My Image Sarah Dress S1024: DIY Teal Green Ponte Knit Tunic Dress

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My Image Sarah Dress: DIY Teal Green Ponte Knit Tunic Dress

Hi There!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the Dutch makers of two new-to-me sewing magazines, Made by Oranges. This company sent me two sewing magazines to look at: My Image, which contains 16 patterns for women in sizes XS to 3XL (plus codes to down load a further 3 free patterns), and B-Trendy, which contains 20 patterns for children (boys and girls), in sizes from 1 year to teens, again with codes to down load a further 3 free patterns.

My hatred of tracing patterns from BurdaStyle magazines is well know. And, well, nothing much has changed in the course of using this magazine either, lol, but I know that LOTS of you LOVE using magazines like these and I can see that certainly the designs are stylish and on trend, and they do offer unsurpassed value for money. (BTW, the international shipping costs on these magazines are very reasonable, IMO).

Here are some images from the (womens) magazine before I get to talking about the dress I made. All very wearable and beautifully styled. I have also included the line drawings from the current issue of the childrens magazine below.

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My Image magazine issue 13, fall/ winter 2016 magazine images

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My Image magazine issue 13, fall/ winter 2016 magazine images

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My Image magazine issue 13, fall/ winter 2016 magazine images

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My Image magazine issue 13, fall/ winter 2016 magazine images

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My Image magazine issue 13, fall/ winter 2016 magazine images

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My Image magazine issue 13, fall/ winter 2016 magazine images

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My Image magazine issue 13, fall/ winter 2016 line drawings

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B-Trendy magazine issue 7, fall/ winter 2016 line drawings

Here is the magazine image of the dress I chose to make, which was one of the free download options.

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My Image Sarah Dress: magazine image

Here’s my version:

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My Image Sarah Dress: DIY Teal Green Ponte Knit Tunic Dress

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My Image Sarah Dress: DIY Teal Green Ponte Knit Tunic Dress

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My Image Sarah Dress: DIY Teal Green Ponte Knit Tunic Dress

 

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:
This is an above the knee tunic style pattern with notched out neckline finished with facings, elbow length sleeves and an invisible zip in the centre back. There are bust darts but no other shaping to the tunic.
Pattern Sizing:
34-52 / XS-3XL (US 4-22)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions are minimal. They read ok in terms of the English and are sensible in their order, but I would say you need to have a bit of sewing knowledge/ experience to use these patterns.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This particular pattern was one of the free download pattern options that came with the magazine. It printed off as 9 pages in total, but the pattern pieces were still overlapped so needed to be traced and you also had to add seam allowances. (This is a dislike for me). There is an option to create separate pattern pieces which is good news, and rather than printing 9 pages you would have to print 26 pages, but I chose the 9 page option because I wanted to tissue fit so would have had to trace the pattern anyway.

I don’t enjoy tracing patterns, and I found it quite hard to distinguish between the sizing lines. Also, I ended up grading out a couple of sizes at the hips and this was quite hard to do because the lower part of the tunic was traced off separate to the upper part (you tape them together once traced).

No finished measurements are provided.

You are expected to pick your size based on high bust measurement, which is what I did, and I did check with the makers what size cup they draft for, but they were not able to provide me with that information. However, I think in the end the fit through the bust and shoulders is pretty good for me.
Fabric Used:
Ponte knit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I added 3.25 inches to the length (this tunic is short!) and took a 1.25 inch hem at the bottom of the tunic.
  • Added 0.25 inches to the sleeve hem to match the bottom hem.
  • Made side seams and centre back seam allowances 1 inch for fitting – I ended up using 5/8ths inch for all seam allowances.
  • 0.5 inch sway back adjustment, adding removed length back to lower hem.
  • Shortened length of bust dart by 1 inch .
  • FYI this tunic took approx 2 metres fabric
  • Staystitched neckline and understitched facings and added clear elastic at shoulder seams.
  • Ended up adding darts in the back to provide more shaping.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Initially I wasn’t sure about this look for me, but I have already worn it and it is very comfortable and perfect for autumn. If you like working with sewing magazines I would recommend.
Conclusion:

Very wearable addition to my autumn wardrobe. A great alternative to BurdaStyle and remember all the patterns come in plus sizes – unlike BurdaStyle there is no separate plus size section. This is a bonus IMO.

Thank you to the Made by Oranges team for the chance to try these magazines out.

Happy Sewing!

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My Image Sarah Dress: DIY Teal Green Ponte Knit Tunic Dress

 

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About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

11 responses to “My Image Sarah Dress S1024: DIY Teal Green Ponte Knit Tunic Dress”

  1. JenL says :

    Thanks for the review. Such a cute (and practical dress)! I think I will have to start looking at more tunic styles…

  2. Faye Lewis says :

    Your dress is lovely. I’ve got some yardage of teal ponte – you’ve given me an idea!

  3. Thimberlina says :

    I must be odd, as I’m one of the minority that enjoys tracing patterns. So much so I’ve lots traced that I’ve not even seen – mainly hard copy’s and pdfs. I find I learn a lot about the making up process when I trace. This looks lovely on, the shaping in the back makes it really flattering and I love the colour! 😃

  4. Freshly Sewn says :

    I love everything about this so much that I went and subscribed to MyImage! I’m excited that this dress you made and all the patterns are so cute and come in plus size too.

  5. Myra says :

    Very nice dress, love the color! Great results from a pattern magazine! I just purchased a piece of acrylic knit in this color too!

  6. catherinedaze says :

    That’s an attractive basic! I like the way you styled it.

  7. Tomasa says :

    Your dress is beautiful. You look gorgeous in it! I too dislike tracing patterns and would therefore avoid this pattern but your version did turn out fantastic.

  8. corrineappleby says :

    The dress looks great. A real Autumn staple! After you mentioned B*trendy on IG I went and investigated with a view to making stuff for my daughter. There are very few teenage patterns out there and this looks to be a good option.

  9. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! says :

    Love the dress! The colour is just perfect for the fall season. Thanks for the review!

  10. m3isme says :

    I think the darts in the back make this dress/tunic really adorable…I think it might be too shapeless without them.

  11. Vibeke in Oslo says :

    Very cute. You always look great in your stylish creations, btw. It’s pretty clear to see that the pattern is drafted for those tall Dutch ladies, though. The armscye is too long for you and I bet the dress rides up quite a lot when you raise your arms?

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