Dylan+Vivienne

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This is the new Family bundle of patterns from Made for Mermaids. It includes their first men’s pattern! The Dylan Tee and Men’s Dylan Tee is a tee, with color blocking on the sides. It includes short or long sleeves. The Vivienne and Mama Vivienne include top, tunic, mini, and dress lengths, and is a sleeveless bodice, with color blocking on the sides, and a gathered front and back skirt.

They are all quick sews. The Vivienne patterns are finished around the neck and arms with binding, and the neckline of the tee is finished with bands. There are optional side pockets on the Vivienne patterns that I did not add to any of mine, and I don’t know why, but I have the pattern cut out for one of my daughters, and I plan on adding that cute pocket to hers!

These photos are all the versions I made during testing. and I have another Mama Vivienne almost finished, and my daughter’s cut out that I will share soon!

And the big news is, that the patterns are available in a bundle of all 4 patterns, and it’s only $18!!!!! That is the biggest bundle discount they have ever done, 50% off, and the bundle option will only be available during the release sale, which means you need to get it before June 2nd! I think this is such a fun set, and my husband and brothers love when I sew for them, so I will be making lots of Dylan Tees for them!

Family Bundle (best deal!!)

Vivienne

Mama Vivienne

Dylan

Men’s Dylan

Fabric sources:

All the fabric was from my stash, so I might not be able to list all of it! I remember the prints, but I think the grey solids were from the flat fold table at Hancock (still sad they closed 😦 ) And I am not sure on the content. They are very drapey, probably a rayon blend.

White floral: rayon spandex from Girl Charlee

Grey/white/blue long sleeve Dylan tee: completely up cycled from my husband’s old clothes.

Grey/navy stripes: cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Vintage airplane side panel fabric: rib knit from a destash page

blue/grey 100% cotton jersey on the men’s Dylan tee: Needle Nook Fabrics

Rosemary

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I am on the promotions team for Petite Stitchery, and I chose the Rosemary Cowl Crop top to sew and share! I loooove a good slouchy top. It’s my favorite thing to wear, and so I love putting my kids in comfy clothes, because I know how good it feels 🙂 But the key to it looking put together, and not sloppy comes in making sure it fits well! The Rosemary is designed to have a relaxed fit, and so it works well for this comfy look! The shoulders fit well, and are not drooping, and as always, when sewing, it’s easy to customize the length to fit whomever you are sewing for. Those small details are what gives an outfit the magic that you sometimes can’t put your finger on.

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I did make a few modifications. I can’t leave a pattern alone. Since so much of what I sew is for pattern tests, and I can’t modify a pattern during testing, I always break out of the box when I’m sewing for anything other than a test 🙂 I liked the high-low hem on the cropped version, but I wanted her to be able to wear it alone, without having to layer, since we are heading towards summer here. So I used the front hem line of the non-cropped version, and measured how much difference there was in the length between the front and back hem on the high-low version, and added that much length to the back.

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I also made it just one layer. This was an easy modification. I just attached the cowl to the neckline of the shirt, and measured to add a cuff to the sleeves, and to the hem of the shirt. This was a decently heavy french terry, and I knew it would be too bulky with 2 layers, too.

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The options included in this pattern are cropped, or full length. 3/4 or long sleeves, and three cowl options. Since it is lined, it can be reversible too, which I love! I think it’s a perfect top to wear all alone, but it also works great as a layering piece.

The fabric is from LDG Textiles, one of my favorite places to shop for french terry. They have a wide selection of it, and I’ve found good heavy weight french terry there, which I’ve had struggles finding other places.

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Petite Stitchery releases their patterns in collections, and this was a part of their Fall ’16 collection, so it coordinates with those patterns well! You can check out the rest of the patterns in that collection, and from the other collections they’ve released on their website.

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Rosemary Cowl Crop

Rhapsody Blouse

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This is the new woven blouse from Love Notions. I am absolutely excited to be in a new stage of life where I can wear a woven blouse. I’ve been pregnant or nursing for about the last 10 years, and neither of those things lends well to woven anything. Lol!

I made the version with bishop sleeves, out of a flowy polyester from Jo-Ann, and I feel so comfortable in it! It is maybe the most flattering woven top I’ve worn. As usual, when sewing, I can make adjustments for the best fit for me, and I’m thankful for Tami’s patterns, for always teaching me something new, and encouraging me to do the tweaks to make it perfect for me. For this, I simply graded to the sizes I fit in her measurement chart, and added 1″ in length between the waist and hips, as I am 2″ taller than the pattern is designed for. I know my bust and waist usually hit on the pattern where designed, but my extra height is below my waist. The bust, waist, and hip points are marked on this pattern, so it will be easy to see if you need to adjust, and where!

The Rhapsody Blouse is a gently shaped blouse with eight sleeve options, and optional ties that hang from the split v-neck. It is perfect for all season sewing. And perfect for flowy wovens to help you have the most flattering fit.

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I love the gathering at the front of the shoulder, it’s just an easy fit blouse with lots of good details that show you how much attention to detail the designer shows. You will not regret owning this pattern! It’s not that difficult of a sew, the most challenging part may be the fabric you choose, depending on how easily it frays, or how slinky it is. The inside is finished with enclosed, or french seams.

There are two different front pieces, one for a bust difference between 1″-3″ larger than your over bust, and one for a bust difference of 4″-6″ larger than your over bust. And a few testers were excited about this pattern being made into dress length, and so Tami will be adding a free dress add-on to the blog this week. So exciting!!

There is so much good in this pattern, and as usual, you can get it on sale for the first few days after release, so don’t miss out on the best deal! The sale will run through next Monday.

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Rhapsody Blouse

Fabric sources:

100% polyester: Jo-Ann

 

Suit Up for Summer!

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I LOVE SEWING SWIMWEAR!!! I love how little fabric it takes. I got both of my girls suits out of 1 yard, with a huge “scrap” left over. I love how easy the fabric is to work with. It’s generally fairly stable, and a lot of it doesn’t curl at all! I love that you don’t have to iron after every step 🙂 I love that it’s generally quick, maybe because the garments are small? Anyway, it’s one of my favorite things to make, and I am happy to be joining this “Suit Up for Summer” blog tour. I am so excited to check out everyone’s makes!

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I made one suit for each of my kids. I will share details, and then photo spam you.

My oldest is in the Jordyn from Mountain Ash Designs. This was my first pattern from her shop, and I am really happy with it. The directions were simple, and I had to read them a few times to figure out exactly what to do, but it came together perfectly. There is an option to use fold over elastic instead of cutting your own binding for all the criss-crosses in the back and that made it so easy and quick! Hobby Lobby has a great selection of FOE, and it’s $2.99 for a roll, so 1.50 if you go when the ribbon is half off.

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My next is in the free bikini pattern from My Childhood Treasures. This is also a new to me company, and I loved having this freebie to try it out. I have heard rave reviews about them, so I wasn’t too worried, and of course it fits great! They have plenty of measurements to help you pick your size, including the rise measurement. She’s also wearing the Sommer top from Made for Mermaids, using the swim hack posted on their blog. I cut the bodice at the natural waist, and cut the ruffle at 5″, then I did attach it with a 1/4″ seam allowance, for reference.

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Jalie graciously provided their board short pattern for this tour, and I sewed up two of them for my boys! I am a huge fan of Jalie. Their patterns come in a huge size range (like from child 2 – adult plus size). They have a perpetual promo of 20% off when you buy 3 or more pdf patterns, and the prices are in CAD, so it’s cheaper if you’re in the US 🙂 Plus, they are professionally done. They always fit well, and the directions take you through step by step. I do have a little bit of a love/hate relationship with their directions. They come listed on a page, all text, and the illustrations are on a separate page, numbered. So it’s very minimal pages, which means I don’t feel bad printing it out to keep at the sewing machine, but the first time I sew something, it does take a bit of extra time to scan back and forth between the text, and illustration pages. My second pair of board shorts went much faster, maybe half the time, because I was familiar with the steps.

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I struggled finding the perfect fabric for the board shorts too. My favorite local shop only had a very few colors of the nylon fabric that I was looking for, and nothing neutral. I was hoping for charcoal or black for the main part of the shorts. But I did pick up the yellow I used on the side for the color blocking. I also grabbed the white mesh there because I thought that would be a fun change of texture. I didn’t really want to shop online for the black or grey because I only needed a bit, and didn’t want to wait, or pay for shipping. Joann’s didn’t have anything good either, and the sales associate was unaware of anything they had that would work for board shorts. So I shopped all over, and finally picked this fabric up in the lining section. I hope it works ok! Anyway, if anyone has any good sources, fabric types, etc… for board shorts, let me know!

Here’s my photo spam. I hope you will try sewing swimwear if you haven’t, or if you’ve been a little scared to try, and don’t forget to browse all the other blogs sharing makes on this tour!

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Thank you to Karly and Tami for hosting, and getting us all ready for summer, and thank you to the companies that sponsored this tour.

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Please go stop at all the other blogs on the tour, you can find the list below! Our hosts are holding some giveaways, so be sure to check those out too!

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & TellMe Made

Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

Patterns I used:

Jordyn

Sommer

Free bikini bottoms

Jalie Board Shorts

Sommer

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I have been sewing for summer for my kids lately, and I’m excited to share this maxi dress that I made from Made for Mermaid’s Sommer pattern! This also comes in tunic or dress length, but maxi usually wins when I give my kids a choice.

This is double brushed poly from So Sew English. I actually got it on accident in an order, and was missing a different cut, so I emailed, and offered to send it back, but they told me to keep it and rushed me my missing piece #customerservicegoals And it was fun to have extra fabric, but this is a color I would NEVER buy, or wear, so it went into my tub to sit and think about what it wanted to become. Now that I’ve made it up into this dress, I am so happy for the accident, because it is so beautiful! It’s good to be pushed out of your box every now and then 🙂

This pattern has options for single or double straps, also, you can omit the ruffle, or just do it across the front of the bodice. The skirt can also be made from knit or woven. You will love this pattern for summer!

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There are also Baby and Mama versions of the Sommer pattern, so if you want to match your babies, pick those up also! There are coupons that will work through Sunday, I’m not sure if the bundle discounts will work after that. The patterns are also on sale already with no codes needed.

Use buy2sommer for $3 off any two Sommer patterns, and buy3sommer for a $5 discount on all three patterns.

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Sommer

Mama Sommer

Baby Sommer

Fabric sources:

Double brushed poly: So Sew English

Lilah

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This is the new Lilah top and dress pattern from Sansahash! The creators of the Kamaria dress and sunsuit I recently shared 🙂

In contrast to the tons of option in the Kamaria pattern, this is more simple. It is a racerback bodice with options for top or dress length. But it is the small details that make it a valuable buy! The fit is excellent. The bodice has separate pieces for knit or woven, and each fits perfectly so you won’t have gaping, or pulling. The shape of the racerback is gorgeous. The skirt is gathered to be full and twirly. I love this, and my girls do too. One of my favorite reasons for a full skirt, is it’s easier to gather. Instead of having to space out a lightly gathered skirt, you just push them all on there, and it’s perfect. Lol!

This is a quick and easy sew. Of course the woven version has a few more steps, but it’s still simple. This pattern also works well with a sweater on top, and tights underneath if you want to use it through multiple seasons!

I made a top and dress version, and also added length the the skirt to make a maxi version! My top and maxi versions were made from fabric from So Sew English, and the blue animal print dress was cotton jersey from LDG Textiles.

Hop over to the Sansahash blog to see the tutorial for making it into a maxi!

You can grab Lilah here!

Here are my 4308567734098 photos, because she was loving the outfits, and cooperating 🙂

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Lilah

Fabric sources:

Grey hearts rayon jersey: So Sew English

Blue vertical stripe DBP: So Sew English

Blue animal print cotton jersey: LDG Textiles

Patricia’s Boho High Low Top+Dress

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This new pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company is practically everything. This is Patricia’s Boho top, and it is such a beautiful, perfect top for summer! This works best with light weight, draped woven fabrics. I used a gauze from my stash. Actually, I have no clue what it really was, I picked up the piece at a church garage sale several years ago for a quarter, and it was finished on all 4 edges, but it was much to big to be a blanket. Anyway, it was perfect for this top, and it will be so easy to wear even when it gets warm because it will breathe!

You can make this sleeveless, or with short sleeves, long sleeves, or bell sleeves. There is an option for top or dress length, and on both of those you can make the high-low hem dramatic or more subtle. This is the top with the dramatic high-low, which I love so much!

There are no closures, the back has a nice scoop, so it goes on easily, and that means it’s also quick to sew!

Patricia’s is on sale for $7.50 right now, no code needed. ❤ Here are the rest of our photos of this version!

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Patricia’s

Fabric sources:

gauze from stash

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