2017 marked the beginning of my second year of REAL sewing, lol. My mom taught me to sew as a kid, but I didn’t REALLY begin to sew until 2016. Someone that I grew to admire and follow was Mimi G. I loved her style and was subscribed to her YouTube channel. So of course, I would love her patterns, right? So beginning of January I decided to go to her annual Conference in LA. I wanted to challenge myself and create something that I could make and wear in her annual fashion show. So I did! I got started on it a little late and had to rush a bit because it took me longer to sew than I had planned (work, kids…LIFE).
Pattern Name: Simplicity MimiG Style pattern 1167
I chose Simplicity MimiG Style pattern 1167. It is an elbow length jacket with either pants or shorts. It also comes with a pattern for a knit top. I decided to make shorts since I would be wearing it in LA.
The pattern is available in Simplicity sizes 6-24 (up to a 46″ / 117 cm bust and 48″ / 123 cm hip). Based on my measurements, which were 38″ (96.5 cm) Bust, 33″ (84 cm) Waist, and 42″ (107 cm) Hips, I went with the size 14. I did not make any adjustments and just winged it. Plus, I was in a rush!
I had my eyeballs on this lovely floral denim I had spotted at Joann Fabrics on my past couple of shopping trips there. So, I decided to make the suit in denim and bought the fabric.
Pattern Instructions and Construction
The pattern instructions were pretty clear. Although, she does have a tutorial for this pattern on her YouTube channel. If you don’t understand something, then you can go to the tutorial and see her doing it, so that is a big help. Construction went smoothly. I just had to take in the shorts because they were too big in the waist. I took them in to the best of my ability, lol. They were still a little too big in the waist but I was down to the last minute before I left for LA, so I had to leave them as is! I do wish they were a little higher in the waist, so that will be an adjustment to make the next time I do the pants/shorts. My thighs are juicy, so they fit really well in that area. Also, my jacket was too big! So I really could have cut the size 12 for the jacket. I was going to attempt to take it in but I wasn’t sure how and I didn’t want to mess it up so I left it as is. THEN I made my button hole too far over. So I just left the jacket open during the show, lol.
The jacket did not have a lining but it does have some facings. One is in the upper back portion of the jacket. It says to interface it but since I had denim I decided not to. Which, I probably should have bought a lighter weight fabric for the facings because the denim made the back facing a little stiff. There is a lining that goes into the sleeves but I chose to leave that out. I also cuffed my sleeves a little shorter than what the pattern design is and I did the cuff on the shorts the same to match. I have made pants before so they were the easiest part for me, with exception to the fit. I have made a few Mimi G patterns and I’ve noticed that she does design with curves in mind. Her sizes go from small to plus size. She has every woman in mind. That’s probably why I prefer her patterns. One thing though, there are usually a lot of pattern pieces. Lol.
Overall, I was pretty happy with it. I thought it turned out really pretty. My look didn’t win but I got many complements. That was more than enough because it really boosted my confidence and I had a great time at the conference. I actually have this pattern out to make again! It was a great learning experience.
Size Range- 5
Instructions – 5
Construction Process – 5
Final Fit – 3
Overall Rating (4) – I gave it this rating because I really love the design, and it wasn’t difficult to make. It also comes with a tutorial. The jacket design and shorts/pants are really cute and comfortable. The shorts fit my thighs! I often have difficulty find pants/shorts that fit my thighs. I wish the patterns could explain the garment measurements more clearly; this is what I’m not understanding. I chose what I thought was the right size and the jacket and shorts still needed a lot of adjustments.