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.

DIY Mimi G Leather Skirt

There’s a whole lotta sexy going on.

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OMG, OMG, OMG you guys!  This skirt is EVERY. SINGLE. THING. I really didn’t want to take it off.  The skirt is made from Mimi’s latest tutorial and it was sooooo worth the wait.  This woman is a GENIOUS.  The skirt is a mixed material pencil skirt that has overlapping panels in the back which end in a beautiful pointed “tail” and the front has a slightly curved hem.  Somehow Mimi is able to take that level of detail and explain it so simply that a novice could not only make this skirt, but actually draft a custom pattern for the skirt.  Just genious I tell you.  This skirt is so easy to make that I actually drafted the pattern twice and made the skirt twice in the same day.

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Pattern Description:  Mixed material pencil skirt with curved front hem, cross-over back panels and shaped hem.

Pattern Sizing: Pattern is custom drafted

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Amazingly so.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the shaped hemlines and the way that the skirt curves around the body in the body. It is uber SEXY. There is nothing to dislike about. The skirt looks great and feels so good to wear and the possibilities for what you can do with this skirt are endless.

Fabric Used: I used a faux leather for the front and ponte knit for the back.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations necessary as the pattern is custom drafted.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is my new favorite skirt and I will most definitely be making this again and again.

Conclusion:  Another hit from Mimi G.  Please, please try this one, I promise you you will not regret it.

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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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DIY Maxi Dress S1358

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I actually started making this dress in August to wear to a birthday party but of course, as usual, I ran out of time and ended up wearing something else.  I had packed the  pieces away for next year as the weather was starting to change and I’m actually excited about Fall fashion this year.  THAT was before this heat wave hit.  The temperature has been in the high 90’s low 100’s and it’s expected to last all week.  I thought that was a great opportunity to finish up this dress.  I love UFO’s (unfinished objects) because you can jump right in and start sewing and the project is almost instantly complete.

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This  fabric is dreamy.  I bought a bunch of it a couple of years ago as a Trendy Knit from Fabric Mart.  It’s a cotton lycra and it drapes beautifully, move well,  breathes so it’s cool and it literally feels like you are walking around in your pajamas.  I liked the fabric so much that after my initial order, I actually went back and ordered a print that I wasn’t super fond of  just so I could actually make lounge wear.

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this racer back detail.  It adds  little sex appeal to the dress but it’s also modest enough to still be bra friendly.

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 The Review

Pattern Description: Misses’ Knit Dresses with Neckline Variations

Pattern Sizing: This is a multi-sized pattern with sizes 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 were very easy including how to attach the neck and armscye bands.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how easy it comes together, I love that the neck and armscye is finished with a band rather just folder over and stitched I like the modest racerback so that it is still bra friendly and I’m really digging the front split.

Fabric Used: A trendy knit from Fabric Mart it feels like cotton lycra

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t make any alterations or design changes.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Even though it’s October, I finished this dress because we’re having a bit of a heat spell this week but I will definitely be making many of these for Spring and Summer 15. I would definitely recommend this as one to try.

Conclusion:  I love this dress, I wanted this pattern because I wanted a go to casual maxi that I could use as base for my warm weather wardrobe, this pattern definitely fits the bill.

DIY M6400 – Metallic Blue and Distressed Denim

I made this top sometime ago, in fact TWO YEARS ago and never wore it because I didn’t like the way it fit.  I’d actually planned to give it to my sister when she came to visit but didn’t remember where I had put it.  Lucky me.  While going through one of my fabric bins looking for something else, I happened upon this and decided to try it again.  SCORE!

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I decided to go with more casual styling but wanted to show how with just the change of a shoe, the outfit can go from casual to dressy casual in a flash.

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I got these jeans from Forever 21 and I love them.  I’ve been trying to find new places to buy jeans and so far I’ve had good luck with these.  Yes,  I have on two watches because I was trying to decide which one and didn’t realize I had kept them both on until after we’d take all the pictures.

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Pattern Description: MISSES’ TOPS: Close Fitting (doesn’t that just say it all).

Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)

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? Didn’t even use them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is a super quick make.  I actually cut it and sewed it before work one morning but of course didn’t get to wear it.

Fabric Used: A metallic knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I am quite busty so I made the XXL which is supposedly a size 24-26 AND added about an inch to the side seams.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Not.So.Much. Other people have had success with it and it is cute so give it a try.

Conclusion: This is a cute top that works up quickly BUT, it seems rather odd that a top of this style would be drafted as “close fitting”. Additionally, I don’t think it’s drafted true to size as it seems to run kind of small.

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DIY Oversized Knit Tunic M6929

Hey!  So by now you know that I recently went to New York.  I am notoriously cold natured and am always worrying about getting stuck somewhere and  being cold.  So as I prepared for my trip, I was thinking about what I could wear on the airplane to keep me warm.  Of course I needed to go looking for new patterns because I don’t have enough *blank stare* and I ran across McCall’s 6929.  I made view A even though I think that view is meant to actually be a shirt and  sized up so it would be over sized and long enough to wear with leggings.  I also liked it better because it had the cowl versus the V-neck which would let in too much air.

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I LOVE this thing, like no really love it but it is the single most confusing piece of something I have ever sewn.  With only two darts and three seams, it’s not the sewing that’s the issue is the weird alien like pattern pieces, not knowing which way is up and trying to make sure you’re sewing the pieces together in the right place.  I tried to figure it out by reading the instructions but eventually I just gave up and followed the pictures.  It didn’t make it any easier that I was using ponte knit which looks the same on both sides but even with that I was literally able to sew this up and walk out the house wearing it an hour later.

 Pattern Review 

Pattern Description:  MISSES’ TOPS, TUNICS AND BELT: Very loose-fitting, pullover tops and tunics (cut on crosswise grain) sleeve openings and narrow hem. Note: sleeve openings are slightly to the back. B: buttonholes for self belt. A and B: draped front, and raised, gathered back neckline. C and D: shaped front hemline, wrong side shows.

Pattern Sizing: Combinations: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?  The actual instructions were super simple, however the construction was a challenge because these are the oddest pattern pieces ever. Once you figure out what’s what, it goes really quickly.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love the style and how depending on the fabric chose it can be clothing or outerwear.

Fabric Used: Ponte Knit from Fabric Mart

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No changes necessary

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am absolutely going to make this again, and again. I would definitely recommend it

Conclusion:  A great transition piece for Fall and great for beginners.

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Shoe Love

Mimi G. Strapless Jumper

Man, I love this thing!  It’s so amazing how a few yards of fabric can do so much to uplift your mood and attitude.  I’ve had my nose to the grindstone a lot lately so I’ve been wearing a lot of jeans and T-shirts or casual tops but the weather has been really nice and I wanted to wear something cute.  I’ve had this Mimi G. Strapless Jumper tutorial around for a bit but hadn’t gotten around to trying it because I needed a GREAT strapless bra to wear with it.  This one is by #Goddessbra which you can see at goddessbra.com where you can find a list of retailers.  I got this one at JC Penney but you can only find the extended sizes online.  Specialty bras in general are expensive and the plus size ones are indeed an investment but they open up so many fashion options.

I picked up this fabric awhile back during one of the FabricMart fabrics pyramid sales and while just as a flat fabric it wasn’t my favorite, I loved the color combination and at $3 a yard, I felt it was worth trying to find the right style to highlight the fabric.  I think I found a winner.

Pattern Description: Strapless Jumper

Pattern Sizing: Custom drafted pattern

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 instructions and Mimi is a great teacher.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love how quickly it came together and how cute and easy it is to wear.

Fabric Used: I used an ITY knit I purchased from Fabric Mart.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No pattern or design changes.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  This will definitely become a Summer TNT.

Conclusion: I don’t wear a lot of pants and certainly rarely a jumpsuit but this one was too cute not to try so I’m so glad I did.