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All Dolled Up

Made for Mermaids has released a new collection of dolly patterns to coordinate with their great girl patterns.  I had so much fun testing some of the new dolly patterns!!  I don’t know where to start!!

Let’s start with Dolly Daphne!  

How sweet are Pumpkin and Rosie in their matching Daphne dresses?  Daphne has this adorable off the shoulder ruffle or flutter and can be a top dress or maxi dress.  Of course Pumpkin wanted a dress.  Rosie likes her dress, too.  😉  

Another sweet dress is Dolly Ella.  Though Rosie is just wearing in the top length.  Pumpkin is sporting the adorable dress.

I love the bow detail on the back of this one!  And I bought that fabric for me, so I’m not sure how these two ended up wearing it………..

And speaking of favorite fabrics………..I used the last of these Girl Charlee prints on these Dolly and me Sommer tunics.

I was sad when I miscut this fabric when making our Vivienne dresses, but happy to be able to turn it into these Sommer tunics with coordinating Bonny Leggings.  These outfits saw a lot of use this summer.  I’m sad for cold weather because they won’t be in the rotation any more.

Speaking of Vivienne….

…it is also included in the new All Dolled Up collection!  And Pumpkin couldn’t be more excited. Vivienne is probably her favorite dress right now.  As soon as they are clean and hanging back up in her closet she reaches right for them!

The newest pattern in the Made for Mermaids lineup, Kourtney, is also included in the collection.  

This fun pattern has a neat knot option that is so cool!  It also comes in top, tunic and dress length.  Rosie is rocking her knotted dress!!

And because we can’t get enough dresses around here….

Rosie also needed an Ainsley dress to match Pumpkin’s Ainsley dress!!

And my favorite of the collection is probably the Dolly Nina!!

I just love raglan style sleeves and the flowyness of this top/tunic/dress is so fun!  Pumpkin loves this Nina so much she wore it for picture day at school, so of course Rosie needed to match!  (are you sensing a theme here?)

And when you let Pumpkin pick out her own fabric…

….she’ll pick hedgehogs.  This girl loves hedgies!  And she and Rosie look great in their hedgie Nina tunics.  

There are a few other patterns in the collection as well, including Cora, Mya and Charlotte.  Save 20% on the doll patterns all week using the code ALLDOLLEDUP!  The new patterns have sizing for 14″, 15″ and 18″ dolls.  And be sure to head over to the Made for Mermaids blog to see the giveaway they have going on to celebrate the release!  

 

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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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Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for Pirates

It snowed yesterday.  It is still winter after all.  But I’m dreaming of warmer weather.  We’ve gotten a sneak of it here and there.  It makes it so much harder to deal with the super frigid days!  I’ve been thinking about summer wardrobes for the girls and I have a new favorite summer pattern!  The Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for Pirates is going to be a big player for us this summer!  It’s a quick sew, doesn’t take much fabric, and comes with lots of options.  And it’s cute!!

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesPumpkin loves her new Heart Breaker Camis!  She’s wanted to wear them every day. 

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesShe especially loves this one with the ruffle on the front.  She’s worn it twice already.  Once on an unseasonably warm day and the other on a cooler day with a cardigan.

The front of the cami has a scoop neck, the back has a subtle V.

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesThough the shirt can be worn either way!  You can put the v in the front, too!

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesAnd more options!  There’s also a flutter option!  We sure do love ruffles around here.

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesHow cute is that little flutter on the shoulder?  I love it!

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesThere is also a shirt option, a tunic length option or cropped length option.  Pumpkin in wearing a tunic length cami with flutters and Cupcake is wearing a shirt length with ruffle.  I love these!  Green polka dot and green floral fabric are both Girl Charlee.

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesThere is also the option for cross straps on the back or you can use two fronts or two backs to change up the look.  So many options in this one little pattern!  For an even faster sew you can use fold over elastic for the binding and straps! 

This is such a great basic pattern to have in your stash.  Worn on it’s own or as a layering piece this cami is super cute and comfortable for active kids!  And if you’re a little jealous of this cuteness on the girls you can get it for yourself, too, with the Cross my Heart Cami!  (Yeah, I totally bought that one for myself…)

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