DIY, Pattern Review, Thrifted

The Black Corduroy Flares – Mimi G Style Simplicity 8655

Hey Guys,

Today I’m showcasing my new DIY stretch black corduroy flares made using Mimi G Style Simplicity 8655. I’m a 70’s child, so I LOVE me a pair of flares. I’m especially loving these because they are giving me major Rachel Zoe and Victoria Beckham vibes. These fit nice and skinny through the thigh and knee area with a flare that’s wide enough to sufficiently cover these size 10s.😂🤣😆

These pants were actually made up as a test garment for my upcoming collaboration post with Minerva Fabrics. I made this version in the flare leg style, but I’ll be featuring a skinny pant version for the collaboration .

So I’m going to be completely honest and transparent in this post. I am so in LOVE with these pants but I am NOT in love with this outfit. Something is off! 🤔 I’m not sure if it’s my styling, my awkward poses, or a combination of both.

I love having these back pockets. I was able to stick my oversize cell phone inside while we were taking pics

Pattern Changes & Alterations

Sewed 1 inch seam allowances – My hip measurement put me between a size 14 and a size 16. I went with a size 16 because I was terrified that the 14 wouldn’t work out. To my surprise the size 16 was too big. To offset this, I went with a 1 inch seam allowance instead of the standard 5/8 and I took a small chunk out at the center back seam. Making these small changes was just enough to fine tune the fit.

Lowered The Front Rise 1.5 inches – These pants are designed to sit 2 inches above the waistline, but this doesn’t work for me because I am short-waisted. There is only about a 4 inch distance between bust and waist so I really can’t afford to give up the 2 inches. For these pants I decided that I would bring the rise down by 1.5 inches.

Steps to Adjust The Rise

  • I added a line to the pattern about a quarter of an inch down from the dart point. I placed the pattern on top of my cutting mat so that I could use the grid as a guide to mark my line perpendicular to the grain line of my pattern.
  • Once my line was drawn, I slashed it from the inseam to the outer seam. When making that cut, I didn’t cut all the way through the outer seam because I needed to use the uncut edge as a hinge to move my top pattern piece downward to adjust the front rise. Doing it this way allowed me to keep the side seams where the front and back meet the same length.
  • When shortening the rise, I made sure to slide the top half of the pattern piece downward. I used my seam gauge to measure down 1.5 inches.

Added Length – I added 1.5 inches and added a 2 inch hem instead of the 3 inch hem allowance that is built into the pattern. So basically the pants were 2.5 inches longer than they would have been had I not made these adjustments. I added the extra length because I wasn’t 100% sure of the shoes that I would end up wearing with them. For me, this style looks best when it completely covers the feet and hangs really close to the floor.

Styling

Collective Concepts Chiffon Navy Leopard Print Top – I thrifted this top maybe 6 years ago and I still love it. I generally don’t go for leopard print clothing, but I really liked this top because I think that it is really fun and interesting in this color. I also love the way that it pops against the black.

Although I do love this top with black, I think it’s bugging me a little with these pants, especially, when worn with out the jacket. I “attempted” to tie the front ends and tuck the tails but I just couldn’t get it to work like I wanted it to.

Black Leather Moto Jacket – This was an anniversary gift from my husband 2 years ago. He purchased it on Amazon for around $120. It’s probably one of my favorite pieces because it adds edge to my outfits and makes me feel a little tough.

Accessories – I kept it simple by adding a pair of rose gold stud earrings and a pair of rose gold Aviator style sunglasses.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, I am really VERY happy with how well these pants turned out. I am going to go back and deepen the hem because the pants are still just a tad bit too long. I love these so much that I will be making up two more pair in denim. I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who wants good looking flares that are quick and easy sew.

I am hoping in the near future that I will get to restyle and re-shoot these babies.

DIY, How I Wore It, sewing

The Black Maxi Cardigan – B6495

Just dropping in to give a quick review of one of my latest makes. I purchased a maxi cardigan from Old Navy last year but I wasn’t totally sold on the style.

I decided to give it another shot but this time I decided to make my own using some of the fleece lined Jersey that I also used to make my Bardot style top (click here) and Victoria Beckham inspired top (click here).

In retrospect I could have bought a pattern already long enough with pockets but I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the style so I decided to modify a pattern that I already owned.

In the end it was a fun make. I freestyled some interesting patch pockets and also had the satisfaction of using and modifying a pattern that I already owned.

I am super happy with the results.

Review

Pattern Description: Misses’ Knit Off-the-Shoulder Top, Dress and Jumpsuit, Jacket, and Pull-On Pants
Close-fitting top, dress and jumpsuit have off the shoulder neckline and sleeve options. Jacket is very loose fitting. Close-fitting pull-on pants have wide waistband.

I made the Jacardigan (At least that’s what I’m calling it)

Pattern Sizing: I made it in a size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part yes….just longer and with pockets.

Were the instructions easy to follow?Very Easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I have no dislikes. I originally bought the pattern for the top but thought that I would rather use it to try out making a maxi cardigan.

Fabric Used:Fleece Lined Jersey

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:< I added length. I think 15 inches. I added a pair of patch pockets that I free styled after watching a you tube video to get a general Idea of how to draft my own.

Would you sew it again?I think I will make at least one more if I can find the right fabric. I’d love some sort of bold graphic print.

Conclusion:  Great pattern. Would have gone a whole lot faster if I hadn’t made any modifications.