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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The Hudson Pant

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These pants have literally been months in the making.  I first set out looking for a good jogger pattern last Fall.  I’d been travelling a lot and wanted to find a way to stay warm (it’s always FREEZING on the plane) and still be stylish.  I’d tried a few commercial patterns but nothing was quiiiiite right.  Then I happened upon the The Hudson Pant pattern on the True Bias website.  I do love to support independent pattern companies when I can and I have a lot of Indie patterns to prove it, but sewing them up is another story.  I hesitated for a few weeks about this pattern because I am so not into the PDF pattern.  After my unsuccessful search for something comparable  I bought the pattern and ordered a bunch of sweat shirt fleece and then it just sat but I just couldn’t get them off my mind.  After searching InstaGram for images of the pants made up, I saw so many neat versions of the pants I had to go ahead and break down and print and piece the pattern together.  I was able to finish these pants in one day save for the waistband elastic only because I didn’t have the right size.  I love, love, love them and will be making many more.

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Here’s the review:

Pattern Description: The Hudson pant is the piece of clothing that you will wear all of the time. It is comfortable enough to wear around the house, but can easily be dressed up to go run errands. The urban fit of these pants leaves a bit of extra room around the hips and then tapers into a skinny leg. View A is a full length pant and View B is midcalf.

Pattern Sizing: Pattern is sized for sizes 0-18

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are very well written

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern is extremely well drafted and very simple to make.

Fabric Used: I used a sweat shirt fleece for this pair but it can be made in a variety of fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations necessary I was able to sew it straight from the pattern which is rare.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? These pants are so versatile I will make them many times.

Conclusion: This pattern is easy, stylish and great for beginners.

McCalls 6886 – My new TNT dress pattern

Wow! I knew I’d been away for awhile but didn’t realize for just how long.  I’m sure it’s partially because I’ve worn and sewn some pieces that I thought would be great for the blog but sadly have just not had time to photograph.  I have been working like crazy over the past few months and by the time I get home it’s pretty dark.  I used to take my photos in the house but since I started taking them outside I try to avoid the in-house pics as much as possible.  Anyway . . . the temps around here are warming up and since I knew the hottest day of the week was coming up, I decided to make a new dress, but it had to be quick.  This McCalls pattern definitely fit the bill.  This dress is simple and cute and the pattern offers lots of options for length, neckline and sleeve length so you can have lots of fun with it.

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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 only 3 easy pieces for this version

Fabric Used: I used an ITY for this version

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made View C beause I love the open neckline but made it with short sleeves. I also pegged the hem a bit for a better fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Uhhhh Yeah! Pronto!

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.

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.

 

OOTD – Mimi G Cocoon Sweater

So a few posts ago, I was raving about my cocoon sweater and how much I loved the shape and wanted more.  Mimi G must have been reading my mind because a few short days later she posted this Cocoon Sweater tutorial  It was easy to make, even easier to wear and so super cozy.  It was great to throw over this black mock tee and leggings to dress it up a bit.

 

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I’m already working on my second version and I can’t wait to wear it.  I’ll try to restrain myself but my closet will have at least a few more of these.