Mimi G for Simplicity 8222 Skinny Jeans Part IV

So I got a little behind because, well you know, life gets in the way, and I hadn’t been able to find my usual 30 min to sew. This week, we attached the front to back, topstitched the inseam, down the side seam, created bar tacks and attached and topstitched the waistband.  I wanted to be sure when I tackled the waistband I was fully alert so it took me a little longer to get to it.

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After I attached the front of the pants to the back, I tried them on for fit and they are pretty near perfect. I was most impressed because even without the waistband I can tell that the rise of the jeans is high enough so that I won’t be worried about flashing folks all day but not so high as to be “mommy jeans”.
As I have mentioned previously, the sewing itself is pretty basic stuff it’s just the amount of details due to the topstitching and all the moving parts, i.e. Coin pocket, back pockets, front pocket yoke, pocket bags, etc.
Take a look at that inseam topstitching. All in all I love these pants and will surely make many more but I’m looking forward to a few instant gratification projects next.

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 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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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.

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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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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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New York State of Mind – Day 2

Soooooo if you know anything about me you know that I’m not an early riser, nor am I a breakfast person, but what I am is a team player.  The team said let’s get up and go to breakfast so off we went.  I hadn’t planned on eating much maybe just water or juice and a pastry but then we landed at Pie Face and what had happened was, I had to make a decision on which thing I was going to have because everything looked soooo delicious and it was.

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Sweet pies, savory pies, breakfast pies, freshly squeezed orange juice full of pulp just like I like it and I hear even the coffee was superb.

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I had the ham, cheese, egg and potatoe pie and orange juice and they did not disappoint.  If you ever run across one of these spots please do check it out.

We then headed to the fashion district for more fabric and trim shopping and of course to see the sights.  We walked and walked and walked and we knew we’d arrived when we spotted the famous button and needle.

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We also took a walk along the fashion walk of fame before hitting the fabric and trim stores.

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Man, I could see how this would be overwhelming for some because there was stuff everywhere.  I bought a few zippers and this cool belt buckle and then we headed off to spandex world and spandex house where we ran into Peach Carr from Project Runway, Season 8.  She chatted with us for awhile and was the absolute sweetest.   Now I don’t usually do “celeb pics” but sewing people are rockstars so exceptions must be made.

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We were on a bit of a tight schedule because the Mimi G for Simplicity pattern signing event was on later that day so we quickly made our purchases and headed back to the hotel but I was determined to buy a gyro because I knew this would be my only shot.  You guys don’t understand.  I. LOVE. GYROS. and it is nearly impossible to find good authentic versions on a regular basis.  The first vendor only had chicken, NOPE, I didn’t come all this way to settle for something less than perfect so across the street we went.  The lamb, the warm soft pita, the tomatoes, the tzatziki (extra for me please).  It did not disappoint.  My only regret is that it was so big I couldn’t eat it all.

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After transforming, we headed out to Brooklyn to attend the Mimi G for Simplicity pattern signing event

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This was a fabulous event!  The Simplicity team was wonderful and welcoming and the Mimi G fans as always were amazing.

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Me and the Girls

We had a BLAST!

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The Simplicity team graciously included us in an after event dinner at The Bounty in Brooklyn.  The food was amazing and the company and conversation even better.

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Later that night (really early the next morning since it was well after Midnight) the girls and I decided to head out for a late night treat so we hopped in a cab and headed to a little spot that happened to be in Penn Station, we didn’t know that at the time but I’m so glad we went there.  It’s like an underground city down there with a 24 hour mall complete with a K-Mart!  Look at all those people down there at 1:00 a.m.

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No trip to New York would be complete with out Nathan’s Famous and it was Soooooo Good

Late night eats

We finally decided to turn in as we needed to be up early the next morning because we were all headed home early afternoon and wanted to be sure to get some shopping in before we left.  This post sure has made me hungry.