From time to time, I get a little sewing obsession going. At the moment I seem to love most of the patterns that Mimi G creates for Simplicity under the Mimi G Style brand.
Inspired by Mimi G’s colour block version of this pattern (see her YouTube sew along here) I used this gorgeous blue metallic stripe cotton* for my dress.
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As a Minerva Brand Ambassador*, I often get the chance to test fabrics for them in exchange for a post on their website. They gift me the fabric and I get to use it in any project I want and in exchange, I take photos of my make and share my experience of working with that particular fabric. This was the case with the fabric I used for this dress. For details about my thoughts on working with this fabric please see my post here*.
Since I discovered variegated thread, I like using it for all the projects I can as the thread blends in nicely if the same colours are found on the fabric. For this dress, I used black, blue and white thread.
Since the facing is not sewn to the main garment, I have stitched it down on the side or centre back seams to keep it from flapping about. I could have used a blind stitch by hand, but I did not want to spend a long time doing this.
Pattern: Simplicity Sewing Pattern 9224* Mimi G Style collection: Misses’ wrap dress has asymmetrical details; view b with outside contrast bodice facing. The dress has a wide hem, facings and the hem sits above the knee and is fastened with self-ties.
Sizing: H5 (6-8-10-12-14) and U5 (16-18-20-22-24)
Fabric: 3 m blue metallic stripe cotton*
Notions: 0.5 m woven interfacing, 75 cm 1.5cm wide elastic*, 1 m ribbon (not mentioned on the pattern envelope)
Modifications: I cut a size 14. I also did a 1.5 cm swayback adjustment to account for my shorter back. I added seam allowance on the centrefold on the back skirt to cut as two pieces. As the dress on Mimi G looks quite short, I decided not to adjust the length of the dress at all as I knew it will be fairly short anyway.
Instructions: they were easy to follow. for those that need a bit more help, you can also follow along with Mimi G’s sew-along for this pattern on YouTube here.
Fit: I am happy with the look of the dress.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Yes and now. I chose a fabric that was not among the recommended fabrics for this pattern. My fabric is not a flowy as the suggested fabrics (linen, soft cotton, chambray, silky types or batik) so it is a little stiffer than one would expect. Hopefully, once the fabric is washed a few times it will get a bit more drapey.
Watch out for: if you chose to play around with the print or colour block your dress, please be extra careful when you cut your fabric to make sure that you have mirror images of the pattern pieces. Also, keep in mind that the pattern envelope does not mention the ribbon needed for the inside of the dress. If you do not have any in your stash you will need to purchase at least 1 m.
Make Again?: Yes. I do like the dress and when I make it again, I will use a more appropriate fabric, like viscose, for it to get a look closer to the dresses Mimi G made.
My plan did not quite go as I wanted it to. In my head, the dress was supposed to be one side front and back with the strips going vertically and the other side horizontally. I assumed that the back bodice was cut with the paper piece facing down so, I ended up with one side with the front stripes going in one direction whereas on the back they were in the other direction. The good news I managed to be consistent and the bodice and skirt pieces went in the same direction.