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New Look 6507. Se habla Español.

Hoy decidi hacer un post en Español. Les presento New Look 6507!! Este patrón es de lo mas sencillo, con solo cuatro piezas. Cuando estaba cortándolo mi cabeza estaba en otro lugar, probablemente pensando en comer, y sin querer corte la version larga en lugar de la corta. Solo tenia dos yardas de esta tela, y como estoy evitando ir a la tienda solo corte un olán. Creo que quedo igual de lindo.


Le tuve que hacer dos pinzas en la parte de atrás porque no me gusto la forma que tenia. También me quedo un poco largo así que me puse mis zapatos de dos pisos. Y para completar mi look, con la tela que me sobro, le di a mi sombrero un pequeño makeover. Pienso cortarle un par de pulgadas para poder usarlo con huaraches o algo parecido.


New Look 6507.

Descripcion: Vestido con opción largo o corto con olanes. Con uno o dos hombros           expuestos, con o sin tirantes.

Tallas disponibles: XS-S-M-L-XL.  Corte la talla S y me quedo perfecto.

Dificultad: Facil. Super sencillo y rapido de hacer!

Se parecia a la foto/dibujo en el sobre del patrón una vez de había terminado de coser con el? Si. Más o menos, con un olán en lugar de dos.

Que te gusto o te disgusto particularmente del patron? La parte de atras luce un poco cuadrada, sin figura. Yo le agregue dos pinzas en la parte de atrás. Sugiero cortar la pieza de atrás en dos, sin olvidar adherir tela para el margen de la costura. De esta manera es mas sencillo hacer ajustes y darle forma al vestido.

Tela usada: Use una mezcla de algodón ligero, honestamente olvide el nombre.

Lo recomendarias? Si.


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McCall’s 6885 Review.

I have been organizing my sewing space. I sew in the living room, fabric and sewing supplies are quietly invading the rest of the house. So I decided to get rid of my unfinished projects to make space. There were many that only needed minimal work, so I decided to keep a few. Like this one, McCalls 6885.


This is the cutest and easiest shirtdress I ever made! I started it nine months ago (shameless) Back then fall was approaching so I cut view D. Obviously I had to reconsider my choice now that summer is almost here, so I omitted the sleeves. I used this awesome Star Wars printed rayon challis. I bought this one during my L.A fabric shopping trip last year. I paid $3.99 a yard for it! Shocking I know.DSC_0052

This is how I sewed the curved hem. I ran a line of wide machine basting stitches 1/4″ from the raw edge of the hem. Then I folded and pressed the hem using the basting stitch line as a guide. I gently pulled the threads from the stitching line to ease the extra fabric in place as I was pressing. I pressed and folded the hemline a second time before sewing it in place.


McCalls 6885.

Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, pullover shirtdresses have pointed collar, collar/front bands, button-up placket, front pleat and narrow hem.

Pattern Sizing: 8-16 and 16 – 24. I cut size 8.

Difficulty: Easy. If you have trouble sewing the placket there’s a tutorial on the McCalls blog here. For the collar you just need to transfer all of your markings and notches.

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 everything.

Fabric Used: I used rayon challis from Angel’s Textiles in Los Angeles. Sorry they don’t have a website.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes! Overall this is a cute and easy pattern to dress up or down.


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Simplicity 8174 Review.

For my 40th Birthday I bought tickets to the Bon Jovi concert. I really hate crowds, but John isn’t getting any younger and neither am I. So I had to do it. I didn’t know what to wear since it was still pretty cold here in Chicago, so I decided to make Mimi G’s Simplicity 8174 Moto jacket.


This pattern has many pieces and requires a lot of topstitching. I picked a faux leather fabric, since I wanted the leather look without the price tag, I used stretch this hot pink sateen for the lining. I used a teflon foot along with a Microtex needle. Mistakes were made on the topstitching but I let it go, I usually redo what I don’t  like but the thought of leaving holes kept me from doing it.



I skipped the side and shoulder tabs, simply because I just didn’t want to topstitch anymore. I cut a size 8, next time I’ll cut one size larger since It was a bit snug and I would like to wear a chunky sweater in the fall. The back has a cute shoulder vent that didn’t look quite right. It was probably because it was a bit small. I couldn’t find any cute zippers online sadly, I had to use whatever it was available at Joann’s.

Overall this is a great pattern, it’s super cute, and I will try to use it again. The weather was close to the 70’s the day of the concert, so it was perfect. Even though my heels from hell gave me blisters I had lot’s of fun. John is still cute and he’s super


Simplicity 8174.

Pattern Description: Moto jacket and knit dress. Moto jacket features assymetric side zip, and the dress has  the option of contrasting front pocket and sleeves. Also available as a printable pattern.

Pattern Sizing: 6 -14 and 16 – 24

Difficulty: Intermediate.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Pattern alterations or any design changes: I skipped the side and shoulder tabs.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were. Remember Mimi G has a video tutorial for those who need a visual.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love it! The back shoulder vents are my favorite feature.

Fabric Used: Faux leather from Textile Discount Outlet. Stretch sateen from Joann fabrics.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!


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McCall’s 7167 – Jumpsuit Review

I have a love-hate relationship with jumpsuits. This pattern has been on my to do list for a very long time. Jumpsuits don’t always look good on me, but this one does and I love it! This is Mc Calls 7167 view D. I cut a size 6 for the bodice and a size 10 for the bottom. I added 1.5 inches to the back crotch depth, to avoid the evil wedgie. I also removed 2 inches from the length so I can wear it with flats or sandals.


The pattern comes together quite easy. The bodice is fully lined including the sleeves. I did a lot of hand sewing so it took me longer than I expected. The criss-cross back is really cute but I opted for view D because I wanted to wear it to church. Unfortunately, it didn’t make it out of my bedroom, because it was too cold and I didn’t want to wear a coat. DSC_0234

Mc Calls 7167.

Pattern Description: Romper and jumpsuits have fitted, lined bodice with side-front seams, back variations, waistband, V-neckline and wide-leg, pleated pants.

Pattern Sizing: 6 -14 and 14 – 22.

Difficulty: Intermediate.

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 think pockets would have made it even better.

Fabric Used: Organic cotton from Joann’s.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!


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McCall’s 7547.

I’m a very slow sewist, is that a word? It takes me forever to finish even the simplest pattern. It has taken me over two weeks to finish these flared jeans by Mc Calls 7547 I probably take too many breaks. I like to take my time especially when topstitching is involved.


I cut a size 12 and graded down to a size 10 for the waist. I shouldn’t have it was almost too small. I also had to do a swayback adjustment on the waistband. The legs didn’t quite look like the picture on the envelope, I had to taper them around my thighs. This pattern calls for a lapped zipper but I accidentally installed an invisible one. Overall these are cute and easy to sew, I might make them again.



Mc Calls 7547.

Pattern Description: Close fitting jeans and overalls, have a faux fly front, lapped zipper side opening, patch pocket and leg variations.

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, sort of.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked everything.

Fabric Used: Denim.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!

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Simplicity 8457.

I created this blog over a year ago, I’ve kept it private until a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been using it as my sewing journal, I really see no point of doing that anymore and decided to make it public. I have spent several hours editing my posts, seriously I think I was a pirate in my other life, I think some things must kept private. With that being said, I will skip the rest of 2017 and move on to my sewing projects of 2018.

This year I want to make things I can wear more than once. My closet is full of cute dresses I’ve made, they’re taking too much space. I’m usually really good with donating things I don’t wear often, but somehow is hard for garments made by me. What I need is more pants so my first pattern for this year is Simplicity 8457.


This is an easy pattern from Simplicity’s Amazing Fit line. I chose the average fit, size 10. They came together easily and I didn’t have to make any alterations. I always have to make some type of adjustment so not doing it for this pattern was a plus. I’m going to try other Amazing Fit patterns soon. I use a lightweight wool plaid I bought at my favorite store here in Chicago.

I love blind hems!

I adopted my dog late December, he doesn’t let me take pictures of him with my phone, but apparently he’s familiar with the camera. He saw me all dressed up and thought we were going somewhere. He followed me around for quite a while and made sure he was in every picture.



Simplicity 8457.

Pattern Description: Misses’ and Women’s Amazing Fit pants can be cropped or full length, with or without cuffs. Separate pattern pieces are included for slim, average and curvy fits.

Pattern Sizing: 10 – 18 and 20W-28W.

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 everything.

Fabric Used: Lightweight wool from Textile Discount Outlet.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!!

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Simplicity 8124.

I love the off the shoulders trend and this dress Simplicity 8124, is so cute and easy to sew! I wore this to an engagement party and for a second time to Napa Valley. I used a lightweight linen I bought at Michael Levine’s during Mimi G Conference in L.A. The weather was almost too warm, but since it was the only cute dress I packed I suck it up and wore it. Maybe next time I won’t wait until last minute to pack. *insert maniacal laugh here.



Simplicity 8124.

Pattern Description: Peasant style mini dress and top by Cynthia Rowley with elastic neckline and sleeve band; romper has additional elastic waist.

Pattern Sizing: XS – XL I cut the XS.

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?  This pattern runs big. I’m 33″ at the bust and the XS was still big.

Fabric Used: Linen from Michael Levine. Similar found here.

Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely!!

The husband and I at the Castello Di Amorosa in Calistoga, CA. The wine isn’t the greatest but the place makes up for it. I highly recommend it! Why is his shirt so small though?



Mimi G Style 6th Annual Fashion Sewing & Style Conference.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Mimi G Style 6th Annual Fashion Sewing & Style Conference in Los Angeles. I met so many talented ladies and was able to see many whom I’ve already met in past conferences. This was for me the third time attending and I had as much fun as the first time!

Why am I wearing the same shirt I wore before the Fashion Show? 😂

I used this dress on Saturday. I used Mc Calls 7121 for the top and a circle skirt for the bottom. I feel that the skirt on this pattern doesn’t flatter my figure. The only bad thing about it is that a circle skirt requires way more fabric, and I got this scuba knit during last year’s conference at Michael Levine’s.


I also participated in the Fashion Show, where I created two looks using Mimi G patterns as a base, and I did many alterations to them so they don’t look much like the original patterns. For the dress I used Simplicity 1066 and for the pants Simplicity 8060. The fabric for the dress is a crepe, while for the pants I used gabardine suiting and for the top a metallic suede. All of it is from Joann’s.



I was going for a low crotch look..😉

I can’t forget my Pre Fashion Show outfit, self drafted pencil skirt. I absolutely love this skirt which is super easy to make. I’m thinking of making a short “how to” video. Let me see how I feel a week from now once the hype I’m feeling is gone.


Costumes, Geeky sewing., Sewing

C2E2 2017.

I wanted to attend  C2E2 since forever, but my antisocial ways wouldn’t let me. This year my niece took pity on me and invited me. I attended on my birthday, since I’m not getting any younger I decided to face my fears. I mean Disney had prepared me for this right? How bad could it be? There was a huge crowd but I managed to control my anxiety and I survived!!


I decided to wear a costume like two weeks before, I procrastinate like I get paid, no kidding. Took me another week to start sewing, I had big plans you know but I had to settle for vintage Cat Woman. I used this glittery knit fabric that was super thin, I had  lined the whole thing. I also used my first PDF pattern by Mimi G, don’t tell her she might think I disrespected her pattern..😂 Available  Here. 

This pattern was super easy, took me longer to tape the pages together. I installed the zipper on the back instead of the front, something I regretted on my first trip to the restroom, and I also changed  the neckline. Next time I’ll take better pictures since all I see is my donut belly. Something that could have been easily fixed by using compression mesh as lining. Next time I’ll sew this pattern the way it was intended to.

I can’t see my waist but I can see Captain America!
Can’t leave without a picture of Solo in Carbonite!

The Artist Alley was my favorite part of the convention. There were so many awesome Cosplayers and a huge selection of Comic Books. I just might return next year.


The “Pretty Dress” Simplicity 8292.

I absolutely love this pattern. The sleeves are everything!!!  I wanted a special outfit for my youngest son’s Confirmation. This white crepe fabric from my stash was perfect. I cut a size 6 and it was almost too small. I didn’t get many pictures of the outfit the day of the event, since I’m always too busy talking to care. The skirt doesn’t have a lining and I was too lazy to make one. I wore a slip underneath, yes I have one, because I’m old school like that. 😉





Pattern Description: This dress features three different sleeve options, princess seams, an invisible back zipper, lined bodice, and your choice of either long flare or pencil cut each in two lengths.

Pattern Sizing: 6 – 22. I cut size 6.

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 everything.

Fabric Used:  Crepe de Chine.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None.

Would you sew it again? Yes.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!!