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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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.

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.

Sweater Vest w/ Faux Fur Collar and Denim

I found this faux fur collared vest a few months ago at Forever 21 but it’s one of those peculiar pieces that demands just the right weather, not so cold that you need a jacket over it but not so warm that the collar will be to warm.  Today was that day.  It was great paired with my relaxed fit jeans and Steve Madden snow boots.  Now it NEVER snows where I live but it does rain from time to time and these boots keep my feet nice and warm.

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Here’s a close up of the boots.

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Hooded Poncho Sweater and Distressed Denim

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We’ve had such a strange start to Fall this year, I am way behind on preparing for the season. Now I most certainly don’t buy a whole new wardrobe each season but I do try to add key pieces to enhance what I already have as I find that just a few new pieces can refresh your whole wardrobe. Because the weather had regularly been in the mid-70’s and even as high as the 90’s you can gather that oversized sweaters, ponchos, cardigans and coats have not been high on my priority list BUT the other day I was in Target and saw this printed hooded poncho sweater (wow! That’s a mouthful betcha can’t say that five times fast) and I had to have it and it was a steal at 40% off.

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The jeans are Old Navy mid-rise Rockstar jeans which I love because I dot have to pull them up all day or be worried about flashing people like I do with low-rise pants and the boots are Bandolino.

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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.