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? 

McCall’s 7348 – Floral Hankerchief Hem Dress

IMG_1334Have I told you how much I’m loving the new look of McCall’s Learn to Sew for Fun pattern line!  These are not your beginner patterns of old. They are actually some very cute styles, and best of all the work up super quick which is just what I need right now if I have any hope of staying in the sewing game with my busy schedule between my business, helping my husband with his business, my three littles and my super hectic schedule. I know some sewists get hyped about challenging techniques and that’s great, but sewing is my refuge from all of the challenges in my daily life so easy peasy it is for me.

I decided to make View C but shorten the sleeves for summer. This dress can literally be cut and sewn in an evening.



Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Flared pullover dresses (close-fitting through bust) have neck band, round neckline, hemline variations, and narrow hem. A, B: Short sleeves. B, C, D: Wrong side shows on hemline. B, D: High-low hem. C: Three-quarter length sleeves. D, E: Sleeveless.

Pattern Sizing: 4-26

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty close, I just made my dress with short sleeves.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Super easy as it is from the learn to sew series for beginners.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: With the limited time that I have to sew, I love how quickly the dress came together and I like that they use a band to finish the neck rather than the fold over method usually used on beginner patterns.

Fabric Used: An ITY floral print from Fabric Mart Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations other than shortening the sleeves for the view I made.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will likely make this again but I have some others I want to get to first.

Conclusion:  I love this pattern, stylish, easy and very versatile. I’ve already worn it with sandals and chucks.

My McCall’s Picks for Fall

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.  I have been in a bit of a sewing slump for weeks, partially because I’ve been travelling for most of the month of July but I have been thinking about Fall sewing and adding to my Fall wardrobe.  McCall’s recently released their looks for Fall and since my Hancock Fabrics is now closed, AND Club BMV had a $1.99 sale I decided to pick up a few.


I’m so intrigued by this pattern, interestingly enough, I want to make all of the views except the one modeled.


I see so many interesting possibilities with this one with different fabric combinations and interesting lines.


I do tend to live in skinny jeans and leggings during the Fall and Winter so I love View C in a nice sweater knit.


This is a great layering piece and I love View A, this great Hi-Low version.


Take a look at that back.  Good right?


Another layering piece, again, I love the drape of the back.




I love this! I can’t wait to make it.  I can see myself making this one a few times.


I only sew about once or twice per year for the people but I thought this was an interesting one.  In the right fabrics, I can even make it work for the Princess.  What about you?  Did you see any must haves?



M7122 – Easy Floral Maxi

I LOVE this dress! It’s from the McCalls Learn to sew for fun pattern line and as such is a very quick and easy sew. I actually made this dress awhile ago but realized that I forgot to blog about it because I’ve been trying to take my pics outside. Unfortunately that’s not always possible and it’s resulted in my not photographing some looks so I’ll photograph inside if necessary. It’s such a joy to wear, I should definitely make this one again soon. 

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: Pullover tunic and dresses (close-fitting through bust) have neck band and narrow hem. A: Side slits. A, C, D: Long sleeves. B: Cap sleeves. D: Back slit. Close-fitting leggings have elasticized waist, no side seams and stitched hem.

Pattern Sizing: 4-14 and 16-26

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Close enough. The maxi on the envelope used long sleeves I made it with short sleeves. The long sleeves would make it great for the Fall. 

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are super easy since the pattern is for beginners. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love that the maxi is made with a neck band instead of just folding over. 

Fabric Used:I used a polyester knit. It’s heavier than an ITY but not too thick. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No changes. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely make this again and recommend it for sewers of all levels. 
Conclusion: This is a great pattern that I know I’ll make to wear all year long with the sleeve options. 

I love the drape of this fabric. 

McCalls 6886


Where are my eyes?

I finally decide  d to use this free fabric I got as part of the Michael Levine gift bag from the Mimi G conference in 2014.  This pattern is a great way to use up those shorter cuts of fabric.  I’ve made this dress before so it was super easy.  The only differences from the previous version is that I made this one V-neck and long sleeved.


Pattern Description: MISSES’ DRESSES: Close-fitting, pullover dresses have neckline variations, and stitched hems. E and F: neck bands.
Designed for medium-weight moderate stretch knits.

Pattern Sizing: A5(6-8-10-12-14),E5(14-16-18-20-22)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Definitely!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Super, I didn’t need them though because the dress is just that easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the style of the dress but I love the ease of putting it together.

Fabric Used: I used an ITY for this version

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made View E because I wanted to try the V-Neck. I also pegged the hem a bit for a better fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Uhhhh Yeah! Pronto!

Conclusion: This is a great looking and easy dress to make. It has multiple lengths and neckline options so you can make many versions of this dress and have them all look different.





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McCalls 7061 – Casual Funnel Neck Dress

I’ve been making more casual clothes lately but I still like to wear dresses (which would be a total shocker to my younger tomboy self). I’d bought a dress almost identical to this about a year or so ago and loved it. On one of my many forays to Hancock Fabrics, I saw this pattern displayed on top of the pattern drawers and couldn’t believe my luck. Imagine my surprise when I realized this was in fact a sleepwear/lounge patter NOT apparel. Never being to like limitations or being told what I can and cannot do, I decided to make this as a casual dress to wear on the weekends, on my days off and while running errands. 

I actually completed the dress some time ago but then biting cold and rain swept in so in the closet it went. Today the weather was perfect for this in the low to mid-60’s since I used a sweatshirt fleece for this version. I need to find a lighter weight fabric to make spring versions because this style will be in heavy rotation.

Pattern Review: 

Pattern Description:  MISSES’ TOPS, DRESS, SHORTS, PANTS AND SLIPPERS: Close-fitting tops and dresses have sleeve bands. A and B: stitched hem on hood, wrong side shows. B and C: shaped hemline. A and D: collar and hem band. D: purchased drawstring. B, C and D: pocket. Fitted shorts and pants have waistband. E: side slits. F: leg bands. B, C and E: narrow hem. Slippers have insets, sole and contrast lining.

Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge), Foot Size: [XS (83/4″),S (91/4″),M (93/4″),L (101/4″),XL (103/4″)]

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Definitely!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Great instructions

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the style of this dress and it is very similar to one of my favorite RTW dresses.

Fabric Used: I used a lightweight Sweatshirt Fleece from Denver Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added an inch to the side seams around the stomach area but ended up taking it back out. This is meant to be a lounge pattern but I made it as a dress.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I absolutely plan to make many more of these, this was such an easy make and super comfortable to wear all day.

Conclusion:  This a great pattern for beginners and a nice and easy casual dress.

Sweater Vest w/ Faux Fur Collar and Denim

I found this faux fur collared vest a few months ago at Forever 21 but it’s one of those peculiar pieces that demands just the right weather, not so cold that you need a jacket over it but not so warm that the collar will be to warm.  Today was that day.  It was great paired with my relaxed fit jeans and Steve Madden snow boots.  Now it NEVER snows where I live but it does rain from time to time and these boots keep my feet nice and warm.


Here’s a close up of the boots.