March 17, 2011

Pattern magazine giveaway

Just over a month ago I was lucky enough to visit the fabric trade show Tex World (orginized by the Frankfurt Messe, but held near Paris. And just doable as a one-day trip from where I live) with M (M is the designer of pioneering eco-brand ecocouture. unfortunately, she doesn't have a webshop but on her site you can see some of her designs, some of which sewn up and all the current ones photographed by yours truly).

While we were there, we came across a Dutch fabric importer who had some sewing magazines at the stand. Pattern junkies we are, we took those with us. But, pattern making junkie I am, the chance of me actually making anything from these magazines is next to zero, and they don't include any amazingly clever details which I want to look at time and time again. At least, to me they don't.
So, I have decided that I should pass these on to a more appreciative audience.
These are not full-size magazines like Burda, but I will show and tell you about them.
The first one is My Image, which was reviewed here, by Melissa from Fehr trade. I think she might be a better judge of this kind of magazine than I am.
Because of her post, I know that this was not a one-of publication in collaboration with a fabric importer, but an actual magazine which appears twice a year. It is published with instructions in Dutch, English, French and German.

It contains these designs, all of them either in size 36 to 44 or in 38 to 46.

And that's according to this sizing table.

The other magazine is called Stitch & Sew and I know nothing about it which is not in the magazine itself. However, to me, the instruction pages, pattern sheets and sizing look a lot like Knipmode's.
Stitch & Sew, despite its title and the text on the cover, comes with instructions in Dutch and German only. The other special thing is that it has patterns not just for women but also for kids. For girls and for boys. Am I right in thinking that boy's patterns can be hard to find?

Without further ado, these are the designs. Top row is for women, the first four designs in the second row are for boys, the rest for girls.

Women's patterns come in sizes 34 to 46, according to this sizing table.

Stupidly, the magazine doesn't include a kids' sizing table but all children's patterns are for sizes 104 to 134. I downloaded this sizing table from the Knipmode website. It's for their children's wear publication Knippie, and I think the sizes will match Stitch & Sew's very well (the women's sizing table is an exact match).

I will give both of these magazines away, and I am prepared to ship them anywhere (it just seems unfair not to...). To participate, just leave a comment to this post. Two important things: 1. you must either have your profile, with an email-link, public to blogger-users like me, or include an email adress. 2. Tell me which magazine you want. I plan on using a random number generator, but, given the relative rarity of children's (and mostly boy's) patterns, I am looking for a way of giving extra chance to those of you who need those. And remember that, to sew from 'Stitch & Sew' you should either know Dutch or German, or not need sewing instructions at all...

You can enter until the first of April.


  1. Very generous of you!

    I think I'd prefer the MyImage one, myself. I don't have any need to sew for children at this point in my life, and would hate to deprive the moms of those patterns. :)

  2. I would love the copy of MyImage. Thank you for the chance.

  3. I would prefer the first one- My Image- please. You can get hold of me at

    Many thanks!

  4. I would love the copy of Stitch and Sew. I have kids, I have a sewing friend fluent in German and she has kids, too! It would be fun. It's so kind of you to pass those on in a fun game of chance. :)


  5. I would love to try for the MyImage one as my Dutch/German is non-existant! I am still learning how to sew but this could be a good motivator! I ca be found at sockmonkery(at)yahoo(dot)ca

    Love this blog!

  6. Ooh, la! I have been debating ordering a My Image for a while but haven't bit yet. I'd also be interested in the children's patterns (i dont speak dutch or german, but it can't be any worse than sewing from Patrones, which I've done successfully), so I'll put my hat in for either...

    In case my email isn't on the blogger profile, tanitisis (at)


  7. I would gladly take either! Thank you!

  8. I would love to enter in for the MyImage, thank you so much!

  9. I have heard much about My Image and am, I would like to try for that magazine please. Thanks.

  10. Altogether a fabulous giveaway. You're right about boys patterns being like unicorns! I'd love the copy of Stitch and Sew if I get lucky.
    Thank you.

  11. These look wonderful. Thanks for sharing what's out there -- I'd love to take a closer look at the Stitch 'n Sew! I have a little boy and speak some German, so I'll be able to give it a go.

    And just in case -- karine (dot) kelley (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. I would love to try the MY Image. Thanks for sharing!! kellysrunning at AOL dot com

  13. I would love to have the MyImage magazine. Thanks for the offer.

  14. I'd love the MyImage mag! I really want to try out that curved-seam bolero jacket.
    jessica (dot) m (dot) hammer (at) gmail (dot) com


  15. The Myimage looks great,some nice patterns there.

  16. MYIMAGE!, MYIMAGE!, MYIMAGE!, I also love your blog, you are crazy talented.

  17. I would love the issue of MYIMAGE. I was just at Fehr Trade and saw her bolero.
    I just love it.
    Thanks for the chance to win it.
    Kathi G
    buttonhole at charter dot net

  18. I would love the issue of MY Image. Thanks for the chance to win it,

    jkachkar at shaw dot ca

  19. Oh la la, I read about this giveaway in Fehr Trade's post about her finished object made up form this issue of MyImage pattern magazine. I love the bolero she made. So yeah, I'd love to win the MyImage. Thank you for this giveaway!

  20. I'm such a pattern magazine junkie but I have no idea where to get MyImage, I'd love to have even just one issue, the patterns look really cute :)

  21. I'm really interested in the My Image, after seeing it everywhere, LOL!

    Thank you for holding this giveaway, it's very generous of you!!!

  22. I'd be facinated to get my hands on a copy of MyImage. Here in the Darkness of Africa, we're lucky to get Burda!

  23. I'd like to enter the draw for MyImage, please :-)

    email rabbit_in_residence(at)ho tmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  24. I'll throw my hat in for the MyImage. I came over from Fehr Trade and I love the cute bolero Melissa has made from the issue. Thank you for having the giveaway.

  25. Hi!
    I'd love to enter for the MyImage one!
    I wish we had pattern magazines here in my country.