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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



This is the gorgeous new dress pattern, Juliet, from Bella Sunshine Designs. I am always in awe of her testing process, as she sees all the little tiny tweaks she wants to make to the fit, when I would have called it “good enough” The results are this dress, which I made to fit my daughters sizes, which are different in chest, waist, and height, and the dress fits perfectly, without gaping anywhere, and without needing the optional sash to cinch in the waist. I am so thankful for Melissa’s patterns, as she’s thorough, meticulous, and I always learn something.

Now, you can also pick up this pattern for $5.50, which in my opinion is an excellent price! If you join the Bella Sunshine Designs facebook group, you can get a coupon code to make this price even lower. What!!?! That is good today only.

The ruffles are enclosed in the bodice, the bodice is fully lined, and the skirt is attached with no seams exposed. There is a placket in the back skirt, and the back bodice is closed with buttons. There is an optional sash, which I did not make on this version, but I did on earlier versions in testing, hopefully I will finish that one up soon and share it too. The bottom of the skirt has a wide band that gives it a nice weight.


The fabrics I used for this were a mix mash I’ve had for a while. The cat print was a fat quarter my daughter picked out from Wal-Mart, the pin dots were also a clearance fabric I picked up from Wal-Mart a while ago. I’ve loved that fabric, and used it on several projects. I’m about out after this project though 🙂 The skirt is a 90/10 poly/cotton blend broadcloth I picked up for $1/yard at Hancock a couple years ago. I grabbed a bunch of it, and have used it for several projects too. I think I came close to finishing that one off, too, with this project! So it feels good to finish up fabrics, and I’m so happy with the result.

The pattern comes in sizes 6mo-12, the pdf includes layers, and trim pages.



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Isla’s Infinity Tunic and Dress


Just look at that back!! I love the heart cut out. It’s a sweet way to make this dress or top special, and it’s so simple!

This is Isla from Simple Life Pattern Company, and it’s crazy full of options!

Bodice lengths:


-Curved (hi-low)

-Drop waist

Skirt options:

-Circle (tunic or dress length)

-Gathered (tunic or dress length)


-Tank, flutter, short, elbow, 3/4, or long sleeves

-Optional circle or gathered sleeve ruffles (or layered ruffles)

Other options:

-Bodice ruffles

-Inseam pockets

-Optional heart cut out in back

Sooo… you can make about a zillion different dresses or tops! Ha!

I made the hi-low (curved bodice) in top length, with elbow sleeves, and circle sleeve ruffles, with a tunic length circle skirt. I love it!! It’s so perfect, and easy in all knit, but you can make the skirt or ruffles in woven as well! The bodice is lined, which also makes it quick and easy.

It’s on sale right now for $7.50! You can check out the Get the Look listings for this pattern as well to get a whole kit, fabric plus pattern to make this top or dress!

I’m sorry all my pictures are of the back of the dress, but that’s the best part!



Fabric sources:

Black/white ponte knit: Girl Charlee

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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.