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.

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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 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.

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 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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