Handmade, Sewing, skirt

Mini Denim Skirt-Simplicity 8994.

My denim skirt was inspired by Brittany J Jones post on Instagram. Brittany is one of my favorite sewing bloggers and her skirt was so cute I just had to make one. This Pattern by Mimi G Style, Simplicity 8994, comes with three options: Jacket, skirt and knit top. The skirt features front flapped pockets and a fly-front zipper.

I cut a size 12 and the fit was perfect, this based on the finished garment measurements. I didn’t like how big the pockets were so I made them a bit smaller and I placed them a half an inch higher. I modify the pockets by simply cutting them as a rectangle. I used a medium weight denim from my stash, only one yard was needed which was exactly what I have left from a previous project.

I think this skirt would be great as a golf skirt, perhaps you can put your balls in those big pockets. 😂 They were definitely big enough for my hot Cheetos. I couldn’t help myself and did a contrasting topstitching and I love how it turned out.

Overall this is a great pattern for intermediate sewists, this is based on the front fly zipper. The instructions were easy to follow and very straight forward. Also don’t forget this is a Mimi G pattern so you can always sew along with her on You Tube, for this pattern the beautiful Brittany was the one recording the video. You can watch the sew along here.

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Handmade, Pants, Sewing

Wide Leg Pants-Mc Call’s 7661

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I want to share my latest creation, these awesome wide leg pants using McCall’s 7661. I was pleasantly surprised how easy these were to sew. I chose view C, the sash is what makes these pair special, they’re are high waisted, pleated on the front and have darts on the back. Oh and they have pockets!

This avocado green lightweight linen from my stash is perfect for the transition from Summer to Fall sewing. This color is bright but it gives that Fall color feel, You know what I mean? Funny I thing my kitchen walls are exactly the same color. 😄 I paired them with this old RTW top, I love this one so much I’m going to recreate it soon.

Can you tell I love pants?

I cut a size 14 based on the waistband measurement, my waist is 29″, but I ended up sizing down to a 12 only at the waist. I used an invisible zipper just because I like them better than regular ones. I finished the sash edges with a narrow hem, this was the first time using this particular presser foot on my Baby Lock and it was so easy to use. I forgot to shorten the length when I cut my fabric so I had to cut 2” before hemming, for the record I’m 5′ 3/4″..😂

I forgot to take pictures from the back but I hope you get the idea. I will definitely make these again, next time I’ll use lighter fabric like a crepe or a charmeuse. This is a great pattern for advanced beginners, I highly recommend it!

Handmade, Sewing, Wrap dress

Another Wrap Dress – Simplicity 8735

Happy Monday everyone! I have been very busy but I’m finally back to sewing. I return from vacation and I started by cleaning my sewing area, which by the way is in the living room, so I can make space for some fabric I bought in Los Angeles. My fabric stash isn’t big but fabric starts to pile up quickly so I immediately started sewing. Before I left for vacation I cut a few patterns and the first one on my list was Simplicity 8735. This is only my second wrap dress, I don’t know why because they’re so cute and easy to make. I picked the long version with short sleeves in this Liverpool double knit I got from Fabric.com.

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This dress feautures princess seams, has darts on the back bodice as well as the skirt front and back. This also comes with lenght and sleeves variations along with two skirt options slim or flared. The pattern also comes with separate pieces for B, C, and DD cups, which I think they’re very useful. knit and woven fabrics are suggested for this pattern, I decided to used this lighweight Liverpool Knit and it worked fine. I cut a size 6 for the top and 8 for the bottom, I would size up if using a non-stretch fabric. For refernce my measurements are 33 bust and 29 waist.

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The instructions are very straightforward and easy to follow. The only thing I did differently was adding a 1″ interfacing strip to the front edge of the skirt, this makes hemming a lot easier for me. Knits are the devil and thats all I got say about that. Overall this is a great pattern, I highly recommend it and will definitely sew it again soon!

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PDF Patterns, Summer Dress

Abby Dress – Rosy Pena Patterns.

Hello everyone! Last month I was invited to test the Abby Dress. This is a new pattern from Rosy Pena Spring/Summer 2019 collection. I have been following Rosy since I met her at a conference in 2016. I love her style and I was super excited to be included in the tester group. The Abby is a feminine button front dress with princess seams. This pattern has three length variations and also has a blouse with a flounce version.

This pattern comes in sizes XXS to XXL, I cut an XS. This dress features princess seams at the front and a center back seam, perfect for my needed swayback adjustment. The back also has two darts which makes it even easier to adjust to your desired fit. I chose the maxi version but for reasons I can’t remember I omitted the pockets. I probably lost them and forgot about them. ( don’t judge me) The pattern calls for a medium weight knit but I knew this fabric was perfect for it. This is a Silky Crinkle Rayon from Joann Fabrics. ( Here ) I added half an inch for the side seams just incase since the stretch on my fabric was minimal.

The pattern come together fairly quick. I sew very slow so for me the buttons and the buttonholes took a while. I recommend for those not comfortable working with them to create a faux button stand. If your’re using a knit with enough stretch you can pull it over the head. I made a mock up using a medium weight Ponte and it worked just fine. Overall this a great pattern with a lot of possibilities. This is a perfect summer dress, I would definitely make it again. The Abby is on sale for a week only so head over to Rosypenapatterns.com and get yours!

Handmade, PDF Patterns, Sewing

The Rosalinda Dress – Rosy Peña Patterns.

The Rosalinda Dress from Rosy Peña is the free pattern for the March/April issue of Sewn Magazine . One of my sewing goals for 2019 was to use more PDF patterns so I decided to give it a try. I printed the Rosalinda pattern at home because it only had 32 pages. It took me about 2 hours, included a run to the store because as usual I ran out of ink. The tapping takes me forever, definitely not the best thing for people with ADHD. I actually sent a few PDF patterns to an online printing service recommended by a fellow Sewist, (you can find it here) the shipping was fast and was very inexpensive. No more tapping for me. Let’s go back to the Rosalinda shall we?

This is a semi-fitted dress featuring a wide mock-neck or roll collar, center front and center back seams, and deep curved armholes. I used the front seam to my advantage by doing a chevron pattern using this striped fabric from my stash. I forgot the name of my fabric but it is very similar to a Liverpool Knit. I cut size XXS for the top and XS for the skirt. I only had a small issue, the armholes were gapping a little so I did the adjustment by the collar because I didn’t want to undo my side seams.

This is a very easy pattern, the instructions were simple and straightforward. This will definitely work best with medium weight fabrics for that loose fitting effect. This is the second time I work with stripped fabric and I had to brag about how good my lines matched. Figuring out the cutting layout takes a while but once you tackled that part the sewing is easy. I will make a little tutorial of how I matched these lines so check back soon. I can see a color blocking version of this in my future. Overall this a great pattern, I love how easy it is to sew and how versatile it is. You can put on heels and wear it to a cocktail party or put on snickers and take it to a ball game.

I highly recommend this pattern!

Sewing, Tops

Button Down Shirt-Simplicity 8830

I have been wanting to make a button down shirt for a while. This Simplicity 8830 has clean lines and easy to make. I used a Mickey Mouse print cotton I got at Joann’s. I was following the instructions and when I finished attaching the front pockets I realized they didn’t look like the picture on the envelope. I know Mimi has a sew a long video on You Tube for each of her patterns but I didn’t have time to watch it. Perhaps she explains why she did them in a different way. Anyway since I wanted them to look like the picture I redid them.


I had to put this project away for a bit because it was giving me scrubs feelings but I eventually went back to it. This is a petite pattern which I loved. Simplicity patterns tend to have a lot of ease so I always need to do some adjustments for my short torso. I cut a size 8 based on my bust measurement and adding a few inches so it will look like it’s supposed to. I thought the sleeve were going to be too tight but they turned out to be just right, if you don’t have noodle arms like me add some room. I omitted the side seams pockets, this might sound weird to some people but I didn’t see the need for them in a top.

Overall this is an easy pattern, unless you’re afraid of buttonholes like I was some time ago. I really dislike making them because my sewing machine then was not the greatest. I upgraded my machine over a year ago and now my buttonholes are flawless. I recommend practice on fabric scraps until you get the hang of it.

Happy Sewing ..❤️

Cape, Sewing, Winter sewing

Simplicity 8473

Hello everybody!! I’m back to sewing! I’ve been trying to sew this pattern, Simplicity 8473, since October last year but as always I got distracted with other things. I actually cut the lining first because I couldn’t decide on the fashion fabric. I swear picking the right one is so hard for me, it’s not like is a life or death situation. I had to remind myself that is just fabric so instead of going to the store and lose one more day I decided to shop my stash.

This pattern has many hacking options. I picked the hi-low view and added the openings and a lining. I chose this white home decor fabric I bought at Joann’s not long ago. I was going to use it for a costume but it wasn’t the right weight. For the lining I use luxe fleece also from Joann’s. I sew the front pieces to the lining first, right side to right side then I turned the lining to the inside just like a welt pocket. Then I sew the rest pretty much following the instructions. Unfortunately I only took bad pictures with my phone for that process.

Overall this a very simple project and can be done in a couple of hours. Definitely beginner friendly. I highly recommend it!

Handmade, Pants

Simplicity 8655 – Bell Bottoms.

Deciding what to sew always takes forever for me but once I start ideas keep on coming and is hard to concentrate in only one project. Reason why took me over a week to finish these pair of jeans. I really don’t like sewing jeans because they take a lot of time to make. Maybe it’s just me I have the attention spam of a squirrel. Well I was convinced to make Simplicity 8655 after seeing a couple versions on my Instagram feed. They are so cute and they’re giving me 70’s vibes.

I decided to use a dark blue denim with a little stretch that I had in my stash. I was still cutting the fabric when I realized it was the same I had used for a pair similar to these. So I had the brilliant idea to bleach the fabric, I had been wanting to do this for a while but I was afraid because I’m allergic to bleach. I put the pieces already cut in the laundry tub and I start adding one cup of bleach at a time which made the process longer than needed. I suggest watching a You Tube video first so you don’t have to experiment like I did. The color didn’t come as uniform as I imagined but I actually liked it better.

This is a Mimi G Style pattern and in my experience her pants patterns tend to be high waisted. If is this is something you don’t like I highly recommend making a muslin/mock up first. I didn’t make one because I’m too lazy for that and I love high waist pants. I did a few alterations I grade up the waist, shortened the legs and the front crotch. I also did my usual sway back adjustment. It might sound like a lot but when you already know what your body needs it’s much easier than it sounds. I’m planning on making a pants block pattern, soon that will definitely save me time.



They looked a bit basic to me so I decided to do a small appliqué design with some Cambaya fabric from my stash. That also give me the opportunity to use my embroidery machine. It was surprisingly easy, maybe not perfect but so cute. I love how they turned out I will make these again soon. Overall I highly recommend this pattern!

1. I added a tag so I can secure the facing. The tag looks crooked in the inside but looks good on the outside.

2. I folded half the seam allowance on the pockets to make them slightly bigger.

3. I love two rows of stitches for the hem.

4. Just a close up!

Christmas Sewing, Handmade, Sewing, Thrifty Finds, Wrap skirt

Simplicity 8746 – Wrap Skirt.

Every year, since I learned how to sew, I have made something to wear to my husband work Holiday Party. This year I chose Simplicity 8746 a simple wrap skirt. I picked a plaid fabric from Joann’s and use faux leather from my stash for the side ties. This is a really simple project with only 6 pieces in total.

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I shorten the length about two inches because it was too long for me, I’m 5′ 4″ just to give you an idea. I was afraid it was going to be too cold to wear it but thankfully the weather was great! I paired my cute little skirt with a simple turtleneck and knee high boots. I have been looking for boots like these for a while and I was lucky to found them on sale for a just 40 dollars. I also wore a wool black coat I bought at the Goodwill many years ago.

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Simplicity 8746.

Pattern Description: wrap skirts available in multiple lengths and feature D-ring closings to allow the skirt to drape perfectly from your waist. Great for plaids!

Pattern Sizing: 6 – 14 and 14 – 22.

Difficulty: Easy.

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? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the pleats in the back and the possibility to use different types of closures for the side.

Fabric Used: brushed cotton from Joann’s.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!

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Costumes, Geeky sewing., Handmade, Sewing

Harry Potter Robe – Simplicity 8723 Review.

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I recently made a Harry Potter robe using Simplicity 8723. I wore this to a couple of halloween events but I’m sure I’ll be wearing this anytime of the year. This pattern is great includes robes, sweater and tie in child and teen sizes XS-L and adult sizes XS-XL. The pattern runs large, I made a small and it was a little to big. I’m 5’4″ and 120 pounds just to give you an idea. I didn’t size down because my children, now taller than me, might want to wear it sometimes.

I used black gabardine and stretch sateen in biking red for the facings and lining both from Joann’s. I bought the iron on appliqué patch at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter store in Orlando a few years ago. I wanted to buy the robe but for a $120 I was like I can made that for half as much. I expend around $50 without thread that I already had and the closure that I removed from a cape I made a while ago.

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The only modification I made was adding lining to the sleeves. I wanted to line the whole thing but decided not to since I’m planing to wear it next time I visit Universal Studios. Overall this is a very easy pattern and great for beginners. I definitely recommend it just don’t forget to size down.

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