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I made the Quinn pattern during testing last year, and it was one of my favorite makes. I ended up loving the style, but as sewing goes, there’s always something new to make, and even favorites get pushed down the list.

Made for Mermaids had a flash back Friday contest a couple of weeks ago to sew the Quinn pattern and share, and all you need to do is offer me a chance at free patterns to make something jump up to the top of my list. Lol! I didn’t win, but the dress I got out of it is worth so much more!

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Story time: My friend messaged me and some other of her friends saying she was purging some of her, and her mom’s fabric, and to come look to see if we wanted any, or it was going to Goodwill shortly. I messaged her back the next day (Friday) saying I could come anytime next week if there was any left. She told me that her other friend had already planned to come pick up whatever was left on Monday, so if I want something, I had to come before then. SO, I left right then. Haha! We had a free afternoon, and she lives on my side of town so it wasn’t time consuming.

I warned the girls that they would not be picking fabric for themselves. Our local fabric store has a scrap bin for the kids, and so they are spoiled thinking they get scraps wherever we go. But when I was done looking, my daughter pulled out this tie dye fabric from a box, with begging in her eyes, and I decided I could get it to make her happy. I would have left this there if she hadn’t asked.

Story time part two: Friday nights are my sew nights. We host company for dinner, and then my husband entertains them (usually playing xbox or brewing beer) and I am left alone in glorious silence. Weekends are full with family time and church, and weekdays are full with kids and house responsibilities, so I make the most of my Friday nights.

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This Quinn contest came up that Friday, and I had nothing else pressing to sew, so I cut out and finished most of it that night. The next morning, I threaded elastic, gathered and attached the skirt, and that was all finished before 8 that Saturday morning, which is also my favorite photo time, so we popped outside to snap these photos. My daughter chose the maxi version of this pattern, and she loves the dress so much. I love it so much because she chose the fabric, and the pattern options.

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Sewing feeds my creative soul. My girls still love wearing hand made. I love that it is mutually beneficial and enjoyable for all of us!

The Quinn pattern comes highly recommended by my daughter and me!

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Fabric sources:

Friend’s stash 🙂






This is the newest pattern from Made for Mermaids, Quinn, and it took a trip to the zoo with us for pictures! I’m always taking pictures in a huge rush, because there are three other little children needing me, and so it’s hard to be creative with locations since I have to consider where my other kiddos will be… But the zoo was perfect! Though, honestly, the only reason I was ok with doing it here was because this top is black. No way would I have trusted an outfit to stay decent for a 20 minute car ride, otherwise. Haha! #kidsthesedays #momtogsthesedays

Quinn is a top, dress or maxi, with optional pockets #CUTE, options to do elastic or shirred back, optional a-line or gathered skirt, optional ruffles, double ruffles, or no ruffles. I didn’t think I would love the strappy ties at the shoulder, but I’m actually super happy about how this turned out, and I want to make several more! This is a woven pattern that’s easy, and the fit is perfect!

Pick it up on sale starting Thursday, through Sunday night for $7, or bundle with Mama Quinn (YES!) for $10!!!! You’ll be so happy with this pattern!


Fabric sources:

Black broadcloth(?) I’m pretty sure this is maybe like 65/35 poly/cotton. It came from that amazing box of fabric that was passed on to me 🙂


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