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Loungers

I’m not talking about our activity.  I’m talking about our pants!  Made for Mermaids released 3 new patterns today, Lexi and Lou Loungers, Mama Lexi Loungers and Dolly Lexi Loungers!  I teach group exercise and stay at home with a preschooler, so I’m often wearing comfy clothes.  Loungers definitely fit the mom-iform and I love that I can have some fun with them by making my own!

How cute are these pants?!?!  And they are seriously so comfy!  These loungers are perfect for all that soft, drapey French Terry you have been hoarding (or is that just me?).  I’ve had this fabric for quite some time and I always thought I’d make a raglan with it when I decided on a sleeve color.  But I’m really loving it as Mama Lexi Loungers.  I might have worn these pants for two days straight after I sewed them up……

Pumpkin got a cute pair of Lexi and Lou Loungers in short shorts length.  This kid only wears soft bottoms (no jeans) so of course she approves.  And who doesn’t love polka dots right?  Paired with a Rowan Raglan this outfit can be worn out and about or as pajamas.

Oh, and Rosie (her Baby Stella doll) got a matching outfit, too!!!

Rosie also got a pair in the loungers style with patch pockets.  She’s so hip!  And she has a place to tuck her sunglasses!

Did I mention I made myself a pair of shorts, too?  Because I did!  These are going to be in heavy rotation when the weather warms up I’m sure!!  I love the patch pockets on this pair!  A girl needs pockets!!

You get so many options with these patterns, shorts, lounge pants, joggers, different pocket styles and different waist band styles!  So you can play with the options have really have some fun with them and end up with cute and comfy pants!!!

The patterns are on sale and available in bundles from now through Tuesday 2/20!!!

 

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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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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)

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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