Simplicity 1506 – The Graduate

I’ve made this vest before for my older son when he too was in the fifth grade.  This is my go to vest pattern because it is simple enough but also has nice details that make it special.

Here’s my youngest son Tyler who is getting ready to go to middle school.  I knew it was coming but I have to tell you I just was not prepared.

I actually ended up being pretty sick on the day of his graduation so I didn’t take these pictures, in fact I was in bed under the covers by then but it looks like he needed no direction. 

Here’s a close up of ensemble.  


Pattern Description: Husky boy’s and big and tall men’s vest pattern includes button down and zippered vest with pockets. Button down vest has adjustable back buckle. Also includes neck-tie and bow tie with back closure.

Pattern Sizing: Boys S-L Mens 1XL-5XL. I made the boys medium.  

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 great and pretty standard for a lined vest. I used a different pattern for the bow tie.  There’s a great free one here:

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that the vest is fully lined and the front is interfaced. It gave the vest a very nice finish. I also liked that they had the boys and men’s sizes in the same envelope.

Fabric Used: I used a Michael Miller cotton from

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: This pattern is sized for husky but although my son is not husky but I’ve used it before so I just made a muslin to ensure fit. I only made one minor change and used the fashion fabric to both line the vest as well as for the back of the vest.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is now my go to vest pattern so if  my boys have a need for a vest, I would surely use this pattern again.

M7573 Sew Along

I’m so intrigued by this top but I’ve had even less time to sew lately than usual.  Between the boys and their special events and requests they’ve been keeping me pretty busy.  I have a few trips and events of my own coming up and really need to get a few pieces together.  When things get really tight like this I fall back on my fail proof 15 minutes a day method to get things done.  Anyone else finding it hard to find time to sew? You want to sew along with me while I make this top?  If you want to sew along, leave a comment below with your blog address and I’ll stop on by to see how you’re doing.  Starting on Friday, I’ll post on my daily progress on my instagram @kellyhpsyd.  Let’s see just how much you really can get done in 15 minutes a day.

DIY Black and Gray Striped McCalls 6886 

Hi babes!! I have made this dress sooooo many times.  There are several neckline, length and sleeve options and I believe with this one, I’ve finally made them all.  It’s definitely my go to pattern when I need a quick dress I can complete in a few hours.  

This dress is great dressed up or worn as a casual weekend dress.  I think how easy it is to make and its versatility makes it such a popular dress in the sewing community. 

You can see my review here: 

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 a Ponte knit from Fabric Mart for this version

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I pegged the hem a bit for a better fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Uhhhh Yeah! Not sure when, but this dress will sewn again and again.

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.

And the WINNER is. . .

I had a DIY post scheduled for today but then remembered today is the day I announce the winner of the pattern giveaway.  So, with no further adieu, the winner of the Mimi G Style pattern is . . . Afton @Aftonmo  Congratulations doll, send me your address so I can mail your pattern!!!

Thanks to all who entered.  Stay tuned, I’ll be doing more giveaways soon.


Pattern GIVEAWAY!!! Simplicity 8334 Size 8-16

I dropped in to Joann’s the other day just to pick up some buttons (yeah right LOL) and to my delight saw that Simplicity patterns were on sale which was great because I’d been dying to get 8334. 

Simplicity 8334

I had the WHOLE family with me so I wasn’t able to chill and take my time but my kids know how to pull patterns so it was pretty painless.  
One of the things I usually do is get multiples of patterns that I plan to make a lot and I can definitely see this one getting major use so I grabbed an extra pattern from the top of the cabinets just as I was leaving BUT…I GRABBED THE WRONG SIZE. RATS!  Here’s where you guys come in, rather than return the pattern, I’ve decided to give this size 8-16 pattern away on the blog to one lucky winner.  All you need to do is be sure to follow the blog, follow me on IG @kellyhpsyd and leave a comment to let me know you’ve followed.  Winner will be announced on the blog and tagged on IG (if you leave your IG name) on Friday, March 24.  

Dropped Crotch Sweats

One of the things  I love about sewing is that it gives you the ability to take risks and try things that you otherwise might not if you were paying retail.  Awhile back, I found a pair of dropped crotch pants I absolutely loved!  Sadly the fabric wasn’t that great so they started to pill. Now normally something like that would go straight to the trash but I held on to those pants  because I knew I wanted to copy them…someday. LOL 

As I’ve mentioned before I spend a lot of time in basketball gyms so I like to have comfortable options. With all of the rain we’ve been having lately, I also wanted them to be warm so instead of the drapey knit the originals were made from, I made mine from a  (relatively) thin fleece.  

Let me tell you, these were THE most comfortable pants EVAH!!!  To get the look, I traced my original pants, but if you want to give it a try, you can check out THIS free tutorial. There are some minor design differences but if you’re familiar with basic pattern drafting, you can make them your own.  I had to draft the pattern twice to get here and I’d still tweak the pattern a bit to take some of the center volume out but overall these did the job. 

McCalls 7020Tunic with Extended Cowl

I actually made this tunic nearly two years ago, have probably only worn it once or twice and have never photographed it.  Hubby and I celebrated Valentine’s Day early and I had planned to make something new to wear for that but as always, the kids all decided they wanted to wear bow ties for Valentine’s Day (see post here) so that’s how I spent my sewing time the weekend  before Valentine’s Day so it was a perfect time to pull out this oldie but goodie.

I sewed up the pattern as is with the exception of a modification to extend the cowl (find instructions here) which I love because it can double as a hood for those impromptu rainy days.

Pattern Review

Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting, pullover tops and tunic have sleeve variations. A: Three-quarter length sleeves. A, B, C: Scoop neckline. B: Bust pocket. C: Contrast sleeves, and left front and right back cut on cross grain. D, E, F: Cowl-neckline. E: Side seam pockets. B, C, D, E, F: Long sleeves.

Pattern Sizing: 4-26. (Pattern currently not available to order from the site but is available as a downloadable PDF pattern.)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I’ll say yes, except for the extended cowl modification but the fabric choice actually makes it look a bit different.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions for this are pretty good.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the more dramatic cowl and that there are a few views to choose from. I the seam across the bicep has caused some people some problems but I have pretty healthy biceps and didn’t have any issues.

Fabric Used: I used a ponte knit from

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I modified the cowl to extend it so it could be also worn as a hood.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think I might eventually make this one again but I have a bunch of other things that are ahead of it on the to-sew list.

Conclusion:  This s a great tunic and came in handy with all of this rain we’re having. It’s easy to make and fun to wear.

I wore it with leggings and these over the knee Steve Madden boots which I have had forever but had never worn because they are a bear to actually put on because SM neglected to put in a zipper anywhere.  Since these were my first over the knee boot purchase, I didn’t realize how critical that would be but since I bought them on clearance, I couldn’t return them.  They actually went on just a bit easier than the first time I tried them on but I definitely don’t want to be rushing out the door when I plan to wear these babies.