Mimi G Style+ Simplicity 1283 Review : DIY Ponte Pants

I bought Simplicity 1283 when it was first released (back in ’14?) and by the time I got to making it, my measurements said I needed to move up to the larger packet size! haha! Lesson learned, sew patterns when you get them! Anyway, the fit on Mimi is definitely why I purchased the pattern (both times).

I determined my size using the pattern chart. My measurements are: 33″ High Waist and 41″ hips. I cut a size 18 out of Ponte knit fabric. I found the youtube sew-a-long very helpful and did not use the pattern instructions at all.

Initially, I used a basting stitch to roughly put the pants together. I had already started the fit process on my left leg when I snapped this picture:

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I found the fit through the legs to be over all too large, compared to the envelope picture. As I have both size range envelopes, I decided to compare the patterns. The larger sizes seem to be graded with a less extreme curve through the knee. I’m guessing this has something to do with standard sizing, but it does explain why I had more of a straight leg look.

Next time I am going to use a more structured knit. I don’t like how it drapes below the knee in the front.

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In the end, I was very happy with this pattern and will sew it again. I did take it in quite a bit (also in the darts, and waistband), I think I can size down with success. I do expect to need to fit patterns for my unique body and am happy that the only changes needed were slimming it down.

Don’t forget this is a HIGH waist pattern. Personally, I love it, but I will likely take it down another half inch in the rise next time.

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Final result:






Pattern Description: Mimi G Style + Simplicity 1283
Pattern sizing: choose envelope: 6-14 or 16-24.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? I followed the YouTube sew-a-long
Fabric used: Ponte
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes
Did you alter the pattern in any way? Yes. I moved the rear zip to a side zip, just because it is my preference. I am 5′-2 and took my standard height adjustment out of the rise and I shortened about an inch in the thigh. (I left the rest long to account for 5″ heels). I took in from hips to knee significantly to achieve the look of the pattern cover.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? I only wish there wasn’t quite so much ease, but this is an issue for me with most patterns (be they paper or .pdf)
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner to Intermediate
Pants: Do the front and back have separate rises? Yes
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 5/8″

Here is how I am styling them in my everyday life. haha!

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Little Black Ballet Top

Even though the Patterns for Pirates  Wiggle Dress is a total bombshell as a full length gown, it also makes a great basic as well…but pictures speak louder than words.


The Wiggle Dress PDF Pattern  makes an excellent basic ballet top. Ballet, like classical music, is just NEVER going to go out of style.  And since my love for black Cotton-Lycra runs deep (even though it is not a recommended fabric for this pattern) I decided to give it a try.


The results are everything I was hoping for. A great basic, something quick and easy to grab out of the closet.


If you remember the Wiggle is a lightening fast sew, so when we decided to run out on a family shopping trip and I didn’t feel like digging through laundry. I opted to see how quickly I could make a Wiggle Top. The answer was: 40 minutes.

Which actually was a lot longer than it should have taken. All 3 of my babes were interupting so that I could help them get ready, I had to change thread color on my serger and coverstitch (that’s reathreading 7 spools of thread), and I had to unpick the neckline and re-do it a little.


All-in-all, I think this could easily be a 20 minute top if you want to have a race sometime. haha!

And it lends itself well to being dressed up or dressed down. This weekend, I styled it with this skirt…just in case someone didn’t know I was ballet inspired. (Sorry, I forgot to snap a pic of the wiggle plus this one.)


For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I used XL graded to L in the hips (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–5″. My large stash of black cotton lycra was picked up at one of my favorite spots in the Fashion District in Downtown LA.  (tips for navigating the district and favorite stops along the way


Hurry time is running out on the Wiggle release festivities, view photos of all the options available, checkout the mods, that will give you even more options (and snag the pattern at a discount before you have to pay full price) at Patterns for Pirates

Want to know more about those moto pants? Check them out on my IG @clothed.in.vermillion!

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