Mimi G Tank Jumper Tutorial

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As soon as this tutorial hit, I knew I had to have it!  Jumpsuit dressing is the next best thing to Maxi Dress dressing in that it is a one piece complete outfit that allows you to look pulled together and allows for maximum comfort.

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This is a drafted pattern so it’s made to fit exactly how you want it which is great.  I used a lycra knit that I got in one of the gift bags at the Mimi G conference in June so I especially like this jumper because it was essentially free.  The jumper comes together quite quickly and is super easy to make.  I see many more of these in my future.

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Khakis, Denim Vest and a White Tee

First let’s start with a little confession.  I have been pretty much MIA over the last few months but I have sewn a little and I have even worn some cute RTW outfits that you guys would love but since I started taking my pics outside, I haven’t wanted to take my pics inside anymore.  Now that’s wouldn’t be so bad except I don’t have time before work and I often get home after dark hence the long hiatus.  So I’m back to taking inside pictures and I’ll take outside pics when I can because I miss you guys.  Now on to the clothes. . .

I’m working from home, running errands and might even take the kids to the movies today so I wanted to be casual and comfortable yet pulled together.  I live and work in the same city and all it took was running into a client looking busted one time to teach me that lesson.  I picked up these cargo style Khaki’s awhile back but hadn’t had a chance to wear them.  I love that they are light weight but offer more coverage than a dress because this California weather is a mess, in the 90’s one day and the 60’s the next.  I paired them with a simple while v-neck tee and my denim vest I got from Old Navy.  I added a little sparkle with my shoes and jewelry and I was ready to go.

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A few of you have asked me about where I get my t-shirts.  Now for those of you who’ve never had to search for a plus sized t-shirt that wasn’t a boxy crew neck or super griptastic, it might seem like a strange request but they can be so difficult to find. My plain tees are by Just My Size and I buy multiple black and white ones but they also come in a wide array of colors.  I swear by the v-neck tees but they also come in crew neck and I’ve seen them up to size 5X and the best part is that I buy them at Wal Mart for $5 or less. Score!  I’ll leave you with a few more pics.

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Happy Fourth of July!!!!

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I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve posted.  I’ve sewn just a little but have been plenty busy with 5th grade dances and promotions, end of school, summer vacation travel planning and of course working hard.  I’ve sewn just a bit but hopefully will be able to squeeze in more this weekend.

I always like to dress for the 4th of July but I like to do it in ways that are subtle so while I am for sure rocking the Red, White and Blue, I broke it up a bit with this blue and white handkerchief hem dress from Forever 21 and of course you can’t go wrong with red Chuck Taylor’s.

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We’ll just be cooking and staying close to home.  I’ve been on the go so much this year, it’ll be nice just to slow it down and hang with my crew.  I hope you guys have a great and relaxing holiday and I promise I’ll be getting back to the lab to crank out a few pieces.

Window Pane Pixie Pants

Hey guys, I only have one picture of myself in these pants but I love them so much, I wanted to blog about them and share them with you guys.  These are Old Navy’s ankle length pixie pants which you can find here.  These pants are so comfortable, they are made out a stretch woven which helps to give them a great fit.  I love that they are mid-rise so I didn’t spend my day worrying about flashing people.

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The pants are such a statement piece, I paired them with a simple white tee and a neutral leopard pump.  Loved it!

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If you get a chance, be sure to check them out!

Yellow and Denim on Denim

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like to wear coats so one of the ways I can still get away with not wearing one, at least in the early Fall is by wearing layers.  Even though I was born in November I am a Spring and Summer girl at heart and I love to find ways to bring a little of that with me all year long.  Today I’ve done it with this bright yellow sweater.  It’s another Avenue find that I’ve had for awhile.  The color makes me happy but it also keeps me warm.    I paired it with this denim button down and jeans.  I love the look of denim on denim and try to look for ways to wear it without looking like a railroad worker.

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I added my touches of bling with this necklace from J. Crew.  I LOVE this necklace, it’s so sparkly and I could literally wear it every day.

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I added these gold metallic sneakers for confort and interest.  It was such a comfortable outfit.

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OOTD – Pink Oversized Sweater and Metallic Denim/Breast Cancer Awareness

I know, I know, I am so tardy, but better late than never.  I wanted to be sure to do a Breast Cancer Awareness post as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As the second most common cancer diagnosis for women in the United States and having had so many women in life impacted by breast cancer it is an issue near and dear to me.  You can check out this overview here for more information.

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My photographer was particularly silly today so it was hard to keep a straight face.

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I’m running errands today so it’s just jeans and a sweater for me.  The sweater is from The Avenue but old and the jeans although the photograph white are actually metallic silver coated rock star jeans from Old Navy.

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The weather has been crazy so it’s cold when I leave in the morning but by noon it’s warmed up to at least the upper 70’s so I like the idea of layers for the morning and once it warms up I can just be in shirtsleeves.

DIY Floral Mimi G Regal Maxi Skirt

This is the original Mimi G tutorial and I have had it for ages but somehow never got around to it.  I actually started making this in July right before leaving for the conference and after staying up all night sewing, just could not finish.  I’m usually a roll with it kind of girl but when my sewing doesn’t go as planned I tend to pout and hold grudges.  I literally put the skirt up on our way out the door in July and refused to touch it again until this week, when in the middle of an unusual heat wave I decided to finish it so I wouldn’t have to wait several months to wear it.

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It was hard to get a still shot of the skirt outside because it was super windy but the wind did create some cool shots of the movement of the skirt.

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Pattern Description: Regal Maxi Skirt

Pattern Sizing: pattern is drafted to your measurements

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty close, I just didn’t include the sash.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Mimi is an excellent teacher and her directions are always so clear and easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This went together with such ease and I think you get a really sophisticated look for not a lot of fuss. I also like that the pattern is so versatile. Sash, no shash, short, maxi, midi, prints, solids, endless options

Fabric Used: Poly Shantung

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations, I just chose to make it without the sash and belt loops.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely, I already have another cut out.

Conclusion: This is another winning tutorial from Mimi at mimigstyle.com. What I love about this and the other tutorials I’ve made is that you can just change up the fabric, length and styling and build an entire wardrobe around these 5 or 6 easy basic pieces.

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