Joy + Mama Joy

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Joy is the new pattern from Made for Mermaids, and it’s the third and final installment in this Holiday edition of the Dreamy Collection! Even more exciting, there’s also a Mama Joy!! There’s so many things I love about these patterns. First, it’s so flattering, I’ve worn this in real life, and my daughter has worn hers too, multiple times! Not all patterns make that cut. Second, it really is a simple sew. I know I say that a lot (and I often only choose to go for the simple sews, so it is always true) but without having to gather the skirt, it goes so quickly. You should use more stable knits for this pattern, so the pleats are easy and not fiddly! So quick! Plus, there’s so many options, you can make exactly what you’re imagining!

Mama Joy options:

-high or low scoop necklines

-short, 3/4, or long sleeve options

-high/low peplum, mini dress, dress, high/low maxi, and maxi length options

-optional pockets

-optional back zipper

-tutorials for how to hack the skirt to be gathered, or the dress into separates!

Joy options:

-short, 3/4, or long sleeve options

-high/low peplum, dress, and maxi length options

-optional in seam pockets

-optional back zipper

-designed to mash with the other dreamy patterns, Annabelle, Juliette, or Noelle

-tutorial for how to hack the skirt to be gathered, or the dress into separates!

We took a lot of photos of these, so check them out, and pick up these patterns for some Mommy and Me sewing!

The floral version is made from double brushed poly, it’s a long sleeve high/low peplum top with the high neck.

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The black version is all ponte, except the sleeves are stretch lace! This is 3/4 sleeve, and also high neck. It’s perfect for a statement necklace!

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The green peplum is long sleeve. The bodice is cotton lycra, and the skirt is quilted knit. I love the shape this one has!

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The blue dress is french terry. It doesn’t have much stretch, and the recovery is also not that great, so I reinforced most of the seams in this dress with clear elastic. Perfect!

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So many choices for fabric selection! Here’s our photo overload:

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Joy

Mama Joy

Bundle (sale)

Fabric sources:

Floral dbp: Vinegar+Honey Co.

Black ponte and stretch lace: Joann’s

Green cotton lycra: Stylish Fabric

Green quilted knit: Joann’s

Blue stripe french terry: LDG Textiles

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Isla’s Infinity Tunic and Dress

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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:

-Straight

-Curved (hi-low)

-Drop waist

Skirt options:

-Circle (tunic or dress length)

-Gathered (tunic or dress length)

Sleeves:

-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!

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Isla

Fabric sources:

Black/white ponte knit: Girl Charlee

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