The Jessica Dress – Mimi G Style

I have been sewing a lot for myself lately, and I'm basking in it.  I love summer, and I need clothes that I love wearing in summer!  Sun dresses, shorts, tank tops, light and airy blouses, swimsuits, you name it, I need it.  My warm weather wardrobe needs an overhaul, badly.  Well, this summer dress …

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A Sew House Seven Summer Dress – Simplicity 8231

We all have those pattern wish lists, the ones that we saw somewhere but haven't picked up yet.  The Mississippi Avenue Dress has been on my list for years, but if I remember correctly I was still nursing my youngest so I never bought it.  Then I remember stumbling upon Simplicity 8231 while going through …

This is Not Your Typical Kids’ Fabric

I’m blogging over at Cali today with this really cute, big girl butterfly rayon gauze!  This fabric is so perfect and airy for the warmer weather, and I love that it’s also in a sweet print my girl loves!

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Typically when I think of fabric for children’s clothing I tend to gravitate towards the ones that are low maintenance yet can stand up to some pretty tough play.  Or maybe I’ll select fancy fabric for those special occasion outfits that are only worn a handful of times because I don’t want them to get ruined.  Well, I think I may have found a fabric that falls smack dab in the middle:  rayon gauze.  I mean it comes wrinkled on purpose!

My daughter has long ditched her dresses in favor of leggings and t-shirts, so when she recently asked me to sew her the Tip Top Dress from Petit a Petit Patterns, I was all over that with a swiftness.  I browsed Cali Fabrics not only looking for kid friendly prints, but also non-traditional fabric substrates that are low maintenance yet make a big statement.  If she wants a dress…

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Getting Touchy Feely with Your Fabric

Today I’m blogging over at Cali Fabrics using this very lovely rayon gauze and Tencel denim to make myself the reversible Metamorphic Dress by Sew Liberated!  I love her patterns and sewing philosophy, so I was happy to finally sew up one of her dresses.  Plus you already know how much I love Cali Fabrics 😉

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One of my absolute favorite things about fabric shopping is getting all touchy feely with it.  I really love texture, so my hands are all over the bolts, pulling out just enough fabric to get a good feel for its texture and drape.  This is impossible online for obvious reasons (although you can always order a swatch if you’re patient enough!).  CaliFabrics does an excellent job though when it comes to photographing and describing their fabric, so I knew I’d be happy with my choices!

Now this was the first time I was selecting fabric to make myself something reversible.  The land of reversible clothing is one I’ve traveled to many times with my girls; there’s just something about wearing two dresses at once that makes them giddy.  For myself though, reversible clothing always seemed a bit odd.  Why wouldn’t I just want to sew two dresses instead of getting…

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