Made for Mermaids is releasing their newest pattern today, the Ainsley Dress. This adorable dress combines a knit top with a woven skirt, so it’s perfect for using all those beautiful cotton woven fabrics you love! I’ve been holding on to this adorable princess and unicorn fabric for months, not quite sure what to make with it. But when I was selected to test the new Ainsley Dress I knew it would be perfect.
I found a beautiful coral knit to use as the top of the dress and used the princess unicorn fabric for the skirt. And Pumpkin was over the moon excited to watch me sew it up. This sweet pattern has a gathered sleeve in short sleeves, elbow length or long sleeves. It also has a flutter sleeve option.
The skirt has a few options, too! You can make a simple skirt or one with a faux button placket down the front. There is also the option to add patch pockets and waist ties. I love having so many options! Pumpkin loved picking out buttons for her faux placket skirt. She wanted “great, big” buttons! Or unicorn buttons, but we couldn’t find any…..
…..but I think these great, big white buttons are perfect! The front waistband lays nice and smooth, while the back waistband has an elastic casing to help pull the skirt in and give a great fit. I love how it looks like two pieces, but it’s a dress!
I normally prefer to sew with just knits as they are so quick and easy, but even with adding a woven skirt this pattern is quick and easy. The tutorial is very straightforward and gives you plenty of pictures to help you along the way. Pumpkin just loves her new dress and is already picking out more fabrics for more dresses! That girl just loves a dress………..
Another great thing about this pattern is it mashes with other Made for Mermaids patterns! You can mix and match the bodices and skirts of Ainsley, Brooklyn, Riley and Cassie to create all sorts of cute dresses!! For Cupcake I used the Cassie bodice and Ainsley skirt to create a super sweet dress perfect for a 7-year old with a bit of sass.
This girl loves the cold shoulder option of the Cassie dress, so I knew she would love this Cassie/Ainsley mash up! She was so excited to come home from school and see a new dress waiting for her. She insisted on wearing it to school the next day! I paired it with a Barbie headband and she looked so cute!!!
The only thing she liked more than the cold shoulder is the pockets! The Ainsley pattern comes with a patch pocket option, but I used the pocket piece from Cassie to add pockets to her skirt. And made her sister jealous.
This is such a sweet dress! And I’m sure I’ll reach for it whenever I find cute woven fabrics for the skirt! If you think you’ll do the same go ahead and pick up your copy of the Ainsley Dress pattern while it’s on sale! (through Sunday)