Claire + Mama Claire


We’re on a roll with these mama and me patterns! I’m loving it! This time, it’s a quick and easy knit top with a crossover that can be worn in the front, or in the back. I love the options, and wearing the crossover in the front almost feels more conservative to me, because the low back is just so fun! This pattern is theΒ Claire, and Mama Claire, from Made for Mermaids.

The options include short, 3/4 or long sleeves, and either a tall or short band. It is a quick and easy sew. You can usually tell when I’ve made more than one πŸ˜‰

There are so many fabric options for this. I love my sweater knit version with the stretch lace band the best! Also, using stretch lace means one less rectangle to cut!

You will want to make these over and over, and there’s already a post on the M4M blog on how to hack this top to have a double crossover. I love everything about this pattern!

You’ll get these on sale through Sunday the 15th. Go look at the listing photos, they all look amazing!



Mama Claire

Bundle of both patterns (limited time)


Fabric sources:

Brown sweater knit and black stretch lace: Needle Nook

Black/pink/grey watercolor floral rayon spandex: Girl Charlee

Orange with grey dots: LDG Textiles

Navy floral rayon spandex: Vinegar and Honey Co

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Joy + Mama Joy


Joy is the new pattern from Made for Mermaids, and it’s the third and final installment in this Holiday edition of the Dreamy Collection! Even more exciting, there’s also a Mama Joy!! There’s so many things I love about these patterns. First, it’s so flattering, I’ve worn this in real life, and my daughter has worn hers too, multiple times! Not all patterns make that cut. Second, it really is a simple sew. I know I say that a lot (and I often only choose to go for the simple sews, so it is always true) but without having to gather the skirt, it goes so quickly. You should use more stable knits for this pattern, so the pleats are easy and not fiddly! So quick! Plus, there’s so many options, you can make exactly what you’re imagining!

Mama Joy options:

-high or low scoop necklines

-short, 3/4, or long sleeve options

-high/low peplum, mini dress, dress, high/low maxi, and maxi length options

-optional pockets

-optional back zipper

-tutorials for how to hack the skirt to be gathered, or the dress into separates!

Joy options:

-short, 3/4, or long sleeve options

-high/low peplum, dress, and maxi length options

-optional in seam pockets

-optional back zipper

-designed to mash with the other dreamy patterns, Annabelle, Juliette, or Noelle

-tutorial for how to hack the skirt to be gathered, or the dress into separates!

We took a lot of photos of these, so check them out, and pick up these patterns for some Mommy and Me sewing!

The floral version is made from double brushed poly, it’s a long sleeve high/low peplum top with the high neck.


The black version is all ponte, except the sleeves are stretch lace! This is 3/4 sleeve, and also high neck. It’s perfect for a statement necklace!


The green peplum is long sleeve. The bodice is cotton lycra, and the skirt is quilted knit. I love the shape this one has!


The blue dress is french terry. It doesn’t have much stretch, and the recovery is also not that great, so I reinforced most of the seams in this dress with clear elastic. Perfect!


So many choices for fabric selection! Here’s our photo overload:



Mama Joy

Bundle (sale)

Fabric sources:

Floral dbp: Vinegar+Honey Co.

Black ponte and stretch lace: Joann’s

Green cotton lycra: Stylish Fabric

Green quilted knit: Joann’s

Blue stripe french terry: LDG Textiles

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Black Friday Sales and Wishlist

I started hearing about all the black Friday sales, and looking at round-up posts, and as I was making my wishlist, I thought it would be fun to share it here. I want to share some of my very favorite patterns and companies that are having sales, so that you can jump in on them too if you want!

421 Myers Design Studio is offering 50% off her patterns today with code BLACKFRIDAY I have made tons of her bow socks, although I’ve never put them on socks πŸ˜‚ I add a quick hair clip to the back, and I’ve gifted many, and my girls have many. They’re so cute, and quick and easy.

Bow Sock Pattern from 421 Myers

A Sparkly Baby will be 35% off with code HAPPYSEWING Thursday-Monday! I love the Lil Bug Undies. My girls are huge fans, which is probably why I’m a fan. Lol! They proclaim their comfort every time they wear them, which has been going on for over a year, so it’s a good pattern! Plus, they’re quick, and good scrap busters.




Bella Sunshine Designs * has so many of my favorite patterns! The Felicity top and dress, the Rose Bubble shorts, and now the Sansa pants. You can’t go wrong. They’re well drafted, easy to sew, clear tutorials, and I love the styles! 50% off right now all the way through cyber Monday, no code needed.

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Sansa Pants from Bella Sunshine Designs


BLAVERRY. I am THE. SADDEST. about this, but BLAVERRY is closing 😦 They have some of the best designs for tweens and I love all of them! She’s offering 30% off, no code needed through Monday, when they will be closed. Go get the ones you need! I love so many. Finn, Xandan, Nina, Thea, and more.

Finn from BLAVERRY

Brindille & Twig have maybe some of my most used patterns. The Cuff Pants, and the Raglan Tee have been staples here for a long time! They whip together incredibly quickly, and are great for upcycling old tshirts, plus they’re comfy! I love B&T’s style! They’re offering 30% off with code BlackFriday2016 Friday-Monday.

Cuff Pants from Brindille & Twig

Coffee+Thread has some of the cutest, most well thought out designs. I love animals on everything, so the Wild and Free lounge pants were so fun, and the Ania tunic, is a good, classic, versatile style. Her store will be 40% off with code THANKSGIVING the 23rd-30th.

Wild and Free Lounge Pants from Coffee+Thread

Everything Your Mama Made and More * has my favorite pattern for a men’s tshirt. The Parker’s Vintage Fit T-Shirt is just a classic, straight cut men’s tshirt pattern. It includes a huge size range (XXS-6XL) plus it has a tall option too. I compared the finished measurements with my husbands RTW shirts, and they match up perfectly, so it was perfect. I don’t have a photo, because…husband. But it’s fabulous πŸ™‚

Greenstyle Creations has several good patterns too! They’re especially great if you’re looking to make your own activewear! They have my favorite men’s shorts pattern, the Hampton Shorts. I’ve made several for my husband, and he wears them every evening! Highly recommend them, along with the Brassie Joggers from here πŸ™‚ The One Button Cardigan is one of their patterns on my wishlist! You can get 35% off with code BlackFriday2016 from Friday-Saturday.


Heidi & Finn has tons of cute styles! They were the first company I tested a pattern for, so there will always be a bit of nostalgia for them. I love the Sugar n Spice dress and romper, I’ve made several! And I have several on my wishlist, including the Cocoon Dress and the Balloon Top! She released the sale code for facebook group members, so join there to grab a 35% off discount!


Hey June * is another pattern company who’s designs I love, and are high quality too! The Lane Raglan is my favorite top for me, and it already has a full bust adjustment option in the pattern piece. So helpful! Still on my wishlist is the Halifax, and all of the juniors line! The patterns will be 30% off with code BlackFriday16 from Friday-Monday!


Laela Jeyne Patterns * has the new Sydney Slouchy Raglan that I love so much! She has made lots of great patterns for women and girls! The Willa Vest is on my wishlist, and she has a free leggings pattern (maternity option included) if you join her facebook group. Her single patterns will be 50% off and bundles 15% off, no code needed, Thursday-Tuesday.

Sydney Slouchy Raglan from Laela Jeyne Patterns

Lil Luxe Collection always has styles different than anyone else, and I love them! I’ve made several of their patterns this year, and I love them all. The Peach Beach Swimset is a favorite, as well as the Starlight City Dress. She’s planning on having a black Friday sale if her facebook group reaches a few more members, so go join, and I’ll hopefully update with info later!

Peach Beach Swimset from Lil Luxe COllection

Love Notions * has a lot of my favorites as well. I love love love the Li’l Laundry Day Tee. So cute, and functional for my girls! But You can also fill your wardrobe with clothes from Love Notions Patterns. The Margot Peplum is my most recent favorite! You can get 15% off all single pattern with code THANKS2016 Friday-Monday.

Li’l LDT from Love Notions


Petite Stitchery & Co has some great designs for girls! I love the Maize dress, because of the looser style and the curved hem. They release their patterns in collections so you can mix and match to fill their wardrobe! Their patterns will be 20% off, no code needed, Friday-Monday.

Maize Dress from Petite Stitchery & Co

Sew a Little Seam also has some cute patterns, I love the Hadley top! A square neck is one of my favorites! ALL the rest of her patterns are on my wishlist, Lol! And she offers some free ones on her website too πŸ™‚ THANKS40 will take 40% off Friday-Monday.

Hadley from Sew A Little Seam

I may add to this list if I hear of more sales, but these are most of my favorites that are having sales!

So happy shopping! I’m thankful for everyone reading this, I’m thankful for the joy of creating, and fabric shopping πŸ˜‰ I hope everyone has a happy and healthy weekend!

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Oh Noelle. I just love this pattern so much!! First, you can’t miss with a hi-low skirt. Second, how many layers of tulle do you want to add? My girls love the girly stuff. Third, you also can’t go wrong with a boat neck! Fourth, it’s the QUICKEST sew!! Especially if you’re like me, and don’t hem any of the layers πŸ˜πŸ™ˆ I usually hem, because I want my clothes to look finished, but for these stable fabrics that won’t roll or fray, I left them πŸ™‚

Noelle is the second pattern in the Winter Dreamy Collection from Made for Mermaids. It’s for knit fabrics with at least 30% stretch. I used a burn-out velour for one, and liverpool for the other.


-sizes 1/2-14

-peplum or dress OR layered peplum over dress with optional pettiskirt

-boat neck with stand up cowl

-3/4 or long sleeves

This is a quick and easy sew because there’s no gathering, the bodice goes together quickly, and the circle skirt attaches like a breeze. But the design, and the fabrics you can use make it such a showstopper! That’s my kind of pattern πŸ™‚

You’ll want to grab it on sale now, I don’t think Made for Mermaids is planning a black Friday sale.

And I think we’re going to need more Sundays in December to get through all the amazing Christmas dresses these girls are amassing.

The pins that the girls have on their dresses were from my Grandma. I love that special touch, and the chance to use something that otherwise would have kept sitting in my drawer.



Fabric sources:

Rose liverpool: Pretty Posh Prints

Black velour: Needle Nook

All pettiskirt and dress lining fabrics: Joann

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This is the newest pattern from Love Notions. It’s the Whistler Pull-Over and Hoodie. Now, i wasn’t expecting much from this pattern, it’s a cute top, a little different style than a lot of other patterns that are out there…but when I made it and tried it on, I discovered that this is the GREATEST HOODIE EVER!!!! Let me share that my favorite things to wear around the house in the winter are hoodies and sweat shirts. I want to stay cozy and warm, and I have several favorites. But since I’m still nursing my baby, they’re really bulky to pull up and nurse in, plus, then my back is cold which is not warm and cozy!! I also really don’t prefer my clothes to look like nursing tops. Just a personal preference. So this hoodie, that doesn’t look like nursing clothes, plus is warm, plus has a shawl collar which makes it incredibly easy to nurse in has made my winter warmer and happier. All from a pdf pattern. Haha!

I made this out of fleece. And I’ve worn it many days since I made it. That’s the true test, and Whistler passes with flying colors!

The details about this pattern are:

-Sizes XS-XXXL

-Shawl collar or hoodie

-In-seam pockets

-Shirt length-banded, hemmed, or curved hem, or tunic length

-maternity and nursing friendly!!!!!!!

I can safely recommend Love Notions Patterns for being well drafted, and well-fitting. Tami pays attention to all the little details, and her tests are thorough. I love this pattern, and I think it will be a popular top! Go get it while it’s on sale. The release price will be better than the Black Friday price πŸ˜‰

I have to add the disclaimer that I sewed this version up late at night, and messed up on the directions for the collar, it’s not supposed to be caught in the seam on the side, but instead be open, and then have buttons or snaps. I actually found this was a happy mistake for me, but I want to share that this is not how it was designed πŸ™‚



Fabric sources:

Fleece: Joann Fabrics

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This is the first pattern in the Holiday Dreamy Collection from Made for Mermaids. Remember their Dreamy Collection? Juliette, Annabelle and Isla? They are some of my most favorite patterns. Both gorgeous, and easy to sew. I’ve made them many times this year! I am so excited about these holiday additions!

Holly is a classic style. It has a square neck, and a cute swingy skirt that starts high. I especially love the side profile!

You can make the perfect everyday fall top, or go all out, and make an amazing dress! These are the options included:

-sizes 1/2-14

-shirt or dress length (this would be incredibly easy to lengthen to make a tunic, or even a maxi to make it a nightgown)

-flutter, short, 3/4, or long sleeves, with optional elastic

-simple top, simple dress, or double ruffle dress

-optional big bow

The best part about this, is it’s a great pattern to use quilter’s cotton with! I love how it gives it some shape to stand away from the body. There are just so many great prints in this kind of fabric, and it’s not often there’s a pattern that really works well with it, but this one does!

It’s closed with a placket and single button or snap in the back. It’s on sale for $7 for the release! Be sure to check out all the listing photos to see everyone else’s gorgeous creations!!



Fabric sources:

yellow floral 100% cotton: Joann Fabrics

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Sew, What Do I Wear?

Sewwwwww, what do I wear? This is the question on all of our minds this time of year… Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates have teamed up to bring you some inspiration for all those holiday events you need to find something perfect to wear! Family pictures, family gatherings, work parties, etc…


I knew I wanted to make a Mama Mya in dress length since I’ve been seeing lots of other ladies make versions I love This is a nice light poly knit from Joann’s and it’s the perfect fabric for this dress, not too heavy to pull, but not too light to cling everywhere πŸ™‚ I graded out a size in the waist and hips for a more tunic-y look, and so there would be lots of room for Thanksgiving food and leftovers πŸ˜‰

I remember when I was a kid, hearing my mom tell us the “rules” for what to wear when you have photos made. You want the faces to be the easiest thing for people to see, and so you would want to make sure not to wear something too crazy in print or color, and you could even try to keep extra skin covered, so wear long sleeves, etc… now I wish I had some old family photos to share because I think she did a great job putting together our outfits! But then it went a little extreme and it was popular to take pictures with everyone in black shirts and khakis (we even have a family photo like this πŸ™‚ ) Which makes it easy to see everyone, but those photos are so boring for me, and often look a little flat. I love so many colors and patterns that I knew I would never dress my family all in the same color for photos!

So here’s my Mama Mya, styled for casual family photos! To plan what everyone will wear, I like to make sure there’s a few different colors and a few different textures and a few subtle patterns, to add visual interest, and it’s fun to be able to show everyone’s personality a little too!


Then I threw on some fleece lined peg legs, and black boots, and changed my scarf to a necklace to change my outfit. This is still casual, but much warmer, and a little dressier! This grey dress is going to be a workhorse in my wardrobe!


Any way you style it, this Mama Mya is super comfortable, and flattering! These would be perfect to wear for all those family gatherings you have coming up, you will love all the options this pattern gives you!

Just for fun, here’s one of our Fall family photos we had done. I am not a planner, so I was pulling everything together last minute, and did not take time to make my outfit. But I’m proud of them, so I want to share.

(Miss Emily Photography)

Check out the rest of the bloggers giving you some amazing looks made out of Patterns for Pirates and Made for Mermaids patterns!!


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