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A couple of weeks ago while
on Facebook, I came across a
page that caught my attention.
I'm not usually intrigued by
fashion but interestingly
enough, that particular page
I remember logging out still
fascinated and wanting to
know more about the unique
designs but more importantly,
the creative owner behind the
A few days later, I decided to message her, and
said that I was particularly interested in featuring
her in our magazine. Sure enough, she responded
and granted me the opportunity to connect with her
personally despite our distance.
Mimi Goodwin, known to her forty thousand-plus
followers as Mimi G, is the editor and creator of
Fashion, Style and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Blog called
Mimi G Style.
Based in Los Angeles California, this 36 year old is
a mother, wife, self-taught seamstress and blogger
who sews mostly everything you see on her site by
drafting or draping her own patterns, which she
Her large and loyal following are people who
share the same enthusiasm for creating. They in-
clude those checking-in to learn everything from
styling and fashion tips, sewing and DIY projects to
finding out what Mimi wore on her "Daily Look"
To the world, she is confident, sexy and fashion
forward, but Mimi simply describes herself as pas-
sionate, a little obsessive compulsive and shy.
She recalls that she began sewing at age 12 after
becoming fascinated watching her aunt- a bridal
gown designer, work.
It was here that Mimi would spend hours watch-
ing her work and slowly started to teach herself how
to sew and over time, trial and error, she became
pretty good at it.
What merely began as a hobby then, soon devel-
oped to become her full time job.
"I started the blog about seven years ago as a
way to track what I was making for myself and then
it turned into a full time job and the rest is history,"
"The blog is a way of sharing all the things I love. I
get to share my style, fashion finds, styling tips and
sewing all in one place.
"It is the best kind of work you could possibly do,
work and pleasure at the same time."
Her decision to combine the two allowed her the
opportunity of being nominated by InStyle Maga-
zine for their Social Media Awards for the Best
Shopping Inspiration; a title she won.
"My fans motivate me. Every time I feel like what
I am doing is silly or nobody cares about what I wore
or made, I get comments and emails from women
around the world sharing how inspired they are by
my blog and motivated to start a new hobby and
that makes me feel great." Mimi says.
Typically, Mimi spends a good forty to fifty hours
a week on sewing/blogging.
She says that her favourite process about sewing
is, "being able to see something in a magazine and
turn it around and make it or to be able to dream up
designs in my head and then bring them to life... is so
exciting and rewarding."
Mimi says that instinctively, she finds herself
gravitating to pinks, purples and reds and she also
uses a lot of black and animal prints.
Her advice to the beginner seamstress is to start
with something that will excite you.
"If you like clothes start there and if you like home
decor, start there. Do not attempt something you
will be frustrated with because it will discourage
you." She continues, "I start everyone off on pencil
skirts and maxi dresses because they are easy,
wearable and almost fail proof."
From her experience, Mimi says that woven fab-
rics are usually easier to work with because they
don't stretch, don't slip and are pretty sturdy. Chif-
fons and silks are probably the hardest for most be-
cause they are very slippery, sheer or thin.
She credits the top three skills that a seamstress
should possess are attention to detail, patience and
a good eye for fabric/colour combinations.
To date, Mimi says that her favourite piece cre-
ated and also the most challenging was a hand
sewn couture blazer made many years ago that
took her nine weeks to complete, only to lose it dur-
ing one of her travels.
Whilst on her page Mimi mentions that she does
not sew for people, she had a made to order design
business with her business partner Adrienne Nixon
and together they own STITCHED9.
Mimi also teaches via the blog with video tutori-
als and DIY projects that are easy to follow and un-
derstand. She also has several events throughout
the year where she makes special appearances and
will teach a class or two.
When asked if she had to sew for someone, real
of fictional, past or present, Mimi says that she
would love to make a gown for Audrey Hepburn.
Her source of getting fabric is all over the U.S but
her favourite area is the fashion district in Los Ange-
"I love New York too and Paris has amazing fabric
When Mimi is not blogging/ sewing she assures
that she's "pretty normal in her real life."
"I'm a mom and a wife and I am fortunate that
my husband is a huge supporter of my work so he
often times take over the household duties so that I
can work and sew. Oddly enough, the way I unwind
is by sewing some more. When I am done at the end
of the day, we eat dinner together, watch television,
have evening outings and on the weekend I make
sure to take an afternoon nap," Mimi says.
Mimi says her greatest accomplishment thus far
is having raised her oldest daughter and watching
her leave home to create a home of her own.
"I hope to do a good job with my little ones as I
think I did with her."
For now, Mimi's plate is full. She is redesigning
her site, adding new service, growing STITCHED9
and she also has some products in the making that
will debut soon.
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