrendy magazines… and I’m going to add one more! (Like the others, I was emailed by the two guys behind both Magazines, and asked if I wanted to try out an issue. No requirement to blog, although that is clearly the hope!)
I’m new to the world of sewing magazines, but I really enjoyed flipping through the nice photos and having so many patterns available. I kept thinking, “Oh, I could use that to imitate this other pattern, or copy that Pinterest inspiration photo.” I can really see the appeal of having a stash of pattern magazines to flip through instead of dropping $$ on a brand new indie pattern!
On the other hand, how many of these patterns will I make? That all depends on how well they fit my figure, and how easy they are to adapt. I’d rather save time and fabric than money! I decided to sew a simple mock-wrap dress to test things out.
Verdict: Lots to love! And also some fit alterations I’d have to do every time.
- They draft for 170cm, and I’m 157cm (aka. 5’2″). I found the armscye visibly much longer than any pattern I’ve used before, and folded out 6cm before sewing. I folded it out of the sleeve too, of course.
- I emailed to ask what cup size they draft for, and they answered with “As far I know none of the pattern companies in Europe draft for a certain cup size. Of course bigger sizes has more “cup space” in the pattern that smaller sizes. Never heard someone about this, it’s no issue in Europe.” Would you agree? Regardless, this pattern would need an FBA to fit like it does in the magazine, with a loose drape and a deep V showing a camisole underneath.
(Here’s my approximation of how it fits in the magazine on the left, and how it actually sits on me on the right!)
- The sleeve was SOOOO TIGHT! I traced the bodice that fits my measurements, and the corresponding sleeve, but it was unwearably tight. If you peer at the photo below, you can just see that I had to splice in at least 6cm of extra fabric at the elbow, tapering to less at the underarm. That’s not an issue I usually have with indies, so be warmed!
One other change – I decided not to use the gathered rectangle skirt they suggested, and used the Comino Cap skirt instead. I like a curved hem and not so much volume at the waist.
As an Editor of the Curvy Sewing Collective, I felt like I had to ask them about plus-size patterns, and here is what they said: “We have made patterns up to size 56, but the last few issues stop at size 52. As a fact 11 of the 16 patterns in My Image 13 go to size 50 and larger. Size 50 is 3XL/4XL in Europe, but I don’t exactly know which North American size compares to this. For now we focus on sizes 34-52. Not because we don’t want to make bigger sizes, but because this is a expertise and we want to do it right. Some companies are drafting their patterns from 34 to 60 and even larger. This is very easy to do, but won’t always give the best result.” That seems like a very reasonable approach… though I have to say, one of the patterns I traced didn’t go up to my size, so I had to creatively extend the pattern of nested sizes to make my own size!
All in all, I enjoyed the magazine, and I’m looking forward to trying the kids patterns when I sew for my nieces this Christmas. If you are curious about European pattern magazines, Mary did a brilliant two-part post about subscribing to Knipmode for a year, which is well worth reading. If you are interested in MyImage or B-Trendy, you can use the code “rainbow” to get 25% off on their magazines or pdf patterns until November 1st 2016!
Have you used pattern magazines much? What was your experience?