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:Β 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 πŸ™‚ 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 soΒ 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 πŸ™‚ 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

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 LilahΒ here!

Here are my 4308567734098 photos, because she was loving the outfits, and cooperating πŸ™‚

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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

Favorite Tee

 

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The name says it all πŸ˜‰ The Favorite Tee is a new women’s pattern from Patterns for Pirates! So many times I’m sucked in by a gorgeous, intricate pattern, and some beautiful, floral fabric, that really is gorgeous, but my closet is filled with 100% solids, and basics. That’s what I wear. So this tee pattern is the perfect addition, and I even restrained myself and made it in a cool blue fabric, so this will get so much wear!!

There are options to make this the perfect top for anyone! I made the shirt length, split hem version, it also includes a split hem tunic length, curved hem tunic or dress length, and a banded knot tie hem. Short, 3/4 and long sleeves, and v-neck or scoop neck are also included in the pattern!

I made the girls Fav Tee for my daughter also. This one has most of the same options, except no curved hem tunic length. The size range for this pattern goes from 3mo-14y so it will work forever.

I consider myself a v-neck newbie still. They usually don’t come out perfect the first time. The tutorial was very thorough, and will take you through step by step! I’m excited that this one turned out perfect πŸ™‚

The patterns are on sale, and as usual, there is also a bundle deal which is the best price! Here are some photos of two of the versions I made.

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Favorite Tee

Fav Tee

Favorite Bundle

Fabric source:

light blue mystery knit: Wal-Mart $1 section!

Brown/black print: Friend’s stash

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Heart Breaker Cami

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Another perfect basic, that has fun not-so-basic options is the new Heart Breaker Cami from Patterns for Pirates! This is a girls pattern that comes in sizes 3mo-14. It is a camisole with an optional X in the back. The front has a scoop neckline, with a v-neck in the back. But you really could wear this forwards or backwards πŸ™‚ There are cropped, shirt, and tunic length options. Perfect for layering, or wearing all the hot summer long!

This is a tunic length, with a rayon blend fabric on the front, and cotton lycra on the back. I blended to a wider width for her hips. I love making clothes that fit my kids just right.

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AND THEN, I got baby crazy and made this tiny 3 month size for my niece. I can not wait to see it on her! I used the optional shoulder flutter, of course πŸ™‚ There is also an optional ruffle along the neck. Pictured here with the Brindille and Twig Cuff pants modified into shorts.

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AND THEN, I got a little hack happy, and mashed this cami with a baby harem pants pattern to make this adorable romper, also for my niece. I think this is just so fun, and it was so simple to do! I folded up the shirt pattern 1″, to make it the final, hemmed length, and then put it right at the top of the pants pattern(without the waistband, and cut a gentle curved line from the top to the bottom. I used this tutorial to add a snap placket.

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The even better part, is there’s also a women’s version! The Cross My Heart Cami has the same options, plus a few more. The cropped version is a fun layering piece! There are a few strap options, and if you have inspiration, it would be easy to adjust to make it your own πŸ™‚ The white shirt is a Mama Claire with a double crossover hack, from the Made for Mermaids blog. This is some more of that $1 fabric from Wal-Mart. And I used it up on this project, which means I need to go shopping again πŸ˜‰

The patterns are on sale for $7.50 each, or you can buy the bundle of both patterns for $14.

I whipped up both of those baby versions yesterday, so they’re such quick sews! Check out the listings for lots more photos!

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Heart Breaker Cami

Cross My Heart Cami

Fabric sources:

Pink and black ponte: Girl Charlee

Black floral: Girl Charlee

Mint cotton lycra: NR Fabrics

Bright floral: Girl Charlee

White mystery knit: Wal-Mart

Grey/white stripe cotton lycra: Raspberry Creek

Green floral (romper): So Sew English

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Prisma Dress

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This is the new Prisma Dress from Love Notions. I am absolutely IN LOVE with it. I think I say that about a lot of things, but this is really, truly, true to my style! I love the basic A-line silhouette, and my girls love how comfortable and easy it is to wear. But look at the drop waist pleated skirt or swing skirt options! I’ve had some pins on my “Kids Clothes” pinterest board for ages that I can finally make with this pattern. SO cute!

There are also three neckline options. And three sleeve lengths, plus a couple of pocket options. I’m so excited about the boatneck, pleated skirt option!

Love Notions always puts out a well made pattern. The tutorials are some of the cleanest, most organized, and are always concise, with lots of helpful information. You can’t go wrong with this pattern!

You can get it on sale for a few days at the release price, don’t miss it!

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Prisma Dress

Fabric sources:

Olive French terry: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Floral French terry: Pretty Posh Prints

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