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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DIY Moto Joggers

You can choose your favorite Jogger Pattern. For my son, I prefer the Patterns for Pirates Baby Bear Joggers.


Now don’t be intimidated, this hack will only effect your front pattern piece and construction method for the pants will not change.


First get your pattern printed off and then it is time to free style.

Determine your knee line, then decide how large you would like your knee patch (you can see that I chose to have about a 5.5″ inch in length knee patch), but you can decide how big you would like your patch.

***Consider patch placement, if you would like the patch evenly above and below the knee then you will want to make sure your knee patch piece is centered around your knee line.

Full disclosure: my son was asleep so I eyeballed where I wanted the patch. So don’t be afraid to dive in blindly, like me. haha!


Go ahead and slice your front pattern piece into 3. Then cut your fabric (mine is a French Terry from Michael Levine with rayon/spandex for cuffs and waistand), remember to add seam allowance to your new cut lines!

Now I took just my knee patches, drew my preferred stitch lines on the back, in my case I used a .5″ spacing in a cross hatch pattern and then you will top stitch.


Since this pattern is drafted for knits, I went with a triple zig zag stitch (stretch stitch) for the top stitching. You will likely get a little puckering as you sew, it’s okay, just press it every now and again and it will come out just fine.


Note: If your machine wants to “eat” your fabric go ahead and stick a piece of tissue paper under it while sewing to help it feed through and then tear it away when you are done.

Now sew your pieces back together and top stitch, if desired.


AND THAT IS IT. Follow the rest of the pattern instructions! It’s that easy!


I am really happy with the finished look for my big guy’s 6th birthday. (But is he six or 16? Time is moving way too fast!)


I love elastic, athletic style waistband that comes in this pattern.


For more info on this method you can see my Stitch Upon a Time Goldilegs here.


For the deepest discount, I recommend purchasing the P4P Jogger Patterns in the family bundle.

And please join the community and be inspired by all the amazing creations over in the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group.

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Pattern Description: Patterns for Pirates, Baby Bear Joggers: “jogger style with a relaxed looser top and tighter fitted calves…Comes with roll up hem, elastic hem, cuff hem, elastic waistband, yoga waistband, drawstring, slat pockets, and patch pockets! These are drafted for a more stable knit like french terry.”

Pattern sizing: Size 6, my son was right on the high end of a size 5, by measurments and I decided to sew up a size 6 so that he can get longer wear out of them.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? yes, lots of pictures are included in the tutorial.

Fabric used: Stretch French Terry

Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes

Did you alter the pattern in any way? Yes, I altered the front leg piece to add moto patch: INFO HERE

Was there anything you disliked or would change? No, I love this pattern and have used it a few times, my son loves it too. They are some of his favorites.

Would you sew it again? Yes, I’ve already sewn in a few times.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner

Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/2″ (some seams are smaller, but are clearly noted)