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!


What’s On My Sewing Table?

Hello loves! Happy Saturday (:

So today is a day full of wonderful sewing projects. I just recently went back to college to finish out my senior year, which means little time for sewing. As I was settling into my new room, I stumbled upon my new and old patterns. I need to get back on my grind and get to sewing. I was so inspired just by my pattern collection lol. Am I the only seamstress that does that? Gets inspired by her pattern collection?? Lol, any who let’s get started with sewing what’s on my sewing table?



M7443: Misses Tunic & Pants

The first pattern on my table today is this beautiful Beaute J’Adore pattern. i am thinking about transforming this top into something that is more of a Fall look. I cannot wait to start this one. Isn’t it such a beautiful design?






simplicity-sportswear-pattern-8177-envelope-frontS8177: Pants, Coat or Vest, and Knit Top for Miss and Plus Sizes

Okay so this is clearly a no-brainer. Anything that’s Mimi’s I am clearly going to get regardless. So first off, I love the duster. Dusters are a must have piece for the fall/winter seasons. I feel like they can be worn every single fall season. It’s a great transitional piece. Next off, who doesn’t love a good flare?? I feel like these pants are just amazing! The only thing I don’t like about the pants is the extra piece on the waist. I don’t know, I’m just not feeling it. But other than that, this is a great pattern. I have the perfect mustard fabric for the pants though. Super excited.


S8222: Misses Knit Jacket & Stretch Jeans

Okay this is a no-brianer as well. I love love love this bomber she designed. The one thing that stood out to me is the detailing behind this bomber. I would definitely say that this is not a beginner pattern. But if your adventurous and up for a challenge, by all means go for it. It’s perfect for the fall I must say. And those jeans!! I mean seriously?? talk about a perfect fit right? Once I get started on these jeans, I will not buy another pair of jeans okay?



So far, that’s all what is on my table today. I am in the process of finishing my F/W 16′ Xposure Collection for the show, so I have a lot of work to do. Now that you know what’s on my future to-do list, share some of yours. What’s on your sewing table for this weekend?


New Pattern Pickups! +Future Project!

Hello Loves!

I just came from Hancock Fabrics yesterday to turn in my re-hire application for the summer and I forgot that this particular day, the simplicity patterns were $1.99! Amazing wasn’t even the word to describe it! So I went crazy and bought $23 worth of patterns (don’t judge). Some of them aren’t listed because it was a lot! But onto the new goodies! To start off, lets talk kimonos!


This kimono pattern was everything I needed to make a cocoon style one. View A + B are cocoon style which I love! The suggested fabrics for this any type of lightweight linens, crepe back satins, crepe de chine, jersey, and silky types. All these fabric types are perfect for the spring + summer. It also has the option to make the contrast bands a different color or fabric of your choice. I love the fact that I can literally make this in any type of lightweight flowy fabric. This pattern has a total of 13 pieces. The great thing about this pattern is that the size is XXS-XXL! Which I prefer sooo much and easier to work with in my opinion. (Sometimes I don’t feel like measuring myself lol).

Now! Of course, I had to pick up a Mimi G pattern!


First off! I needed a floor length maxi dress + Mimi G has blessed me with this pattern. As usual, she has a step-by-steep video tutorial on youtube (: (just type in the pattern number along with the brand and boom! There she is with the wonderful tutorial! The suggested fabrics for this pattern are crepe de chine, silky types, satin, stretch wovens, crepe, challis, and charmeuse. All these fabrics are not too challenging to work with. If you are new to sewing, I would suggest watching her video and instead of buying the fabric you want to use to make it, buy muslin fabric. Muslin is a great fabric that designers use to make practice designs. It can be pricey sometimes, but always go for the cheaper ones. It literally makes no difference. Once you feel comfortable with how the muslin design looks, than go right ahead and jump into you fashion fabric. (This saves from wasting money on buying fabric and you mess them up).

Some of the other patterns I got:


My first future project will be pattern Simplicity 1159 with an alteration! Instead of the maxi dress, I will be making just the skirt! (; So stay tuned for that lovely project. It will be epic! Follow me on IG for the upcoming fabric and finished look! @_neeshavalore + @_nsv


-Dyneesha B