Simplicity 8177 -Mimi G Spring Faux Suede Vest

Happy Saturday 
So I’ve been working to organize my sewing space, and get my fabric stash organized,. I had step back from sewing just to get better organized. While organizing my fabric I came across a container of lightweight faux suede, and I immediately thought of this pattern. The fabric is light weight enough to be worn in the spring and the summer I believe. It is however so light that working with it was a little annoying because it wrinkled very easy. 
I wasn’t sure if I would make the vest or jacket, so I cut out both facing for the vest,and the sleeves. I ended up going with the vest, because my sleeves wasn’t lining up correctly, or I thought they weren’t after watching the video, I realized they would have been fine. But I had already attached the facing for the vest.
I really love how this vest looks, the instructions and watching the video, for me does not go hand in hand, so I think you have to choose one or the other. I got a little confused with the vent of the vest, and in the video it doesn’t show how its done. So I had to skip it and come back to it. Actually I was in Joann’s one evening and a lady in front of me, had on a coat with a vent, like this pattern. And I snapped a picture, thinking this is what its suppose to look like. I shall figure this out.
Eventually I did figure it out I think.
This is my second Mimi G for Simplicity pattern I have attempted. I have purchased mostly all of them, but this is only the second one I have attempted. The first one, didn’t go so well. It is under the fail project list. I will figure out a way to save the project because I really liked the print.
Although I do like Mimi G patterns for Simplicity, I cringe most of the time because of my measurements I end up having to buy two patterns. Mimi G patterns tend to cover larger sizes which is a plus for sewers. But it puts me in both pattern envelopes. Usually I purchase a 16-24 pattern from the big 4. This pattern comes 10-18 and then 20W-28W
I range from a 16-18 top and normally a 20-24 bottom. The hips don’t lie. I’m not really good with grading patterns yet, so I tend to purchase patterns I can grade from top to waist to hips, out of the one pattern. 
What I did with this pattern was cut the 18, and at the hips used the other pattern piece and graded some what, to a 24W. I paper fitted the 18, but the back piece I felt I needed more room, it didn’t touch my center back. I think I need to figure out the best way to grade patterns to make working with her patterns easier. From waist to hips I have roughly 12 inch difference. 
The pattern is a very easy sew I think, the back vent was a first for me, so it took a little while to grasp that concept. This is a fairly quick project that can be completed and I think people will love it

Simplicity 8177 View E Front

Simplicity 8177 View E pockets 

Simplicity 8177 View E 

Side Dart & Flap

Simplicity 8177 

View E back View with Vent

Simplicity 8177 View E Vent

Simplicity 8177 View E 


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  1. April 8, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Cute! And what a fun color!!

  2. April 8, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    It's a beautiful vest. Love the color. For the pattern grading have you ever thought of laying the two pieces on top of each other. The larger piece on the bottom, add the smaller piece on top of that one. Then a piece of tracing paper over them and trace the pattern size you need that way? You would get the smaller size on the top, the larger size on the bottom and you could see how to ease the two sizes together easier.

  3. April 9, 2017 / 2:00 am

    Thanks I will try that technique

  4. April 9, 2017 / 2:37 am

    Love the color! I've always wanted a long vest, may have to try this one out!

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