M7596 Pattern Review!

Hello, everyone! Happy Wednesday! I want to apologize for my inactivity. I was recently in a car accident and needed some time to recover. I’m doing well though. So with all that being said, I feel like my “coming back to the blog” should be a pattern review!


So I’ve searched far and wide for a kaftan dress pattern. I was so glad McCall’s released this dress pattern. I snagged it during the $2.99 sale on their website. My plan is to make more of these dresses in the future. Since this fabric is so thin, I’m going to use this as a beach cover up. I plan to make more of these dresses with a heavier knit, so it’s not see-through. Take a look at my review and my pictures below!


Pattern: McCall’s 7596

Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting pullover tunic and dresses have shoulder and length variations. B: Contrast upper front.

Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium)

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?: Yes. It was pretty straight forward. On the McCall’s website, it’s listed as average. I only think it’s average because of the shirt design (A).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?: I loved the kaftan style dress. When I noticed this pattern, I knew I had to have it. The only thing I disliked was the darts on the front piece. I feel like I would’ve done without them.

Fabric Used: Lightweight Jersey Knit from The Loft

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?: Yes! I plan to make this dress in every color if possible.

Conclusion: It’s a pretty fast sew up, I believe it took me about 30-45mins to sew. Instead of using my sewing machine, I decided to serge the entire dress (except the darts and facings). This dress is so lightweight and flowy, I’m obsessed with it.


I will be photographed in this dress soon! Hope you all liked my review! If you’ve created this dress with this pattern, please share with me!

My Current Sewing Plans!

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! I know I haven’t done these posts in a while, but I’m getting back into the swing of things! So I just came back from LA and my personal vacation, and I’m ready to sew!!

If you’re anything like me, you always have “sewing plans” but they never actually become plans until later. I’m all over the place, but when I try to plan things, everything kind of falls into place. However, sewing is completely separate. I am, however, creating this plan and sticking to it! So currently these beautiful patterns are on my sewing table!

1.) McCall’s 7634

M7634 | McCall's Patterns

When I first saw this pattern, I screamed! This pattern is to die for! I love the lace up detail and I love the dress option! Im a sucker for sportswear and athleisure, so this pattern was a score!

2.) McCall’s 7621

M7621 | McCall's Patterns

Now this dress I probably could just self-draft it, but it’s always nice to have a simple bodycon dress pattern in your stash. I definitely see a modified version of this dress for my upcoming S/S 18′ collection😉.

3.) McCall’s 7596

M7596 | McCall's Patterns

I am super obsessed with this pattern! I’ve been looking everywhere for the perfect caftan dress pattern, and this is the winner! View D will be the 1st one I make from this pattern. I cannot wait to cut into this bad boy!

4.) Vogue 1548

V1548 | Vogue Patterns

What’s so funny about this pattern is that I would have never picked it out in my 7 years of sewing. However, what sold me on this pattern was the shape and the detachable overlay collar. The detailing on this dress is a winner. This will be my first advanced pattern from Vogue, so when I create this dress, I will definitely blog about it! Im very excited to start this pattern!

5.) Simplicity 8380

Simplicity Pattern 8380 Misses' Knit Dress or Top

Normally patterns like these I don’t get because I don’t care for them. But, when I saw Momma Mimi do a DIY on this dress, I was completely sold. Check out her post here. I have the perfect fabric for this dress and I’m very excited to use it.

So as you all can see, I have quite a lot on my sewing table. Once these garments are made, I will be sure to post a full pattern review. If you all have sewn these pieces already please share your experiences in the comment section.

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Garment District Extravaganza!!!

Hello everyone!! Happy Wednesday! So today’s post is going to be about my trip to the garment/ Fabric district in LA. If you read my recent blog post about the Mimi G Conference, you read that I took a fabric trip on Sunday! As I mentioned, I was planning to do a separate blog post for the garment district because it was so amazing, that it needed its own post!! So this post is very picture-heavy so be prepared! (I do apologize, I did not get all the names of the fabric stores.)

So the 1st fabric store I visited was Michael Levine’s. I picked up about a few pieces of fabric, but my goal was to save money for the rest of the district. Last year, I spent all my time in there, I did not need to do that again. Below are the pictures from Michael Levine’s.













I spent $30 in Michael Levine’s and was throughly pleased with my selections. The prices were amazing, plus our additional 20% off discount for the Mimi G Conference. I always love coming here because of the amazing fabrics!

The next place I went to visit was called the Loft. It’s part of Michael Levine’s. If you’re unfamiliar with the Loft, please get familiar with it! The fabric is $3 a pound!!! Yes you read that right! Here are some pictures below:






In total, I spent about $10 here!!! I got so many different knits and cotton prints, they were super pretty! I did not do as much damage as last year, however I did come back with probably the same amount of fabric lol.

The next place I visited was a fabric place called Natan Fabric Inc. This place had so really cool fabrics. I got some fabrics from there but not a lot because I was on a tight budget. The place had fabric bots inside and outside the store. It was overwhelming but yet, still so amazing. Take a look below at the pictures of this beautiful fabric store.



The next place I visited was my favorite one! ALL THE FABRIC WAS $1.99!!! This place was small, but I still got the fabric I was looking for! I didn’t take a lot of pictures of this store, because I was way too preoccupied looking at the fabric in there! I actually got some really pretty floral prints from here that you’ll see in future DIY posts!



The next place I visited was called Angel Textiles! This place is massive! I didn’t get any fabric from here because I was way too overwhelmed by what was there. In all honesty, I would probably have to spend the whole day in there and actually look at all the fabrics. I absolutely loved it in there!! I wish I had more time to look in there at the choices! Take a look below!:


This next 2 stores was pretty nice as well. I loved their selection. One thing I noticed, is that all fabric stores in the garment district, have different selections. You will not find the same fabrics in each store, which I can appreciate. Some of the prices ranged from .99 to $5, which is still such a great bargain! Take a look at some of the pictures below:



Last but not least! The notions store!! I was walking for blocks and asked so many people where the notions store was and no one knew! I was very irritated (not going to lie). Until, I heard the choir sing!! I finally found the store!!! GOLDEN CUTTING & SEWING SUPPLIES! I am super obsessed with this store. I went last year but couldn’t stay long, so I knew that this was going to be the year I stay and buy somethings! I spent a good $50 total, and I have no regrets! When you all look at these photos, you’ll see why:



Planning on visiting the fabric district? Here are my important tips to make your trip economical and affordable!

  1. Bring a suitcase/luggage for fabric. (It’s always nice to have a suitcase to put your fabric in. While you’re walking around it great for easy traveling purposes.)
  2. Get there early! (The garment district shopping will most likely take all day. Get there early so you can find a good parking space.)
  3. Have a car! (I’ve learned from experience that it’s so much easier to have a car. Having a place to keep your fabrics while you shop is great! Parking was about $5-$10.)
  4. Bring cash! (Most of the fabric stores do not take credit/debit cards. Plus they have ATMs there, but that transaction fee is a BIG NO!)
  5. Everything is negotiable! (While at the notions store, I bought a walking foot that was originally $20. I paid $16 for it. If they like you, they’ll bring the prices down!)

I will be planning another trip to LA real soon. I think LA will become a yearly trip for me🤔.

You all have a great rest of your day! See you all again for another blog post!