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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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 Fit Raglan

It’s no secret that I love the Patterns for Pirates Wiggle Dress PDF Pattern.

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But I also love a good pattern mash/mod to get a lot of life out of my patterns.

I browsed my Pinterest boards and the Wiggle Fit Raglan was born.

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This is super simple.

Grab the Slim Fit Raglan Pattern  The front on this mod is super straight forward, you cut the Slim Fit Raglan Sleeves and neckbands (armbands if applicable). And then for the bodice I cut the SFR from the neckline down to the the armpit and lined up my Wiggle Dress at the armsyce/armpit point (what is that called?) and used the wiggle all the way down to the above knee length.

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Rear view is exactly the same but you will need to account for the seamed back piece, because you definitely want to hold onto the built-in sway back adjustment on the Wiggle.

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Construction is completed by method described in the patterns. I used each pattern instruction where applicable.

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The Rayon Spandex fabrics for this dress came from the Fashion District in Downtown LA .  My husband bought me a bolt of the leopard rayon spandex from JB Textiles and the stripes came from Angel Textiles. I love the pattern mixing here. I’ve already said, the Wiggle, in all it’s forms, is incredibly comfortable.  But this is one you can wear all day, all around town. Which is why I have worn it a few times already.

This morning I was tired and in a hurry, I knew it would make up for my no-makeup and yesterday’s hair. I paired it with a tunic length Cocoon Cardigan with long bands (that has also been modified to have the Patterns for Pirates Henley inset Sleeve).

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….I wore this without shape wear as I have seen a lot of curious questions in the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group. 

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Some more styling ideas I found for you on my Pinterest boards.

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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″. 

Checkout all the Wiggle release festivities, view photos of all the options available, checkout the mods and snag the pattern by Novemeber 1st to get the sale price 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. I hope to see you in there and sew along with you!

***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!)

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