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.

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.

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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