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S8291: Maxed Out

Hey Loves!

It's anyone else maxed out on winter.  It's April in Alabama.  Why was the temp 39° yesterday?!  Well I'm anxiously waiting for spring.  I want to wear sundresses, my shoulders out, and shorts with cute sandals! While I wait, I'll just start my spring and summer sewing with this gorgeous maxi dress.

I'm kicking it off with an easy sew from Mimi G Style for Simplicity, S8291. Here's my pattern review.

There's always fabric in my stash.  What I sew is usually determined by the fabric I choose. This fabric led me to 3 patterns.  The model chose this one.

All About the Pattern:
This is one of Mimi G's patterns for Simplicity. It's a knit maxi dress with long sleeves or sleeveless and is sized for both Misses 10 to 18 and Plus sizes 20W to 28W. The pattern is great for color blocking or mixing prints. Mimi G also provides a step-by-step video tutorial.

All About the Fabric:
The fabric is an ITY from FabricMart. It was purchased during one of their 60% off precuts deals.  You can usually get 4 yard pieces at about $1.60 a yard.  I love the print.  It was very easy to sew. It's semi opaque.  You can see a little white when it stretches but it's not very noticeable.

All About the Process:
Well, this isn't a pattern hack.  I actually followed the directions and didn't have to watch the sew along.  I really did.  I only made 2 alterations. One was intentional and the other was because I made an oops while doing thee intentional alteration. I intentionally added 6 inches to the length. The model in the photos is 5'10" and normally wears 3-5" heels. I unintentionally missed a piece. I had to add the 6" after the pattern pieces were cut. You can see it in this photo, but the model and I both think it blends well with the other pieces of the dress.

I've had this pattern for about a year.  I'm glad I didn't waste it on another less interesting fabric.  I thought this pattern would only look good with solids but this print looks amazing if I must say so myself!

Oh to all my sewing friends, did you catch the #coloruscreative on IG?  It's hosted by some awesome bloggers, @tabithasewer, @shun.davis, @brittanyjjones, @em_pea, & @stylesewme.

Oh and while you're at it follow me too, @heheheplusshe.

Until next time, Smooches!

DJ



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