Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY Dress: Pattern Review McCalls 6553

Happy Monday!

Today was a chance to wear the latest dress I made using M6553, It is a super comfy dress to wear and so cute!

Here is my result!

Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting, pullover dress has princess seams, self-lined yoke back, side openings for self belt, back pleats/ neck slit with button/thread loop closing, and shaped hemline.

Pattern Sizing: I cut the 6 

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were pretty simple but if I make it again I will use RTW construction methods because she of the steps can be done better. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was curious to see how the dress looked made up aside from the photo of the model on the envelope so I went ahead an made it and love it, it is so comfy and cute and the shaped hemline is really nice. 

Fabric Used: I used a dress weight red gabardine 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any but if I make it again I will remove the pleat in the back because I didn't like it after I made it and will replace it with gathers. 

Would you sew it again? I might in a jersey for a casual look. 

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!

I love the way it looks from the side!
Various Jewelry, Cat Eye Sunnies, Essie Polish "Trophy Wife" lol!

I am going to change the yoke method on this pattern if I make it again, I also hate the pleat and would rather it have gathers.

mimi g.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hello's, Updates, Randomness, Orders...

Happy Sunday

I can't wait to get dressed tomorrow so I can show you my latest DIY Dress from a new McCalls pattern!

mimi g.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

UPDATE! New Color Options + Still Taking Orders

Happy Saturday! Still Taking Orders

I suck at saying NO, LOL and the 20 orders were filled before I went to bed last night so THANK YOU but many of you didn't get to place your order in time so I have decided to TAKE MORE ORDERS until Friday. I have added NEW color options and the orange and sky blue are no longer available.

Click title for details and read; ALL your questions are answered there.

red, teal, yellow, black

mimi g.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Announcement! Taking Orders

Im Taking Orders on the Maxi w/ Sash!
Click title for details and read ALL your questions are answered there.

I took my maxi to lunch today...

Now Taking Orders ;-) Click Here For Full Details and Ordering Info

mimi g.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

THE WINNER IS.........


Angie AKA Ary's Mom

email me your info darling :-)

Thank you all who participated and thank you for the heads up on random.org who picked a winner for me. I hope to do this more often! and I am working with a machine reseller in hopes of them hosting a giveaway...fingers crossed!

mimi g.

Maxi Dress TUTORIAL!!!

Here it is!! 

Printable Instructions Click HERE

Sorry for the crappy pics, but by the time I finished the lighting was terrible and I was exhausted, lol

OMG! I hate those tan lines, must go fix this asap, LOL!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What I Wore + Dropping Knowledge, LOL

Happy Hump Day!

Tomorrow is the big day, wooohooo!! LOL and I can't wait to pick a winner ;-) you guys are so great!
I want to let you know that tonight as soon as I get home from work I will edit the tutorial and post it, let us pray that the Internet upload speed gods are with me..LOL

What I Wore

I had this cute little skirt number all set for today and then I saw the weather and we are scheduled for a storm :-/ what in the world is going on in Cali! so I switched into my jeans and wrap. I made this wrap several weeks ago and wore it here and the jeans I picked up ages ago at Forever 21. I needed a pop of color today since it was dark and gloomy so I pulled out one of my favorite bags by Kate Spade, she has the greatest bag colors and the size of this bag is perfect, just big enough but not too big where I have to search endlessly like Mary Poppins in search of my keys ;-)

 BTW, Did you guys know that Kate Spade was the Senior Fashion Editor and Head of Accessories at Mademoiselle Magazine before she left to start her own company in 1991? she is truly one of my favorites! Kate really understands what women want in handbags and accessories and I really love her whimsical RTW collections too; they have a young, colorful and vibrant look about them and yet manage to be classic and elegant and very feminine which I love. I am dying for this Kate Spade Cardi!

Hope you have a bright and sunny day today ;-)

mimi g.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Todays Vlog + What I Wore

HI!! This video is a long one, LOL but I had so much to catch up on ;-)

What I Wore...
I am a huge fan of Zara and their blazers, pants, shoes, everything, lol I picked up my blazer a few weeks ago and love it! The forever 21 jeans are one of my favorites because of the wide bell bottom and I can always find great jeans at F21. I just picked up about 10 different tanks/t's from the GAP, I <3 Gap!

Zara Blazer, F21 Jeans, Gap Tank 

Necklace from NY& Co., Clutch Big Buddha

 What I Wore...Yesterday
Yesterday was a busy day and I needed comfort!
I gotta tell you every time I go to H&M I leave happy, lol they have really great stuff and it's a great place to find trendy items for your wardrobe. The denim jacket I have on is from American Eagle which is another place I frequent for great jeans and tops!

Dress H&M, Sketchers Sneakers, Coach Bag, American Eagle Denim Jacket

 Fabric Info

Many of you have asked where to find a print similar to the one I used in the pic above and my dear friend @ High End Fabrics just sent me several yards of this fabric which is pretty close (color wise) to my original print, it is gorgeous in person and has such a great hand; it is a Tencel Gabardine Woven Fabric. Here is his link ;-) 

Also, if you are ever looking for the best most fabulous fabrics make sure to visit www.gorgeousfabrics.com they carry an amazing assortment of fabrics and great prints/knits too. I can personally vouch for the quality and beauty of their fabrics.

Remember when I said I went fabric shopping? LOL here is my haul ;-)

mimi g.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sewing Machine GIVEAWAY!!!!

Happy Sunday!!!

To celebrate my return home (I'm so dramatic, lol) I have decided that I need to stop hoarding sewing machines, it's a serious problem for me so because I just bought a new machine for myself and one for a friends daughter I decided that I would continue the charity! I would be feel so much better about my new purchase if I gifted my old machine to one of you fabulous followers!!

Let me tell you about her ;-) This is Janome Sew Precise, she has been with me for several years and has been a great machine! She is of course slightly worn as I have used her a lot but she is in great condition and sews like a dream. Continue reading for the giveaway rules.....
 I will be including a dvd of myself showing the new owner how to thread the machine and its features. If you want a chance at winning my own personal sewing machine this is what you must do:

1. Leave a comment (you must leave a name)
2. Twitter this post and add the following #mimigstyle (make sure to mention @mimigstyle)
3. Share the post/images on Pinterest or Facebook (whichever you have or both)
4. Wait patiently until Thursday to find out if you won!

Good Luck!

mimi g.

Friday, April 20, 2012

IM BACK!! Woot Woot!


OMG I have missed you guys but I am back and took today to rest up, I was BEAT. We drove home through the desert yesterday and I got so sunburned so bad it looked like someone had lit me on fire, LOL

Here are the last few pics from Vegas and what I did there and I will share some video of it during the next few posts but I wanted and needed to check in with you guys. I will be back to the regular scheduled program this weekend, lol and will be posting as usual. Thanks for all the emails, well wishes and comments and I will need to do a 3 part video Q&A/Shout outs to cover them all.

Vegas 2012

me at work, lol

I look good behind that camera, LOL

 My booth entertainment, they were so great and Ill share video over the next few days! love them!!
Left to right: Sebastian, Joel, Jasmin, Me, Andrew, Tisto and Jordan in the middle.
my daughter worked the show this year, aint she cute!
The dancers ;-)

The long ass drive home! there was literally nothing in death valley except a gas station with a good ol' "cathouse" gotta love Nevada, LOL

The first thing I did today after sleeping in was go eat with the hubby, that food was amazing! I don't EVEN want to know how many calories I consumed, LOL the pic of the hubby after eating cracks me up!

Then we headed down to the fashion district for some fabric shopping therapy, I bought a lot of fabric! which I will share over the next few days. 

This is Pilar, she is the only person I let cut for me when I am at Michael Levins, she is so great and funny and has been cutting my fabric for at least 8 years. No matter how many people are waiting to get fabric cut she always leaves and comes to take care of me, LOVE her!

mimi g.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Todays Vlog: Vegas Update

Goodnite! LOL

This is my ULTRA casual, I don't give a damn cuz I'm too tired to care look, don't ya love it? LOL!!! The pics on the right are of my favorite place at the Bellagio hotel, its like a little fantasy garden and I adore the hanging umbrellas ;-) The Bellagio also has this little coffee shop that has the most amazing cheese danish ever, I will post a pic when I make my way over there in the next day or so.

Im off to bed my darlings! 

mimi g.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Todays Vlog 4.12 + What I Wore


What I Wore
Zara Blazer Which I freakin LOVE!! I was going to knock it off but I could not find the right fabric for it so instead I bought it.

MK Bag, MK Heels

 Michael Kors Heel Sandals
NYX Polish "Between Mauve & Purple"

mimi g.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Life's Little Randoms


This is kind of a phone dump, lol so i thought I would share the pics.

Umami Burger....Yum!
The hub's and I went to Umami Burger yesterday and can I say it was delicious! We ordered the Truffle Burger and the Manly Burger which had fried string onions and Bacon chunks! so good, if you've never been and are in LA you should visit.

12159 Ventura Blvd.
Studio CityCA 91604

Next Up, Ruth's Chris

Last Thursday we went to dinner @ Ruth's Chris in Beverly Hills, I was going to show you all the food but we scarfed down the starters so fast I forgot, LOL so you get a pic of empty plates. I ordered the Rib eye which was accompanied by asparagus and a crab cake covered in this awesome sauce!

These are just some tulips the hub's left by my nightstand the other day, so pretty! ^_^

mimi g.

What I Wore + It's Raining Again!

Ugh! I am so tired of this California weather, it was in the 80's Monday and now its in the low 60's and raining on and off all day, then the sun comes out and tricks you, giving you hope of a clear day....SMH

Get it together Cali!

Gap Sweater, F21 Jeans, Steve Madden Boots

mimi g.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Knock Off + Tut While Im At It?


I saw this maxi dress on net-a-porter and I love it! so I am going to make myself one, I figured while I do that I can turn it into another tutorial since it's such an easy dress it would be a great beginner tutorial. Yay?

mimi g.

Todays Vlog + What I Wore


What I Wore

Knitted Top @ F21, Jeans @ F21

MK Bag, Jessica Simpson Pumps, Tory Burch Turn Lock Bracelet, MK Watch, Buckle Bracelet + Ring, Flower Ring (old) F21 & Cat Eye Sunnies (Eyeglass Kiosk)

mimi g.

Monday, April 9, 2012

What I Wore | Pastel Love

Good Morning! I am so happy that you guys have already started responding to the maxi tut! This is what I wore today ;-)

Sweater and Pants @ F21, Shoes @ Steve Madden

Necklace @ F21, Mint Bracelet @ F21, Buckle Bracelet + Ring @ Michael Kors, Watch @ Michael Kors, Crystal Bracelet @ BCBG

Bag @ Michael Kors, Sunnies @ F21, Polish: Wet & Wild "I Need a Refresh-Mint"

mimi g.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

DIY Tutorial: Maxi Skirt! Start to Finish Video

Yay! I got it done. This was the strangest day and nothing wanted to work right, LOL but alas here is the video and instructions if you want to print them out.

Maxi Skirt also doubles as a Dress!

Video Tutorial


mimi g.