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Mimi G Style Conference – What I Wore

Hello everyone!  This past weekend I attended the Mimi G Style 2016 Sewing Conference.  It was beyond amazing, and I’m still in a daze from the awesomeness of it all.  It was a magical weekend that I’ll never forget.  I am part of Mimi’s private facebook group, so over the past year I’ve developed online friendships with the other sew sisters in the group.  We talk sewing, share our projects, ask questions, share information, support and encourage each other.  It is a drama-free group, which appeals to my personality, and the moderators run the group with class and dignity.  There is a strong bond within the group and a sisterhood that I’m very proud to be part of.  So I couldn’t wait to meet my sisters in person.  Here I am with Mimi!  She’s such an awesome lady!  Hard working, genuine, fun, TALENTED, generous, smart, and cute, cute, CUTE!  I just love this girl!

with mimi

From the moment I laid eyes on the first sew sister on Friday afternoon, until I walked out to my car to return home on Sunday afternoon, it was shear bliss. When we saw each other we screamed, ran, laughed, hugged, held hands and all those things that happen when you finally get to meet someone you care about, for the first time.

On Friday night there was a fashion show, where some of the sisters modeled outfits they made using Mimi G Simplicity patterns and her DIY tutorials.  Four winners were chosen and the grand prize was a Babylock Serger.  The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners received cash prizes.  Congratulations to all the winners and participants for a job well done.  The fashion show was a BLAST!  The ladies did a wonderful job with their outfits, and we all cheered them on as they walked the runway.

On Saturday, we attended three different class sessions.  We learned about pattern alterations, different finishes used to create garments that look good on the inside, and Mimi taught us how to make a skirt sloper.  Then on Sunday we were blessed with even more information in the morning session, where we learned about branding, budgeting, and legal protection for business owners.

After the Sunday morning session, we were all transported by bus to Michael Levine’s Fabric Store in Downtown Los Angeles for a shopping trip.  We shopped and shopped, and shopped some more.  Michael Levine’s provided lunch for us, which I never made it to because I was too busy shopping.  Who needs to eat when you’re surrounded by fabric heaven, right?  Since I live in the area I didn’t have to do much shopping because I can visit anytime, but you would have thought this was my first time there.  I just wanted to shop with the sisters, that’s all.

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

When we returned to the hotel after shopping, Mimi held a drawing to give away some awesome gifts that her sponsors donated.  The grand prize was another serger from Babylock!  Then we all said our goodbyes, and it was over.  None of us wanted it to end, but we parted saying, “Until next year!”

What I Wore

I wanted to dress up for the fashion show, so I purchased my fabric to make a gorgeous dress, but waited until the last minute to start.  In the meantime I was working on this cute 2-piece for about a week and finished it about 3 days before the conference.  I have this thing about starting new projects before finishing what I’m working on.  I don’t like doing that, even in this case, so I HAD to finish this outfit before starting what was to be my fashion show attire.  After trying it on, I decided to wear it instead, because I just didn’t have time to make another outfit.  I absolutely love this one, and the best part is I already had the pattern and fabric in my stash.  I’m a really big fan of Cynthia Rowley’s designs, and this is my first time sewing a peplum top.  I was not too fond of peplums before because I didn’t think they would look flattering on my body.  I was wrong!  I think it looks great, and I can actually see something like this on the racks at Nordstrom, Dilliard’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, or similar department stores.  My favorite part of this top is the squared off front v-neckline.  I also love the contrasting bias binding at the hem of both pieces.  I think it gives a high-end, designer look.  The top is partially lined, which adds to the quality of the garment.  I accessorized with my pearls to glam it up.   I wasn’t sure which pair of shoes to wear with it at first, off-white or mustard, so I tried it on with both.  I ended up wearing the off-white shoes to the fashion show.  My son liked the mustard shoes better, so I posted a picture of those with the dress at the end of the post.  In the end, this outfit made me feel glamorous and it was a comfortable wear.

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Create the Look

    • Pattern = Simplicity 1104 by Cynthia Rowley (Views B & C)
    • Main Fabric = Printed Medium Weight Knit (from my stash) = I don’t remember where I purchased it from.
    • Bias Binding = Solid Medium Weight Knit (from my stash)

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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!


Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

Mimi G Style 2016 Conference - What I Wore

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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 66 Comments

  1. Sheila

    The outfit is sharp. I love your style in patterns. The clothes you make from the patterns you choose is awesome. I have been searching for a Peplum top for the longest. I could never find one I like. Now, you just posted not only a pattern with the top but the skirt to. I am going to get this pattern, and make the outfit. Thank you Anita. I am enjoying my new Serger.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Sheila! Don’ you just love this peplum! The cut on the neckline is just too cute. Thanks so much for your compliments and enjoy sewing your peplum. Yes, I love my serger too.

  2. Rae

    Hi, I just discovered you on YouTube! wow! Thank you for going slow and showing detail. I sure need it…do you have a tutorial that details how to put in a zipper on a dress…that is my challenge. Also the fabric you have with the white edge, I have the same in a shift dress. I love it!! I was supper excited to see someone else with it.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Rae! I don’t have a separate video for installing zippers but I will soon. Stay tuned!

  3. Ursula

    Glad that you had a wonderful time and thank you for sharing the event. You look very pretty and your outfit is awesome.

  4. Kathryn M

    Sounds like a great time. Love the outfits.

  5. Jackie M.

    Absolutely stunning! Agree with your son about the shoes! Thanks so much for sharing your gift.

  6. Chaka

    The pictures don’t do this outfit any justice. It was gorgeous in person. It was so nice meeting you. I was the one who told you I prayed for your son. God definitely shines through you. You have such a warm and inviting personality.

    1. Anita Morris

      Ooooh Chaka! Yes, yes, I remember you!!! I wanted to just melt when you told me you prayed for my son. Thank you again, so much! That means more to me than anything! I really appreciate you, my sister. I hope I get to see you again next year.

  7. dorothy

    Omg girl! I loooooove this outfit. I have this pattern as well and have been dying to try it. I’m still in the newbie category because I that haven’t sewn many items as of yet. It would be awesome if you could do a tutorial on that top. I am also going to make sure that me and my mini don’t miss next year. Thanks for sharing sew sister.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Dorothy! Thank you! That’s so awesome that you’re taking your daughter to conference next year. There was a 10 year old there this year, and she was amazing. It was so nice to see her among the women, learning her craft.

  8. Teresa

    Sista you are absolutely stunning!

  9. Mirline K

    Good Day Anita – awesome work on that outfit. I agree with the son – I to like the mustered shoes but they both look great either way 🙂 God willing, I hope to make to the conference to meet both of you talented women and by than I hope that my sewing skills are advance enough to rock my own outfit!! Peace!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Mirline! Thank you so much! I sure hope you can make it next year, because it’s an experience you’ll really appreciate! Keep sewing and you will get better by the project. Peace!

  10. Sherry


    With your talents, many doors of opportunities are going to open for you my sister. It won’t be long before you will be sharing with us that one or two or all of the major pattern companies are going to want to work with you and you will be hosting your own sewing conferences and conventions.

    I see you in the future and you look better. God is up to something, so get ready for the shift.

    I hope to make it to the conference next year and to meet you.

    Be blessed my sister.

    1. Anita Morris

      Wow, Sherry! Thank you for the blessing, and I receive whatever God has for me.

      I hope you make it to the conference next year also. I would love to meet you.

      You be blessed too!

  11. Florence

    Stunning as always. I didn’t attend but watched the fashion show via Periscope. I saw you in the crowd when Mimi pointed to you and asked why weren’t you in the show. I wondered the same. I was hoping you would show this outfit on your blog. Thank you for sharing your gift with us via your tutorials. May God continue to bless you and all of your endeavors.

    1. Anita Morris

      LOL! Mimi called me out! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the tutorials. I receive the blessing and send one right back to you, my sister.

  12. Tiffany

    I didn’t get to meet you at the conference but just wanted to let you know that I am a HUGE fan!! You are as eloquent and gorgeous in person as in every one of your fantastic posts. Looking forward to what’s to come from you and can’t wait to see you at next year’s conference!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Shoot, Tiffany, I wish I could have met you. Thank you so much! We must make contact next year.

  13. pam

    Absolutely beautiful – you do impeccable work. I love your print.

  14. Karen

    Anita, WOW, I didn’t see this one at the conference!
    Simply stunning and the binding trim was genius!
    Really elevates the look into a “high end designer” look!
    You look amazing in this outfit! I can’t wait until we meet again next year!
    It was fun shopping with you at Michael Levine’s,
    Holding each other’s place in the cutting table line so we could shop and wait in line at the same time!!!
    How smart were we??!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Karrrreeeeennnnn!!!! Hi, my beautiful new sew sister! It was so nice to meet you! You are such a classy lady. I washed all my fabric and was telling my husband how I asked you to pass that gorgeous bamboo knit to me after you got your cut from the bolt. OMGosh, I can’t wait to make something gorgeous with it. Yes, we were pretty smart ladies in ML. Have a great evening!

  15. Cleopatra Allen

    Lady Anita,

    You look absolutely stunning and most awesomely gorgeous! I too love your style. The minute I saw you on patternreview, I she has presence! Keep your Godly presence!

    1. Anita Morris

      Cleopatra, thank you so much! Yes, ma’am, keeping Him lifted up.

  16. Bethel

    Lovely lady and lovely outfit. It was a pleasure meeting you in person. Blessings to you.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Bethel! It was nice meeting you too. It was the best weekend!

  17. roxanne

    Love the outfit! It is very chic but looks comfortable. I hope to one day make it to the Mimi G conference, one of these days. 🙂

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Roxanne! I’m hoping you’ll be able to attend in the future. You’ll love it!

  18. Arlita

    Love this outfit!!! Both shoes are cutr but I believe you chose the right color…awesome job!! My plans are to be at the conference next year, I love Mimi G!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Arlita! I will look forward to meeting you at the conference next year. I love her too!

  19. Paulette dowdie

    OMG! This is what happens when you are in the fashion show… You miss seeing your favorite inspiration’s outfit! I LOVE IT!!… Gorgeous!!!!…. I have this pattern as well, and can’t wait to make it now!….. And yes, we had the time of our lives at the conference! It far exceeded ALL my expectations!… Such great fellowship with my fellow sew sisters. One of the highlights, was finally meeting you!! It was surreal….. Can’t wait to do it again next year..

    1. Anita Morris

      Paulette, my beautiful sister! Ooooh, I had the time of my life hanging out with you! I want to relive the entire weekend because it was so wonderful. I can’t WAIT to see you again next year. You looked great in the fashion show and did a wonderful job on the runway. I’m glad you did it!

  20. Tasha

    Beautiful! Did you raise the neckline or is that it’s normal depth?

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Tasha! I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern. This is how it turned out. I was a bit concerned that it would be too low but I’m pleased with the outcome. It looks lower on the model on the envelope.

  21. Brittany Jones

    Ms. Anita it was so amazing meeting you!! You have such beautiful spirit! And I can’t wait to meet you again next year!!! Your outfit was gorgeous too!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Brittany! It was my pleasure to meet you too. Thank you so much!

  22. Shawn

    Thanks for sharing. Prayerfully I can make it one year. I’m apart of the group as well. You outfit was superb!!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Shawn! Yes, I pray that you will be able to make it also.

  23. Elizabeth

    Love the trim beautiful outfit

  24. Yvette

    Anita, you did it again! That is so beautiful and very flattering on you! I love the mustard shoes as well but the ones you wore really completes the outfit. It gives the outfit a more continuous flow. Keep up the fabulous work!

  25. Monica

    Beautiful!!!!! I saw your beautiful face at the fashion show on Periscope.

  26. Marilyn

    Beyond stunning! You are the total package…talent, beauty, and class. With the help of your superb tutorials, I hope to one day become a fraction of the seamstress you are. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Marilyn! You’re making me blush now! Thank you so much!

  27. Ann P

    great outfit I like the mustard shoes

  28. Laurie

    You are so beautiful and yes, that style is awesome on you!

  29. Sherry

    Hi Anita.

    As always, you look beautiful, chic and very classy. I love, love, love your style. Hope you are enjoying your down time and I can’t wait for your next tutorials and sewing lessons.
    Be blessed my sister.

    P.S. – your make-up and hair are always on point. : )

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Sherry! Thank you so much sister!

  30. Lillian Burns

    Lovely outfit!

  31. Darlene

    Gorgeous outfit!! It sounds like you had a great time at the conference. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  32. Angela Hill

    Love, Love the outfit it really looks good, one day I hope to go to the Mimi G conference.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Angela! I hope you will be able to go also. You will LOVE it!

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