Category: Sewing

Henley Sew-a-long Week!

Hey, guys!  There’s some fun going on over at Patterns for Pirates!  They are having a sew-a-long this week for the Henley patterns.  This includes the Women’s Henley, Men’s Henley, and the Yo Yo Henley for kids, so you can sew for anyone this week!  To make it more fun there are some pattern hacks!!!  I had some fun with the raglan color block hack!

How fun is that?  I love how it just adds a punch of fun to an otherwise basic shirt!  I actually sewed up two versions, but due to the weather I was only able to get photos of one, so I picked my favorite!

I found this super soft striped sweater knit and suede fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby forever ago!  I had originally planned a cardigan with suede elbow patches, but as soon as I saw this color block option I knew I had to give it a try!

The Henley is designed for stretch fabric and my sweater fabric is nice and stretchy.  Even though my suede is non-stretch it still fits great and is comfortable to wear.  I wore it all day on Sunday and it was super comfy!

For this version I sewed up the roll up length sleeves and added the button tabs in the suede as well.  Such a fun accent!  The Henley sews up really fast!  Adding the button tabs were an extra step, but so totally worth it.  I love everything about this sweater and expect it to be in heavy rotation this winter!  

So, if you’re ready to sew, but don’t have the Henley patterns, yet head over to day 1 of the sew-a-long to get the coupon code.


Happy sewing!!!


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Catherine Patterns and a Sale

You guys! I’m so ahead of the game!  I already have the girls’ Christmas dresses done!! Thanks to the new Made for Mermaids’ Catherine pattern!!

Look how cute they are!!!  I made these dresses out of double brush poly from So Sew English fabrics and they’re just adorable in them!  These are what they’ll wear to see Santa this year.  The wine colored plaid is festive without screaming Christmas so they’ll be able to wear them for non-Christmas occasions as well.  

And I might have made a little something for myself, too……..

They still love matching me so I won’t hesitate to coordinate!!

And Rosie likes to match, too!

Yes, there’s a dolly pattern, too!!

There are 2 neckline options, 3 sleeve lengths and 3 hem lengths with this pattern so you can have a lot of fun mixing and matching.  It looks great dressed up, but it also make a great casual top, too.  I love this top I made for Cupcake out of some cotton jersey from Girl Charlee.

And I loved my Catherine top so much I made a second one for myself as well during testing.  This one is in a super soft sweater knit. It’s going to be a wardrobe staple this winter!!

All 3 patterns are on sale through Saturday and you can buy them individually or in limited time bundles.  In addition to the new patterns Made for Mermaids also updated their website and are celebrating 40,000 members so there is a sitewide sale (through Saturday)!  So be sure to pick up any other patterns you may have on your wishlist!!


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Dolly and Me Ava

Happy Friday!  Who’s excited about the weekend?  Big plans?  We have a low key weekend ahead of us and I’m OK with that!!  But I have some super exciting news!  Made for Mermaids is having a Flash Back Friday sale today!  So today only you can get the Ava and Mama Avapatterns for just $5 each!  And to go along with the sale pattern Dolly Ava is being released and on sale for just $3.50!!  But the sale ends at midnight (CST) tonight! (more…)