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.

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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 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.  

 THE REVIEW: 

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: http://seekatesew.com/bow-tie-pattern/

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 Fabric.com

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.

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 Part II

So week two of the sew along posted and we’re putting the pockets, fronts back yoke and back pockets together. There is LOTS of topstitching, which of course can be expected to achieve a look as close to ready to wear as possible. Never have I been more grateful to have two machines because if I had to keep switching out the sewing thread with the topstitching thread every time, I might not make it. LOL

Of course the perfectionist in me wants to rip half of it out and redo it but I won’t. It really is very simple sewing, the topstitching aspect is just tedious but if the jeans fit like I think they will, it’s definitely worth it and I’m already thinking about all of the different pairs I can make.

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.

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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.

Simplicity 1062 and F21 Leather Trimmed Joggers

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Have I mentioned lately how much I love that I can sew? No? Sewing really is everything! It allows me to be creative, it allows me to have a never ending wardrobe AND allows me to fill in what I perceive to be the missing pieces in my wardrobe at will.  Such was the case with these Faux Leather trimmed joggers I found at Forever 21.

I knew I wanted a monochromatic look but didn’t have quite the right black shirt in my closet, so off I went to my fabric and pattern stashes (don’t even get me started on how much I love my stashes) and grabbed a nice black ponte knit and Simplicity 1062.

I love the high low style of  this top and the casual relaxed fit and thought it would pair perfectly with my pants.

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My Review: 

Pattern Description:  Easy to wear tops featuring hi-lo hemline with or without contrast bands.

Pattern Sizing: XXS-XXL all in one envelope

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are super easy. This is from their learn to sew collection so the were very basic.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the high-low style of the shirt as well as how easy it came together.

Fabric Used: Ponte knit from Fabricmartfabrics.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  N/A

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might if I needed a quick top in this style.

Conclusion:  Very easy, quick sew and works well as a wardrobe staple.

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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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Camo Print Simplicity 2054

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It’s been a long while since I have been able to sit down at my machine and boy have I missed it.  I’m still really busy but I really wanted to make a new dress to wear for my birthday weekend so I tried to find something simple that I could make pop with my camo print ponte knit fabric.  This is actually my second cut of this fabric which seems totally justified since camo is apparently my new favorite print so any time I see camo ponte, I snatch up a yard or 6.

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Pattern Review

Pattern Description:  Misses’ knit dresses and cowl – collar sewing pattern,

Pattern Sizing: 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 are super easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  No dislikes about the pattern.

Fabric Used:  Ponte Knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I’m 5’4″ and the dress comes just at or slightly above the knee. I like my dresses to hit slightly below the knee so I added two inches to the hem. I didn’t do it this time, but next time I will shorten the top portion of the sleeve as this dress has confirmed what I have previously suspected and that is that my arms are short so the opening in the sleeve hits about 1″-1.5″ lower than intended.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I will definitely be sewing this dress again probably in a sweatshirt fleece for a causal run around town dress.

Conclusion:  A cute simple dress with a pop of design style from one of my favorite designers.

Mimi G Easy & Sexy Dress

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As the end of Summer rapidly approaches and the temperatures here seem to be rising, I’m trying to squeeze in as many dresses and other warm weather items as I can before Fall sets in.  For some reason I haven’t had as much time as I would have liked to sew this Summer so I’ve tried to choose projects that are quick to make since I like to wear what I make immediately, which is so different than when I buy clothes, I can have something I bought in my closet for weeks before wearing, but when I make something it’s usually on my back the next day.

Any way, this quick and easy dress was a great project as the pattern was drafted and the dress sewn in one day.

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Pattern Description:  Easy & Sexy strapless dress with a handkerchief hem.

Pattern Sizing: Since this is a tutorial the pattern sizing is customized to your measurements.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Definitely, Mimi is a great teacher and gives great instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that you can fit the pattern according to your taste so it can be fitted or you can add a little more wearing ease if you’d like.

Fabric Used: I used an ITY knit from the stash

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations needed since this is a custom draft.

Would
you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It is the end of summer so I don’t know about another strapless one but I do have ideas for a version for transitioning to Fall.

Conclusion:  Definitely an easy and stylish dress and judging from my husband’s reaction to the dress I’d say it delivers on the sexy too!

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