Sweet Bow Dress

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This is another installment in the Summer of Woven from Patterns for Pirates! This one is an update to one of their older patterns, the Sweet Bow Dress. And the mega bow is everything!!! I made 2 versions. One dress length, and one maxi. There is also a top length included, and a small bow, or the mega bow. I did mega, OF course.

This pattern had a few fit issues tweaked, and I am so happy with the fit that they achieved. The blue dress is one of the earlier versions.

This blue version was fun to make because it was another piece of fabric I got from my friend that I shared about a few weeks ago. It’s fun to have fresh fabric in your stash, and I hope it’s fun for my friends to see their fabric having a new life!

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The maxi version was added towards the end of testing, and it is perfect for this style! I used georgette for my skirt, which my daughter loves. She wore this maxi dress to church the Sunday after I made it!

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The pattern will be on sale for the re-release for $7.50. You can find many more photos on larger and smaller sizes in the listing. You will love this! It is a quick sew too, even though I didn’t think it would be. It’s straightforward, and there are only TWO pages to print for all sizes!! #YES

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This sweet dress will is a favorite in my house for sure!!

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Sweet Bow Dress

Fabric sources:

Blue cotton woven: friend’s stash

Gingham bow: vintage from a garage sale

Black floral bodice: woven from Hancock

Georgette: Hobby Lobby




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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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Mama Sommer

Baby Sommer

Fabric sources:

Double brushed poly: So Sew English

Essential Tank


I know, I know, I said Essential Tank, and then, BAM, it’s a dress! But I don’t know of any patterns that are packed more full of options than Patterns for Pirates. SO, yes, it’s a tank, but you can make this tank shirt length, tunic length, dress length, curved hemline, or maxi length. On the straps, you can make them straight or racerback. You can finish the openings with bands or binding. And there’s an optional front thigh, or center back slit on the maxi. Options. 🙂

I love a front slit, so this was an obvious version for me to sew. I wasn’t sure this would be flattering, since it’s a fairly slim fit, but I totally love it, and will wear it in real life! 🙂 There’s just enough ease to not be tight anywhere from the waist down, and that’s amazing!

Pattern details: sizes XXS-PLus3X. Made for knits, designed to be fitted at the bust, and semi-fitted through the waist and hips. It will be on sale for $7.50 with no code needed! Pick it up and start adding this comfy top/dress to your summer wardrobe!


Fabric sources:

Both florals: Girl Charlee

Essential Tank

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This is the new Lillian pattern just released from Made for Mermaids!! It’s the cousin to the highly popular Lily pattern from last year, and there’s a matching Mama version too, that coordinates with both!

I made #alltherompers this time around, but Lillian is also a dress with regular and maxi length options, or you can make the romper pants length. Optional elastic at the bottom of the shorts or pants adds even more looks! I made two shorts versions, one with elastic and one without.

The optional front insert is a good chance to use scraps, or lace. I made this white version all out of fabrics from that box my friend passed along to me. I think it makes it extra special knowing that someone’s fabric stash is loved and getting a new life! Even the bias tape was cut from fabric from that box.

EVEN MORE AMAZING…is that you can use woven or knit! SO MANY OPTIONS!!  Check out our photos, and pick up the pattern while it’s on sale. Girls Lillian, Mama Lily, Lily, Bundled, and all the other romper patterns are 20% off with code ROMPERMONTH for the #sewalltherompers event with Made for Mermaids this month!

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Fabric sources:

White romper is all woven from stash

Black romper is rayon spandex jersey from LDG showroom

Black/white patterned fabric is rayon from Hancock flat fold apparel table

Woven bias was used on all, though you can use knit binding as well.

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I’m dead. This dress is AMAZING, and it’s not hard to make at all! Seriously, I was kind of stressed about the ruffles when I saw the picture, but it was so easy and straightforward to make. I thought I was going to have to trace out the placement of the ruffles on my fabric which would have made it tons harder, but the tutorial shows how to determine placement with a little ruler, and it was SO SIMPLE! Either way, it wouldn’t have mattered if it was incredibly hard, because the results are gorgeous! This is the first pattern in the Dreamy Collection from Made for Mermaids. I’m so excited about them. Check out the pattern here.