Simplicity 1108 Camo Kimono

OMG! This Kimono has been in the “making” for over a year.   At times when I’m feeling inspired, I cut out multiple projects which is great, however, I also often change my mind or get otherwise distracted before I get to everything that I cut out add to that the yards of knit bias tape I had to make to finish the edges and you get why it took so long to finish.

Pattern Reivew:

Pattern Description:  Misses’ kimono pattern features styles for every occasion. Pattern includes draped kimono in short, or long with contrast bands, straight floor length kimono, and short kimono with or without trim. Simplicity sewing pattern.

Pattern Sizing:  A (XXS-XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL)

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? The instructions were easy and straight forward.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love the length on this kimono even though at a lofty 5’4″ it’s a bit long for me, I love that I can tie up and that it’s long enough for taller sewists.

Fabric Used: I used a jersey camo knit I found at my local Wal-Mart.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations were necessary although when I make it next, I might shorten it just an inch or two.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew this again, in fact, I cut out a new one this weekend that I will be putting together this week.

Conclusion:  I love this kimono it is definitely on trend, versatile, easy to wear and instantly elevates any outfit.

Simplicity 8124 – The Anniversary Dress

I loved this pattern when it first came out.  It was perfect because it’s so cute and simple, would allow me to try out my new strapless bra and it’s from one of my most favorite designers.

I made the dress two years ago!  It was one of those end of season makes that by the time that I finished it, the weather was starting to change and it was never quite hot enough.  Also, as a busty girl, wearing off the shoulder styles is fairly new to me so whenever I do, I feel super exposed so it literally needs to be 90 degrees and above.  When I tell you this dress has been around.  I have packed it for every trip and get away over the past two years waiting for the right opportunity to wear it yet it always comes back unworn.   When this Summer rolled around, I was determined to wear it and I thought our anniversary dinner was a perfect time.

We decided to take the family to one of our favorite local family mexican restaurants.  Just as the entree’s were coming out, the server dropped the plates on the table and knocked over an entire strawberry Jarritos (my absolute favorite one) over on me.  DO YOU SEE THE COLOR OF MY DRESS?!  Needless to say dinner was cut short and all I could think about was how I would get the red out of my fabric.  I didn’t let it ruin my night but it was not fun being wet and sticky on the ride home.  Even though it was a bummer that I’d waited two years to wear this dress and on the first go round it got soiled and possibly ruined, the good news is that because the fabric is still available I can just make it again if I really want to.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: Misses’ peasant style mini dress, and top by Cynthia Rowley have elastic neckline and sleeve band; romper has additional elastic waist for a cool effortless look. This Cynthia Rowley pattern is Easy-to-Sew.

Pattern Sizing: A (XS-S-M-L-XL)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not exactly but very close.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were super easy to follow. This dress was a super quick sew.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  The pattern is really short but I expected that because most Cynthia Rowley patterns are and you can certainly see that on the model on the pattern envelope, I mean it’s barely covering her lady bits. Once stiff wind and she’s exposed.

Fabric Used: I used a Michael Miller cotton with metallic polka dots. I liked this fabric so much, I also bought it in black with gold polka dots.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I added four inches to the hem, even with that, I just did a regular 1 1/2 inch hem to get the extra length although I do love the deep 4-inch hem called for in the pattern instructions. I also added inseam side pockets which I LOVE and I added a fabric self-belt to be able to manage some of the volume.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I would definitely sew this again, especially since I ended up styling it over jeans and I really liked the look. I also like the romper version which I might also sew up.

Conclusion:  This is a great, versatile pattern. An easy make, quick sew and great for beginners.

When I made this I intended to wear it by itself as a dress and I have the cutest lace up flat sandals to wear with it but when I tried it on for hubs, he liked these and I’d been dying to wear these shoes with jeans so it was a win.  I have shied away from the jeans with a dress idea because it takes me back to my childhood where that was the only way I was allowed to wear a dress but since it was a little cooler than I would have liked and I was reminded of this Pic I’d seen recently on Instagram, I decided to go ahead and give it a try and I LOVED it! so don’t be surprised if you see this look from me again in the future.


Me and Bae. This is what 18 years married looks like. Shoe Game 100

The shoes are from TARGET if you can believe it; I got them back in April but they do still have limited stock available.

Simplicity 8379 – Side Draped Dress

I’m at the time in my life where simple sewing projects are necessary.   I made this cute little dress at the end of last summer and only got to wear it once didn’t get a chance to photograph it.


I love how versatile this dress can both in how you choose to style it or the fabric you choose to use.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  This knit dress has only one main pattern piece making it super easy to sew and perfect for beginners. Sized for everyone—includes cutting lines for sizes XXS to XXL all in one. With easy-to-follow instructions, anyone from beginner to expert can enjoy making a variety of these for the summer. The pull-on dress is sleeveless with a round neckline. Use a knit fabric with a lot of drape to complement the side-draping detail on this dress.

Pattern Sizing: Sizes XXS-XXL in one envelope

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? Super easy, super quick pattern with only one main pattern piece.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I like the side drape, it adds loads of interest to an otherwise basic tank dress.

Fabric Used:  I used an ITY Knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I lengthened the hem by two inches, it looked short on the model and I didn’t want to chance it. Good thing, it’s just at the knee

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I can see a few more of these in my future, it’s just too easy not to sew it again.

Conclusion:  It’s a cute, quick pattern my only dislike is the super short length but that’s an easy fix.

New Look 6529 – The Black Tunic

I’m still mourning the loss of Hancock Fabrics.  In all of my years, I have never lived in a place where I don’t have at least one fabric store in town and I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to that.  With the nearest fabric store being at least a half hour away, as we’re traveling around for various band competitions or basketball tournaments, I drop into any JoAnn’s that I see to catch pattern sales or pick up notions.  On one such trip, I saw a bin full of loudly patterned leggings.  I’d been planning to make myself a few pairs but at $8 I figured why not.

Because the leggings are so busy I knew I’d need a solid, tunic length top to pair with it.    Thankfully, I always have black ponte knit on hand as I always order lengths of it when Fabric Mart has it on sale at different points throughout the year.   Black is notoriously hard to photograph but I gave it a shot.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: Women’s Knit Tunics and Leggings

Pattern Sizing: XS-S-M-L-XL

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? I go with yes, I the hood comes together at the front and crosses over in a V shape. I always have trouble sewing those as instructed and have to hand baste them in and then machine stitch no matter what the instructions say so I’m guessing that’s just user error rather than a problem with the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the length of the tunic in the pattern, makes it just perfect to wear with leggings and be covered. I especially like the uneven hem, making the tunic longer in the back to give excellent coverage in the back but a little interest to the hemline.

Fabric Used: I used a ponte knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics that I had in my stash. I always buy a bunch of this in black when they have it on sale for my stash.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations or design changes. I don’t typically sew a lot of New Look patterns because I don’t find them particularly plus-size or busty-girl friendly but I was able to sew this puppy right out of the envelope. I noticed another reviewer stated that the front pocket was upside down and it is a different shape than most similar type pockets but after looking at the line drawings, the diagrams on the instructions and the envelope picture, I figured I’d just place it as instructed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definitely plan to sew this again and I will also sew it as a set with leggings.  Check out Anita’s great combo Here

Conclusion:  This is a great pattern for casual wear with lots of options. It works up quickly (f you don’t keep stopping for days at a time). It’s beginner friendly and I will definitely be sewing it again.

McCalls 7688 – Ruffled Sweatshirt

Hi loves!!! I’m alive. LOL I have been crazy busy between work, AAU basketball for one son and band for the other. HOLD UP – why didn’t you guys tell me that band life is INSANE. Besides all of the practice, the performance schedule is rigorous, like almost weekly and between reporting at the school sometimes as early as 4:00am, wait times, etc. the performance days are usually 10-12 hours, and the WEEKLY FEES gee whiz! But my little guy is AMAZEBALLS and I’ll do anything I can to keep a smile on that face.

Anyway, I digress.  I love this sweatshirt and I can’t wait to make more.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Loose fitting tops and dresses have sleeve variations. A, B, D: Sleeve and hem bands. C: Hood, hem band, pocket, sleeve casings with purchased ties. E: Sleeve bands, front casing with purchased ties.

Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)

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: The instructions for this were super easy, however, like most of the folks that I know who’ve made it, I attached the flounces with the raw edges under the flounce rather than on top of the flounce as instructed. I get the look they were going for and my daughter actually has a sweatshirt with that very look but it would need to be a bit gathered to look right, plus my fabric was just too thick for that.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I’m in love with anything that fits my beloved athleisure aesthetic. It’s functional and frilly all at the same time.

Fabric Used:  I used a sweatshirt fleece from Denver Fabric. This must have been some type of “premium” sweatshirt fleece because it was super thick. When wearing it, I kept thinking I had on a jacket because it was super cozy, I’m thinking of adding inseam pockets to a future version.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:</b> I didn’t make any design changes but I did make a 1″ pivot and slide FBA that I won’t make when I make this again. This pattern is really oversized which I do like but I will probably size down for my next one. I also added two inches to the hem which I did because I’m often sitting in bleachers somewhere and I wanted to avoid constantly checking to be sure I’m not flashing someone and it worked perfectly.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I absolutely plan to sew this and other views of this pattern, so much so, that I bought two copies of the pattern.

Conclusion:  This is a great, stylish sweatshirt pattern with lots of options. It works up quickly (even though it took me a month but that’s a story for another time). I’d recommend this to sewers of all levels.


I gave up fighting the wind and trying to get the flounces to lay flat during the photos.


Love the way the wind is hitting the ruffles.


A view from the back.


When people don’t let you know they are still taking your picture. LOL

They’re Here!

As you may know, a little while back I started a new Facebook Sewing group The SEWciety by Kelly H where you can show off your beautiful garments, ask sewing questions, get great sewing tips, participate in Sew Alongs and be a part of a wonderful world wide community of pretty dope people.  Well now we also have group swag  which you can find at The SEWciety Swag Shoppe where you can find The SEWciety T-Shirts and Mugs to purchase. The shirts come in a variety of colors just click through in the shoppe to see which colors suit your fancy.

There’s nothing worse than buying a t-shirt that you can’t fit so I’ve worked hard to source shirts that come in extended sizes for my curvier lovlies. The v-neck shirts are available in sizes XS-2X and the round neck shirts are available in sizes S-5X! New items will be added to The Shoppe from time to time so if there’s something you’d like to see added,(i.e., long sleeve tees, more colors, etc.) feel free to email me and let me know. SUPER EXCITED!

My Swing Dress turned Tunic S8383

I thought this pattern was so cute when it came out, specifically View D.  I’d envisioned it as a cute, casual black run around town dress for  the summer.  Seeing all of the cute versions online convinced me to take the plunge.  This really is a super easy sew even though it took me a couple of weeks with all of my starts and stops.


Now let me call your attention to the length of the dress on the model but hey, models are tall right?  Me? not so much but I went ahead and added two inches to the length anyway just to be safe.  I made this dress as we were headed out for a weekend get away and of course I finished it just in time to pack it.  I threw it in the suitcase and was ready to go.  Imagine my surprise when I put the dress on and baby, it was not thick thigh ready, let alone safe for bending over.  I was sure I’d be arrested if a gust of wind came through.  Luckily I always overpack come prepared so I just wore something else that day.  I didn’t want to let this cutie go to waste thought so I wore it as a tunic and it works.  I do still want the dress I envisioned so I will eventually make it again but for now, I’m happy.

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Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Misses’ Knit Trapeze Dress with Neckline and Sleeve Variations

Pattern Sizing: Size 6-22

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were super easy and it was a very quick sew.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I loved how quickly the dress came together. I’m always short on time so I love simple sews. What I did not like is how short this dress is drafted. I’m only 5’4″ and I added two inches to the dress and it was still so short I wasn’t comfortable wearing it as a dress so I wore it as a tunic over jeans.

Fabric Used:  I used a ponte knit from

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  The only design change I made was to omit the zipper, with the knit fabric I really didn’t need it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?:  I think I might sew it again eventually but I’d add at least 6 inches to it so that I can actually wear it as a dress.

Conclusion:  This is a quick and easy sew, great for beginners but be sure to do a length check with the tissue before cutting your fabric.