Documenting my sewing adventures, and the ins and outs of learning to adjust patterns for a perfect fit.

Simplicity 8177 -Mimi G Spring Faux Suede Vest

Happy Saturday 

So I've been working to organize my sewing space, and get my fabric stash organized,. I had step back from sewing just to get better organized. While organizing my fabric I came across a container of lightweight faux suede, and I immediately thought of this pattern. The fabric is light weight enough to be worn in the spring and the summer I believe. It is however so light that working with it was a little annoying because it wrinkled very easy. 

I wasn't sure if I would make the vest or jacket, so I cut out both facing for the vest,and the sleeves. I ended up going with the vest, because my sleeves wasn't lining up correctly, or I thought they weren't after watching the video, I realized they would have been fine. But I had already attached the facing for the vest.

I really love how this vest looks, the instructions and watching the video, for me does not go hand in hand, so I think you have to choose one or the other. I got a little confused with the vent of the vest, and in the video it doesn't show how its done. So I had to skip it and come back to it. Actually I was in Joann's one evening and a lady in front of me, had on a coat with a vent, like this pattern. And I snapped a picture, thinking this is what its suppose to look like. I shall figure this out.

Eventually I did figure it out I think.

This is my second Mimi G for Simplicity pattern I have attempted. I have purchased mostly all of them, but this is only the second one I have attempted. The first one, didn't go so well. It is under the fail project list. I will figure out a way to save the project because I really liked the print.

Fitting
Although I do like Mimi G patterns for Simplicity, I cringe most of the time because of my measurements I end up having to buy two patterns. Mimi G patterns tend to cover larger sizes which is a plus for sewers. But it puts me in both pattern envelopes. Usually I purchase a 16-24 pattern from the big 4. This pattern comes 10-18 and then 20W-28W
I range from a 16-18 top and normally a 20-24 bottom. The hips don't lie. I'm not really good with grading patterns yet, so I tend to purchase patterns I can grade from top to waist to hips, out of the one pattern. 

What I did with this pattern was cut the 18, and at the hips used the other pattern piece and graded some what, to a 24W. I paper fitted the 18, but the back piece I felt I needed more room, it didn't touch my center back. I think I need to figure out the best way to grade patterns to make working with her patterns easier. From waist to hips I have roughly 12 inch difference. 

The pattern is a very easy sew I think, the back vent was a first for me, so it took a little while to grasp that concept. This is a fairly quick project that can be completed and I think people will love it

Simplicity 8177 View E Front

Simplicity 8177 View E pockets 


Simplicity 8177 View E 

Side Dart & Flap



Simplicity 8177 

View E back View with Vent


Simplicity 8177 View E Vent



Simplicity 8177 View E 


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