Tag: sewing


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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The Sock Hop

Every year Cupcake’s school holds a father daughter dance and this year the theme was a sock hop.  Of course I asked her if she wanted a poodle skirt and she said yes.  And I was so excited!  She wanted a pink poodle skirt just like the girl on the invitation, so I set off to the fabric store for some pink felt, black elastic and black rickrack.  And fabric for a shirt to go with it.  And this is the result!

How cute is my girl?  For the skirt I just measured her waist and her waist to knee to get my measurements for a circle skirt.  Felt is perfect for a poodle skirt as you don’t have to hem the skirt since it won’t fray!  And then I cut a piece of soft waistband elastic to her waist measurement, stitched the short ends and attached it to the skirt.  

I found a clipart file of a poodle and printed it out and used it as a pattern to cut out the poodle from a scrap of black felt.  I pinned it and the rickrack to the skirt then stitched them down and was done!

I found this super cute pin dot fabric in the quilting cotton section of Joann’s and it washed up so nice!  It’s super soft and it was perfect for this Lauren Pintuck Top from Made for Mermaids.  That little collar……….so cute!!!  

I found the Bobby socks for $1 at Walmart (wasn’t sure I would find them at all, so I was super surprised to find them so cheap!).  

Dad dressed the part in a crisp white shirt and cuffed pants.  It’s the best we could come up with since he doesn’t own a black leather jacket……….and I wasn’t about to sew one!

They were so cute!  Before the dance they went out to dinner at Steak’n’Shake (her choice – but also fit the theme).  And they had fun dancing, doing crafts, taking pictures in the photo booth and Cupcake even won a cake at the cake walk!


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Spring Sewing – New Jacket

This winter has been harsh!  It’s been so cold and snowy and I might be looking forward to spring already (I am NOT a winter person!).  So, I was super excited to get a head start on spring sewing by testing the new Gnome Jacket pattern from Stitch Upon a Time!  

Cupcake needed a new rain coat, so I sewed up this Gnome Jacket in PUL and lined it with flannel to make it cozy.  I think it will be perfect for those rainy, spring days!

The Gnome Jacket is hooded and has lots of mix and match options!  Two closure types, two sleeve options, two back options, two pocket options and lots of woven fabric options!

On Cupcake’s Gnome Jacket I added the gathered patch pocket on the outside.  Isn’t it cute?  She loves the pocket!!  

I bought enough fabric to make Pumpkin a matching jacket and she’s super excited! She loves to match her big sister! 

This was such a fun pattern to work with.  For a woven pattern it goes together pretty quickly and this zipper isn’t as scary as it might seem!  (and if you don’t like sewing zippers you can use snaps instead!)  We went through a few versions to get it just right in testing and the end result is perfection!  The pattern is on sale through Wednesday, so if you need a jacket pattern you should pick it up!!

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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