Thursday, January 2, 2014

DIY Wool & Leather Dress + Pattern Review B5947 View C



Hi Darlings!

Oh my gosh I am blow away by the amount of support I received from all you on the download of my 2013 Mimi G Photo Lookbook! I have also received a lot of requests for a 2012 book so I am working on that now for you. Thank you so much!

Todays look is a wool/leather dress I have been meaning to make for some time now and when I saw B5947 I knew it was the right pattern for the look I wanted. 


DIY Dress / Steve Madden Over The Knee Boots HERE / Belt F21

Pattern Description: Misses Dress B5947

Fabric Used: Black Wool HERE / Lambskin Leather HERE / Lining HERE  (Pics of the lining below)

Pattern Sizing: I cut the size 8 and graded down several inches.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they are pretty clear. Goes together rather quickly and has princess seams at the bust so makes fitting easier for beginners. The bodice is lined but in the pattern they do NOT line the skirt 0_0 I never understand that so I made the lining myself.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the sleeve length and the clean lines of the dress.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had to remove almost 2.5" from the bodice, but that is normal for me since I have a small bust I am always making an SBA (small bust adjustment) I also cut the skirt the smallest size (8) but I ended up having to take that in too. I have a tertian standard alterations I always make with the big 4 pattern companies. I also lowered the neckline by 5/8" I wanted the high neckline but without the adjustment I felt chocked.  I suggest checking it before you make your dress, it was rather tight prior to my fixing it. I also used a small piece of lambskin leather I had for the front bodice; it was just enough for what I needed.

Would you sew it again? I think so because it is one of those patterns that you can alter and ad design elements to.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes








FULL LINING 

 Body lining: I made the lining for the skirt by cutting the same pattern pieces given for the skirt in lining fabric.
Both the hem of the lining and the hem of the skirt are served and I blind stitched the hem of the skirt.
The sleeve lining
A look at the zipper on the right and wrong side.








77 comments:

  1. Yes! You motivate me everyday to get back on my P's and Q's!!!! :-)

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  2. Gorgeous! Lord, I need to get me a new machine and get back to work!

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  3. This dress and boots are giving me life! Your work is simply awesome!

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  4. Awesome outfit Mimi, but I really need you to put those boots in the mail to me!! LOL

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  5. What a way to start off the new year. Love this!!!

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  6. You have a fabulous eye! Thank you for allowing those of us who do not a chance to 'borrow' it! lol

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  7. wow your clothes never look home made always professional the detail work

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    1. LOL read the post doll, it is linked under "get the look"

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  9. Nailed it!!!!!! xo

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  10. Mimi I am almost speechless... Awe-mazing!! love love love this and THOSE BOOTS!!!! Wow!

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  11. What a great way to start the new year! This outfit is fierce! Love, Love, Love the Boots!!

    Yes - can't wait for the 2012 Lookbook! - You're the best!

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  12. Wow! Already starting the year off with a BANG(ing) outfit! Sew fly!

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  13. All I can say is awesome!!! Thank you for sharing your talent!!!

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  14. I love this look! Too bad I can't sew :-(

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  15. How often do you wear heels? Have you always been able to walk gracefully in them or did practice make perfect. I love heels but they can be painful...any suggestions?

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    1. Almost daily. I learned how to walk in heels as a teenager so I don't ever remember having a problem walking in them. I also never buy shoes if they hurt and I always buy the right size. If you buy a shoe a half size larger and wear an insole it makes it even more comfortable to wear ;-)

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  16. I really love the look you created. Especially the boots.

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  17. Fierce dress and Killer boots! LOVE it!!

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  18. That is one touch ensemble! Looking forward to great inspirations from you!!! By the way, Thanks for the Jamie Eason suggestion on one of your posts. I love her and her system works!!!

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    1. I meant to say 'tough' ensemble, not 'touch'! LOL!!!

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  19. You get A's across the board for this!!!!!!

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  20. Do you sale any of your creations? I love your work. My fiance would appreciate a new wardrobe for a wedding gift.

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  21. Love it - matrix!

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  22. First off...your work is amazing....got me wanting to start sewing...until reality kicked in...lol..I just don't have the time...so...I'm curious to know two things.... do you sale the clothes after making them (just curious because I can't fit em lol), and do you take custom plus size orders? (I'm referring to myself...lol) I'm an entrepreneur, speaker, and rapper/singer and it's a must I always look nice and unique...so..let me know :)

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  23. dang girl! I am loooooving this look! Can you open up a sewing school? I am so hoping I can get off for your seminar this year, it is a must to be there. thanks for all your wonderfulinspiration

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  24. This dress AND those boots are everything!!!!!

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  25. I am constantly amazed by the way you transform simple patterns.

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  26. Beautiful, I wish it would get cold enough in florida to wear a dress and boots like that.

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  27. This look is fierce! You are definitely talented because, looking at the B5947 pattern, I did not see the wonderful look you came up with. What a great eye!!!

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  28. Will you be coming to the metro Detroit area anytime soon? I sooo need another grown woman kindred spirit with sewing expertise to come & bless me with some wisdom. I know plenty of ladies & gentlemen will concur. You did that...

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  29. Very very nice Mimi. Did you use a tricot lining or one of the linings in the post? The lining on the dress looks different from the ones in the link.

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  30. You are stunning. Really and truly.

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  31. Can you post a tutorial or a paid class that shows us how to add on pieces to dress such as leather, lace etc. I have ideas I just need tips on how to add here and there.

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  32. Where can I get the dress.. the have shoes just like love the whole thing

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  33. Mimi u b killing it. Love this...it truly looks designer.

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  34. Just gorgeous! I was jusylooking in Beverly hills today at dresses and this is nicer than anything I saw.

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  35. Beautiful dress! Wow at the boots, they look great on you!

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  36. Will you be offering this dress for sale on your site?
    Shalonda

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  37. You, my dear have started the year off in with a "Bang" and set the mark for the rest of us...Very nice look from head to toe. Although I cannot wear boots or shoes with that height, I will live vicariously through you...Handle it Girl.

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  38. Omg.....I am so loving this dress I want to make this

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  39. I"m speechless, Just Fabulous....

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  40. I would never have pictured such a fabulous, fashion-forward dress from the frumpy pattern pictures! Thank you for your creativity and inspiration!

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  41. GOOD LAWWWWWWWDDDDDD!!!!!!!!

    *I think the heavens just opened up.*

    I'm gonna try that one day....but not now.

    I purchased three or four of your *easy* tutorials, about a month ago. I have to try those first.

    but...

    GOOD LAWD!!!!!

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  42. Love it!!!! No words just love it!

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  43. I really like this dress. The leather and wool mix is great.

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  44. That outfit is absolutely beautttiful.. I love it and as a beginner sewer I wonder if that pattern would be ez for someone like me. Does not look like it, but it would be great for a tutorial on how to make this dress. I would def buy since its amazing. Your talent is amazing and you give me hope that with practice makes perfect. I hope to one day be just as good as you. Happy New Years and continue to bring it on but with Beginner friendly projects. Thanks. ;))))

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  45. Oh wow, Mimi. GORG! A tut is a must for this dress. Did U use your All Purpose Presser Foot when sewing this?

    Happy New Year to the Goodwin family,

    - Dee

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  46. This look is I don't even have words to describe how FLY this is and how great you look.

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  47. That zipper is on point! Maybe you could give some tips on how you put in a zipper so smoothly, mine always bubble.

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  48. I LOVE THIS DRESS I WILL MAKE IT SOON

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  49. so edgy! and i love those boots!

    xoxo
    loveisalittlenumber.blogspot.com

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  50. I don't know much about sewing but I love this dress.... I love a lot of the styles I see you wear and make.

    www.twitter.com/Shell84G

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  51. This dress is so the bomb! Wow!

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  52. God has bless u with such a amazing talent ur awesome ♥♥

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  53. I have sewn quite a bit growing up but its been over 20plus years since i've did anything to sewing an outfit.I have some questions I want to make the wool leather dress shown and I need to purchase a sewing machine. l looked at your recommendations and was going to get the brother cs6000i machine. is it going to handle this type of fabric needed to make this dress

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  54. I also looked at the brother 1034d 3/4 lay in thread serger and wondered is this too much for me to start off with. and the wool and leather dress that I was referring to was from pattern b5947

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  55. Love, love, love this outfit. Where did you get the belt from?

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  56. Hello Mimi, Love the look, can you tell me how many yard of the wool and leather did you buy in order to achieve this look?

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  57. I loved this so much I HAD to make my own version from a NL pattern. Hopefully I find some red wool soon so I can make another.

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  58. Absolutely Fab! Do you sell any of the outfits you create?

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  59. looking so beautiful in leather dress.

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  60. Hello. Where did you get the belt from?

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Thank you for taking time to comment ;-)

xoxo
mimi g.