Wednesday, March 6, 2013

#DIY Fishtail Maxi + #DIY Puff Sleeve Top + Pattern Review B5562

Hi Darlings!

I hope you have been having a great week, I have been working feverishly trying to catch up because on top of everything that I have to get done we are also moving yay! FINALLY, we found a nice house in a wonderful gated community and we cannot wait to move and get settled in.  I am also so excited at the amazing sponsors that we have for the 2nd Annual Sewing, Fashion & Style Event in July. Which also brings me to my next announcement, I had a waiting list of those who did not register in time and although I expected the registration to be open a bit longer we sold out so quickly and then got overbooked, lol so I MUST stop accepting any more attendees, I'm sorry but if I have any cancellations I will post it.

Now on to my OOTD (outfit of the day) I have been wanting a fishtail maxi for a while now but couldn't find one I liked and since I needed to work out the kinks a few weeks ago for a new tutorial in April (hint) I made a mock up sample for myself. I also had made this top using out of print pattern Butterick 5562 (still available online)



Pattern Description: Close fitting pull over top (View A)

Pattern Sizing: I cut the x-small but still had to take it in about 1" on each side because it was pretty loose on me.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Oh yeah, this is a great pattern and the gathered sleeves is so cute and easy so it sews up pretty quickly.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the sleeves in view A

Fabric Used: I used a great striped Knit found HERE, I love this fabric. It is a vicose/spandex blend and has a silky soft feel.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I created a facing to create the band look I wanted at the neckline. I do not like the fold over method for finishing necklines that is often suggested in the pattern instructions, that NEVER looks good.

Would you sew it again? I think I might.

Once I work out some of the changes for this maxi and an additional flare I want to add I can finish the tutorial.



Necklace (gifted) / Sunnies from ASOS (old)



82 comments:

  1. Mimi,

    Is the skirt from a pattern or your own creation?

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    1. No pattern just me. Tutorial coming soon

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  2. You Rock Girlie! Congrats on your move! I know you're closet space is going to be nice and accomodating for all your new projects!!

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  3. Hi Mimi,
    Very nice look. ok so I have question. I want to be able to sew for myself a skirt, pants, etc. my current waist is plus size but when I look up even plus size pattern waist measurements I don't see my measurement. I realize ready to wear is different than actual pattern measurements. Would you offer some advice on how I can decipher which pattern size is best for me?

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    1. Have you watched the first 3 lessons in the sewing series? also what is the measurement you cant seem to find for your waist?

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    2. I'm in the same boat as Song. My waist is 42. I rarely see patterns big enough. I LOVE the Burda pants you made last year. I want to make them, but Burda laughs at my needed to go that big. I'm super new to sewing. Too new to understand altering patterns to increase waist size. Something tells me just adding the extra inches I need would get me nowhere. If ever you had the time (and I know you don't), to do a tutorial on altering patterns, I would love it.

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  4. WOW! This is very classy Mimi, you are truly blessed and keep up the good work.

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  5. Love this, especially the skirt! Gonna keep a look out for the tutorial!

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  6. Wow Mimi! Please hurry and make the tutorial for this skirt! I would change nothing about how you are wearing this outfit. You will have a 6'2 twin walking around in Wisconsin! You look so nice

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  7. Love the outfit, LOVE the skirt! What material did you use for the skirt??

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  8. Mimi do you sale some of the staff you saw?i saw one long skirt with a bow wld love to buy it and this one too.please let me know if you do.you are gifted....brains and hands.thanx

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  9. Love your style & talent Mimi... very inspiring!!

    Yvie
    MakeupYourRunway.com

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  10. The entire look is exquisite!!! I'm going to make the skirt in SO MANY colors!!!!

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  11. Can't wait for the tutorial! I love a good fishtail. I want a leather one.

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  12. That skirt would look so good on me...wish I could purchase it..oh well...#ur in the fab-ness as usual Mimi...

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  13. this right here is sooooo me...... i love it

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  14. Everyone please bow to the queen seamstress Mimi! :D Flawless execution as always. This OOTD is so HAWT on so many levels. Can't wait for the fishtail skirt tutorial.
    Congrats on your new home :-)

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  15. This is gorgeous. When you release that fishtail maxi tut out I will be purchasing. You always know how to pull an outfit together. Go head girl!!!!

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  16. so this skirt will be on a tutorial next month? ;-)

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  17. love the Maxi I can't wait for the tutorial. I saw a maxi like this in Nordstoms a year ago and I wanted it so bad but it was over $300 bucks blahhh
    Aisha B

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  18. You look absolutely amazing in this outfit!
    cutenquirky.blogspot.com

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  19. nice skirt and top !!! i really like the combination!!
    xo
    Dear Inès

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  20. Years ago my mom offered to teach me how to sew and I declined, seeing your creations have inspired me to ask her to help me now.

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  21. AAAHHH!! What a gorgeous skirt! You look lovely.

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  22. Beautiful outfit and chicka!!!! Question please. When I asked for the double knit fabric at my store they had not idea what I was talking about. Is there another name for that material or something close? Many Thanks

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    1. They are probably more familiar with Ponte Roma

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  23. I love it! I'm hoping your hubby can convince you to sell this like your Maxi Regal. *hint* hint*

    Dawn from Miami

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  24. Cute you should have your own store.

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  25. Hello from Australia

    I've been lusting over Anthropologie's Seamingly Maxi and have been secretly hoping that you'd do a knock-off. This is close.

    Patty

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  26. Love the entire outfit!! Do you have a date for the final video for the skirt tutorial?

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  27. Wow perfection love that skirt you look amazing mimi!

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  28. You look stunning!! I love that skirt!

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  29. Very cute! I made a similar skirt from Burda 7949 for wovens. Would love to have a knit version. Looking forward to the tutorial.
    ~m

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  30. Right now I'm 49" waist. Apple shaped in route to trimming down. however until then...how can I alter patterns to make up for my current waist.
    to answer your question, I've viewed all 3 lessons. I'm actually cutting fabric this weekend.Decided to make the skirt for my daughter as her waist measures 37".

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  31. I love the cut of the skirt. Great job!

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  32. MiMi congrats on your new home with hubby:) When you created the neckline- did you cut out facing, rolled the material over the facing and used a straight stitch?

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  33. Love this look, the skirt is so pretty!!



    Carsedra of:

    http://www.embracingtherealme.com/

    http://sweets4yourtooth.blogspot.com/

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  34. Love your blog and tutorials. That skirt is amazing and I've been looking around trying to find a good pattern or tutorial to make one... with not much luck. I'm super excited to see your tutorial and then knock one out myself!

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  35. Dear Mimi,
    Oh Mimi, why oh why, do you do this to me? You always have the perfect outfit on. I wish I could sew like you.
    You look FAB my dear!
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/mycustomcreation

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  36. YES! YES! YES!!! I am so looking forward to this tut!

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  37. Eeeekkk ok, a tad excited about this one!!!! WHen it comes out im going to go crazy and get the 3 other tutorials i've been eyeing off ( Regal maxi skirt, Tshirt maxi and the pencil skirt)

    I already know what fabric im going to make this out off!!! Can.not.wait!!!

    A little Question - do your tutorials come with pattern pieces also or do you show how to draft them?

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  38. I need this skirt in my life! If I could pre-order the tutorial I totally would! You are awesome! I can't wait until April!

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  39. Cant wait for this awesome tutorial. Looking great!!

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  40. i am soooooooooooo waiting for this tutorial. u do awesome work. thanks for the great inspiration

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  41. colleen eidemillerApril 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Could you please take a picture of the back of the Skirt and what kind of material you used -

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  42. Do u have a pattern for the skirt?

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  43. I love your skirt...I am a plus size (size 24) can you make the skirth in a few colors for me...How much?

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  44. When will the DIY video and/or instructions post for the fish tail maxi?

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  45. When are you posting the skirt pattern? I'd love to have it. Thanks

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  46. I can't wait to see the pattern for the skirt! Thanks for posting!

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Thank you for taking time to comment ;-)

xoxo
mimi g.