Category: Sewing

Ainsley Dress – Pattern Release and Review

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)

 

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You’re a Wizard, Cupcake!

Cupcake is on a Harry Potter kick lately!  And I love it!  We just started the third book and it’s all she can talk about these days.  And despite the fact that Pumpkin isn’t reading the books the girls have been playing a lot of Harry Potter; practicing spells, playing quidditch, and drinking butter beer.  So when a local shopping center announced they were having a Harry Potter event I knew she needed to dress up for occasion.

When I told her we were going to the event and to head upstairs and get dressed she squealed with delight when she saw the new dress laying on her bed.  I used Made for Mermaids Harper, but added a little Harry Potter flair.  The pattern comes with the collar option, which was the look I was after, so it was a great place to start.  I found some Gryffindor fabric and used it to make a faux tie.  After much back and forth discussion with the hubby about how the tie should look I drafted a tie and “knot.”  I attached it to the bodice at the “knot” so it would still be flowy.

The flowy tie kept blowing in the wind.  🙂  She was a hit at the event!  We stopped to take a picture with this golden snitch and the artist who chalked it also asked to take her picture.  And then an organizer of the event also requested to take her picture.

The pattern typically has a solid skirt, but I added a stripe to the bottom, mainly because I accidentally cut the skirt too short.  But it adds a bit of extra fun to the dress, I think!

Look at her holding her tie down again.  So cute.  We had so much fun at the event.  She loved the bounce house and there was a bouncy “jump over the things or duck under the things coming at you” thing.  She wasn’t super interested in watching the chalkers chalk, but she did like to see the finished chalkings.  (I enjoyed watching them chalk!)

After all the fun we picked up some Chocolate Frogs and a butter beer and told me just how much she loved her new dress and that she had a great time at the event.  I was pretty darn happy to get to spend an afternoon just me and my girl.  

Just before bed she asked if she could wear her dress again the next day.  I suspect this dress will move to the front of the rotation every time it’s clean.  

 

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New Patterns: Linen Loungers and Little Loungers

Patterns for Pirates has released their two newest patterns, the Linen Loungers (for women) and the Little Loungers (for kids).  These two patterns are going to be a staple in your sewing.  With the options of curved hem or cuffed hem shorts, bermuda length shorts, capris or pants this is a year round pattern.

I tested both the women’s and kids versions.  The first pairs I made were in a linen.  Capri length for me, bermuda length for Cupcake.  

The comfortable elastic waistband is finished with topstitching to give it a professional looking finish.  There are two pocket options; slat pockets (picture above) for patch pockets.  

Cupcake got a pair in the bermuda length and she loves the pockets!   There might have been a rock hiding in her pocket during our photoshoot.  

Not to be left out, Pumpkin wanted a pair of shorts, too.  So I found this funky animal print linen and whipped up two pairs of shorts.  The elastic waist is great for the kids, so they don’t have to mess with buttons or closures.  There is a faux fly option, too, if you want them to look like they have a zipper.  

These are the cuffed hem shorts and I added a back pocket because a girl needs pockets.

Pumpkin loves having matching shorts with her sister.  And animal prints are her jam.  

I also sewed myself a pair of cuffed shorts out of a remnant of rayon I found at Joann’s.  For this pair I used the yoga waistband in a Supplex instead of the elastic waistband.  It makes for one very comfy, but cute, pair of shorts.  

Of course I needed pockets, too.  

You can use any drapey, woven fabric for these Loungers, so you can have a lot of fun with the options.  When it’s not 90 degrees outside I’ll have to whip up a pair of pants.  I’m also planning on adding a few pairs of pants to the girls’ fall/winter wardrobe in a chambray (since they don’t like to wear jeans).

And if you have little boys the Little Loungers will work for them, too!  Some of the testers sewed up some boy versions and they turned out great!

Pick up either pattern (or both in a bundle) today!  (on sale through Sunday, the 23rd)

Vivienne Pattern Release

You guys!  I’ve been dying to share these photos with you!!  I was so excited to help test the new Vivienne and Mama Vivienne patterns from Made for Mermaids!  I sewed up so many versions so prepare for picture overload!!!  

First up is this tunic in a purple strip from So Sew English and solid from Purple Seamstress.  This is Pumpkin’s favorite shirt!  She’ll even wear jeans with it!!  (getting her in jeans is quite a feat!)  

She loves the twirl factor!

Pumpkin’s not the only one who has a new outfit!!

I used the last of my precious Girl Charlee floral on this mini dress version of the Mama Vivienne.  I love the side panel for having some fun with fabrics.  I love stripes paired with floral, so of course I had to use them for the side panel in this version.

The Mama version of the dress isn’t quite as full as the girl’s version, so it doesn’t add a lot of bulk to the midsection.  

And when there are Mama and girl versions of a pattern we have to have some matchy matchy fun!!!  Cupcake and I had a sorority luncheon to attend so we needed new dresses! 

Vivienne and Mama Vivienne by Made for Mermaids

We were a big hit at the luncheon!  And comfortable, too, in this double brushed poly (also from So Sew English).  

And not to be left out…….

Pumpkin demanded a matching outfit as well.  Actually, I made her this dress version and as soon as she put it on she said I needed to make a matching one for myself.  Lucky for her that was the plan all along.  

Vivienne and Mama Vivienne by Made for Mermaids

I absolutely love how these ones turned out! This fabric from Bolt by Girl Charlee is just gorgeous!  

Are you counting………up to 6 so far……..yeah, there’s one more.

Vivienne by Made for Mermaids

And this one might be her favorite.  She’s worn it a million times already! As soon as it’s clean she wears it again.  And she wears it for important events, like her preschool farewell performance.  

I love it, too.  This Riley Blake fabric is just so sweet!  Again, paired with Purple Seamstress solids.  

And this pattern release is not just for the ladies this time!!  Be sure to check out the Dylan Tee and Men’s Dylan Tee, too! I didn’t test them, but the testers made some awesome versions and I can’t wait to sew some up for my hubby!!

All 4 patterns are on sale through Friday or you can get them in a bundle!  So be sure to pick up your copies during the sale!!

 

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New Mommy and Me Pattern Release

You guys, I have some exciting news!!  Sew Caroline and Simple Life Pattern Company have teamed up to offer a collection of mommy and me patterns!  Sew Caroline has taken some of SLPCo’s favorite patterns and made them for mommy, while SLPCo took some of Sew Caroline‘s favorite patterns to make them in kid sizes!  How exciting is that?

I was lucky to test Tammy’s Tulip Shorts for this collaboration and I’m excited to show them to you!  These are going to be so great for hot summer days!  And I can’t wait to make some matching pairs for my girls!

Aren’t these so cute?  They can be made with medium weight cotton fabrics or knits, so you can have a lot of fun with these shorts!

I had a lot of fun picking out fabric for these test pairs.  i couldn’t decide!   Which is how I ended up with 3 pairs of shorts!  And they’re such a quick sew, especially if you use premade bias tape as I did with these pairs.  My favorite pair, though?

Pineapples!  I was super excited to find this pineapple fabric in the novelty cottons.  I’ve already worn this pair twice!  (which is a lot considering we haven’t had many “shorts weather” days so far)

Here’s a detail shot of that cute bias trim.  You can have a lot of fun with the trim, by using decorative trim like pom poms or lace.  Or make your own bias trim out of a coordinating fabric.

Also included in the collection is the Magnolia Shorts, which I’ve previously shared with you.  I’m super excited about sewing up some of the girls version of the Magnolia Shorts, particularly for my girly girl who always wants to wear skirts and dresses, but needs the modesty of shorts.  

But really you must go check out the whole collection!  There are so many mommy and me options to choose from!  I’m excited to get sewing!!!

 

 

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