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

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? 

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.

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Here’s a close up of the boots.

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Oversized Turtle Neck Sweater and Denim

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It has actually started to rain here and boy do we need it.  It’s always harder for me to get dressed in this kind of weather because all I can think about is staying warm and dry.  For years, Fall/Winter clothes were all about utility to me.  Over the past few years I have made a little more effort to include a style element.  This blanket scarf from Target is great for injecting a little bit of color and it worked well to protect me from the light rain.

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I love these Steve Madden Troopa-2 boots, they’re super comfortable and come in four great colors.  You’ll be seeing these quite a bit this during the cold and wet months.  I love over-sized sweaters because they are super comfy, while I do appreciate a tailored/fitted look, I have to admit, it is a little more work making sure everything stays in place and when I’m running errands I just want things to be easy.

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Mimi G Cape Tutorial and Denim

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I knew as soon as I saw this Mimi G Cape tutorial that I had to make it.  I chose this camel color 100% wool because I wanted it to have significant weight as an outerwear piece.  We don’t have many super cold days but the building I work in is old and poorly insulated so I loved the idea of being able to wear the cape all day and keeping warm.

This fabric is really think and while I think it is a good choice, it definitely needs a professional pressing in my opinion, so I’ll take it to the cleaners but I was so excited to show this to you guys so I couldn’t wait.

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The skinnies are from Torrid which are my absolute favorite, the perfect rise and amount of stretch and the boots are from Nine West.

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Here’s my Review:

Pattern Description:  Circle Cape

Pattern Sizing: One size fits most however there is room for size adjustment.

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 easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  This is such a super easy stylish piece.

Fabric Used: 100% Wool

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added about 4 inches to the length of the cape because I’m quite busty and didn’t want to loose the overall finished length.  Also instead of the buttons, I used snaps and used one giant bad ass decorative button.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definitely plan to sew this again and have already bought fabric for my second one.

Conclusion:  A super easy sew with a great stylish result.

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Hooded Poncho Sweater and Distressed Denim

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We’ve had such a strange start to Fall this year, I am way behind on preparing for the season. Now I most certainly don’t buy a whole new wardrobe each season but I do try to add key pieces to enhance what I already have as I find that just a few new pieces can refresh your whole wardrobe. Because the weather had regularly been in the mid-70’s and even as high as the 90’s you can gather that oversized sweaters, ponchos, cardigans and coats have not been high on my priority list BUT the other day I was in Target and saw this printed hooded poncho sweater (wow! That’s a mouthful betcha can’t say that five times fast) and I had to have it and it was a steal at 40% off.

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The jeans are Old Navy mid-rise Rockstar jeans which I love because I dot have to pull them up all day or be worried about flashing people like I do with low-rise pants and the boots are Bandolino.

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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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Blue and White Polka Dots, Denim and sparkles

I have a lot of clothes you guys. But because Fall/Winter is not my favorite season for fashion, in the past I haven’t always put forth the most effort when putting looks together. I decided I was going to do better this go around and actually wear some of the clothes in my closet and avoid the strong pull of the many track suits I own. Although I love color and whimsy for spring and summer looks, most of my fall/winter clothes feature darker solids.

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This polka dot sweater is one of the few patterned pieces that I have and I love it. I paired it with a white button down, light denim, booties and a fabulously sparkly statement necklace.

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I’m loving these navy shoe Steve Madden booties!

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OOTD – Flannel, Denim and Blanket Scarf

I’ve been off with the littles for the past couple of weeks and have had tons of errands to run.  Add to that that we’ve ad record low temps so I’ve tried to put together looks that will keep me warm but not be too bulky and won’t slow me down.  Have I mentioned that gray and burgundy is my new favorite color combination?  I also love how the plaid in the scarf works so well with the plaid in the shirt because they are in the same colorway.

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I have had these Bandolino boots for a couple of years.  Man, they have never gotten so much work but with this weather, I need my feet and ankles to be warm and dry.  It will definitely be time for a new pair next Fall.  I love wearing scarves because that extra coverage around the neck does wonders for keeping your warm but the scarf is so portable that if it gets too warm you can tie it around your waist, the strap of your bag or just toss it in your bag until you need it again.

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OOTD – Mimi G Cocoon Sweater

This holiday season was amazing and was a great reflection of how fantastic 2014 was and the great relationships, just how much my hard work this year is paying off, which is great because sometimes while you’re in the thick of it, progress is hard to see and just how fast my kids are growing up which is bitter sweet.  While on break I had the pleasure of meeting up with Portia of Posh by Portia and her crew for lunch and laughs.  I don’t often take the time to just relax so it was so nice and any time I get to see her beautiful boys it’s a win!

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Notice we’re both rocking our Mimi G Cocoon Sweaters.  This is version two for me and I’ve already made two more and have two more planned.  This is the perfect layering piece and gives any outfit an instant upgrade.

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Look at all this cuteness!

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We kept getting hit by the cutest  little photobomber and he was always posed and ready for the shot.

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I’ve already reviewed the cocoon sweater here and definitely recommend it.  It’s easy as pie to make and amazing to wear.