Swim Tour with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Bathing suit shopping is a nightmare. The suits never seem to fit right, or the color/patterns are wrong; too little coverage here, too baggy there. But sewing swim is a breath of fresh air! Skip the dressing rooms (or the online returns hassle) and sew your perfect fit.

I have been making swimwear for myself and my daughter for several years. I love the coordinating collections available at Raspberry Creek. Their swim fabric has excellent recovery and density and has stood up to our frequent trips to the pool and beach. Last year’s suits still look almost brand new! When the new color/print lines released this year, my daughter and I quickly made our selections.

I am going to skip all the gory details, if you are new to sewing swimwear or just want a refresher course on the basics, Whitney wrote an excellent blog post here. Seriously, it’s great!

Let’s take a look at all the great patterns that I used to make this family collection.

The boys all got boardshorts made from the Linen Loungers Pattern. (and 1 yard of boardshort fabric. That was a series game of fabric tetris). My oldest and youngest also got Reagan Rashguards. For my middle boy, I used the Dylan Tee as I liked the stripes that run down the sides of the body.

I had to get a little creative with the 1 yard of board short fabric that I ordered, so I added a white stripe from the salvage on my oldest son’s pair. I also used my Silhouette with heat transfer vinyl for the graphics.

My daughter’s favorite bathing suit is the Minute Maillot. I quickly sewed up two reversible versions of that one and one Be Bold Bodysuit. I also made her the cutest coverup with the Oversized Sweater Pattern.

My preference is to have two piece bathing suits so that I can mix and match. I exclusively used the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms for these sets. My sage leaves top is an Eloise Dress modified as a swim top. The striped top is the Sunflower Pattern and the mauve floral top is a Roxy top with modifications for the ruffled sleeve. To see more details about these modifications you should check out the highlights reel on my Instagram.

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RuLo from George and Ginger Patterns

George and Ginger Patterns just released the RuLo and this on-trend boho pattern is a winner.

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I applied for the opportunity to test this pattern for Kristi and I could not believe I was selected. Her patterns are famous for being well-drafted and her kindness to her huge following speaks volumes. During testing we were all surprised how may options Kristi offered, it seriously could have been 2 equally amazing patterns.

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Let me allow the pattern description to give you all the details:  “The RuLo is packed with amazing options!  Choose from oversized dolman and regular crop, top, tunic and dress styles…and single tier bell, double tier bell, triple tier bell, full bell and basic sleeves!  With added features like ties and shoulder ruffles, you can mix and match your favorites for endless possibilities! ”

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I broke away from my usual shopping for this trip and hit up the National City Swap Meet for all the fabrics I used on RuLo.  Check it out if you are in San Diego! It’s awesome.

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For this top with 2-tiered bell sleeve, I used stretch mesh and I love it SO much. I know I am going to live in it during the hot summer months coming all too quickly.

Suggested fabric for this top/dress:  2-way sweater knit with drape and at least 50% stretch.  Any knit with 50% stretch will work, but may not give the same results.  Any fabric, including woven, can be used for the ties. .

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..as you can see my extra stretchy mesh does pull off my shoulder a bit, next time I use the mesh I will make my neckline a tad smaller. But I love an open neckline, so I don’t mind this one.

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For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I graded between sized 14 and 16 (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–6″. 

Hurry and grab the RuLo on sale through 1/26/2018 ONLY (although with all the options it is still a bargain at full price)

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Wiggles I have sewn for my closet!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the RuLo creations over in the George and Ginger Pattern Facebook Group.

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THE NITTY-GRITTY for the RuLo:

Pattern Description: George and Ginger Patterns, RuLo
Pattern sizing: tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and professional line drawings of construction are provided.
Fabric used: Stretch Mesh
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Kristi drafted this for a 2-Way Sweater Knit a I used a  4 way Stretch Mesh, so technically I did not use the recommended fabric.
Did you alter the pattern in any way?  Shortened for my 5′-2″ frame
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No it is LOVE
Would you sew it again? Yes I’ve already made 3 and need to grab some more sweater knit to make some more.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginning Intermediate
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/4″ throughout

Additional Pattern Features:

–Beautifully designed layered pieces for tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
–No-trim page feature
–Pieces layout on US letter, A4 and A0 size pages
–Cutting chart AND print option for rectangular pieces
–Instructions on measuring and choosing your size
–Shorten/Lengthen adjustment instructions
–Grading between sizes instructions
–Full chart of finished measurements
–Glossary of sewing terms
–Fabric tips and tricks
–Yardage requirements and notions list
–Printing, taping and cutting instructions and layout
–Graphically designed and detailed construction photos
–Easy to understand step-by-step instructions

See you next time!

 

 

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RuLo Dolman Top from George and Ginger Patterns

Kristi from George and Ginger Patterns just released the RuLo and this on-trend boho pattern is a winner. “The RuLo is packed with amazing options!  Choose from oversized dolman and regular crop, top, tunic and dress styles…and single tier bell, double tier bell, triple tier bell, full bell and basic sleeves!  With added features like ties and shoulder ruffles, you can mix and match your favorites for endless possibilities! ”

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As soon as I had a chance, I tried the oversized Dolman option and it is casual festival wear fabulous…or at least it makes me feel like I could wear this to a festival, even though I am probably just going to be sitting at home drinking coffee and homeschooling.

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I have no idea what this fabric is or where it came from, so don’t ask. LOL. But it is some kind of crepe jersey ( I may be inventing terms here, but I swear I have heard of that) The pattern suggests ” 2-way sweater knit with drape and at least 50% stretch”  and this does have 2-way stretch, so I’ve got to be close.

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I kept this dolman true to my measured size for the sake of testing, in the future I will probably size down, even though the intended fit for the dolman is oversized. I think this is just a bit bigger than intended. Selecting patterns for my bust size always yields too large results as my bust measurement is larger than is standard for my upper bust/ shoulder measurements.

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But I will totally be wearing this one extra-oversized.

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I also made two other RuLos because I LOVE this pattern so much. You can find info on my dress here and my stretch mesh top (is coming)

 

For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I graded between sized 14 and 16 (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–6″. 

Hurry and grab the RuLo on sale through 1/26/2018 ONLY (although with all the options it is still a bargain at full price)

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Wiggles I have sewn for my closet!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the RuLo creations over in the George and Ginger Pattern Facebook Group.

THE NITTY-GRITTY for the RuLo:

Pattern Description: George and Ginger Patterns, RuLo
Pattern sizing: tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and professional line drawings of construction are provided.
Fabric used: Some kind of Mystery Crepe Rayon Spandex
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes and No. It is only a 2-way stretch Fabric, but the pattern does call for sweater knits.
Did you alter the pattern in any way?  Shortened for my 5′-2″ frame
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No it is LOVE
Would you sew it again? Yes I’ve already made 3 and need to grab some more sweater knit to make some more.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginning Intermediate
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/4″ throughout

Additional Pattern Features:

–Beautifully designed layered pieces for tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
–No-trim page feature
–Pieces layout on US letter, A4 and A0 size pages
–Cutting chart AND print option for rectangular pieces
–Instructions on measuring and choosing your size
–Shorten/Lengthen adjustment instructions
–Grading between sizes instructions
–Full chart of finished measurements
–Glossary of sewing terms
–Fabric tips and tricks
–Yardage requirements and notions list
–Printing, taping and cutting instructions and layout
–Graphically designed and detailed construction photos
–Easy to understand step-by-step instructions

See you next time!

 

 

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RuLo Dress from George and Ginger Patterns

Kristi from George and Ginger Patterns just released the RuLo and this on-trend boho pattern is a winner. (and by the way she was also prepping for her first show at New York Fashion Week while she was working on this pattern! Isn’t she incredible?)

My first chance to sew it up, I went with the dress length and full bell sleeve options.

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“The RuLo is packed with amazing options!  Choose from oversized dolman and regular crop, top, tunic and dress styles…and single tier bell, double tier bell, triple tier bell, full bell and basic sleeves!  With added features like ties and shoulder ruffles, you can mix and match your favorites for endless possibilities! ”

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I grabbed all my fabrics for the RuLo from National City Swap Meet.  Check it out if you are in San Diego! It’s awesome.

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I used stretch French Terry for this version and as the pattern suggests ” 2-way sweater knit with drape and at least 50% stretch”  I think I am pretty close to intended fit here.

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When I was done with this dress I quickly sewed up two more RuLos because I LOVE this pattern so much. Info on my dolman and stretch mesh top are coming soon.

 

For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I graded between sized 14 and 16 (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–6″. 

Hurry and grab the RuLo on sale through 1/26/2018 ONLY (although with all the options it is still a bargain at full price)

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Wiggles I have sewn for my closet!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the RuLo creations over in the George and Ginger Pattern Facebook Group.

 

THE NITTY-GRITTY for the RuLo:

Pattern Description: George and Ginger Patterns, RuLo
Pattern sizing: tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and professional line drawings of construction are provided.
Fabric used: Stretch French Terry
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes
Did you alter the pattern in any way?  Shortened for my 5′-2″ frame
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No it is LOVE
Would you sew it again? Yes I’ve already made 3 and need to grab some more sweater knit to make some more.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginning Intermediate
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/4″ throughout

Additional Pattern Features:

–Beautifully designed layered pieces for tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
–No-trim page feature
–Pieces layout on US letter, A4 and A0 size pages
–Cutting chart AND print option for rectangular pieces
–Instructions on measuring and choosing your size
–Shorten/Lengthen adjustment instructions
–Grading between sizes instructions
–Full chart of finished measurements
–Glossary of sewing terms
–Fabric tips and tricks
–Yardage requirements and notions list
–Printing, taping and cutting instructions and layout
–Graphically designed and detailed construction photos
–Easy to understand step-by-step instructions

See you next time!

 

 

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Alley Cat Romper from Lil Luxe Collection

Lil Luxe Collection is a beautiful modern-classic clothing pattern design company from a self-taught garment designer with a serious background in the areas of Architecture, Interior, Graphic and Fashion Design. Her background in Architecture really shows with her “Urban Princess” looks. Read her full bio here (I love when designers make the time to let us know more about themselves). The Alley Cat Collection is my first purchase from Lil Luxe and I’m sure it will not be the last (she has some truly swoon-worthy dresses).  I selected it with my little casual, acrobatics loving, girl in mind.

And it did not disappoint. She clearly loves it.

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The Alley Cat has lots of great options. I bought the full pattern collection, which includes Romper, Leotard and Dress.  To best suit your needs, you can buy the collection as a complete set, just the leo and top, just the romper and dress, or just the romper and leo.  All options include long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, short sleeve or sleeveless and the bodice is fully lined.

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I usually shop in Fashion District in LA and both of these fabrics came from downtown. If you are a local or are heading to the area, you definitely want to check the tips for navigating the district. Bonus: In the smaller sizes, this project is also a great scrap buster!

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I have made this pattern in the Leo option twice with no issues (once in crushed velvet and once in Cotton Lycra), this is my first time with the Romper and I did have some issues with the neckline not wanting to stay put. I think it is a combination of too stretchy fabric and using my serger for the neck seam for the first time. I am positive if I had used clear elastic, it would have held fine. To fix it for my girl, I added these little ties after and I totally LOVE them, so I absolutely consider this a win.

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For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I determined my daughter’s size as 3T using the pattern size chart .  Chest 20.5″, Waist 20.5″, Hips 21. She is 36″ tall. I opted to sew a straight 3T and did not do any grading as the legs are loose anyway. In ready to wear she usually wears a size 3T.  I had the cutest little ballet flats picked out for this outfit, but she had other plans and I totally love her cowboy boot look. 

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I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion so that we can share our sewing projects, tips and tricks with each other.

I highly suggest joining the Lil Luxe Group on Facebook to be inspired by all the beautiful creations others are making with this pattern.

THE NITTY-GRITTY:

Pattern Description: Lil Luxe Collection Alley Cat Romper
Pattern sizing: 18 months to Girls 10 (size chart available here)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and line professional line drawings were provided for each step.
Fabric used: Cotton Lycra (maroon: bodice, sleeves, leg cuffs) and Double Brushed Poly (floral legs portion)
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes and No …pattern suggests Medium Weight 2-Way knits with good recovery. But judging by the tester photos and others in the group it seems people are using Cotton Lycras and Brushed Polys with success. However my Maroon may have had a touch too much 4-way stretch as the neckline didn’t want to stay put and I had to add the back ties (which I LOVE). I have made this pattern before in the LEOTARD option with no issue, so I have to assume it was a fabric/user error.
Did you alter the pattern in any way?  I added the back ties post-construction, otherwise this is an exact to pattern 3T.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? My daughter loves it, so I am happy.
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 3/8″ throughout

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See you next time!

Good Night

Made for Mermaids just released the Catherine Pattern set and I can’t stop making it.

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I knew I wanted to try making a nightgown for my little love. I decided to skip the sleeve flounce this time. (or rather I held myself back from sewing another sleeve flounce…because it is so pretty!)

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The nightgown modification details are available on this page from the the pattern designers. It is super easy!

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This version is made with all rayon spandex from Angel Textiles and JB Fabrics in Downtown LA (tips for navigating the district and favorite stops along the way)

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In this picture she reminds me of Wendy waiting for Peter Pan…so of course now I want to make her a baby blue short sleeve version. #sewallthecatherines

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I’ll be sharing all of my Catherines, but you can also see what others are sewing in the Made for Mermaids Facebook Group.

For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: My daughter is wearing a size 2, she has a 21″ chest measurement and is age 3. And I made no pattern modifications, except to cut the dress length before adding the ruffle.

Hurry and checkout all Catherine Release party fun and stay updated as the Mermaids prep for their 40K Party! You can view photos of all the options available, checkout the mods, that will give you even more options (and snag the pattern at a discount, of course!) at Made for Mermaids

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on Instagram @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Catherines that I have sewn so far and the many more to come!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the Catherine creations (big, small, and doll sized) over in the Made for Mermaids Facebook group.

*** You will find affiliate links in this post. Click them before you purchase your patterns if you would like to see more reviews at Clothed in Vermillion. Affiliate links will help me pay for more patterns and fabric, of course. Thank you for reading along and sewing with me. ***

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Boutique Boho Catherine from Made for Mermaids

Made for Mermaids just released the Catherine Pattern set and this quick and beautiful sew just makes my heart happy. And my baby’s heart happy. Win-Win. (or if you are a Michael Scott fan, then we can call it a Win-Win-Win, because we all win.)

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Any excuse to sew up a Catherine and I am going to take it! So……..when my beautiful little boho babe decided to paint her cream floral Catherine with one of my lipsticks 45 minutes before we had to leave, I jumped at the challenge to sew up another as fast as I could.

Boom. Even had plenty of time to stop for coffee on our way.

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Now, pattern mixing is not my forte, but we both love how this one turned out! I went with the square neckline, regular flounce sleeve, and ruffled dress options.

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This version is made with a floral brushed poly and leopard rayon spandex both from JB Fabrics in Downtown LA (tips for navigating the district and favorite stops along the way)

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That neckline is just gorgeous!

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(please excuse the lining showing a little, I was in a hurry and forgot to under-stitch, as per pattern instructions)

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I’ll be sharing more, but you can also see what others are sewing in the Made for Mermaids Facebook Group. 

Don’t forget all the options available! You get 3 necklines, 5+sleeves,  3 lengths and 3 hem styles. Plus all the hacks and mods that the pattern designers and fellow sewcialists’ posts in the facebook group make this pattern a workhorse.

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For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: My daughter is wearing a size 2, she has a 21″ chest measurement and is age 3. And I made no pattern modifications, however, I sewed this dress up early during testing and a little bit of length was added to the bodice for the ruffle dress option to make the dress just a touch longer.

Hurry and checkout all Catherine Release party fun and stay tuned as the Mermaids prep for their 40K Party! You can view photos of all the options available, checkout the mods, that will give you even more options (and snag the pattern at a discount, of course!) at Made for Mermaids

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on Instagram @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Catherines that I have sewn so far and the many more to come!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the Catherine creations (big, small, and doll sized) over in the Made for Mermaids Facebook group.

*** You will find affiliate links in this post. Click them before you purchase your patterns if you would like to see more reviews at Clothed in Vermillion. Affiliate links will help me pay for more patterns and fabric, of course. Thank you for reading along and sewing with me. ***

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Catherine, Queen of Flounce

Made for Mermaids just released the Catherine Pattern set . The classic style lines and the many options available make the Catherine a cute little style chameleon. I’ll be sharing here, but you can also see what others are sewing in the Made for Mermaids Facebook Group. 

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Catherine is packed with options. You get 3 necklines, 5+sleeves,  3 lengths and 3 hem styles. Plus all the hacks and mods that the pattern designers and fellow sewcialists’ post in the facebook group make this pattern a workhorse.

My favorite feature from the Catherine Patterns is the definitely the sleeve flounce (and the unlined lace bodice is pretty amazing too!).

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Like every pattern from the Mermaids, the construction of Catherine is quick and easy with plenty of photos in the printable pdf pattern to help guide you.

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My girl loves beautiful dresses but they have to be comfortable. And this pattern meets all her criteria!

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This version is made with a floral brushed poly, cream stretch lace, and rayon spandex for the neck binding and ruffle lining.

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In the end the most important thing is always that twirl factor.

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Fabrics for this sew came from JB Fabrics in Downtown LA (tips for navigating the district and favorite stops along the way)

For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: My daughter is wearing a size 2, she has a 21″ chest measurement and is age 3. And I made no pattern modifications, however, I sewed this dress up early during testing and a little bit of length was added to the bodice for the ruffle dress option to make the dress just a touch longer.

Hurry and checkout all Catherine Release party fun and stay tuned as the Mermaids prep for their 40K Party! You can view photos of all the options available, checkout the mods, that will give you even more options (and snag the pattern at a discount, of course!) at Made for Mermaids

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on Instagram @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Catherines that I have sewn so far and the many more to come!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the Catherine creations (big, small, and doll sized) over in the Made for Mermaids Facebook group.

*** You will find affiliate links in this post. Click them before you purchase your patterns if you would like to see more reviews at Clothed in Vermillion. Affiliate links will help me pay for more patterns and fabric, of course. Thank you for reading along and sewing with me. ***

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Wiggle Dress: new from Patterns for Pirates

Patterns for Pirates just released the Wiggle Dress and it is the cocktail/party/date dress of dreams!

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I was over the moon excited (and totally shocked) to be given the opportunity to test this pattern. I love to sew for my family and friends and trying new patterns, techniques, designers, and fabrics really fuels me. I am a creature of habit and have been on a pretty strict diet of Rayon Spandex and Cotton Lycra lately. The chance to work with a stable knit, in a killer curvy silhouette, for the pattern company that introduced me to PDF patterns made my heart aflutter.

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The Wiggle Dress PDF Pattern is positively packed. A modern-vintage dress with mega wow factor and SO. Many. Options. I headed straight to the Fashion District in Downtown LA all on my own (this is bordering on a miracle, as I have 3 beautiful little miracles, in their own right, attached at my hip most days) and stocked up. Ponte, Crushed Velvet, Liverpool, and Scuba all came home with me. (tips for navigating the district and favorite stops along the way)

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Let me tell you, the Wiggle dress was so much more than I expected!  After 3 babies, and feeling a little plump lately, I was worried this curve-hugging dress wouldn’t do me any favors. But it was love at first wear. The fit. The fabrics. Something magical is happening here.  (a little help from the shape-wear section helps, of course, but isn’t necessary)

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I especially LOVE the on-trend off-the-shoulder option and the shaping on those back pieces. The Wiggle is also incredibly comfortable.  Like, seriously, my husband caught me doing dishes after midnight still wearing the WD! Plus this Liverpool from Angel Textiles is pillow-y soft and super stretchy.  If you’ve never tried Liverpool, add it to your list!

Bonus: It is also a lightening fast sew! P4P is always amazing at beautiful, quick construction patterns and I love that!

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For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I used XL graded to L in the hips (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–5″. 

Hurry and checkout all the Wiggle release festivities, view photos of all the options available, checkout the mods, that will give you even more options (and snag the pattern at a discount, of course!) at Patterns for Pirates

I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Wiggles I have sewn for my closet!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the Wiggle Dress creations over in the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group.

***Update: 10-28-17 I have added affiliate links to this post. Click them before you purchase your patterns if you would like to see more reviews at Clothed in Vermillion. Affiliate links will help me pay for more patterns and fabric, of course. ***

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Made for Mermaids Ava: Scuba Dress

Made for Mermaids Ava and the Mama Ava  Patterns have been favorites in our home since their release last year. It is just the perfect bodice for my daughter and fits well according to her measurements. Here is my baby girl last fall in the mid-length sleeve, curved tunic option.

 

Ava comes together so quickly and finishes beautifully. It is also a work horse in our house. I know it well and often use it when I need to sew something up quick for my babe.

She loves beautiful florals and when she saw this scuba come home from Angel Textiles after a trip to the Downtown LA Fashion District, I knew I wanted to sew it up quick. So I grabbed Ava and got to work to make this beautiful little dress.

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I used the bodice as is, with those mid-length sleeves again, because I love the length on her. And when cutting, I cropped the bodice about 3 inches below the armsyce. Then just cut 2 rectangles of leftover fabric for the front and back of the skirt. Each rectangle is cut to correspond with the front and back bodice pieces at approx. 1.75 times the width (and as long as desired). Sew up the side seams. Pin bodice and skirt side seams, pin center front and center back and serge the skirt to the bodice pulling the bodice to fit the skirt piece (I highly recommend adding clear elastic while serging to help support the weight of the skirt and to gather it in).

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Instead of fighting with a scuba neckband, I opted to finished with Fold Over Elastic. (I find the best deals for FOE on Ebay). I like to baste it on with a zig-zag stitch to the wrong side of the fabric, then fold over and triple zig–zag top stitch.

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Hem and you are done!  It’s perfect for special occasions or dress up and comfortable enough for playtime.

 

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I know she will get a lot of use out of this dress and that we will get even more use out of the Ava pattern. (And stay tuned to see how I used this fabric to sew something awesome for myself from the newest Patterns for Pirates Pattern about to drop!)

SONY DSCAnd in case your little is creative with the scissors too… you might be interested in knowing that I picked up this bow in a rainbow set of 50 from Amazon and they are doing the trick to kinda disguise the Owen Wilson haircut she gave herself.