Sewn Magazine Feature // Forty ’til 40 //Simplicity 8845 w/ McCall’s 7170

Hello Fall!! Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year.  But because I live in South Florida I don’t always get to experience the true fall season, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dress for the fall season.

Can I tell y’all…….. this denim jacket dress is EVERYTHING!!!  I was going for a look I could wear as a dress or a long jacket/coat.  I wasn’t sure how it would look once everything was finished, but I said heck…I won’t know unless I try so LETS GO……

This is look #23 and I absolutely LOVE it!! I was challenged to complete a denim jacket hack for the Sept/Oct 2019 issue of  Sewn Mag.  My mind immediately went to a dress because I love dresses but I also wanted it to be versatile.  I decided on this sporty look.  I could easily wear sneakers or heels with this jacket/dress.


I used Mimi G  denim jacket pattern along with McCall’s 7170 view B skirt (which may by out of print) to achieve this look.  This was my first time making a denim jacket. Mimi and Norris have great sew-a-long video hosted by Norris Danta Ford for the denim jacket (which I used) and it was AH-MAZING!!!  He was very clear and very easy to follow along with.  This was my first time making a denim jacket and I must say I LOVE IT!!

One of my concerns when making this jacket was the welt pocket.  I have practiced a few times on making a welt pocket and I get discouraged EVERY TIME!!! It always looks wonky when I’m done. This time, I followed Norris’ explanation to a tee and I was ECSTATIC with the results! PERFECTION!!


I will be rocking this jacket/dress a lot!! I’m actually working on Jacket #2.  I highly recommend this pattern and suggest you give it a try!









Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed this look as much as I did.  I can’t wait to see you again.


Much Love and Many Blessings!



Pattern: Simplicity 8845 and McCalls 7170

Fabric: Joann Fabrics

Photo Cred: Luke Ballentine Moment2Remember

5 thoughts on “Sewn Magazine Feature // Forty ’til 40 //Simplicity 8845 w/ McCall’s 7170

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  1. I really like what you did what with these two patterns. That welt pocket is perfection! I’m pretty short & don’t think I could pull off this longer shirt version, but you’ve inspired me to think about adding a shorter peplum to the denim jacket. Nothing like a good denim jacket! Love yours! Nice job!


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