Budget Fashionista: My Target, F21 and Walmart Finds


Hi, luvs! I’m in such a good mood today and am having a great day.  I don’t always do OOTD posts because since I started this as a sewing blog, I sometimes forget that you guys might benefit from some of my great RTW finds too.  Now I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as a bargain/budget shopper, however I do love a good deal, especially when it comes to clothes because as a seamstress, I just find it very difficult to pay full retail prices for things that I could simply make (if I had the time).   I do however buy a lot of basics because I don’t find it quite as fun sewing them.  If you don’t sew, or if you don’t want to sew every outfit, you still don’t have to break the bank to look pulled together.  I put this outfit together for $55 for everything other than the shoes.  The jeans are from F21, the basic turtleneck is from Wal-Mart (Tip: For a roomier fit, check out the men’s department for basic layering pieces like this.  There is usually a broader size range, and they are usually cheaper as they don’t generally price gouge men the way they do plus-size women) and this color-blocked moto jacked is a Target find from a year ago add my oldie but goodie Steve Madden booties and I was ready to go.


Mimi G for Simplicity 8222 Skinny Jeans Part V

And we’re DONE. This has definitely been an exercise in patience both because of all of the topstitching and waiting the five weeks to follow along with the sew along videos. Let me just say, it was well worth the wait and I can see myself making MANY pairs of jeans because the way these pants feel is AMAZING!!



Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Misses knit jacket and stretch jeans.

Pattern Sizing: 6-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? They did indeed.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I actually didn’t use the instructions included with pattern. I followed along with the 5-week sew along videos found Mimi G for Simplicity 8222 Skinny Jeans Part V Here. I made this during the actual sew along so a new video was available each week but now they are all available at once so you won’t have to wait 5 weeks to finish.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I’ve never made jeans before so I loved the new challenge. I love the idea of customizing the fit of my jeans which honestly I’m still working on. But this pattern went together surprisingly quickly and easily. I like that the pattern comes with slim, average and curvy back pieces which allows you to further customize the jeans right from the start rather than having to make those adjustment through multiple muslins. I didn’t dislike this because it’s just part of it but I will mention that top stitching IS NOT for the faint of heart but it is necessary if you want to achieve a RTW look.

Fabric Used: I used a 2% stretch denim from Fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no alterations or design changes with this pair as I considered this my wearable muslin and I wanted to see how the pants work up straight out of the envelope. On my next pair, I will start with one size smaller and then i’ll grade down from there at the knee because I want the pants to be more fitted on my calf. I will also shorten the pants to get them to land just below the ankle. I like my jeans without breaks as I think they look neater. I will actually shorten and re-hem these after I wash them again but since I only washed the denim once before making the jeans, I want to make sure they don’t shrink anymore before I shorten them. I would consider these pants to be mid-rise and the back waistband hits me just at my lower waist. I’m thinking about adding about 1/2″-1″ to the yoke on my next pair but I’m not sure.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am most definitely going to be sewing many more of these and while I won’t go so far as to say I won’t buy RTW jeans anymore, I can definitely say the fit of these jeans are going to make it really difficult to settle for just any old jeans anymore.

Conclusion:  If you have any interest in sewing jeans please sew these you will not be disappointed. Who am I kidding even if you’ve never thought about sewing jeans before you should give these a try.








OOTD Denim Tunic and Leggings

So you guys know that I at least try to make most of my clothes but every now and then I see something RTW that is cute and that I think will look great.  I found this great denim high-low tunic at a local boutique, paired it with my trusty black leggings and 9West suede wedge booties and I was off to work.  The weather is starting to cool down, at least this week, so this was the perfect outfit for an early Fall day.


Pardon my wrinkles, I took these pictures after a full day of work but I just had to show you guys this.


It looks like this could easily be recreated using this Simplicity pattern. 






I love the high-low hemline.  It makes this great to wear with leggings because it gives you great coverage.

I couldn’t leave you without a shot of the shoes.


Cute right?

Mimi G for Simplicity 8222 Skinny Jeans Part IV

So I got a little behind because, well you know, life gets in the way, and I hadn’t been able to find my usual 30 min to sew. This week, we attached the front to back, topstitched the inseam, down the side seam, created bar tacks and attached and topstitched the waistband.  I wanted to be sure when I tackled the waistband I was fully alert so it took me a little longer to get to it. 

After I attached the front of the pants to the back, I tried them on for fit and they are pretty near perfect. I was most impressed because even without the waistband I can tell that the rise of the jeans is high enough so that I won’t be worried about flashing folks all day but not so high as to be “mommy jeans”. 

As I have mentioned previously, the sewing itself is pretty basic stuff it’s just the amount of details due to the topstitching and all the moving parts, i.e. Coin pocket, back pockets, front pocket yoke, pocket bags, etc. 

Take a look at that inseam topstitching. All in all I love these pants and will surely make many more but I’m looking forward to a few instant gratification projects next. 

Mimi G for Simplicity 8222 Skinny Jeans Part III

Hi guys, so this week we put the zipper fly and the front section of the pants together.  For some reason, I didn’t get a ton of pictures of this stage (maybe because I was so happy to be done with the top-stitching) but it’s a lot easier than you think to put a fly front in, like anything, you just need to take your time.  I sew mostly dresses so this was a great refresher for me.

I LOVE dark denim, so much so, I have to remind myself to buy other hues.  It looks so good against the top-stitching thread.  I also bought white top-stitching thread and I might use that on my next pair.

I’m still perfecting my top-stitching but I did make a couple of small bar tacks on the fly.

I can’t wait to try them on next week.  I’m super excited about the possibility of never having to stress over finding a great fitting pair of jeans again, and not having to settle for just what’s out there.

Mimi G for Simplicity 8222 Skinny Jeans Part II

So week two of the sew along posted and we’re putting the pockets, fronts back yoke and back pockets together. There is LOTS of topstitching, which of course can be expected to achieve a look as close to ready to wear as possible. Never have I been more grateful to have two machines because if I had to keep switching out the sewing thread with the topstitching thread every time, I might not make it. LOL 

Of course the perfectionist in me wants to rip half of it out and redo it but I won’t. It really is very simple sewing, the topstitching aspect is just tedious but if the jeans fit like I think they will, it’s definitely worth it and I’m already thinking about all of the different pairs I can make.

Mimi G for Simplicity 8222 Skinny Jeans

This is the first of at least a couple of posts about this pattern as I plan to blog about my progress sewing my first ever jeans. There have been many popular Jean patterns over the years and I’ve even bought a few but it’s always been my thought that with all of the work involved in sewing jeans (I’ve mentioned many times, how little time I have) I may as well buy them and just sew the rest of my wardrobe, and that was true until they discontinued my favorite style of jeans from Torrid. Since then, I can’t tell how many pair of not quite right jeans I’ve purchased. I LOVE skinny jeans, so when I saw this pattern I knew this would be the one to inspire my maiden voyage into Jean making.  Mimi is currently hosting a 5 part sew along for the jeans HERE and although I want to follow along because I always learn neat tricks and tips from her, I’m so excited about these jeans that I don’t know if I can’t wait five weeks (who am I kidding? I know I can’t) so I will likely forge ahead on my own, at least for this pair but I will be following the sew along closely. 

I ordered my fabric and all of my supplies

I cut out my pattern before work today 

And will cut my fabric later today. 

Here’s what I’m using for the lining for my pocket bags. 

I’m SO excited!   Have you ever sewn jeans before? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Will you be joining in on the sew along?